DETROIT — Nate Lashley’s life has changed with his first victory on the PGA Tour.

The Scottsbluff native became the fourth from Nebraska to win a tour-recognized event. On Sunday at the Rocket Mortgage Classic, a relatively mundane 2-under 70 at Detroit Golf Club preserved the six-stroke margin he brought into the final round.

Lashley, who finished at 25-under 263, collected first-place money of $1.314 million, lifting him from 132nd in the tour’s FedEx Cup standings to 40th.

Among the tournaments he’s now eligible for in the next year are the British Open in two weeks, the Masters next April and the Sony Tournament of Champions in early January.

At the par-3 15th hole, fans gave him a standing ovation as he two-putted from 20 feet for another safe par. At the par-4 16th, another two-putt par came after a chant of ‘Let’s Go, Lashley.”

He birdied the 17th and parred the 18th.

Lashey, who graduated from Mitchell High School in 2001 and the University of Arizona in 2005, was the last man in the field this week.

He stayed in the Detroit area after not getting through Monday’s open qualifying for four spots in the tournament, but he was third on the alternate list. When 2000 Cox Classic champion David Berganio Jr. withdrew on Wednesday, a spot opened for Lashley.

Tom Sieckmann, born in York and a Millard High graduate, at the 1988 Anheuser-Busch Classic was the last Nebraska high school graduate with a tour win. Johnny Goodman of Omaha won the 1933 U.S. Open — still its last amateur champion. Mark Calcavecchia, born in Laurel but left the state at age 12, has the 1989 British Open among his wins.

In an on-again, off-again golf career that had him selling Phoenix-area real estate in between, Lashley gave competitive golf one more try by playing on the PGA Tour Latinoamerica circuit in 2015. By winning three of its tournaments in 2016, he moved up in 2017 to the recently renamed Korn Ferry Tour.

At 35, Lashley debuted on the PGA Tour in 2018 but a sore knee cut short his season after 17 tournaments. While on a minor medical exemption, he played in six Korn Ferry events, missing the cut in Omaha, then came up 20 FedEx Cup points short in his first eight events this season for keeping full-time status.

He tied for 29th at the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, for which he had made it through a sectional qualifier in Canada, then was first alternate at last week’s Travelers Championship but didn’t get in.