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Brescher defends title with 5-under round

July 22, 2014

By Will Nations

Eddie Brescher finished strong in the final two rounds of the 40th Mississippi PGA Trustmark Invitational.
After shooting a 2-over 74 in the rain-plagued opening round Friday, the amateur from Hattiesburg played bogey-free golf on the last 36 holes to defend his 2013 title Sunday at Old Waverly Golf Course in West Point. Brescher completed the final round with a 5-under 67 with three birdies on the back nine, defeating two-round leader T.J. Morgan by one stroke —– an 8-under, 208 victory.
“I’ve always struggled to read the greens (at Old Waverly)," Brescher said. "This week that was not the case. I had a real comfort zone on the greens. I tried to keep things simple and it worked out.”
Brescher, an assistant golf coach for Southern Miss, was six strokes behind Morgan as he entered the third round. He did not get the lead until the final hole. Morgan, holding a one-stroke, 9-under advantage, splashed his No. 18 hole tee shot into the water hazard and later double bogied the par 4.
Brescher was told the news while standing at the practice green near the clubhouse. He didn’t believe it at first.
“I had no clue,” he said. “An official told me to hold on, there might be a playoff. Then I was told I had won. I am speechless. This is special.”

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