Charles Warren, a former NCAA champion at Clemson University, shot 4-under 68 to cruise to his first tour victory in Travelers Rest, S.C. The 26-year-old follows in footsteps of former teammate Jonathan Byrd, who won this event a year ago.
'I wouldn't have drawn it up any different for my first career victory other than maybe putting on a green jacket,' Warren said.
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Warren, who earned $94,500 to move into second place on the seasonal money list, established a tournament record with a 23-under 264 total. The event was known previously as the Greater Greenville Classic (1992-96) and the Upstate Classic (1997-2000). Last year was the first time it was played as a celebrity pro-am.
Warren began the day at The Cliffs Valley Course with a one-shot lead over Jeff Klauk. He opened up a five-stroke advantage with three birdies over a five-hole stretch on the front side.
However, a Warren bogey at the 10th, combined with a bogey-free 7-under 65 by Todd Fischer, cut his lead to two.
The gap quickly scaled to five again as Warren birdied Nos. 12-14. He finished his day with a bogey at the last, but still finished four clear of Fisher. Klauk shot 3-over 75 to fall into a tie for fifth place.
Former PGA Tour members Ken Green (70) and Stan Utley (70) tied for third place at minus-17.
Full-field scores from the BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs