WICHITA, Kan. — If at first you don’t succeed, try again. It worked for Jhonattan Vegas.
The big man from Venezuela fought Sundays breezes for a fantastic, 7-under 64, to come from behind and win the 2010 Wichita Open.
"It wasn't easy, I knew I had to go out and do it. I know it can be dne from last year," said Vegas. "(I) went out there and played my own game and things happened my way."
Vegas thrilled crowds last year as the 54 hole leader, until he fell apart in the final.
"This course and Wichita have been good to me," Vegas said, smiling from ear to ear. "I feel really comfortable and I feel like I'm at home and to feel that way is always good."
This years 54-hole lead belonged to Roberto Castro, who was a birdie machine in the first three rounds but missed putt after putt on Sunday, shooting even par, 71.
"At the end of last year, I played some Nationwide events and had some good finishes and didn't get (full time) status out here," said Castro. "I felt like I could play out here but it's just not getting me into tournaments. I kept the faith all year until I got in and it paid off."
While Vegas soared, many of the third round contenders faded.
Scott Gutschewski was in the hunt all week but the Top-25 money leader couldn't capitalize on the green when it counted and finished tied for 11th.
Australian Steven Bowditch recovered well all week and actually birdied the 17th hole from off the green to tie Castro, but an errant tee shot on 18 was his coffin nail.
Vegas finished an hour before Castro teed off on the final hole. And he needed a birdie to tie but his first victory wouldn't come this time.
This is Vegas' first Nationwide Tour title.