The Players Amateur: Mills inches out victory

BLUFTON, SC (July 10, 2011) -- After struggling on the front nine, Corbin Mills came from behind today to shoot 4 birdies on the back nine for a final round 72. His 12-under-par, four day total was enough to win the 12th annual Players Amateur by one stroke.

Mills inched out LSU's Curtis Thompson and Patrick Rodgers from Avon, Indiana who both scored 11-under. Thompson shot a final round 66 and Rodgers carded a 67.

It was the second win in as many weeks for Mills, a rising junior at Clemson University. Last week he won the US Amateur Public Links and earned an exemption into The Masters.

Today's win at the Belfair Golf Club earns him a spot in the 2012 RBC Heritage. The Easley, SC resident is the first Clemson golfer to win the Players Amateur.

Results: Players Amateur
1SCCorbin MillsEasley, SC100067-69-68-72--276
T2FLCurtis ThompsonCoral Springs, FL70071-72-68-66--277
T2INPatrick RodgersAvon, IN70072-69-69-67--277
4CAMax HomaValencia, CA50069-70-69-70--278
T5KoreaEric ChunKorea50068-70-71-71--280

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ABOUT THE Players Amateur

While competing in the 1999 US Amateur Championship at Pebble Beach, former US Walker Cup Team members, Duke Delcher and Tom McKnight discussed the formation of a premier 72-hole stroke play amateur golf tournament. The inaugural Players Amateur was held the next summer. Former British Open Champion, Ben Curtis, was the winner of the 2000 event.  In 2004, the Heritage Classic Foundation began running the event. The Heritage Classic Foundation was formed in 1987 as a 501 (c) (3), not- for-profit organization, it serves as the operational and financial oversight group for the PGA Tour RBC Heritage Classic. The Foundation distributes all charitable funds generated from the tournaments to charity. The winner of The Players Amateur gets an exemption into the PGA Tour RBC Heritage Classic, as well as the Master of the Amateurs tournament in Melbourne, Australia.

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