Dodds Cruises to Victory in Virginia
Deane's brother, Brenden Pappas, tied Jonathan Byrd, who was a co-leader with Dodds after the second round, at 6-under. David Gossett was alone in fifth at 5-under 283.
Dodds broke the tie with Byrd at the first hole when he hit a 9-iron to 15 feet. He got breathing room when he holed a 12-foot birdie at the fifth. Byrd dropped a shot at No. 7 when he dumped his tee shot at the par-3 hole into the water, giving Dodds a three-shot edge.
Dodds comments on how his daughter inspired his win
The lead stayed around three over Byrd and Deane Pappas even though Dodds dropped a shot with a missed 15-foot par save at No. 9. He bogeyed the 10th as well when he hit a poor third shot into a bunker and failed to get up and down. Byrd bogeyed the same hole and Deane Pappas parred the remaining holes to keep the lead at three.
Dodds rebounded from the back-to-back bogeys at No. 11 when he wedged his approach shot to four feet for birdie. He birdied the par-5 16th to grab a five-shot advantage.
He bogeyed the final two holes and held on for the win, his third on the Buy.Com Tour.
Dodds, who won the 1998 Greater Greensboro Classic on the PGA Tour, was motivated for victory after a conversation with his five-year-old daughter, Audrey.
'Last week, she said, 'Dad all your trophies at home have got dust on them. I think it's time we need a new trophy.',' recounted Dodds, who pocketed $76,500 for the win. 'In many ways it kind of put things back in perspective for me that that's really what I should be playing for. It just fired me up a little bit, and I went out and had fun.'
Deane Pappas, the winner of the Monterrey Open in March of this year, could not capitalize on the back nine after he birdied four of his last five holes as he was set to make the turn.
'I was 9-under at the turn and I figured if I could get a couple of birdies, maybe two or three on the back nine, I would have a chance,' said Pappas. 'He's obviously playing solid golf.'
Chris Couch, who captured the season-opening Florida Classic, took solo sixth place. Rod Pampling, Craig Matthew, Mike Heinen and Heath Slocum tied for seventh at minus-three.
Defending champion Ryuji Imada, who was only four shots back after 36 holes, shot 76-75 over the weekend to finish tied for 22nd at even-par 288.
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Erik van Rooyen (66) was second, three strokes ahead of Shaun Norris (65) and Tapio Pulkkanen (68).
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Rules changes include no more viewer call-ins
Although the Rules of Golf modernization is still a year away, officials continue to refine parts of the rulebook including an overhaul of the video review protocols.
A “working group” led by the USGA and R&A announced on Monday the new protocols, which include assigning a rule official to a tournament broadcast to resolve rules issues.
The group – which includes the PGA Tour, European Tour, LPGA tour and PGA of America – also voted to stop considering viewer call-ins when processing potential rule violations.
In addition, a new local rule was announced that will discontinue the penalty for signing an incorrect scorecard when the player was unaware of the violation.
In April, Lexi Thompson was penalized four strokes during the final round when officials at the ANA Inspiration learned via e-mail from a viewer of an infraction that occurred during the third round. Thompson was penalized two strokes for incorrectly marking her golf ball and two for signing an incorrect scorecard.
“The message is, as a fan, enjoy watching the game and the best players in the world, but also have the confidence that the committee in charge of the competition have the rules handled,” Thomas Pagel, the USGA’s senior director of the Rules of Golf, said on Golf Channel’s "Morning Drive" on Monday. “Let’s leave the rules and the administration of the event to the players and to those responsible for running the tournament.”
The working group was created in April to review the use of video in applying the rules and the role of viewer call-ins, and initially issued a decision to limit the use of video through the introduction of the “reasonable judgment” and “naked eye” standard.
According to that decision, which was not a rule, “so long as the player does what can reasonably be expected under the circumstances to make an accurate determination, the player’s reasonable judgment will be accepted, even if later shown to be inaccurate by the use of video evidence.”
The new protocols will be implemented starting on Jan. 1.
A comprehensive overhaul of the Rules of Golf is currently underway by the USGA and R&A that will begin on Jan. 1, 2019.