PASADENA, Calif. (May 18, 2008)--Kevin Fitzgerald had never played a round at the Brookside Golf Club, site of the 73rd annual Pasadena City Championship, but his fourth round Sunday at the tourney was enough to put some serious pressure on defending champ (and Brookside member) Tim Hogarth.
But in the end, it wasn't enough to unseat the defending champ, who finished the 72-hole event, played Thursday-Sunday, at 12-under-par 12-under-par 274, two strokes clear of Fitzgerald.
Hogarth got off to a hot start in his title defense, firing a 6-under-66 on Day 1, but still found himself in a tie for second with Kent Wiese, trailing Scott Lorenz.
But where Wiese and Lorenz would fade down the stretch, finishing in 4th and 5th, respectively, Hogarth followed up with another 66 in Round 3 before settling into a conservative 71 in Round 4 to win the title.
"I wasn't as comfortable as I was (Saturday)," Hogarth told the Inland Valley Daily Herald on Sunday. "I didn't seem to have a lot of control, not like Saturday, so I decided straight off I had to play a different game. I had to adjust (mentally) and play safe."
Fitzgerald notched four straight birdies on holes 9-12 to cut Hogarth's lead to two strokes, but would get no closer as Hogarth made in improbable birdie on par-5 15th, keeping Fitzgerald at arm's length.
Earlier in the month Hogarth won his fourth straight Kelly Cup.