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Alex Aragon wins Nationwide Tour event

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HAYWARD, Calif. (AP) Former Stanford player Alex Aragon won the TPC Stonebrae Championship on Sunday for his first Nationwide Tour title, closing with a 4-under 66 for a one-stroke victory over Matt Harmon, Duffy Waldorf and Paul Haley II.

Aragon had a 10-under 270 total and earned $108,000 to move to fourth on the money list.

"I'm trying to keep it all in perspective," Aragon said. "It's a major step and I'm proud of myself for doing it. ... I've considered quitting every year since I turned pro. It's tough. I think about it all the time, but I've never even come close.

"I'm not surprised (about winning). I felt like I've prepared my whole life to win golf tournaments at this level and the next level, but to have done it, I'm really just proud of the effort it's taken to do it."

Harmon tied the course record with a 61, and Waldorf and Haley shot 68.

The 33-year-old Aragon avoided a playoff when Waldorf missed a 35-foot birdie putt on the final hole, and Haley missed a 20-footer.

Aragon was in danger of being disqualified Thursday when he locked his key in his car on the way to course, but didn't miss his tee time because of a two-hour fog delay. Then on Friday, he left his wallet at a gas station and when he returned to get it, it was gone.

Because of delays, he didn't play at all Friday, then played 33 holes Saturday and 21 Sunday.

"I kept saying to myself all day I was going to win the tournament," Aragon said. "Regardless of the outcome that's how I wanted to play. I didn't want to play with anything else on my mind.

"I hit maybe one or two sideways shots all day. I putted pretty well and just played smart, I guess. You can make a mistake pretty easily out here because of the severity of the greens. I just played smart and took what the course gave me and then hit some good shots when I needed to."

Updated April 15, 2012

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