Bettencourt Wins In Reno-Tahoe

A brilliant final round of 68 has secured Matt Bettencourt’s maiden victory here at the Reno-Tahoe Open after bouncing back from a torrid 75 on the third day.

This was Bettencourt’s first PGA Tour victory and it was Bob Heintz that was the one to miss out by one stroke. Heintz could have forced Bettencourt into a playoff situation but missed a three foot birdie putt on the 18th after Bettencourt has found the bunker twice on his run up the 18th leaving him with a bogey.

“I will take it any way I can,” Bettencourt said. “I hate to see someone miss like that at the end but at same time I felt I played well enough all week to win.

Bettencourt will now receive his largest pay check of his career of more than $500,000 and a chance to play at Whistling Straits next month. Putting had been the difference this week as a Sunday best of 12 one putts out of a total of 24 saw the American across the line.

One shot behind Heintz were Mathias Gronberg and John Merrick who finished on three under and a chasing pack on four players including Kent Jones were in joint fifth on eight-under.

2003 Reno Tahoe winner Kirk Triplett found himself top of the previous winners list after finished joint 15th on six-under-par.