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Flanagan needs 3 playoff holes to win BMW Pro-Am

Arnold Palmer's grandson finishes tied for 4th

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Published on Sunday, May 20, 2012

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Nick Flanagan earned $108,000 today by winning the BMW Pro-AM at Thornblade Club. That moved him to 11th on the Nationwide Tour money list. He also won the tournament in 2007.

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Nick Flanagan earned $108,000 today by winning the BMW Pro-AM at Thornblade Club. That moved him to 11th on the Nationwide Tour money list. He also won the tournament in 2007.

Australian Nick Flanagan won the 12th annual BMW Charity Pro-Am  golf tournament held at Thornblade Club today, but it didn’t come easy. It took three playoff holes against fellow Australian Cameron Percy before Flanagan notched his first win of the year. Flanagan also won the tournament in 2007. He finished the tournament at -15 under par (67, 70, 67, 67).

The win earned Flanagan $108,000 and moved him to 11th on the Nationwide Tour money list. The top 25 money leaders on the Nationwide Tour automatically earn playing status on the PGA TOUR in 2013.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Amateur Brian Todd and his professional partner Fabian Gomez won the Pro-Am/Pro-Celeb portion of the tournament at -46 under par. They donated their $1,000 winnings to the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA). Actor Andy Buckley was the highest finishing celebrity at T7, -30 under par. He donated his earnings to The First Tee Greenville.

Tournament attendance was 50,500.

Complete scoring can be found on the tournament’s website, www.bmwcharitygolf.com, by clicking on the “Live/Complete Scoring” link.

Pro-Amateur/Pro-Celebrity Scoring

  • 1st Place – $1,000     Fabian Gomez/Brian Todd  (-46)   National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA)
  • T2nd Place – $1,000            Aron Watkins/Ken Wood            (-34)            Dogs for Autism
  • T2nd Place – $1,000            Bubba Dickerson/Edgar Casner   (-34)            Children Shelter of the Upstate
  • 4th Place – $1,000            Brad Fritsch/Barry Allan               (-33)            The First Tee of Greenville
  • 5th Place – $1,000            Tyrone Van Aswegen/Rolf Klam    (-32)            Dogs for Autism
  • 6th Place – $1,000            Alex Coe/Nathan Merritt                (-31)            The First Tee of Greenville
  • T7th Place –$1,000            Roger Tambellini/Todd Yates                (-30)            Make-A-Wish Foundation of S.C.
  • T7th Place – $1,000            Martin Piller/Andy Buckley                (-30)            The First Tee of Greenville
  • T7th Place – $1,000            Andrew Svoboda/Bob Johns                (-30)            Make-A-Wish Foundation of S.C.
  •  T10th Place – $1,000            Jim Renner/Chuck Mandrell                (-29)            Make-A-Wish Foundation of S.C.
  • T10th Place – $1,000            Derek Fathauer/Kevin Sorbo                (-29)            Make-A-Wish Foundation of S.C.
  • T10th Place – $1,000            Mathias Gronberg/Ed Dyer    (-29)  Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas
  • 13th Place – $1,000            Scott Parel/Harold Baro                (-28)            Clement’s Kindness
  • 14th Place – $1,000            Reid Edstrom/Terry O’Quinn                (-27)            Dogs for Autism

Complete Pro-Amateur/Pro-Celebrity scoring can be found on the tournament’s website, www.bmwcharitygolf.com, by clicking on the “Team Standings” link.

Tournament Winners:

  • 2001 – Jonathan Byrd
  • 2002 – Charles Warren
  • 2003 – Tripp Isenhour
  • 2004 – Ryuji Imada
  • 2005 – Shane Bertsch
  • 2006 – Ken Duke
  • 2007 – Nick Flanagan
  • 2008 – David Mathis
  • 2009 – Michael Sim
  • 2010 – Justin Hicks
  • 2011 – Garth Mulroy
  • 2012 – Nick Flanagan

 Charity dollars earned

  • 2001 – $   500,000
  • 2002 – $   515,739
  • 2003 – $   674,788
  • 2004 – $   752,650
  • 2005 – $   600,000
  • 2006 – $   675,865
  • 2007 – $2,021,325
  • 2008 – $   906,308
  • 2009 – $   651,829
  • 2010 – $   665,041
  • 2011 – $   652,070
  • 2012 – To be announced this summer

Attendance

  • 2001 – 25,000
  • 2002 – 26,000
  • 2003 – 43,000
  • 2004 – 40,000
  • 2005 – 30,000
  • 2006 – 33,000
  • 2007 – 42,000
  • 2008 – 50,000
  • 2009 – 46,000
  • 2010 – 57,000
  • 2011 – 46,000
  • 2012 – 50,500

Businesses mentioned in this article.

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