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Trevor Immelman was a relieved man after he secured his PGA Tour card for next season with victory at the Hotel Fitness Championship.
The South African has had a tough time since winning the Masters in 2008, struggling with both fitness and form.
The victory at Augusta secured him a five-year PGA Tour exemption but that has now expired and Immelman has been left to scrap it out for his card next season.
However the one-shot victory in the first event of the Web.com Tour finals has done enough to secure his card for next season, much to his relief.
“There’s no doubt this is huge for me,” he told PGAtour.com. “It’s been a long, frustrating road for me.
“It was so disappointing to lose my card. I’m not going to lie, I’ve struggled since 2008. I’ve been wondering if I’d be able to get back to playing the way I know I can play.”
“I think my wife and family truly understands how frustrating things were for me. This is really sweet and I’m going to enjoy it.”
Immelman, who is down at 143 in this year’s FedEx Cup standings, started the day five shots behind overnight leader Patrick Cantlay but fired a brilliant 64 to edge out his rival and take the win and walk away with a $180,000 cheque.