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Broadaway finishes fifth in Chiquita

Photo by Mike Phillips

Photo by Mike Phillips

MIANEVILLE, Ohio --- Josh Broadaway knows it, and everyone around him is starting to feel it. It's coming.

That's what Broadaway took with him when he left the Chiquita Classic and the TPC River's Bend Course in Cincinnati, where Broadaway flirted with his first tournament title on the Nationwide Tour.

He danced with the leaderboard and led after two days before Russell Knox took over and scorched the course the final two rounds.

to win at 263. Knox was nine-under on Saturday and six-under on Sunday.

"He kind of took off and ran away with it,'' said Broadaway, who finished tied at fifth with Chris Nallan, six strokes back at 269. I knew it would take a great round to catch him.''

Still, Broadaway jumped off to a fast start.

"I started off real good and birdied 1 and 3, but I had a bad bogey at No. 4, and I kind of lost my momentum,'' Broadaway said. "Then I had a par at the fifth hole, a hole I have birdied all week.''

Broadaway came back to birdie No. 8 and No. 9, but by the time he turned for the final back nine of the tournament, Knox had fled and was still flying.

"I saw the board at No. 9 and he was at 23 (under) and I made the turn at 17, so I knew I was six strokes back, so I kind of knew then,'' Broadaway said. "He's a great golfer.''

Broadaway, an Albany native who graduated from Byne Christian and played college golf at Troy, has been on the Nationwide Tournament for six years, and this is a week he will never forget. It was the first time he led after two rounds, and he liked the feeling.

"I had it going this week,'' Broadaway said. "All in all I took a lot pressure and played well. I made a lot of birdies.''

He finished with 27 birdies over four days and made eight in a row during one stretch when he fired back-to-back 65s to open the tournament.

"Hopefully, I can build off this,'' he said. "This gave me a lot of confidence. I proved a lot to myself. I showed I can play under pressure.''

That's where Broadaway is today, closing in on a title he's been chasing for a half dozen years, and closing with a new built confidence.

"Yeah, it's coming,'' he said. "That's what they say. If you keep knocking on the door long enough eventually it will open for you.''