Punahou Grad Finishes in Top Five in PGA Tour

DULUTH, Georgia (KHNL) -- The weekend's AT&T Classic was a roller coaster ride for Punahou grad Parker McLachlin.

At one point in the final round, he was on top of the leader board but he ended up finishing in a tie for fifth.

For Parker McLachlin, letting his first career PGA tour win slip away was the worst part of last weekend's ride.

But in hind sight, he told us there's still a lot of positives he can walk away with.

His eagle on the par four 13th gave Parker McLachlin a real shot at winning his first career PGA title. But three bogeys in his final five holes left him wondering what could have been.

"It is what it is, it was my first time being in that situation, and I think I handled it okay, but I know there's definitely some things that I can get better at both mentally and technically," said McLachlin.

Not all was at loss for McLachlin though. His fifth place finish tied his best career outing on the tour.

"I would've liked to have finished with a win there, but anytime you finish in the top five on the tour, you're feeling pretty good," he said.

That good feeling is also being felt in Parker's bank account too. His performance won him a check for more than $200,000 dollars.

"As of right now I think I've made a thousand dollars more than I made all of last year put together so that's pretty cool," he said.

Dollars aside, the experience is the most valuable thing he's taking away.

"That's what I want to keep trying to do, and put myself in those types of situations over and over again and I'm pretty sure the next time I'm in that situation I'll be able to handle it better and come out on top," he said.

Parker's next stop on the tour is this weeks colonial invitational in Texas which tees off on Thursday.