Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Tomasulo Hopeful for Future after Victory

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Tomasulo Hopeful for Future after Victory

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Sunday's victory in the United Leasing Championship at Victoria National didn't gift Peter Tomasulo with his biggest payday in professional golf, but it might prove more valuable for other reasons. After everything he has been through the past two years, Tomasulo gave his career a much-needed boost when he prevailed in a four-hole playoff over David Lingmerth. Not only was the win good for Tomasulo's confidence, but it also was a sign maybe his body really isn't conspiring against him at the ripe ol' age of 30.

"This is the first time in a while I've felt healthy," said Tomasulo, who had to have surgery to repair torn cartilage in his hip in February, then learned he would have to go back under the knife for hernia surgery in mid-April. "Hopefully, I don't have to have any more surgeries. I feel great now.

"I missed playing golf. I missed being out on the road. I missed competing."

He competed overtime Sunday - earning every penny of the winner's check of $99,000.

When he reached No. 18 for the first time Sunday afternoon, Tomasulo knew playing it safe was the wise thing to do. If he could have walked off the course with his 13th par of the day, his path back to the PGA Tour would be back on track.

But Tomasulo had had his battles with No. 18 all week. Sunday was no different after he pushed his drive into the water to the right of the fairway. "I just hit it bad, fanned it out to the right," he said. "Terrible shank."

After shooting a 68 on Sunday, Lingmerth had been in the clubhouse for more than an hour just chilling with his 11-under par total for the tournament, knowing he just needed one mistake by Tomasulo to force a playoff.

With that one shanked drive, Lingmerth got his wish.

And that was just the start of Tomasulo's string of missed opportunities over the next hour. On two of the first three playoff holes, the Californian had short putts that would have put a quick end to drama being televised by The Golf Channel.

The one that stung the most was the five-footer he missed on No. 9 - the third playoff hole - when Tomasulo overcompensated for a right to left break. …

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