Renner collected his first top-five finish on the Web.com Tour this season Sunday with a fifth-place check of $30,000 following the final round of play at Crestview Country Club.
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WICHITA, Kan. — It may not have been a tournament trophy, but it wasn’t a bad consolation prize either for Plainville golfer Jim Renner at the Air Capital Classic.
Renner collected his first top-five finish on the Web.comTour this season Sunday with a fifth-place check of $30,000 following the final round of play at Crestview Country Club. Despite a slow start to the day, Renner closed strong with four birdies on the back nine, including three in a row on holes 13-15, to finish at 4-under 66.
Ollie Schniederjans, who held a two-stroke lead heading into Sunday, won a three-way playoff with Collin Morikawa and J.J. Spaun to earn his first professional tournament win, finishing 17-under for the $112,500 prize.
Schniederjans shot a 64 in the final round and rolled in an 18-foot birdie putt on the second extra hole as the 23-year-old’s firstWeb.com Tour win moved him up to No. 3 on the money list. It is more than enough for him to wrap up a PGA Tour card as a top-25 finisher in the regular season.
“I felt like it was probably a 20-percent chance of making it,” Schniederjans said about the winning putt that broke left to right. “I just wanted to pure the heck out of it and see what happens. It went in beautifully. It was incredible.”
Schniederjans shot a 3-under 67 to match Morikawa and Spaun at 17-under 263.
Renner headed into the final day of the tournament in a six-way tie for third place, three shots behind Schniederjans. After a shaky front nine that included two birdies, along with two bogeys on the third and ninth holes to hit the turn at even-par, Renner birdied the 10th hole to regain his footing.
Back-to-back pars set up Renner’s run of three straight birdies beginning at the 13th hole to drop to 4-under the rest of the way.
In April in Colombia, Schniederjans lost a playoff to Brad Fritsch in the Servientrega Championship.
“I can’t believe how much I’ve learned this year,” Schniederjans said. “I never would’ve thought I had this much to get better at and this much to learn. I needed this year on the Web.com Tour, honestly. I don’t think I was ready for the PGA Tour. Maybe I could’ve been ready, but I wasn’t at my best. This year, I’ve gotten so many things in order. I feel like I’m going out there the best version of myself.”
Morikawa, the Pac-12 freshman of the year at the University of California, shot his second straight 63. He played the final five holes of regulation in 5 under, with an eagle on the par-5 14th and birdies on the par-4 15th, 16th and 18th.
“Ollie played great and J.J. played great,” Morikawa said. “It’s amazing to put myself up here and compete with these guys.”
Spaun finished with his second 64 in a row. He also played the final five holes of regulation in 5 under, with an eagle on 14 and birdies on the next three.
Brandon Hagy was fourth at 16 under after a 65.
Material from The Associated Press contributed to this report.