March 13, 2012
Santiago, Chile (Nationwide Tour story) – Rookie Paul Haley admitted his final round in the Chile Classic presented by Pacific Rubiales Energy “wasn’t pretty, but it was good enough.” Haley started the last day with a six-stroke lead and needed only a 1-under-par 71 at the Prince of Wales Country Club to finish at 22-under par, win by three and earn his first win in just his third career start.
“I expected to come out here and play well but nobody expects to win in their third professional start,” said the 24-year-old Georgia Tech grad. “This is awesome.”
Stanford’s Joesph Bramlett made a charge up the ranks and put pressure on the leader by matching the course record with an 8-under 64 to finish at 19-under and solo second. Paul Claxton (68) was third, four shots back. Steven Alker (66) and Rob Oppenheim (69) tied for fourth, six off the pace.
Haley has earned $111,480 in three events this year and ranks second on the Nationwide Tour in earnings. The Dallas, Texas, native shot 67-64-64-71 last weekend to earn the victory.
He earned his status on the Nationwide Tour through his performance in the PGA Tour’s qualifying school last fall. He earned eight top-10 finishes in his Tech career, winning twice as a senior, including the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship, to earn All-ACC honors.