Felton wins 2005 Knoxville Open

Felton wins 2005 Knoxville Open

Kim Felton sinks a birdie putt to take his first Nationwide Tour win. Kim Felton sinks a birdie putt to take his first Nationwide Tour win.

June 19, 2005

FARRAGUT (WATE and AP) -- Australia's Kim Felton won his first Nationwide Tour title Sunday, holing a 10-foot birdie putt on the final hole for a one-stroke victory over two-time PGA Tour winner David Peoples in the Knoxville Open.

The 30-year-old Felton closed with a 3-under 69 to finish at 11-under 277 on the Fox Den course.

Troy Matteson, one of the co-leaders from Saturday's round, went three-over Sunday and quickly dropped out of the running. He finished tied for 10th.

Felton earned $85,500 to jump from 74th to 12th on the money list with $108,000. The top 20 at the end of the season will receive 2006 PGA Tour cards.

He said the win was a long time in coming. "I won a few secondary tour events in Australia and have come close in Asia, but here nothing like this," Felton said. "That's awesome. It's like the monkey's come off the back a little bit and I'll sort of free-wheel it from here on end."

Peoples also closed with a 69.

Dan Olsen (65) and Mathew Goggin (67) tied for third at 9 under.

Felton says he's hoping the win on Sunday can be a springboard to more good things. "I sort of believe I can go on and do something on the Nationwide, or maybe even the PGA Tour. It's probably just a stepping stone, but I'm looking forward to the rest of the year."

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