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Dunlap beats Klauk, Atwal in Panama

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PANAMA CITY, Panama – Scott Dunlap won the Nationwide Tour’s season-opening Panama Movistar Championship on Sunday, closing with a 1-over 71 for a one-stroke victory over Arjun Atwal and Jeff Klauk.

The 44-year-old Dunlap, also the tour’s 2004 Mark Christopher Charity Classic winner, had a 3-under 277 total at the difficult Panama Golf Club.

“It’s the first tournament of the year and you almost don’t have any expectations,” Dunlap said. “I hadn’t played a round of golf since Christmas. You come out here and you hope to play well, but you never know until the first tee. I mean, I was hitting it good on the range, but you never know if that will transfer to the golf course.”

Dunlap earned $108,000 from the $600,000 purse.

Klauk finished with a 69, and Atwal shot a 74. Chris Smith (74) was fourth at 1 under, and Bill Lunde (71) followed at even par.

Sunday’s scoring average was 73.677, making it the toughest single day in tournament history. The cumulative scoring average was 72.982.

“It’s almost like U.S. Open conditions here,” Dunlap said. “The wind blows and the golf course gets firm. You know that scoring won’t be that far under par. It’s the same every year. Par is always a good on this course.

“To win on this golf course is very rewarding. This essentially gives me a two-year exemption. This sets me up for the rest of the year and gets me about halfway to earning my PGA Tour card for next year.”

The Mexico Open is next week at Tres Marias in Michoacan.

Final scores with earnings and relation to par from the thirdround of the Panama Movistar Championship, played Jan. 24-27 at thepar-70, 7,066-yard Panama Golf Club in Panama City, Panama:

1. Scott Dunlap $108,000 65-68-73-71–277
-3 2. Jeff Klauk 52,800 64-73-72-69–278
-2 2. Arjun Atwal 52,800 70-66-68-74–278
-2 4. Chris Smith 28,800 67-70-68-74–279
-1 5. Bill Lunde 24,000 68-70-71-71–280
E 6. Grant Waite 20,850 72-73-66-70–281 + 1 6. Jarrod Lyle 20,850 74-65-69-73–281 + 1 8. Greg Chalmers 16,800 72-68-73-69–282 + 2 8. Scott Parel 16,800 71-74-68-69–282 + 2 8. Craig Bowden 16,800 72-71-68-71–282 + 2 8. Brendon De Jonge 16,800 66-73-71-72–282 + 2 12. Matthew Every 13,800 67-73-67-76–283 + 3 13. Tom Carter 11,250 71-69-73-71–284 + 4 13. Glen Day 11,250 69-72-71-72–284 + 4 13. Rick Price 11,250 72-71-69-72–284 + 4 13. Casey Wittenberg 11,250 72-73-67-72–284 + 4 17. Skip Kendall 9,300 74-71-68-72–285 + 5 17. B.J. Staten 9,300 69-72-70-74–285 + 5 19. Jeremy Anderson 7,272 74-70-72-70–286 + 6 19. Vance Veazey 7,272 73-68-73-72–286 + 6 19. Scott Gutschewski 7,272 72-73-69-72–286 + 6 19. Bob Heintz 7,272 69-73-70-74–286 + 6 19. Jason Schultz 7,272 72-72-68-74–286 + 6 24. Sebastian Fernandez 4,627 69-74-75-69–287 + 7 24. Fabian Gomez 4,627 69-75-72-71–287 + 7 24. Bret Guetz 4,627 72-71-71-73–287 + 7 24. Esteban Toledo 4,627 76-69-69-73–287 + 7 24. J.J. Killeen 4,627 71-74-68-74–287 + 7 24. Marco Ruiz 4,627 73-70-69-75–287 + 7 24. Joe Daley 4,627 70-69-72-76–287 + 7 24. Ben Bates 4,627 66-71-73-77–287 + 7 24. Benjamin Alvarado 4,627 71-69-68-79–287 + 7 33. Rafael Gomez 3,300 74-71-72-71–288 + 8 33. Josh McCumber 3,300 72-70-74-72–288 + 8 33. Kelly Grunewald 3,300 74-70-72-72–288 + 8 33. Alex Prugh 3,300 70-75-71-72–288 + 8 33. Jason Enloe 3,300 70-71-73-74–288 + 8 33. Ryan Hietala 3,300 73-72-69-74–288 + 8 33. Jeff Brehaut 3,300 68-73-71-76–288 + 8 33. Robert Damron 3,300 70-74-68-76–288 + 8 41. Michael Putnam 2,532 74-70-73-72–289 + 9 41. Peter Tomasulo 2,532 71-70-75-73–289 + 9 41. David Morland IV 2,532 67-75-73-74–289 + 9 41. Dicky Pride 2,532 73-71-71-74–289 + 9 41. Phil Tataurangi 2,532 68-72-72-77–289 + 9 46. Pablo Acuna 2,220 66-77-75-72–290 + 10 46. Geoffrey Sisk 2,220 69-75-73-73–290 + 10 46. David Branshaw 2,220 74-69-70-77–290 + 10 49. Chris Anderson 2,085 72-73-73-73–291 + 11 49. Roger Tambellini 2,085 74-69-73-75–291 + 11 49. Jim Herman 2,085 71-70-72-78–291 + 11 49. Garrett Willis 2,085 71-69-72-79–291 + 11 53. Kim Felton 1,995 67-75-74-76–292 + 12 53. Matt Bettencourt 1,995 71-70-75-76–292 + 12 55. Mike Heinen 1,950 69-76-71-77–293 + 13 56. Scott Gardiner 1,905 71-74-73-76–294 + 14 56. Jason Dufner 1,905 72-72-71-79–294 + 14 58. Tyler Aldridge 1,845 72-73-77-73–295 + 15 58. Jonathan Fricke 1,845 70-72-78-75–295 + 15 60. Spike McRoy 1,800 70-73-80-74–297 + 17 61. Mike Hulbert 1,770 73-71-77-78–299 + 19 62. Kris Blanks 1,740 71-71-82-79–303 + 23 • • •

Missed the cut

63. Willie Wood
74-72–146 + 6 63. Dave Schultz
73-73–146 + 6 63. Gustavo Acosta
73-73–146 + 6 63. Chris Nallen
70-76–146 + 6 63. Jay Delsing
72-74–146 + 6 63. David McKenzie
76-70–146 + 6 69. D.A. Points
79-68–147 + 7 69. Miguel Angel Carballo
72-75–147 + 7 69. Kevin Johnson
72-75–147 + 7 69. Ian Leggatt
69-78–147 + 7 69. Tom Byrum
72-75–147 + 7 69. Tripp Isenhour
72-75–147 + 7 69. Todd Fischer
72-75–147 + 7 69. Garrett Osborn
71-76–147 + 7 69. Hunter Haas
76-71–147 + 7 69. Tom Johnson
69-78–147 + 7 69. Cesar Costilla
74-73–147 + 7 80. Gavin Coles
71-77–148 + 8 80. Franklin Langham
73-75–148 + 8 80. Brock Mackenzie
71-77–148 + 8 80. Tee McCabe
76-72–148 + 8 80. Jim Rutledge
74-74–148 + 8 80. Andrew Johnson
75-73–148 + 8 80. Brad Weesner
74-74–148 + 8 80. Greg Kraft
74-74–148 + 8 80. Alejandro Villavicencio
69-79–148 + 8 89. Spencer Levin
74-75–149 + 9 89. Len Mattiace
73-76–149 + 9 89. David Mathis
77-72–149 + 9 89. Garth Mulroy
74-75–149 + 9 89. Jesus Amaya
72-77–149 + 9 89. Gary Christian
75-74–149 + 9 89. John Kimbell
73-76–149 + 9 89. Bubba Dickerson
73-76–149 + 9 89. Jon Turcott
77-72–149 + 9 98. Kyle Reifers
76-74–150 + 10 98. Steven Bowditch
73-77–150 + 10 98. Darren Angel
74-76–150 + 10 98. Daniel Summerhays
75-75–150 + 10 98. Gabriel Hjertstedt
71-79–150 + 10 98. John Morse
77-73–150 + 10 98. Scott Gordon
73-77–150 + 10 105. Steve Pate
78-73–151 + 11 105. Aron Price
74-77–151 + 11 105. Neal Lancaster
76-75–151 + 11 105. Bryce Molder
78-73–151 + 11 105. Ricky Barnes
75-76–151 + 11 105. David Hearn
74-77–151 + 11 105. Brad Fritsch
76-75–151 + 11 105. Colt Knost
78-73–151 + 11 113. Darron Stiles
78-74–152 + 12 113. Bradley Hughes
77-75–152 + 12 113. Guy Boros
79-73–152 + 12 113. Bryan DeCorso
75-77–152 + 12 113. Bob May
75-77–152 + 12 113. Miguel Rodriguez
74-78–152 + 12 119. Josh Broadaway
78-75–153 + 13 119. Camilo Benedetti
78-75–153 + 13 119. Brad Ott
75-78–153 + 13 119. Ryan Palmer
79-74–153 + 13 119. Rudolfo Gonzalez
76-77–153 + 13 119. Mike Norman
75-78–153 + 13 125. Keith Clearwater
80-74–154 + 14 125. Kris Cox
76-78–154 + 14 125. Rich Barcelo
80-74–154 + 14 125. Emilio Dominguez
76-78–154 + 14 129. Andrew Bonhomme
79-76–155 + 15 130. David Gossett
79-78–157 + 17 131. Henrik Bjornstad
79-79–158 + 18 DQ. Patrick Damron
82-DQ

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