FRANKLIN, Wis. -- Being behind made all the difference for Mark Brooks in his head-to-head battle with Robert Gamez at the Greater Milwaukee Open.
The co-leaders were tied at 19-under par after 15 holes yesterday, but Brooks was in the group behind Gamez. The arrangement allowed Brooks to see that a risk-free approach was called for down the stretch, and his application of that translated into a one-stroke victory.
"It's not a pretty way to finish, but I got the job done," said Brooks, whose final-round, 2-under 70 gave him an 18-under 270 total for 72 holes. "I tried not to let it affect my shot, but it certainly affected my shot selection a few times."
Brooks, the fifth player to win twice on the PGA Tour this year, won $180,000 to move into fourth place on the money list with $618,167. No one has more than two victories on the tour this year.
Brooks and Gamez ran into trouble on the closing three holes at the 7,030-yard Tuckaway Country Club. Gamez bogeyed the par-5 16th when his shot from a sand trap stayed in the trap, and he bogeyed the par-4 18th when a 4-iron shot went into the bunker behind the green.
"The bogey on 16 took the wind out of my sails," said Gamez, who had trouble capitalizing on what he called the easy par-5 holes at Tuckaway.
However, he said, "I was real happy the way I played. I knew if I could have shot better than 70 I could have won it. . . . I almost did it."