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Notes: Brigman sizzles with 64, but rally isn’t enough to make top 25

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D.J. Brigman shot Sunday’s best of 7-under 64 at Champions Run in the Cox Classic, but it wasn’t enough to lift the 37-year-old from New Mexico into the regular-season top 25.

He tied for fourth with Kevin Tway at 18 under, three strokes out of the championship playoff.

Through 13 holes, however, he was 8 under for the day and 19 under for the tournament. He stalled by making pars on the next four holes, then faced a must-make pitch shot for his third shot on 18 from the left greenside rough and wound up with bogey.

“I had nothing to lose today,” Brigman said.

Ready for PGA Tour return

Ben Martin couldn’t catch Michael Putnam for No. 1 on the Tour money list in Omaha, but at No. 2 he’ll return to the PGA Tour for the first time since 2011.

“I think I’ve learned how to travel, how to take time off, how to prepare. I’m looking forward to going back,’’ said Martin, 25.

He’s a Clemson graduate who matched Putnam with two wins during the regular season while cashing $399,769. At the Cox Classic, he tied for 40th.

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» Ex-Husker Steve Friesen ended the season No. 180 on the money list at $10,793. Scott Gutschewski of Omaha was No. 186 with $8,413 and John Hurley, formerly of O’Neill, Neb., No. 217 with $3,039.

For next season, Friesen can get into some early tournaments as a recent tournament winner. He was the 2011 Price Cutter Charity Classic champion in Springfield, Mo. Gutschewski will be coming off a medical exemption for a foot injury. Hurley will have to return to the tour’s qualifying tournament.

» Kevin Foley got inside the top 25 with a sizzling finish — an eagle on 17 and one of only six birdies on the day on 18.

» Wes Roach also played clutch down the stretch with three pars and a birdie on 17 to tie for 16th in the tournament and finish No. 22 on the money list. “My heart was pounding on 18,” he said. “I thought I had to make birdie.”

» Second-round leader Brice Garnett bounced back from an 80 Saturday with a 69. Among the relatives the northwest Missourian had at the top-5 ceremony was cousin Paul Garnett of Beatrice, a former Nebraska Golf Association board member.

» A walk-off, two-run homer by its weather guy, meteorologist Wes Hyduke, gave the PGA Tour staff a 15-14 win Saturday night in the annual softball game against the Golf Channel. The tour team is undefeated in the 18-year series.

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