By Phil Stambaugh, PGA TOUR staff
GREENVILLE, S.C. – In his four-year professional golf career, Mark Anderson has experienced his fair share of highs and lows. After two early years on the Web.com Tour, Anderson gained his PGA TOUR card in 2012, but failed to crack the top 200 in the FedExCup standings. Despite struggling on the Web.com Tour early on this season, he’s a winner now and more than happy that his most significant victory to date came in his native state of South Carolina.
In his 60th career start on the Web.com Tour, the Beaufort native from the southern end of the Palmetto state shot a 6-under-par 65 and cruised to his first victory on the circuit, claiming the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation by five strokes over Tom Hoge, a product of Texas Christian University who is in his second year on the Web.com Tour.
Anderson’s 72-hole total of 27-under 259 easily shattered the old BMW Charity Pro-Am record of 23-under par by the late Michael Christie (1996) and Charles Warren in 2002 and tied for the third lowest under-par score in Web.com Tour history.
“To get that first professional victory is the toughest. 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, my dad and my grandparents, it couldn’t be any better,” he said.
Anderson started the final round at the Thornblade Club with a one-stroke advantage over Franklin Corpening, another TCU graduate from Fort Worth, Texas, and, despite making birdies on four of his first seven holes, his lead over Corpening at the turn was still only one stroke. The tournament swung in Anderson’s favor for good at the par-3 11th when he birdied the hole, converting a 15-foot putt after hitting a 5-iron, while Corpening left his 6-iron shot short of the green, chipped poorly to 20 feet, and two-putted for bogey. A graduate of the University of South Carolina, the 27-year-old Anderson then added a second straight birdie at No. 12, making a 10-foot putt to increase his margin to five strokes and cement the win.
Tom Hoge, a friend of Corpening and fellow TCU alum, carded a 4-under 67 in the final round and his runner-up finish this week was easily his best career performance on Tour. Corpening (70) was joined in a tie for third place with Michael Connell (65) and Chesson Hadley (63). Hadley equaled the Tour’s all-time record for nine holes when he went out in 8-under 27, making six birdies and an eagle.
“I played well. I think I learned quite a bit last year. I was in this position and failed. Today, I really hit the ball beautifully from the fourth hole on and I hope I can keep it going. This is my second year out here and I’m a little more comfortable on the courses. I know what to expect now,” Hoge said.
“I just didn’t hit a good shot at 11 and then just hit a poor chip. I didn’t pay attention to everything that went into the chip and hit it poorly. When I bogeyed and he birdied there I could feel something change after that. I just didn’t hit good shots coming in. This is my first time to be in contention with all of the TV cameras. I learned to stay with the routine. I did that for most of the week but I felt like I got out of my routine today,” said Corpening after his round.
Fourth-Round Notes & Quotes:
-- Sunday weather: Morning rain showers, most cloudy in the afternoon. Rainfall 0.20” Saturday night. Wind SSW 5-10 mph. High of 76.
-- Lift, clean and place conditions were in effect for the fourth round at Thornblade Club.
More on Mark Anderson:
-- Picked up a check for $117,000 and increases his season total to $124,535.
-- Moved from No. 133 to No. 9 on the 2013 money list after nine events.
-- Earned his first career win in his 60th career start on the Web.com Tour. His previous best finish was a solo second at the 2011 Miccosukee Championship.
-- Earned his first career title at the age of 27 years, 3 months and 5 days.
-- Became the seventh player in his 20s to win on Tour this year, through nine events.
-- His winning score of 27-under par matched the third-best in Web.com Tour history:
|Most strokes under par (72 holes)|
-- Broke the tournament’s 72-hole record (score) with his 259 total. The old mark of 264 was first set by Charles Warren in 2002 and later matched by Michael Sim and Fabian Gomez in 2009.
-- Broke the tournament’s 72-hole record (vs. par) with his 27-under total. The old mark of 23-under was first established by South Carolina’s Michael Christie in 1996 and later matched by Clemson’s Charles Warren in 2002.
-- Became the first University of South Carolina graduate to win on Tour since Kyle Thompson captured The Rex Hospital Open in 2011 at TPC Wakefield Plantation in Raleigh, N.C.
-- Became the fifth first-time winner on Tour in 2013, joining Kevin Foley/Panama Claro Championship, Patrick Cantlay/Colombia Championship, Benjamin Alvarado/Chile Classic and Will Wilcox/South Georgia Classic.
-- Became second University of South Carolina graduate to win this tournament, joining Michael Christie (1996) as Gamecock champions.
-- Became the 10th third-round leader/co-leader to go on to victory in this event and the first since Michael Sim did it in 2009.
-- Bettered his career-best 72-hole score on Tour by eight strokes. His previous low was a 267 (17-under) at the 2011 Midwest Classic where he finished T11.
-- Bettered his career-best final-round score with a 65. His previous low was a 5-under 67 at the 2011 South Georgia Classic presented by First State Bank and Trust Co. His next-best scores were a series of 3-under par scores (8 times).
-- His winning score of 259 is the fifth lowest in Web.com Tour history:
-- Played on the PGA TOUR in 2012 and made the cut in 13 of 25 starts as a rookie. His best week was a T9 at the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic.
More on Tom Hoge:
-- Hoge, who turns 24 this Friday, is in his second season on the Web.com Tour and his runner-up finish is a career-best. His previous best was a T6 at the 2012 Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship.
-- Collected a check for $70,200 and moved up from No. 150 to No. 19 on the money list after nine of 21 events on the 2013 schedule.
More on Michael Connell:
-- Connell fired a 6-under 65 in the final round and moved into a tie for third place. His effort this week is a career-best, topping the solo 10th place finish at the 2012 Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship.
-- This was Connell’s third start of 2013. He missed the cut at the Chile Classic and was T26 at the Brasil Classic presented by HSBC. His payday moved him up from No. 141 to No. 47 on the money list.
More on Franklin Corpening:
-- Earned his first career top-10 finish with his T3 this week. Corpening is a 28-year old rookie from TCU. He was attempting to join Clemson’s Jonathan Byrd (2001) as the only rookies to win this event.
-- Corpening received a Champions’ Choice invitation to play next week’s PGA TOUR event, the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Country Club where he learned to play the game and his father has been a member since the age of 10.
More on Chesson Hadley:
-- Is a rookie on the Web.com Tour and his front-nine score of 27 matched the lowest 9-hole score in Tour history.
-- Hadley posted an 8-under 63 in the final round and moved into a tie for third place. Hadley opened his day with four consecutive birdies and then eagled the par-5, 5th hole to get 6-under par very quickly.
“It’s just one of those things, I wouldn’t say I blacked out but it was as close to blacking out as you can get,” said the Georgia Tech grad. “You just feel it in your bones and in your hands. You think about it and that it might be something special but you’ve got to let it materialize, and I was able to do that.
Hadley hit every green in regulation on the front and used only 11 putts for his 27.
“Heck ya I knew what it was,” he said. “I added up the tally. That was 27. That’s a serious number.”
On the back nine Hadley had 17 putts as he posted an even-par 36.
“I certainly lost a little momentum on the back which is disappointing,” he said. “It’s hard to keep a 59 out of your head when you’ve got 27. Honestly, I played fine on the back too. I hit 1 ½ bad shots on the back and shot even. That’s just the way golf is.”
More on Jason Gore:
-- Shot a 7-under 28 on the front nine, which marked the 31st time in Tour history that a player has shot a 28 and the third time in his career that he has shot a 28. He is also the only player in Tour history to shoot such a score more than once.
“I’m not scared of going low,” he said. “I just hit everything to about 8-10 feet and made them,” he said. “I’m not scared of going low and things are going in the right direction.”
-- Jason Gore’s good run on the front nine (28) did not continue on the back (39) and he finished with a 4-under 67.
“The things that went well on the front just didn’t go well on the back,” he added. “If there’s some way I can find positives out of today’s round I hope I can do it,” he added. “It was a good round of golf and if I can look at the positives rather than focus on what could have been on the back nine, then it was a good day.”
Gore’s 16-under total was good for a tie for 19th place.
-- Leading money-winner Edward Loar finished at 20-under par and tied for sixth this week, his fourth top-10 effort in eight starts. Loar also increased his lead on the money list. He remains No. 1 with $221,358 and is well in front of No. 2 Benjamin Alvarado’s total of $153,171 – a difference of $68,187.
|Tournament records set or tied this week|
-- Mark Anderson was a dual winner this week, teaming with partner Todd Justice to win the team competition in the pro-am format after a scorecard playoff. The team finished at 43-under par for four days, tied with John Peterson and his partner Richard Kay.
|Best rounds of the day|
|Course statistics for the week - Thornblade Club (Host course)|
|Course statistics for the week - Greenville CC/Chanticleer|
|Course statistics for the week - The Reserve at Lake Keowee|