Bud Cauley hits off the second tee during the final round of the Zurich Classic golf tournament at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La., Sunday, April 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)
Bill Haber
August 31, 2014

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) Bud Cauley won the Hotel Fitness Championship on Sunday to regain his PGA Tour card, earning $180,000 in the Web.com Tour Finals opener.

Cauley closed with a 7-under 65 at Sycamore Hills for a one-stroke victory over Colt Knost. The 24-year-old former Alabama player birdied five of the first six holes and finished at 20-under 268.

Cauley was 143rd in the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup standings, forcing him to play the Web.com Tour Finals for the second straight year. Nos. 126-200 in the FedEx Cup and Nos. 26-75 on the Web.com Tour's regular-season money list are playing for 25 PGA Tour cards based on earnings in the four-event series.

Knost shot 68, missing a 10-foot birdie try on the final hole. He earned $108,000 to wrap up a tour card after finishing 34th on the Web.com Tour money list.

The top 25 on the Web.com money list earned PGA Tour cards last week. They are competing against each other for PGA Tour priority, with regular-season earnings counting in their totals.

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