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Cameron Tringale finishes tied for second with clear conscience

Cameron Tringale plays a shot from the 16th

Cameron Tringale plays a shot from the 16th tee during the third round of The Barclays at The Ridgewood Country Club on Aug. 23, 2014 in Paramus, N.J. Credit: Getty Images / Darren Carroll

PARAMUS, N.J. - Whatever disappointment Cameron Tringale felt after losing his late share of the lead and finishing tied for second did not show. He was proud to have made an honest effort. Again.

"Being my birthday, I was going to have a great day no matter what. That's been my attitude all week," he said after bogeying No. 18 Sunday and finishing The Barclays at 12 under par, two shots behind champion Hunter Mahan. "I just played with peace that surpassed understanding today."

He was at peace since the previous Friday, when he called the PGA of America and disqualified himself from his tie for 33rd at the recent PGA Championship. He had been bothered that the way he swung his putter over the ball on No. 11 of the final round in Louisville Aug. 17 could have been construed as a stroke. So he told officials that he had signed an incorrect scorecard, which led to him forfeiting his finish and the check for more than $50,000.

"I just decided to get it behind me," he said Sunday. "I try to live my life above reproach and it just seemed like the right thing to do. I was able to come out this week with a clear head and play some golf. I didn't expect it to be this clear."

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