With a final-round 70, Nate Lashley claimed a six-shot victory over Doc Redman at the inaugural Rocket Mortgage Classic.
Lashley finished his four rounds at Detroit Golf Club at 25-under par to secure his first career PGA Tour title. The victory earned the 36-year old Nebraska native $1,314,000, 500 FedExCup points, and 46 Official World Golf Rankings points.
Afterwards, Lashley, a former real estate agent, met with the media to discuss his life-changing victory. Here a few pulls from the back and forth.
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This opens up so many opportunities for you now, you move up to No. 40 in the FedExCup standings, but in terms of the Top 30 making it to the Playoff Finale at East Lake… just so many things that are now on the horizon for you.
NATE LASHLEY: Yeah. You know, job security for one; getting into the majors, the Masters, it’s a dream come true.
Obviously getting into that Top-40, that’s going to be my goal for the rest of the year is to get to that Top-30 and make the TOUR Championship.
So just looking forward to that with the rest of the season.
How do you actually continue to convince yourself that that week is coming?
NATE LASHLEY: You know, over the years I feel like I’ve continued to get better and better, so it’s just — it’s something I’ve always felt like I could compete out here and I just kept telling myself that.
With over the years getting better and getting wins from the Latin Tour, moving up to the Web, getting a win, you know, those weeks gave me enough confidence.
When I came out here, I felt like my first year I struggled a little, it was a tough year, but at the same time I had some times when I played some pretty good golf. So I knew that if I could just maybe get a little bit better, get a little better mentally that I was going to have an opportunity out here to win.
Did you actually sell any houses, how many, and were you very good at it?
NATE LASHLEY: Well, I’ve had my real estate license for just — maybe just a couple years out of college.
One of my buddies is a broker and he kind of convinced me to get it, so I’ve had it for a long time. Sold some houses. I’ve done some rental properties and stuff like that.
I kind of stayed in the real estate business in Arizona and Scottsdale and that area. Yeah. I’ve used it more than you would think
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