Bergan recovered from his opening 2-over par round with a 9-under 63 Thursday. The 2010 runner up showed no signs of slowing Friday, carding a 66 to win his first Mid-Am championship by a total of eight strokes over second-place finisher Brandon Cissom.
“This is my first Mid-Am win. It feels good. It is a tournament I have always wanted to win. I have come close. I was runner up last year to Tim. I’ve had a couple more top five finishes. I’ve been close a couple of times. It feels good to get it under my belt.
“I won the match play a couple of years ago, so I had already won a state title and I didn’t have that hanging over me also. But, it was good to get this tournament. I wanted to win it somewhere down the road, I have been so close.”
Cissom, who came off a win last week in the Chattanooga TPC, was pleased overall with his three days, but disappointed in the number of putts.
“I played good. I just made a few critical mistakes. I didn’t get up and down from right off the green and three-putted on 12 and 13. Other than that I played good tee to green. The greens messed me up. I three-putted probably six greens this tournament,” he said. “But any time you shoot 72, 71, 68 on this course it’s good. The pins were set tough today.”
First round leader John Maupin struggled Thursday and found tough going again in the final round ending the day with an even-par 72. His three day total of 212 dropped him to fourth place behind Matt Robertson.
“I just never could capture what all went right the first day,” said a somewhat disappointed Maupin. “I got off to a little bit of a rough start today and was 4-over after three. I was happy I was able to hang in there and bring it back somewhat. But, I don’t think anybody was catching Todd this week. He was lights out.”
Bergan’s winning round started with a birdie on No. 3 and continued with back-to-back-to-back birds on five, six and seven to go 11-under par for the tournament. The onslaught continued with two more birdies on 10 and 11 to go 13 under where he finished the tournament.
“I thought if I could get it under par for the tournament Thursday, it would put me back in the hunt or at least have a chance today. I got off to such a good start yesterday (Thursday). I went eagle, birdie, birdie and was 4-under after three holes, so I was already back under par for the tournament. Then, I just kind of kept making them (birdies) as I went along,” he said of his six-birdie round. “John came back a little bit and it was still just a three-shot lead going into today. I was hoping to be within three shots. i was surprised I just kind of took it a little bit deeper Thursday than maybe I had planned.”
After a disappointing trip to Texas, Bergan came back to Tennessee to work on his swing and get ready for the Mid-Am. With only a single practice round on the CCC links, Bergan found his groove Thursday on the driving range and translated the momentum into a win.
“I have been struggling with my swing over the last three or four weeks. I was working with my instructor and I think we got it worked out. It just took me a little time to get confident again that I was going to hit it where I was looking,” he said. “Thursday on the range I started hitting it better and started making some putts. Things started snowballing from there.”
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