GREER, S.C. — Former South Carolina player Mark Anderson won the BMW Charity Pro-Am on Sunday for his first Web.com Tour title, closing with a 6-under 65 at the Thornblade Club for a five-stroke victory.
The 27-year-old Anderson had a tournament-record 27-under 259 total, the third-lowest score in relation to par in tour history. He opened with a 63 at The Reserve at Lake Keowee, added a 67 at Greenville Country Club and took a one-stroke lead Saturday with a 64 at Thornblade.
Anderson earned $117,000 to jump from 133rd to ninth on the money list with $124,535.
"To get that first professional victory is the toughest," Anderson said. "This means a lot. It's been four years really and it's been a struggle this year. It really hasn't looked that great but I felt good this week.
"To get this victory in South Carolina is awesome. This state has done so much for me as far as golf. The South Carolina Junior Golf Association and the South Carolina Golf Association can take credit for this win and lots of other wins by South Carolina natives. To get it here in front of my mom ...
ATHENS, Ga. — Former Bulldogs star Brendon Todd won the Web.com Tour's Stadion Classic on Sunday when rain washed out the fourth round at the University of Georgia Golf Course.
The 2007 graduate became the third consecutive Bulldogs player to win the event. Russell Henley won in 2011 while still in school, and Hudson Swafford took the 2012 title.
"I think it has something to do with being comfortable out here," said Todd, who helped the Bulldogs win the 2005 NCAA title. "You still have to hit all the shots, but sometimes the shots are just more comfortable. I'm excited because I wanted to put my name on that list."
Todd shot a 2-under 69 on Saturday to reach 8-under 205, a stroke ahead of playing partner Tim Wilkinson and two in front of Nick Rousey.
"I was ready to play today," Todd said. "With all the rain we had and the water on the course it didn't seem feasible that we would play. This is sweet. I don't really care how I win."
Todd, also the 2008 Utah Championship winner, earned $108,000 to jump from 37th to fourth on the money list with $143 ...
Ed Loar has bounced back well from his heartbreak at last year’s Q-School. The lefty from Oklahoma State won the Louisiana Open on Sunday and has taken over the No. 1 position on the Web.com Tour’s money list, all but guaranteeing himself a PGA Tour card for next season.
Here are 5 Things you need to know from his win:
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1. BOUNCE BACK: Loar shot 2-under 69 in Sunday’s windy conditions to finish at 17-under 267, two shots ahead of fellow Oklahoma State alum Morgan Hoffmann.
With the wind gusting to 30 mph, Loar made birdies at Nos. 5, 6 and 8 to get to 18 under and four ahead of his nearest challengers. His three-putt at No. 16 cut his lead to two over fellow Hoffmann. Loar, 35, bounced back on the par-3 17th by knocking his 8-iron to 10 feet and making the birdie putt to go three ahead. His bogey at the final hole was inconsequential.
“There were a few stressful holes out there,” said Loar, the father of triplets. “Most of it was as stress-free as it could be.”
Loar was runner-up in his previous start at the Chile Classic. He now ...
It’s been a busy few days for Web.com Tour player John Hurley. He was married Saturday in Houston, then qualified Monday for the Web.com Tour’s domestic opener, the Louisiana Open.
Hurley drove 3 1/2 hours from Houston to Lafayette on Sunday, then shot 67 in the next day’s qualifier despite not playing a practice round, Cleveland Golf’s Michael Jolly said. Hurley is a Web.com Tour member after making the finals of last year’s Q-School, but has limited status after finishing 156th in the field.
Making the cut this week could help Hurley improve his status. Throughout the year, the Web.com Tour reshuffles its members in order of season earnings. The higher a player is in those rankings, the more events he will get in.
Earlier this year, Hurley also Monday qualified for the PGA Tour’s Waste Management Phoenix Open. He missed the cut with rounds of 72-69.
Blayne Barber also Monday qualified for the Louisiana Open. Barber, a member of the 2011 United States Walker Cup team, had earlier Monday qualified for the PGA Tour’s Northern Trust Open (T-42) and finished T-24 in the recent Puerto Rico Open ...
SANTIAGO, Chile — Kevin Kisner closed with a 4-under 68 Sunday to win the Chile Classic and earn his second career title on the Web.com Tour.
Kisner, one of three 54-hole co-leaders, played the final five holes at the Prince of Wales Country Club 1-over par, but his 21-under 267 was enough to edge Brice Garnett (68) and Edward Loar (69) by one for the victory.
Guy Boros (65) and hometown favorite Benjamin Alvarado (71) tied for fourth at 18 under.
Five others were at 17 under.
Kisner figured he might be in the mix despite playing poorly in Panama and Colombia.
"I don't know why I won because I played so bad the last two weeks and missed the cut," he said. "It wasn't terrible, but my game wasn't there and I wasn't confident.
"This course just fit my eye really well. I knew when I played my first nine holes in the practice round that I'd have a chance here."
Patrick Cantlay earned the first pro title of his promising pro career at the Web.com Tour’s Colombia Championship on March 4. Here’s 5 Things you need to know from the victory:
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1. RUNNING AWAY: Cantlay, who began the final round tied for the lead with Jim Renner, shot 66 Sunday to win by four. Cantlay made four birdies in the final round, as well as an eagle at the par-5 10th after hitting 6-iron to 12 feet. The eagle came after birdies on the previous two holes. His only bogey came at the par-3 fifth hole. He finished at 18-under 266 (67-68-65-66). Renner shot 70 to finish second. Cantlay, who finished 44th at the season-opening Panama Claro Championship, leads the Web.com Tour money list with $128,310.
“It feels really good to win. I felt in control all day,” Cantlay said. “This sets the year off on the right foot. Even though I’m one of the youngest guys out here I feel really comfortable out here.”
Cantlay (20 years, 11 months, 15 days) is the second-youngest winner in Web.com Tour history. Jason Day was 19 when he won the 2007 Legend Financial Group Classic ...
PANAMA CITY — Kevin Foley won the Web.com Tour's season-opening Panama Claro Championship on Sunday for his first tour title, birdieing the final for a 3-under 67 and a one-stroke victory.
The 25-year-old former Penn State player finished at 8-under 272 at Panama Golf Club.
Australia's Mathew Goggin was second after a 70.
The tournament opened the tour's 24th season. The Colombia Championship is next week, followed by the Chile Classic. The U.S. schedule begins March 21-24 with the Louisiana Open.
2013 Web.com Tour schedule
• Feb. 21-24: Panama Claro Championship, Panama City, Panama
• Feb. 28-• March 3: Colombia Championship, Bogota, Colombia
• March 7-10: Chile Classic, Santiago, Chile
• March 21-24: Louisiana Open, Broussard, La.
• April 4-7: Brasil Champions, Sao Paulo, Brazil
• April 11-14: WNB Golf Classic, Midland, Texas
• April 25-28: South Georgia Classic, Valdosta, Ga.
• May 2-5: Stadion Classic at UGA, Athens, Ga.
• May 16-19: BMW Charity Pro-Am, Greenville, S.C.
• May 23-26: TBD, Leon, Mexico
• May 30-• June 2: Mid-Atlantic Championship, Potomac, Md.
• June 13-16: Wichita Open, Wichita, Kan.
• June 20-23: Rex Hospital Open, Raleigh, N.C.
• June 27-30: United Leasing Championship, Newburgh, Ind.
• July 11-14: Utah Championship, Sandy, Utah
• July 18-21: Midwest Classic, Overland Park, Kan.
• July 25-28: Boise Open, Boise, Idaho
• Aug. 1-4: Mylan Classic, Canonsburg, Pa.
• Aug. 8-11: Price Cutter Charity Championship, Springfield, Mo.
• Aug. 15-18: News Sentinel Open, Farragut, Tenn.
• Aug. 22-25: Cox Classic, Omaha, Neb.
• Aug. 29-• Sept. 1: Hotel Fitness Championship, Fort Wayne, Ind.
• Sept. 5-8: Chiquita Classic, Weddington, N.C.
• Sept. 12-15: Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship, Columbus, Ohio
• Sept. 26-29: Web.com Tour Championship, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Web.com Tour president Bill Calfee calls 2013 a “new era” for the circuit he oversees. Next season we'll see the inaugural playing of the Web.com Tour Finals, a four-tournament series that will replace Q-School. The Web.com Tour Finals ensure all 50 PGA Tour cards will come from the tour and put four $1-million events on the schedule. Under the PGA Tour’s new qualifying format, most young prospects will have to make a stop on the Web.com Tour before moving on to the big show. Here’s 10 new faces who will do so in 2013:
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1. Patrick Cantlay
The former world No. 1 amateur, who turned pro after the 2012 U.S. Open, will likely find himself on the Web.com Tour after failing to get his PGA Tour card at Q-School. He made a brief visit to the Web.com Tour this fall after finding little PGA Tour success (made 6 of 7 cuts, zero top-25s) at the start of his pro career. He had a runner-up and fifth-place finish in four 2012 Web.com Tour starts to finish 79th on the money list. Don’t look for him to be on this ...
Next year is an important one for the Web.com Tour. It will be the source of 50 PGA Tour cards, with 25 players earning cards off the money list and another 25 earning them through the Web.com Tour Finals, the four-tournament series that will replace Q-School. The Web.com Tour will play 25 events in 2013, the fewest in the tour’s history, but also will make its first visit to Brazil. Web.com Tour president Bill Calfee did a brief Q&A with Golfweek after the schedule’s announcement:
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Q: In general, what is the tour's reaction to the 2013 schedule?
A: We view 2013 as a new era for this tour. It will be Web.com's first full year as our new umbrella sponsor and the revamped qualifying structure makes its debut. We have a great lineup of tournaments. I think there will be be a lot of excitement and focus on the Web.com Tour this year and the season will build to a very dramatic conclusion as the Web.com Tour Finals play out in September. We can't wait to get started in February.
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Q: If the 25 events does hold ...
The 2013 Web.com Tour schedule will be the smallest in history, but also may be the most important.
The PGA Tour’s developmental circuit will conduct 25 events in 2013, according to a schedule that was distributed to players at last week’s rookie orientation. Golfweek obtained a copy of the schedule. The official schedule is expected to be released later this week. The Web.com Tour denied comment until the official schedule is released.
The final four Web.com tournaments of 2013 will be the inaugural Web.com Tour Finals, which will replace Q-School as a source of PGA Tour cards. Next year will be the first year that all 50 PGA Tour cards will come from the Web.com Tour. The tour will also play its first-ever event in Brazil, the same country that will see golf return to the Olympics in 2016.
The Miccosukee Championship and Soboba Classic are two notable omissions from the schedule. The Stonebrae Championship near San Francisco also is not on the schedule, though it is scheduled to return to the tour in 2014, according to a previous Web.com Tour release.
Miccosukee had been played since 2003 near Miami. Soboba, which ...
This was the year of the party crashers on the Web.com Tour. Three players – Luke Guthrie, Ben Kohles and Morgan Hoffmann – earned PGA Tour cards after starting the year with no status. Their feat had to please the PGA Tour because the Web.com will be the sole source of PGA Tour cards in 2013. This trio proved that outsiders can play their way into Tour cards.
Guthrie, Kohles and Hoffmann made the most of their limited opportunities. Guthrie almost won the money list in just 10 starts, winning twice and finishing in the top-10 seven times. He also had three top-20s on the PGA Tour, including a fifth-place finish at the John Deere Classic. Kohles became the first player to win on the Web.com Tour in his pro debut when he beat Guthrie in a playoff at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational; Kohles won the following week to clinch a Tour card in a fortnight. Hoffmann used a third-place finish in the season finale, the Web.com Tour Championship, to jump into the money list’s top 25 and earn his card. He made 12 of 13 cuts and finished in the top-10 in seven of ...
Casey Wittenberg has been named the Web.com Tour Player of the Year, based on a vote from his fellow competitors. Wittenberg, 28, won twice on the Web.com Tour in 2012, and was the leading money winner with $433,453.
“I am humbled to be voted Player of the Year by my fellow players,” said Wittenberg, who receives the Jack Nicklaus Trophy. “I have greatly enjoyed the Web.com Tour. Everything about the Tour is first-rate and the competition is outstanding. It has clearly made me a better player. I head to the PGA Tour in 2013 with confidence and can’t wait to get started in January. I wish to thank all the tournaments, sponsors, volunteers, Web.com and Web.com Tour staff for all they did to help me and the rest of the players throughout the year.”
Overall, Wittenberg had eight top-10 finishes in 24 starts this season and was second in scoring average with 69.45. He will be fully exempt on the PGA Tour in 2013, and will receive an invitation to the Players Championship courtesy of his top spot on the money list.
Wittenberg was joined on the Player of the Year ballot ...
Luke Guthrie played less than half of a season on the Web.com Tour, but I believe his impressive performance was enough to merit him the Web.com Tour Player of the Year award.
The winner will be announced at 11:05 a.m. EST on Tuesday.
Guthrie, who turned pro after this year’s NCAA Championship, is one of three finalists for the award. He finished second on the money list in just 10 starts. Casey Wittenberg, who won the money list with $433,453, and rookie Russell Henley are the other finalists. Henley finished third on the money list with $400,116. All three players won twice in 2012. A look at the numbers shows why I believe Guthrie should be the player of the year:
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Number of starts: 10
Top-10s: 7 (70 percent of starts)
Money per start: $41,059.30
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Number of starts: 24
Top-10s: 8 (33 percent)
Money per start: $18,060.54
Wittenberg already has earned the Web.com Tour’s most important prize. The tour’s leading money winner earns a start in the 2013 Players Championship and is ...
College golf’s best players have found a new home on the Web.com Tour, sources told Golfweek. All-Americans will now receive invitations to the Mylan Classic, scheduled for Aug. 1-4 near Pittsburgh.
The PGA Tour Policy Board approved the move at its most recent meeting.
College players had been invited to the Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational in Columbus, Ohio, since its inception in 2007. The NCHI will become the third event of the Web.com Tour Finals, which debut in 2013, and not be able to invite the All-Americans.
The fields for the four Web.com Tour Finals events will consist of Nos. 1-75 on the Web.com Tour money list and Nos. 126-200 on the FedEx Cup points list. The Finals will replace Q-School as the source of PGA Tour cards.
The Mylan Classic will assume the NCHI’s eligibility requirements, which include 12 invitations to collegiate All-Americans and other amateur standouts. Those invitations will be given to the U.S. Amateur and NCAA champions, Jack Nicklaus Award winner (collegiate player of the year) and first-team All-Americans. The remaining invitations will go to second-team All-Americans, the Division II player of the year or U.S. Walker Cup ...