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Heath Slocum has claimed a fourth career PGA Tour title with a tense one-shot victory at the McGladrey Classic in Georgia.

Heath Slocum claimed a fourth career PGA Tour title with a tense one-shot victory at the McGladrey Classic in Georgia.

Starting the day with a one-shot lead, Slocum produced another steady if unspectacular 18 holes with a two-under round of 68 enough to stay in front.

A slightly fortunate birdie on 16 gave Slocum the breathing space he needed and he was able to bogey the last to come away with the title finishing on 14-under-par for the tournament.

After watching a four-shot advantage cut to just one, Slocum then got lucky as he holed a stunning 60-foot putt on the 16th green.

His ball raced at the hole and slammed into the flagstick from off the green before falling into the cup, and that signified that it was to be his day and he went on to lift the trophy.

“That putt on 16, you don’t expect to make that,” Slocum said. “That was really great.

“I hit some wayward shots, made a few mistakes, but I held tight.”

Bill Haas got close but had to settle for second on 13-under, with Robert Allenby and Arjun Atwal also having their chances before matching Haas’ four-under round of 66 to finish a shot further back on 12-under.

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