Seven long years after he last climbed to the top of a leaderboard, Tom Scherrer did so again -- and might have punched his ticket back to the PGA Tour in the process.
The Skaneateles native used four blistering rounds of golf to claim the title at last week's Nationwide Tour Price Cutter Charity Championship in Springfield, Mo., and claim the first prize of $108,000.
Not only did Scherrer win, he did so with the lowest 72-hole total on the Nationwide Tour this season -- 262, 26 under par on the par-72 Highland Springs Country Club layout, four shots ahead of runner-up Franklin Langham.
Scherrer had not won since 2000, when he claimed his only PGA Tour title at the now-defunct Kemper Open in suburban Washington, D.C., during his second season on the country's main golf circuit.
That win helped Scherrer stay exempt until 2002. A year later, low earnings forced him to go back to the Nationwide Tour, where he had played from 1994 to '98. During this second stint, he toiled for 3 1/2 seasons without finding that winning touch again.
Going to Springfield, Scherrer was 62nd on the Nationwide money list for 2007. At year's end, the top 25 money-winners gain PGA Tour cards, so if Scherrer wanted to get back to the big stage, he needed a win somewhere.
Right from the start, birdies would be required, and Scherrer met the challenge, posting an opening-round 66 at Highland Springs Country Club on Thursday, which made him feel much more confident going into Friday, which just happened to be his 37th birthday.
It turned out to be quite a party.
Playing perhaps the best golf of his career, Scherrer blistered Highland Springs for a 63, the capper coming on the par-three 13th hole, where he put an iron straight into the cup for a hole-in-one. He also had an eagle on the par-five 18th as part of a back-nine 30.