Nick Flanagan wins BMW Charity Pro-Am
Sunday, May 20, 2012
GREER, S.C. — Nick Flanagan won the Nationwide Tour's BMW Charity Pro-Am for the second time in six years, beating fellow Australian Cameron Percy on Sunday with a par on the third hole of a playoff.
Flanagan, a three-time winner on the tour in 2007, closed with a 4-under 67 on the Thornblade Club course to match Percy at 15-under 271. Percy finished with a 66.
Flanagan birdied the final hole in regulation, while Percy closed with a bogey.
Percy, leading at 16 under in the group ahead of Flanagan, missed a 10-foot par putt on the 72nd hole. Flanagan hooked his second shot at the 491-yard, par-4 18th, with the ball hitting a television cameraman and caroming onto the green, nearly clipping the cup before settling 15 feet away to set up his birdie.
"Sometimes it's better to be lucky rather than good, obviously. You've got to take every break you can get out here," Flanagan said. "The birdie putt was pretty much straight away and I had a pretty good read. As soon as I hit it I felt like it was going in. It bobbled on the way, but it had enough speed to get there."
They played the uphill 18th three more times in the playoff, with Percy handing the title to Flanagan with a double bogey on the third extra hole. Flanagan won with a tap-in par.
Percy's tee shot on the third extra hole went into the trees to the left after hitting a cart path, while Flanagan was in the middle of the fairway.
"I just hit a bad tee shot on that last one," Percy said. "I tried to hit it too hard. When it hit the path I was in all kinds of trouble."
They opened the playoff with bogeys, then traded pars.
"It's a tough finish when you're hitting 5-irons and 6-irons into the hole," Flanagan said. "It's just a matter of endurance and getting it somewhere near the green and making a par."
Making only his second start on the tour this year, Flanagan earned $108,000 to jump to 11th on the money list. He also played in the PGA Tour's Wells Fargo Championship, missing the cut.
"It's pretty amazing. I didn't feel like I was playing that well coming into the week," Flanagan said. "I decided to come out and try to just get the ball in the hole, which I haven't done for a long time. I've still got a lot of work to do to get all the way back to where I was, but to win this week feels like I'm a heck of a lot closer."
Darron Stiles and Robert Streb tied for third, a stroke back. Stiles closed with a 66, and Streb shot a 67.
Sam Saunders, Arnold Palmer's grandson and former Clemson player, shot a 67 to finish another stroke back along with Aaron Watkins and Canada's Brad Fritsch. Aaron Watkins finished with a 67, and Fritsch had a 70.