Broussard, LA – Edward Loar closed with a 2-under 69 in windy conditions on Sunday and won the Louisiana Open by two strokes.
Loar finished 72 holes at 17-under-par 267. This was his second win on the Web.com Tour.
"They're all hard to win especially having to battle the elements today. It's a great start to the year," Loar said. "I think everyone's goal is to be No. 1 out here."
Morgan Hoffmann got within one of Loar's lead late in the round, but ultimately finished two back. Hoffmann also carded a 69 on Sunday to end alone in second at minus-15.
Two-time champion Brett Wetterich fired a 6-under 65 at Le Triomphe Golf & Country Club to jump 21 places into third place at 14-under 270.
Former PGA Tour player Nick O'Hern (67) and Jim Renner (71) shared fourth place at minus-13.
Loar had a 1-stroke lead at the start of the round. He birdied the par-4 second, but gave that stroke right back with a bogey on the third.
After a par on the fourth, Loar birdied three of the next four holes to jump to minus-18. Around the turn, he tripped to a bogey at the 10th.
Loar rebounded with a birdie on the par-5 12th to get back to 18-under. He parred three in a row before stumbling to a 3-putt bogey on the par-3 16th.
The 35-year-old left-hander atoned for that mistake with a 10-foot birdie putt on the 17th. That put him three clear of the field, but he trimmed his winning margin to two with a bogey at the last.
"I look at the leaderboards every now and then and I knew they were close. I just played great today. It was a great ball-striking round for me," stated Loar. "I did have a couple of 3-putts, but putting is the hardest part in wind like this."
Hoffmann birdied the first two, but he followed with a pair of bogeys on three and four. He birdied the par-5 fifth to move to minus-14.
After six consecutive pars, Hoffmann birdied the par-5 12th. He faltered to another bogey on the 13th, but came right back with birdies at 14 and 15. Hoffmann tripped to a bogey at 16 and closed with a pair of pars.
"I told my caddie on the back nine that I knew he wasn't going to make a lot of mistakes coming in," Hoffmann said of Loar. "He knows his game right now. He's a great player and a great guy."
NOTES: Loar earned $99,000 for his second tour victory ... He is the first left-hander to be No. 1 on the tour's money list at any point during any season ... Paul Claxton, the 2001 champion, shared 45th at minus-5 ... The tour heads to Sao Paulo in two weeks for the Brasil Classic, which is a new event on the schedule.