Andrew Giuliani's golf game doesn't seem to be suffering any deleterious effects from having been kicked off the Duke golf team, as the budding duffer shot a 3-under par to secure his first pro golf victory.
"It's just a first step, but a big first step," said the son of former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, reported NJ.com. "I can't believe my name will join those on the trophy like Walter Hagen, Gene Sarazen and Byron Nelson. I'll enjoy this, then get ready for PGA Tour Qualifying School."
Giuliani, 23, parred five of the last seven holes of the third and final round of the Met Open to finish at 210, good enough for a one-stroke victory and a check for $27,500, reported LoHud.com.
Before Thursday's triumph, the most notable line on Giuliani's golf resume was his dismissal from the Duke University golf team in 2008, which led to a lawsuit being filed by young golfer.
Giuliani accused the school of bad faith for recruiting him with promises of lifetime access to their golfing facilities and then booting him from the team following a string of temper tantrums.
While admitting that he had thrown in apple in a teammate's face, tossed a putter and snapped a golf club in two, Giuliani said he saw no reason to "quibble," claiming that his behavior was nothing next to the bizarre treatment he suffered under coach Orrin Daniel Vincent III.
A judge recommended tossing the suit and Giuliani finished out his academic career at Duke, but skipped his graduation, allegedly to prepare for an upcoming golf tournament.