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MLB.com-sponsored golfer Stefani ties for seventh

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PGA Tour rookie Shawn Stefani entered Sunday's final round at the FedEx St. Jude Classic with a one-shot lead, but finished the tournament tied for seventh after shooting a 6-over-par 76.

Stefani, who has an MLB.com logo on his golf bag, finished six strokes behind Harris English, who won the Classic in Memphis, Tenn.

PGA Tour rookie Shawn Stefani entered Sunday's final round at the FedEx St. Jude Classic with a one-shot lead, but finished the tournament tied for seventh after shooting a 6-over-par 76.

Stefani, who has an MLB.com logo on his golf bag, finished six strokes behind Harris English, who won the Classic in Memphis, Tenn.

The 31-year-old from Houston birdied only one hole, the 16th, while posting five bogeys and a double bogey on the 15th hole. He shot 38 on the front nine and did the same on the back nine, ultimately coming up short of what could have been his first victory.

Stefani and MLB.com agreed in May to a sponsorship deal that puts the MLB.com logo on his bag as he plays the remainder of the year on tour.

He led English by one stroke and three others by three strokes entering play on Sunday. He shot a 3-under 67 in Round 1, 5-under 65 in Round 2 and 4-under 66 in Round 3. Scott Stallings and Phil Mickelson tied for second.

The performance matches Stefani's best finish in his first season on the PGA Tour. He also tied for seventh at the Tampa Bay Championship in March. He entered this week ranked No. 148 in FedEx points.

Much like this weekend's St. Jude Classic, Stefani had a lead at one point in the Tampa Bay Championship, entering Round 3 atop the field.

Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry.

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