PORT ST. LUCIE (Dec. 13, 2019) – When Joshua Rackley saw Dylan Newman win the first two events in the PGA Tournament Series, he had one thought.
“I wanted to do the same thing,” Rackley said.
We all should be so optimistic, because Rackley did exactly that. He fired an 8-under 64 Friday to finish at 8-under 136 and win Event No. 4 of the PGA Tournament Series, his second consecutive win after prevailing in a seven-hole playoff Tuesday.
“I had six tap-ins for birdies,” said Rackley, a PGA Teaching Professional at Tam O’Shanter Golf Club on Long Island. “I shot a 65 Tuesday, so I knew could go low again.”
Rackley started the day in 13th place, five shots out of the lead, but the Brookville, N.Y. resident charged into contention with five birdies on his first eight holes. Because 28 players didn’t finish Thursday’s first round due to a weather delay, Rackley teed off 3 ½ hours before the final group Friday.
He waited to see if anybody could catch him, and nobody did. Ben Cook of Vero Beach and Zach Shriver (71) of Jupiter came the closest at 6-under 138.
“It feels great,” Rackley said. “I’ve never won two tournaments in a row.”
Cook didn’t know it, but he needed to birdie the final hole to tie Rackley. Cook bogeyed No. 18 to shoot anther 69.
“I played solid,” said Cook, a PGA Assistant Professional at John’s Island Club. “I’ll take it.”
Tim Weinhart, who shared the first-round lead at 5-under, shot 72 and finished tied for third with Rich Berberian Jr. (67), Casey Pyne (69), Bob Sowards (70) and Newman (71).
“I got it to 8-under, but doubled No. 9,” said Weinhart, the PGA Director of Instruction at Heritage Golf Links near Atlanta. “That’s golf. Next.”
Newman's fifth-place tie kept him atop the Series money list at $13,425, but Rackley is not far back at $10,608. There are two events left next week.