Flanagan Wins Earns PGA TOUR Promotion

By Sports NetworkAugust 19, 2007, 4:00 pm
Nationwide TourROCHESTER, New York -- Nick Flanagan roared from behind Sunday with a 7-under 63 to overtake James Driscoll and win the Xerox Classic.
 
Flanagan ended the tournament at 10-under-par 270, one stroke clear of Driscoll, who coughed up a four-stroke lead in the final six holes. Driscoll closed with a 1-over 71 to finish at minus-9.
 
'My finish to last season wasn't that great so I worked hard in the off season. I wanted to come out and fulfill my potential,' said Flanagan, who picked up $108,000. 'I said to my caddie at Q School last December that I was going to come out here and win three. I guess I did it. It took until August, but I did it.'
 
The 23-year-old Flanagan earns an instant promotion to the PGA TOUR as this was his third win of the season. Earlier this year, he won the Henrico County Open and the BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs. In 2003, Jason Gore was the last to earn the Battlefield or three-win promotion.
 
With the FedEx Cup playoffs starting next week, the first PGA TOUR event Flanagan is eligible for is the Turning Stone Resort Championship, which takes place September 20-23.
 
'I guess I'll take some time off,' said Flanagan of his plans. 'I'm looking forward to getting out there and playing the rest of the year.'
 
Jason Day, who is No. 2 on the money list, closed with a 1-under 69. Day ended alone in third at minus-7while David McKenzie, Scott Parel and Justin Bolli were one shot further back at 6-under-par 274.
 
Driscoll was playing steady golf as he was 2-under for his round through 11 holes. The birdies he carded on the third and 11th moved him to 12-under par, four clear of Flanagan at Irondequoit Country Club.
 
Flanagan, who was playing three groups ahead of Driscoll, eagled the par-5 third to start his round. He rolled in a 7-footer for birdie on nine, then chipped in for birdie at 10 to move to 7 under.
 
The Australian birdied the 12th to get within three of Driscoll after his birdie at 11. The gap was down to two as Driscoll could not save par from a greenside bunker on the 13th.
 
Flanagan pulled within two strokes as he drained a 30-foot birdie try at 16. He parred the 17th, before converting a birdie putt from over 20 feet at the last to get in at 10 under.
 
With his group on the clock for slow play, Driscoll faltered on the 16th. He three-putted from the fringe for double-bogey to slide one behind Flanagan.
 
Driscoll knocked his second over the green at the 17th, but saved par from 18 feet. Needing birdie at the last for force a playoff, Driscoll dropped his approach 18 feet below the hole.
 
With Flanagan on the driving range staying loose, Driscoll's birdie putt came up short and right of the cup. He tapped in for par to finish second for the second time this season as Flanagan was congratulated on the range.
 
'I can't believe I won today that's for sure. I didn't think I could quite get there from seven back, but I shot seven-under and that is what I wanted to do,' Flanagan stated. 'I played average on the front nine and had that lucky shot on three and made eagle there, then had a good birdie on nine. I got lucky again on 10 and things just went right for me.'
 
David Mathis stumbled to a 2-over 72 Sunday to end alone in seventh at 5-under-par 275. Fran Quinn was one stroke further back at minus-4 after closing with 67.
 
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    Perez skips Torrey, 'upset' with Ryder Cup standings

    By Will GrayJanuary 24, 2018, 2:19 am

    Pat Perez is unhappy about his standing on the U.S. Ryder Cup points list, and his situation won't improve this week.

    Perez won the CIMB Classic during the fall portion of this season, and he followed that with a T-5 finish at the inaugural CJ Cup. But he didn't receive any Ryder Cup points for either result because of a rule enacted by the American task force prior to the 2014 Ryder Cup which only awards points during the calendar year of the biennial matches as well as select events like majors and WGCs during the prior year.

    As a result, Perez is currently 17th in the American points race - behind players like Patrick Reed, Zach Johnson, Bill Haas and James Hahn, none of whom have won a tournament since the 2016 Ryder Cup - as he looks to make a U.S. squad for the first time at age 42.

    "That kind of upset me a little bit, the fact that I'm (17) on the list, but I should probably be (No.) 3 or 4," Perez told Golf Digest. "So it kind of put a bitter taste in my mouth. The fact that you win on the PGA Tour and you beat some good players, yet you don't get any points because of what our committee has decided to do."

    Perez won't be earning any points this week because he has opted to tee it up at the European Tour's Omega Dubai Desert Classic. The decision comes after Perez finished T-21 last week at the Singapore Open, and it means that the veteran is missing the Farmers Insurance Open in his former hometown of San Diego for the first time since 2001.

    Perez went to high school a few minutes from Torrey Pines, and he defeated a field that included Tiger Woods to win the junior world title on the South Course in 1993. His father, Tony, has been a longtime starter on the tournament's opening hole, and Perez was a runner-up in 2014 and tied for fourth last year.

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    Woods favored to miss Farmers Insurance Open cut

    By Will GrayJanuary 24, 2018, 1:54 am

    If the Las Vegas bookmakers are to be believed, folks in the San Diego area hoping to see Tiger Woods this week might want to head to Torrey Pines early.

    Woods is making his first competitive start of the year this week at the Farmers Insurance Open, and it will be his first official start on the PGA Tour since last year's event. He missed nearly all of 2017 because of a back injury before returning with a T-9 finish last month at the Hero World Challenge.

    But the South Course at Torrey Pines is a far different test than Albany, and the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook lists Woods as a -180 favorite to miss the 36-hole cut. It means bettors must wager $180 to win $100, while his +150 odds to make the cut mean a bettor can win $150 with a $100 wager.

    Woods is listed at 25/1 to win. He won the tournament for the seventh time in 2013, but in three appearances since he has missed the 36-hole cut, missed the 54-hole cut and withdrawn after 12 holes.

    Here's a look at the various Woods-related prop bets available at the Westgate:

    Will Woods make the 36-hole cut? Yes +150, No -180

    Lowest single-round score (both courses par 72): Over/Under 70

    Highest single-round score: Over/Under 74.5

    Will Woods finish inside the top 10? Yes +350, No -450

    Will Woods finish inside the top 20? Yes +170, No -200

    Will Woods withdraw during the tournament? Yes +650, No -1000

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    Monahan buoyed by Tour's sponsor agreements

    By Rex HoggardJanuary 24, 2018, 12:27 am

    SAN DIEGO – Farmers Insurance announced on Tuesday at Torrey Pines a seven-year extension of the company’s sponsorship of the Southern California PGA Tour event. This comes on the heels of Sony extending its sponsorship of the year’s first full-field event in Hawaii through 2022.

    Although these might seem to be relatively predictable moves, considering the drastic makeover of the Tour schedule that will begin with the 2018-19 season, it is a telling sign of the confidence corporations have in professional golf.

    “It’s a compliment to our players and the value that the sponsors are achieving,” Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said.

    Monahan said that before 2014 there were no 10-year title sponsorship agreements in place. Now there are seven events sponsored for 10-years, and another five tournaments that have agreements in place of at least seven years.

    “What it means is, it gives organizations like the Century Club [which hosts this week’s Farmers Insurance Open], when you have that level of stability on a long-term basis that allows you to invest in your product, to grow interest and to grow the impact of it,” Monahan said. “You experienced what this was like in 2010 or seen other tournaments that you don’t know what the future is.S o to go out and sell and inspire a community and you can’t state that we have a long-term agreement it’s more difficult.”

    Events like this year’s Houston Open, Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, and The National all currently don’t have title sponsors – although officials at Colonial are confident they can piece together a sponsorship package. But even that is encouraging to Monahan considering the uncertainty surrounding next season’s schedule, which will include the PGA Championship moving to May and The Players to March as well as a pre-Labor Day finish to the season.

    “When you look back historically to any given year [the number of events needing sponsors] is lower than the typical average,” Monahan said. “As we start looking to a new schedule next year, you get excited about a great schedule with a great group of partners.”

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    Day WDs from Farmers pro-am because of sore back

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 24, 2018, 12:07 am

    SAN DIEGO – Jason Day has withdrawn from the Wednesday pro-am at the Farmers Insurance Open, citing a sore back.

    Day, the 2015 champion, played a practice round with Tiger Woods and Bryson DeChambeau on Tuesday at Torrey Pines, and he is still expected to play in the tournament.

    Day was replaced in the pro-am by Whee Kim. 

    Making his first start since the Australian Open in November, Day is scheduled to tee off at 1:30 p.m. ET Thursday alongside Jon Rahm and Brandt Snedeker.