AUSTRALIA’S Nick Flanagan has beaten compatriot Percy Cameron in a playoff for the Nationwide Tour’s 2012 BMW Charity Pro-Am in South Carolina.
It was a lucky win for the 28-year-old who hasn’t tasted victory on the US secondary tour since his standout 2007 season when his three wins earned him a battlefield promotion to the main tour.
The Novocastrian only lasted a year on the PGA Tour and this was only his second start this year.
Fortunes changed for the two Aussies on the final hole of regulation where one shot leader Percy spoilt his blemish free six-birdie round with a bogey that put him back to 15-under.
Flanagan was down by one in the group immediately behind and looked like he had hooked his approach shot on the par-4 into the grandstand but it careered off a television cameraman back onto the green where the grateful Aussie sunk a 15 foot birdie putt.
“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 after bettering Percy on their third playoff hole.
Percy has had quite a good year but is yet to win on the Nationwide Tour and was rueful after spraying his drive on the third playoff hole into the trees.
“I just hit a bad tee shot on that last one,” the Victorian said. “I tried to hit it too hard. When it hit the path I was in all kinds of trouble.”
Flanagan collected US$108,000 for his efforts and vaulted all the way to No. 11 on the money list with two-thirds of the season yet to go. The 25 leading money winners at the end of the year will move onto the PGA Tour in 2013.
Flanagan believes he would make a better go of it than in 2008 when he made only 16 cuts in 29 starts and failed to keep his card.
“I got out there and didn’t feel very comfortable. The atmosphere is different and then I started struggling,” said Flanagan. “I was battling week to week the whole time. When you’re playing bad every week it’s hard to get motivated to play sometimes. At times I didn’t feel like I fit in. If I can get back there again I think I’ll be able to adapt a little easier.”
Percy did have the consolation of another strong finish on the Nationwide with his runners-up cheque moving him to sixth position on the money list whilst fellow Australian Alistair Presnell (21st) is also in the top 25.2012 BMW Pro-Am Final Leaderboard