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Giuliani wins the Metropolitan Open

August 27, 2009

Andrew Giuliani, son of former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, won the prestigious Metropolitan Open on Thursday at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, N.J., his first victory as a professional.

Giuliani, 23, closed with an even-par 71 to maintain the one-stroke lead he carried into the final round. Jerry Courville Jr. finished second.

"This is a big-time first step," he told the Metropolitan Golf Association. "To win a championship like this for my first pro victory in my home area, it's just awesome. It's the culmination of a lot of work I've been doing on my game and hopefully it's a step onto even greater things in the future."

Guiliani earned $27,500 for the victory and added his name to a list of past champions that includes Walter Hagen, Gene Sarazen and Byron Nelson.

-- John Strege