Mathis Claims BMW Charity Pro-Am

By Sports NetworkMay 18, 2008, 4:00 pm
Nationwide TourGREER, S.C. -- David Mathis stumbled to a bogey on the final hole Sunday, but it did nothing but cut his winning margin to three strokes as he claimed his first Nationwide Tour title at the BMW Charity Pro-Am.
Mathis, who led after the second and third rounds, cruised to a 3-under 68 to finish the tournament at 20-under-par 266.
'Gosh, I just wanted to play well so bad,' stated an emotional Mathis. 'It's awesome.'
It was his first win on tour and came a two weeks after he closed with a 74 to end in sixth at the South Georgia Classic.
'I think I just got so ahead of myself early in the round and I wanted to put pressure on the leader. I think I just got fast and bogeyed a couple holes early,' admitted Mathis. 'Man, I'm just so thankful.'
Roger Tambellini fired a 6-under 65 Sunday to end alone in second place at 17-under-par 269. Matt Weibring, who was also searching for his first tour win, closed with an even-par 71 to take third at minus-16.
After play rotated over three courses for the first three rounds, the par-71 Thornblade Club hosted the final round. The other two courses were the par-72 Bright's Creek Golf Club and the par-72 Carolina Country Club.
Mathis, who played Thornblade on Saturday as well, got his round going with a birdie on the second. After a par on the third, Mathis dropped in back-to-back birdie efforts from the fourth to get to 20-under.
The 34-year-old stumbled to a bogey on the par-4 seventh, but he still led by three. Mathis cruised to seven straight pars as no one got closer than two shots the whole time.
At the back-to-back par-5s, Nos. 15 and 16, Mathis collected a pair of birdies to push his lead to four strokes. He was unable to get up and down from a bunker at the last, but a bogey was more than enough for the win.
The win moves Mathis to fourth on the money list and nearly guarantees his PGA TOUR card for next year.
'Absolutely, top 25 is what you are looking for,' Mathis said. 'To think of all the things I've come through to get to this point, gosh it's just awesome.'
Tambellini carded four birdies in his first seven holes to jump to 15-under. However, he could only birdie two of his last 11 holes to end three back.
Weibring, who tied for fifth last week, traded a bogey for a birdie from the first. He faltered to a double-bogey at the ninth to make the turn at minus-13. Weibring ran off three birdies in a four-hole stretch from the 13th to get back to 16-under.
Bill Lunde took fourth at 15-under-par 271 after a final-round 69. Peter Tomasulo was two shots further back at minus-13.
Marc Leishman and Brendon Todd shared sixth at 12-under-par 274, while Arjun Atwal and Kim Felton were one further back at minus-11.

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    McCoy earns medalist honors at Q-School

    By Will GrayDecember 11, 2017, 12:30 am

    One year after his budding career was derailed by a car accident, Lee McCoy got back on track by earning medalist honors at the final stage of Tour Q-School.

    McCoy shot a final-round 65 at Whirlwind Golf Club in Chandler, Ariz., to finish the 72-hole event at 28 under. That total left him two shots ahead of Sung-Jae Im and guaranteed him fully-exempt status on the developmental circuit in 2018.

    It's an impressive turnaround for the former University of Georgia standout who finished fourth at the 2016 Valspar Championship as an amateur while playing alongside Jordan Spieth in the final round. But he broke his wrist in a car accident the day before second stage of Q-School last year, leaving him without status on any major tour to begin the year.

    McCoy was not the only player who left Arizona smiling. Everyone in the top 10 and ties will be exempt through the first 12 events of the new Tour season, a group that includes former amateur standouts Curtis Luck (T-3), Sam Burns (T-10) and Maverick McNealy (T-10).

    Players who finished outside the top 10 but inside the top 45 and ties earned exemptions into the first eight events of 2018. That group includes Cameron Champ (T-16), who led the field in driving at this year's U.S. Open as an amateur, and Wyndham Clark (T-23).

    Everyone who advanced to the final stage of Q-School will have at least conditional Tour status in 2018. Among those who failed to secure guaranteed starts this week were Robby Shelton, Rico Hoey, Jordan Niebrugge, Joaquin Niemann and Kevin Hall.

    Els honored with Heisman Humanitarian Award

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 10, 2017, 11:41 pm

    The annual Heisman Trophy award ceremony is one of the biggest moments in any football season, but there was a touching non-football moment as well on Saturday night as Ernie Els received the Heisman Humanitarian Award.

    The award, which had been announced in August, recognized Els' ongoing efforts on behalf of his Els for Autism foundation. Els received the award at Manhattan's PlayStation Theater, where Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield won the Heisman Trophy.

    Els, 47, founded Els for Autism in 2009 with his wife after their son, Ben, was diagnosed with autism. Their efforts have since flourished into a 26-acre campus in Jupiter, Fla., and the creation of the Els Center for Excellence in 2015.

    The Heisman Humanitarian Award has been given out since 2006. Past recipients include NBA center David Robinson, NFL running back Warrick Dunn, soccer star Mia Hamm and NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon.

    A native of South Africa, Els won the U.S. Open in 1994 and 1997 and The Open in 2002 and 2012. He has won 19 times on the PGA Tour and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2011.

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    Monday finish for Joburg Open; Sharma leads by 4

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 10, 2017, 8:57 pm

    Rain, lightning and hail pushed the Joburg Open to a Monday finish, with India’s Shubhankar Sharma holding a four-stroke lead with 11 holes to play in Johannesburg.

    Play is scheduled to resume at 7:30 a.m. local time.

    South Africa’s Erik van Rooyen will have a 3-foot putt for birdie to move within three shots of Sharma wen play resumes at the Randpark Golf Club. Sarma is at 22 under par.

    Tapio Pulkkanen of Finland and James Morrison of England are tied for third at 14 under. Pulkkanen has 10 holes remaining, Morrison 11.

    The top three finishers who are not already exempt, will get spots in next year’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.



    Stricker, O'Hair team to win QBE Shootout

    By Will GrayDecember 10, 2017, 8:55 pm

    It may not count in the official tally, but Steve Stricker is once again in the winner's circle on the PGA Tour.

    Stricker teamed with Sean O'Hair to win the two-person QBE Shootout, as the duo combined for a better-ball 64 in the final round to finish two shots clear of Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry. It's the second win in this event for both men; Stricker won with Jerry Kelly back in 2009 while O'Hair lifted the trophy with Kenny Perry in 2012.

    Stricker and O'Hair led wire-to-wire in the 54-hole, unofficial event after posting a 15-under 57 during the opening-round scramble.

    "We just really gelled well together," Stricker said. "With his length the first day, getting some clubs into the greens, some short irons for me, we just fed off that first day quite a bit. We felt comfortable with one another."

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    Stricker won 12 times during his PGA Tour career, most recently at the 2012 Tournament of Champions. More recently the 50-year-old has been splitting his time on the PGA Tour Champions and captained the U.S. to a victory at the Presidents Cup in October. O'Hair has four official Tour wins, most recently at the 2011 RBC Canadian Open.

    Pat Perez and Brian Harman finished alone in third, four shots behind Stricker and O'Hair. Lexi Thompson and Tony Finau, the lone co-ed pairing in the 12-team event, finished among a tie for fourth.