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Albertson earns maiden Tour title at Lincoln Land Championship

Anders Albertson made seven consecutive birdies in the final round at Panther Creek CC, en route to a two-shot victory. (Matt Minder/Contributed Photo)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Anders Albertson birdied seven holes in a row at Panther Creek Country Club on Sunday afternoon en route to his maiden Web.com Tour title at the third annual Lincoln Land Championship presented by LRS. Albertson carded a final-round 63 and posted 25-under-par to beat Adam Long and Kramer Hickok by two strokes.

“It’s been awhile since I’ve won,” said Albertson, who picked up his first victory in his 62nd career start. “God is so good and this week I’ve been really calm and felt his presence.”

Albertson had good friend and fellow Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket Michael Hines on the bag this week. The two played college golf together and Hines knows Albertson’s game very well. How well? Hines convinced Albertson to hit an 8-iron from 192 yards into the last. Albertson stuffed the approach to 3 feet and made the birdie to close out the tournament and set a new 72-hole scoring record in the process.

“Mike and I had a great time,” said Albertson, who became the 14th first-time winner this season. “I’ve been lucky enough to have him on the bag this year; he’s a great player and he made a difference out there this week.”

Albertson went on a tear early to jump into the mix. The 25-year-old Houston native made seven consecutive birdies on Nos. 4-10, the longest streak on Tour this season. Albertson was two shy of the record set by Omar Uresti in 1994 at the Shreveport Open, but was still pleased with his effort.

“I think seven is my record at home playing with my buddies,” he said. “I didn’t realize that we were on a streak until the fifth in a row and then we managed to get a couple of more.”

In his third season as a pro, Albertson has seen his year end in the Web.com Tour Finals twice, where he came close to securing his PGA TOUR card in 2017. Last year, Albertson finished the 2017 edition of the Lincoln Land Championship T5, one stroke out of the playoff.

What a difference a year makes. With this victory, Anderson moved him from No. 45 to No. 8 on the money list, securing his PGA TOUR card.

“The goal is to get on the PGA TOUR,” said Albertson, who was awarded a first-place prize of $99,000 during the trophy ceremony. “I’m so thankful for my time out here. I’ve grown up in this three years and been fortunate enough to keep my card and get better each year.”

Albertson left college one of the most decorated golfers in Georgia Tech history. During his tenure in Atlanta, he earned All-ACC honors four straight years, won the 2015 Byron Nelson Award and holds the third-best career scoring average, which is impressive given he never missed a tournament. Despite all the accolades, Albertson wasn’t sure he was good enough to win on the Web.com Tour.

That all changed this week.

“I’m better than I thought,” he said. “You are always measuring yourself, but this week we tried not to compare. I was just trying to get better, not necessarily trying to win.”

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