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Golfer ranked 2,930th goes from delivering groceries to earning $216K with 2nd place at Kenya Open

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NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) 鈥 Only a week after he was delivering groceries to make ends meet, the 2,930th-ranked golfer Joe Dean finished tied for second at the Kenya Open on Sunday to earn himself more than $200,000 and a huge shot of confidence for the future.

鈥淚 don鈥檛 think it鈥檚 sunk in yet,鈥 the Englishman said. 鈥淚t鈥檚 what people dream of, it鈥檚 what I鈥檝e been aiming to do for a long time.鈥

Dean shot a 4-under 67, including five birdies, to share a second-place finish with Spaniard Nacho Elvira (66) at two shots behind tournament winner Darius Van Driel, who claimed his first European Tour win at age 34.

The 29-year-old Dean had to go back to working for a British supermarket chain after he missed the cut in Doha earlier this month.

鈥淚鈥檝e never been one of the most over-confident people. Coming into this week was a bit daunting,鈥 he said. 鈥淟uckily, I managed to get over that quickly and figure out how to get around the golf course.鈥

Dean and Eliva each won 199,749 euros ($216,200).

Van Driel (67) only had four bogeys throughout the tournament at Muthaiga Golf Club, including one on Sunday. He finished at 14 under overall.

鈥淚t means a lot,鈥 Van Driel said about his first title. 鈥淚 was calm, but once the last putt went in I felt the emotions. I never thought it would hit that hard, but it did.鈥

Nacho鈥檚 younger brother Manuel Elvira (70) was one of three players three shots back.

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