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Cal Alumnus Shoots Closing 64 To Vault Up Standings
BOCA RATON, Fla. – California men’s golf alumnus Charlie Wi tied for second in the TimberTech Championship and a third-round 64 secured him fully exempt PGA TOUR Champions status for 2024 on Sunday at The Old Course at Broken Sound.
Wi – a 2002 Cal Athletics Hall of Fame inductee who became the first Golden Bear golfer to earn first-team All-America recognition – finished tied with Bernhard Langer at 9-under-par for the tournament behind winner Padraig Harrington (-16). Wi tied Harrington for low round on Sunday with a 64, and it moved him from a tie for 20th entering the day into a tie for second. The Golden Bear jumped from 54th in the Schwab Cup standings to 35th, resulting in the full exempt status and a spot in the PGA TOUR Champions season finale next week.
Wi was bogey-free in the third round on Sunday, carding birdies on holes 2, 3, 7, 10, 13, 14 and 16.
Wi is the first player in program history to earn fully exempt PGA TOUR Champions status.
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