Casey Wittenberg almost punched an early ticket to the PGA Tour on Sunday. Instead, he came up a shot shy of a playoff for the Web.com Tour's Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational.
Wittenberg made a bogey at No. 17 on the Scarlet Course of the Ohio State University to shoot 3-under 68 and finish at 11 under par - a shot behind newly minted pro Luke Guthrie and Ben Kohles. Guthrie birdied three of the final five holes to card 5-under 66 and catch Kohles (70).
Kohles won the playoff with a birdie on the first hole, picking up his maiden Web.com Tour win just a week after turning pro following an All-American career at the University of Virginia. He was one of a dozen collegiate players invited to compete in the event.
Had Wittenberg won the tournament, he would have picked up his third Web.com Tour victory of the year and earned an instant promotion to the PGA Tour for the remainder of the season. Though Wittenberg will have to wait at least one week to get his PGA Tour card, he is assured a spot there in 2013 based on his finish on the Web.com Tour money list.
Winning in his first pro start, Kohles picked up $144,000 and is now 13th on the money list. The top 25 earn status on the PGA Tour next season.