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After Almost Quitting Golf, Svoboda Wins Charity Championship

Andrew Svoboda won the 2013 Price Cutter Charity Championship.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Four golfers teed off on championship sunday within 2 strokes of Alex Prugh.

Among those chasing, Daniel Chopra and Andrew Svoboda.

Between Prugh and Chopra, the Swede needs this victory more. Prugh has already qualified for next year's PGA Tour. A victory today would propel Chopra in to the Top 25 and on to the next level.

But Chopra had trouble from the start missing this birdie attempt on number one and never really challenged.

While the leaders were on the front side, Matt Davidson had tied for the lead. He blistered Highland Springs with an 8 under par 64. On 18 this birdie putt tied him for the lead at 18 under par.

"I'm going to go kind of keep my eyes on the scores, try to get something to eat, but we'll see," Davidson said after he finished. "Obviously I would think somebody will make a couple of birdies but you never know."

Prugh kept pace for the first nine holes but by 11 he had lost his 2 stroke lead and finished where he started at 16 under.

"I was talking to my caddie, if I would have made that putt on number 9 that would have gotten momentum going in the right direction," said Prugh. "I still had good birdie opportunities on the next couple of holes but unfortunately couldn't get that putter hot."

Andrew Svoboda was playing in the group ahead of Prugh and caught fire. He birdies here to grab sole possession of first at 19 under.

"Really a defining moment right there because I made the birdie and I went on a little birdie run birdying the next two holes," said Svoboda. "So that was really a key shot."

The 33-year old from the New York City area birdies 12 then rolled in this 30 footer for a birdie on 13 for another birdie to go 21 under, three up on the field.

"I did a lot of breathing and just kept telling myself, you can do this," he said. "Youre good enough to make this. Youre good enough to win. And it worked out."

Svoboda cruised from there, rolling in this par putt to finish at 22 under, winning the $121,500 first place check and his first ever Web.Com championship.

"Yeah it's incredible," he said. "Started playing golf when I was ten, and just to get to this achievement means everything to me. Its a dream come true and Im just really excited."

Svoboda admitted earlier this week he thought about quitting the game because of a bad start.

"I hadnt been playing that great on tour and it wasnt looking that great," he said. "I had two events to really do something. I needed a 1st or a 2nd so I got a 1st."

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