BERTHOUD, Col. – Tag Ridings recorded his second victory as a professional golfer, and the first since 2002, as the 2019 Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor inductee birdied four in a row out of the first nine and shot a strength of 4 under par 68 in a three-way qualifier at the TPC Colorado Championship at Heron Lakes on the Korn Ferry Tour. Overall, Ridings shot rounds of 70-68-66-68 for a total of 72 holes of 272 (-16).
In the playoffs, Ridings and David Skinns each birdied the first hole, the 16th par-3, making it a two-way playoff series as Kevin Yu posted a par. Ridings and Skinns played 16th again and Ridings won it with a par to secure his Korn Ferry status for next season to keep his hopes of returning to the PGAAA TOUR alive.
Ironically, Ridings’ other victory – 19 years ago – came in the playoffs and he also shot 16 under 72 holes. Yu, who was in the three-way playoffs, was born in 1998, a year after Ridings turned pro in 1997.
Ridings, who started the final round two-headed, played in the final group on Sunday with compatriot Razorback Taylor Moore, who led after rounds one and three. Moore has recorded his ninth top 10 of the season, 12th top 26 in the last 13 events and is on course to earn his PGA TOUR card for next season. #ProHog Nicolas Echavarria was also on the pitch, who climbed 18 places on the final day scoring under 68-4 to finish tied for 42nd.
Including today’s win, Ridings has three top 25s this season on the Korn Ferry Tour. His previous victory on the Korn Ferry Tour came in August 2002 when he beat Mark Hensby with a hole and an eagle on the first hole of the playoffs to win the Permian Basin Open on what was the Buy.com Tour at the time.
Ridings turned pro after being selected three times by the All-SEC with the Razorbacks. Constituencies participated in 239 PGA TOUR events from 2000-17 and had one runner-up, three top 5, 13 top 10 and 25 top 25.