LaBelle wins Utah Championship
Sandy, UT – Doug LaBelle II posted a 3-under 68 on Sunday and came from behind to win the Utah Championship, his second title on the Web.com Tour.
LaBelle finished at 15-under 269, which was good for a 1-stroke victory at Willow Creek Country Club.
Third-round leader Michael Putnam struggled to a 3-over 74 and shared second place with James Hahn (65), Scott Gutschewski (67) and Arnold Palmer's grandson, Sam Saunders (67). The group came in at 14-under par.
Craig Bowden posted a 4-under 67 and took sixth at minus-13.
LaBelle's other Web.com Tour victory came at the 2006 Price Cutter Charity Championship. It wasn't a banner year prior to Sunday for the 37-year-old. His best finish was a tie for 17th at the Mexico Open.
He flew out of the gate on Sunday with back-to-back birdies at his first two holes. LaBelle dropped a shot at the fourth and another at the par-4 ninth.
LaBelle atoned for the error at nine with a short birdie putt at the par-5 10th. That put him in a tie for the lead at 14-under par, but his putter went cold.
LaBelle missed birdie putts from inside 10 feet at 13 and 14. He finally cashed in with an 8-foot birdie putt at the 16th, giving him sole possession of the lead at 15-under par.
LaBelle parred out, then waited.
One of his playing partners, Saunders, 2-putted for birdie at 17 and got within one. But Saunders couldn't birdie the par-3 18th.
Putnam was at 14-under, but bogeyed 17. He needed to ace the par-3 closing hole to have a chance and didn't, leaving LaBelle as the champion.
Ron Whittaker (65) and Andy Pope (67) tied for seventh at 12-under par.
NOTES: LaBelle pocketed $99,000 for the victory. It was his 200th start on the Web.com Tour...The tour moves to Ohio in two weeks for the Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational at The OSU Golf Club in Columbus, where Harris English won the title last year.