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Curtis Luck crowned 2020 champion

Final-Round Leaderboard

Pos. Name Scores
1 Curtis Luck 68-66-68-71 – 273 (-11)
T2 Theo Humphrey 70-67-70-67 – 274 (-10)
T2 Taylor Montgomery 72-67-67-68 – 274 (-10)
T2 Cameron Young 66-69-68-71 – 274 (-10)
T5 Five players tied 275 (-9)

 

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Curtis Luck wins Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio – With a clutch up-and-down on the 72nd hole, Curtis Luck outlasted the field to win the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship, finishing the week at 11-under 273. Theo Humphrey, Taylor Montgomery and Cameron Young finished in a tie for second at 10-under 274.

“Yeah, it’s actually a really deep breath of relief,” Luck said after the win. “Golf’s really tough. It’s probably not gone 100 percent to plan with the way I wanted to when I turned pro, but yeah, I’ve just stuck with it and I’m still working hard. Obviously, to get a win out here is massive because not only does it give me status for the next couple years out here on the Korn Ferry Tour, it just shows that I’m able to compete, which is nice.”

Luck, who held the 36- and 54-hole leads at The Ohio State University Golf Club’s Scarlet Course, emerged victorious from a crowded leaderboard that saw five players tied for the lead at one point on Sunday.

Entering the final round with a one-stroke advantage, Luck couldn’t seem to find his rhythm on the front nine. After seven consecutive pars, he dropped a shot at the par-3 eighth to fall back to 10-under. On No. 11, he dropped another shot with his second bogey of the day and fell off the top of a crowded leaderboard.

“Yeah, it was a tough day from start to finish,” he said. “Unfortunately, I made a couple of bogeys, but I just rolled with them and dug deep to finish.”

Following pars on Nos. 12-14, Luck made his charge back up the leaderboard with a birdie on No. 15. At the par-4 16th, he drained a lengthy birdie attempt to regain the solo-lead at 11-under.

The drama would unfold on No. 18 as Luck found himself one stroke ahead of playing partner Cameron Young on the tee box. Theo Humphrey and Taylor Montgomery had each posted the clubhouse lead at 10-under 274.

Luck’s drive on the 18th hit off a tree but still managed to find the fairway. Young, who began the day one stroke off the lead, took an aggressive line, leaving himself a short pitch shot into the 439-yard par-4.

Luck’s approach missed the green right and found the greenside bunker leaving him a difficult up-and-down. From just short of the green, Young stuck his second shot inside 7-feet leaving him a great look for birdie.

After a difficult bunker shot, Luck faced a 7-foot par putt to post 11-under for the week but was still outside Young’s birdie attempt. As he had done all week, the Australian drained the par attempt, leaving Young with a chance to force a playoff. Despite his best effort, Young’s putt slid past the hole and secured Luck the win.

“Yeah, it was an intense hole,” Luck said of No. 18. “I thought I hit a good tee shot down there and just clipped one of those trees and shot it out backwards into the fairway. And I just, I hit a poor iron shot. I wasn’t trying to do anything special, just middle of the green and hit a poor iron shot.

“Fortunately, yeah, I made a wicked up‑and‑down and put the pressure back on Cam, who as I said, I’m certain that if I missed, with how good a player Cam is, he would have rolled that thing straight in and shut us all out.”

With the victory, Luck moved to 18th on the points list. He also put himself in great position to secure one of the five spots in the 2020 U.S. Open awarded at the conclusion of the Korn Ferry Tour Championship Series.

Next week, the Tour travels to Evansville, Indiana, for the final event of the Korn Ferry Tour Championship Series, the Korn Ferry Tour Championship presented by United Leasing & Finance.

 

SUNDAY NOTES:

* Sunday’s weather: Partly cloudy, with a high of 84. Wind SW at 5-10 mph.

* Final-round tee times were delayed 20 minutes due to fog in the area.

* This week’s purse is $1,000,000 with $180,000 going to the champion, Curtis Luck. Luck also received 600 Korn Ferry Tour points.

* The win came in Luck’s 44th start on the Korn Ferry Tour. Throughout his career, Luck has made 36 PGA TOUR starts.

* With the victory, Luck became the 12th first-time winner on Tour this season.

* In his previous three starts at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship, Luck had finished T7-T5-T19.

* For the second consecutive week, Cameron Young (T2, -10) earned his best finish on the Korn Ferry Tour.

* In his four career starts on Tour, Young has finished T11-T14-T6-T2. Three weeks ago, Young made his Korn Ferry Tour debut at the Pinnacle Bank Championship presented by Aetna after Monday qualifying.

* Spurred by a final-round 67, Theo Humphrey (T2, -10) earned the best finish of his Korn Ferry Tour career.

* In his first competitive event since his daughter Mia’s passing, Camilo Villegas finished the week T58 at 2-over 286.

* Stephan Jaeger, who won last week’s Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft Nabisco, finished the week T5 at 9-under 275.

* The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship served as the third event of the four-event Korn Ferry Tour Championship Series, which includes elevated purses and points. Five exemptions into the 2020 U.S. Open are also available to the top-five players (not otherwise exempt) in a points list specific to the Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft Nabisco, Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship and Korn Ferry Tour Championship presented by United Leasing & Finance. The top-10 players on the Korn Ferry Tour’s overall point standings following the conclusion of the Korn Ferry Tour Championship will also earn entry into the PGA TOUR’s additional events (also known as opposite-field events) during the 2020-21 season.

* The combined 2020-21 Korn Ferry Tour schedule will conclude with 25 PGA TOUR cards awarded at the 2021 WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by KraftHeinz, with an additional 25 cards awarded at the conclusion of the 2021 Korn Ferry Tour Finals.

* The par-3 fifth hole (233 yards) and par-4 11th hole (473 yards) played as the hardest holes throughout the week with a scoring average of +.205.

* The par-5 12th hole (562 yards) played as the easiest hole throughout the week with a scoring average of 4.610.

 

*The Ohio State University Golf Club – Scarlet Course Scoring Average:

 

Front                 Back                   Total                           Cumulative                                

R1                       36.285               35.688               71.972

R2                       36.167               35.333               71.500               71.736

R3                       35.920               34.880               70.800               71.424

R4                       35.947               34.960               70.907               71.295

 

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Curtis Luck takes 54-hole lead

Third-Round Leaderboard

Pos. Name Scores
1 Curtis Luck 68-66-68 – 202 (-11)
2 Cameron Young 66-69-68 – 203 (-10)
3 Erik Barnes 69-67-68 – 204 (-9)
T4 Will Zalatoris 69-70-66 – 205 (-8)
T4 Jimmy Stanger 65-71-69 – 205 (-8)

 

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Curtis Luck takes 54-hole lead at Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Curtis Luck carded a bogey-free, 3-under 68 on Saturday to take the 54-hole lead at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship at 11-under 202. Cameron Young sits alone in second, one stroke off the pace at 10-under 203.

Luck, who began the day one stroke clear of the field, tallied back-to-back birdies on Nos. 6 and 7 to reach 10-under for the week. After pars on Nos. 8 and 9, Luck headed to the back nine at the top of a crowded leaderboard.

Luck stayed in control of the round carding six consecutive pars to begin the back nine. On the par-4 16th, the Australian stuck his approach and drained his birdie putt to claim the solo-lead at 11-under. He closed his round with two pars to take the 54-hole lead into Sunday’s final round.

“I think that the strategy for me was limit the bogeys and I went bogey‑free, so I’m pretty stoked about that,” Luck said. “I just tried to play really smart. Once again, like the first two days, if I was slightly out of position, just get it back in position as best I can and hit good shots to recover.”

Luck is making his 44th Korn Ferry Tour start this week and fourth appearance at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship. In 2018, the 24-year-old finished T5 in Ohio, matching his best finish on the Korn Ferry Tour. That season, he went on to earn his PGA TOUR card through the Korn Ferry Tour Finals.

“I’m yet to sort of remember having a bad round in the final round here,” Luck said of his experience at the Scarlet Course. “So yeah, no doubt in my mind it’s a huge advantage being here the fourth year and also putting in good results each and every year being back.”

Luck and Young played together in Saturday’s third round but it was far from the duo’s first time competing together. The two played junior golf growing up and competed against one another several times. In 2016, Luck defeated Young in the Round of 16 en route to winning the U.S. Amateur title.

The two will be paired together again during Sunday’s final round.

“I’ve known Cameron since I think I was 18 and we’ve always got along really well,” Luck said. “Out on Tour a couple weeks ago, I didn’t actually realize he was out here because I skipped Nebraska (Pinnacle Bank Championship), so it was great to see him here and playing good.”

Young began the day with five consecutive pars before carding his first birdie of the round at the par-3 fifth. After pars on Nos. 6-8, he went on to add another birdie on No. 9 to make the turn at 9-under. The 23-year-old tallied his third birdie of the round at the par-5 12th but immediately gave the stroke back on No. 13. After a par on No. 14, he tallied his fourth birdie of the round on the par-4 15th to reach 10-under for the week and claim solo-second.

Three weeks ago, Young made his Korn Ferry Tour debut at the Pinnacle Bank Championship presented by Aeta and finished the week T11. A week later, the Wake Forest University product continued his strong play, finishing T14 at the WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by KraftHeinz. Last week, Young played in the final group at the Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft Nabisco and finished the week T6.

Now, Young will look to capture his first Korn Ferry Tour title as he plays in Sunday’s final group for the second week in a row.

“Yeah, it’s been exciting. Obviously, I had no idea I was going to be here a month ago,” Young said of his recent play. “It’s been a lot of fun. To see a lot of it firsthand and be a part of it and compete, especially to do well, has been a lot of fun and I’ve enjoyed it.”

Erik Barnes sits alone in third at 9-under 204. Will Zalatoris and Jimmy Stanger sit T4 at 8-under 205, three strokes off the lead.

Final-round tee times will run from 7:00 a.m. to 1:05 p.m. EDT on Sunday. The tournament will be broadcast live on Golf Channel from 2:30 – 5:00 p.m. EDT on Sunday.

 

SATURDAY NOTES:

* Saturday’s weather: Partly cloudy, with a high of 86. Wind S at 3-6 mph.

* This week’s purse is $1,000,000 with $180,000 going to the champion. The champion will also receive 600 Korn Ferry Tour points.

* This marks the first time that Curtis Luck has held the 54-hole lead on the Korn Ferry Tour.

* Luck and Cameron Young previously competed against one another in the Round of 16 at the 2016 U.S. Amateur. Luck would eventually go on to win the event contested at Oakland Hills Country Club.

* In his previous three starts at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship, Luck has finished T7-T5-T19.

* Seven of the 16 54-hole leaders/co-leaders have gone on to win this season. Stephan Jaeger won at last week’s Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft Nabisco after holding the third-round lead.

* Cameron Young played in the final group at last week’s Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft Nabisco and finished the week T6. Young is making his fourth career Korn Ferry Tour start this week.

* Will Zalatoris, who leads the Korn Ferry Tour points list, sits T4 at 8-under 205 after a third-round 66.

* Ryan McCormick (T6, -7) had the low round of the day posting a 6-under 65 on Saturday.

* In his first competitive event since his daughter Mia’s passing, Camilo Villegas sits T60 at 2-over 215 after three rounds.

* The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship serves as the third event of the four-event Korn Ferry Tour Championship Series, which includes elevated purses and points. Five exemptions into the 2020 U.S. Open are also available to the top-five players (not otherwise exempt) in a points list specific to the Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft Nabisco, Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship and Korn Ferry Tour Championship presented by United Leasing & Finance. The top-10 players on the Korn Ferry Tour’s overall point standings following the conclusion of the Korn Ferry Tour Championship will also earn entry into the PGA TOUR’s additional events (also known as opposite-field events) during the 2020-21 season.

* The combined 2020-21 Korn Ferry Tour schedule will conclude with 25 PGA TOUR cards awarded at the 2021 WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by KraftHeinz, with an additional 25 cards awarded at the conclusion of the 2021 Korn Ferry Tour Finals.

* The par-4 second hole (472 yards) played as the hardest hole on Saturday with a scoring average of 4.187.

* The par-5 sixth hole (618 yards) played as the easiest hole on Saturday with a scoring average of 4.613.

 

*The Ohio State University Golf Club – Scarlet Course Scoring Average:

 

Front                 Back                   Total                           Cumulative                                

R1                       36.285               35.688               71.972

R2                       36.167               35.333               71.500               71.736

R3                       35.920               34.880               70.800               71.424

 

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Curtis Luck claims second-round lead

Second-Round Leaderboard

Pos. Name Scores
1 Curtis Luck 68-66 – 134 (-8)
2 Cameron Young 66-69 – 135 (-7)
T3 Erik Barnes 69-67 – 136 (-6)
T3 Lee Hodges 66-70 – 136 (-6)
T3 Jimmy Stanger 65-71 – 136 (-6)
T3 Brandon Wu 67-69 – 136 (-6)

 

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Curtis Luck claims second-round lead at Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Curtis Luck carded a 5-under 66 on Friday to take the second-round lead at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship at 8-under 134. Cameron Young sits alone in second at 7-under 135.

Luck, who began the day on the back nine, started his round with a birdie on the par-4 10th but immediately dropped a shot on No. 11. Despite the bogey, the 24-year-old took advantage of the par-5 12th with an eagle to reach 5-under for the week. The up-and-down afternoon continued for Luck who offset a bogey on the par-3 13th with a birdie on No. 15.

After making the turn at 5-under for the tournament, Luck carded his third birdie of the day on the par-4 second. After a par on No. 3, he tallied another birdie on the par-5 fourth but immediately gave the stroke back with a bogey on No. 5.

After his fifth birdie of the round on No. 7, Luck moved back to 7-under for the week. On the par-4 ninth, he stuck his approach from the right rough and drained the 5-foot birdie putt to take the solo-lead at 8-under.

“Yeah, it was a bit of an up‑and‑down day,” Luck said after the round. “I kind of got off to a weird start, had a couple of bogeys amongst a birdie and an eagle, but it was kind of a little bit like that all day. I just managed to settle myself down and just play some good golf.”

Luck has made four cuts in 11 starts this season on the Korn Ferry Tour and entered the week ranked 135th on the points list. Despite missing the cut in his last three starts, the Australian returned to The Ohio State University Golf Club’s Scarlet Course with past success to draw on. In his last three starts at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship, he has finished T7-T5-T19 and has recorded his best result of the season in Ohio two of the last three years.

“I guess it kind of replicates Australia a little bit,” he said of the Scarlet Course. “They’re (the greens) also bent, so it’s a lot like home. But yeah, I don’t know, it just sets up for me. As I said, I play as smart as I can for the most part and just try and leave the ball in areas where I know I’ve always got a shot.”

After a bogey-free 66 on Thursday, Young tallied four birdies against two bogeys on Friday to claim solo-second at 7-under 135. The Wake Forest University product is making just his fourth career Korn Ferry Tour start this week.

Three weeks ago, Young made his Korn Ferry Tour debut at the Pinnacle Bank Championship presented by Aetna after Monday qualifying and finished the week T11. With his strong play, he earned a spot in the WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by KraftHeinz where he finished T14.

At last week’s Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft Nabisco, his strong play continued. Highlighted by a third-round 61, Young earned his best Korn Ferry Tour finish with a T6 result in Idaho. Now, the 23-year-old has put himself in position to capture one of the five 2020 U.S. Open exemptions awarded at the conclusion of the Korn Ferry Tour Championship Series.

“It’s been a huge step in the right direction,” Young said of his recent play. “I was playing well, and I had every reason to believe I could get in and play well. It’s just fortunate to be playing well at this time to keep myself in it.”

Erik Barnes, Lee Hodges, Jimmy Stanger and Brandon Wu sit T3 at 6-under 136.

Third-round tee times will run from 7:04 a.m. to 1:10 p.m. EDT on Saturday. The tournament will be broadcast live on Golf Channel from 3-5 p.m. on Saturday.

 

FRIDAY NOTES:

* Friday’s weather: Partly cloudy, with a high of 86. Wind E at 4-8 mph.

* The cut came at 1-over with 75 players advancing to the weekend.

* This week’s purse is $1,000,000 with $180,000 going to the champion. The champion will also receive 600 Korn Ferry Tour points.

* This marks the first time that Curtis Luck has held the lead after any round on the Korn Ferry Tour.

* During the 2018-19 PGA TOUR season, Luck made 10 cuts in 23 starts on TOUR with three top-25s.

* Three of the 16 36-hole leaders/co-leaders have gone on to win this season. Stephan Jaeger won at last week’s Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft Nabisco after holding a share of the second-round lead.

* Through two rounds, Cameron Young ranks first in scrambling, converting nine of 10 up-and-downs.

* Since the Tour’s return to golf, Erik Barnes (T3, -6) has recorded four top-25s and has missed only one cut.

* Brandon Wu (T3, -6) is making only his fifth Korn Ferry Tour start of the season this week. In his four previous starts, the 23-year-old has recorded two top-10s.

* Nick Hardy, who co-led after Thursday’s opening round, sits T16 at 3-under 139 after a 3-over 74 on Friday.

* In his first competitive event since his daughter Mia’s passing, Camilo Villegas sits T29 at 1-under 141 after two rounds.

* The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship serves as the third event of the four-event Korn Ferry Tour Championship Series, which includes elevated purses and points. Five exemptions into the 2020 U.S. Open are also available to the top-five players (not otherwise exempt) in a points list specific to the Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft Nabisco, Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship and Korn Ferry Tour Championship presented by United Leasing & Finance. The top-10 players on the Korn Ferry Tour’s overall point standings following the conclusion of the Korn Ferry Tour Championship will also earn entry into the PGA TOUR’s additional events (also known as opposite-field events) during the 2020-21 season.

* The combined 2020-21 Korn Ferry Tour schedule will conclude with 25 PGA TOUR cards awarded at the 2021 WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by KraftHeinz, with an additional 25 cards awarded at the conclusion of the 2021 Korn Ferry Tour Finals.

* The par-3 13th hole (221 yards) played as the hardest hole on Friday with a scoring average of 3.257.

* The par-5 12th hole (562 yards) played as the easiest hole on Friday with a scoring average of 4.542.

 

*The Ohio State University Golf Club – Scarlet Course Scoring Average:

 

Front                 Back                   Total                           Cumulative                                

R1                       36.285               35.688               71.972

R2                       36.167               35.333               71.500               71.736

 

 

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Jimmy Stanger and Nick Hardy share first-round lead

First-Round Leaderboard

Pos. Name Scores
T1 Jimmy Stanger 65 (-6)
T1 Nick Hardy 65 (-6)
T3 Lee Hodges 66 (-5)
T3 Cameron Young 66 (-5)
T5 Four players tied 67 (-4)

 

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Jimmy Stanger, Nick Hardy share first-round lead at Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Jimmy Stanger and Nick Hardy posted matching rounds of 6-under 65 on Thursday to claim a share of the first-round lead at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship. Lee Hodges and Cameron Young sit one stroke off the pace in a tie for third at 5-under 66.

Beginning the day on the back nine, Stanger got off to a fast start with birdies on Nos. 10 and 12. After pars on his next seven holes, the 25-year-old dropped his only shot of the day at the par-4 second.

Despite the setback, Stanger tallied his third birdie of the day on the par-4 third followed by an eagle on the par-5 fourth. The University of Virginia product finished his opening round with back-to-back birdies on Nos. 8 and 9 to claim a share of the lead at 6-under.

“It was just one of those rounds where I stayed in there mentally,” Stanger said. “I didn’t hit the ball particularly great, didn’t putt the ball particularly great, but the wedges came on strong at the end and I was able to manage a 6‑under par round, which was fantastic.”

Stanger, who is playing in his third season on the Korn Ferry Tour, entered the week ranked 47th on the Korn Ferry Tour points list and earned his best finish of the season with a T6 result at last week’s Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft Nabisco.

“It’s just more so that confidence, the idea that I’m ready to be here,” he said of his strong finish last week. “It’s just a matter of gaining confidence in that area and going out there and staying in the present and trying not to think too much.”

Tied atop the leaderboard is Hardy who tallied nine birdies during Thursday’s first round. After opening his round with pars on Nos. 1 and 2, Hardy carded four consecutive birdies on Nos. 3-6. Despite a double bogey on the par-4 seventh, he rebounded with back-to-back birdies on Nos. 8 and 9 to make the turn at 4-under.

Hardy dropped a shot on the par-4 11th to fall back to 3-under but converted birdies on three of his final four holes to gain a share of the lead.

“There’s obviously more at stake this week but I kind of treat it like every other week,” Hardy said. “I’m trying to position myself well for the weekend and Sunday, so I got off to a good start. Hopefully, I keep that going.”

Hardy is making his professional debut at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship but is no stranger to the Ohio State University Golf Club’s Scarlet Course. As a standout at the University of Illinois, Hardy played several rounds in Columbus during his collegiate career. In 2018, he finished T2 at the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate contested at the Scarlet Course. Later that spring, he finished T4 at the NCAA Columbus Regional, also played at the Scarlet Course.

“We played well here as a team,” Hardy recalled. “I had a couple really high finishes here. It suits my game pretty well and it feels like a Chicago golf course to me, tree lined and long. You can’t really fake it out here, you’ve got to drive it well and you’ve got to hit strong sides, you cannot short‑side yourself out here at all.”

Lee Hodges and Cameron Young sit in a tie for third at 5-under 66. Two weeks ago, Hodges captured his first Korn Ferry Tour title at the WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by KraftHeinz. With the victory, he secured a spot in the 2020 U.S. Open and is now in great position to secure entry in PGA TOUR additional events during the 2020-21 season.

Young is making his fourth Korn Ferry Tour start of the season this week. Three weeks ago, he Monday qualified into the Pinnacle Bank Championship presented by Aetna before finishing T14. Last week, he finished T6 in Boise, good for his best result on the Korn Ferry Tour.

Second-round tee times will run from 7:30 a.m. to 2:36 p.m. EDT on Friday. The tournament will be broadcast live on Golf Channel from 1-3 p.m. on Friday.

 

THURSDAY NOTES:

* Thursday’s weather: Mostly sunny, with a high of 82. Wind NE at 4-8 mph.

* This week’s purse is $1,000,000 with $180,000 going to the champion. The champion will also receive 600 Korn Ferry Tour points.

* This marks the first time that Jimmy Stanger and Nick Hardy have held at least a share of the lead after 18-holes on the Korn Ferry Tour.

* Three of the 16 first-round leaders/co-leaders have gone on to win this season. Max McGreevy most recently won after holding a share of the first-round lead at the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper.

* Stanger is making his second start at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship. Last season, he finished T66 in Ohio.

* Hardy leads the field after carding nine birdies during his opening round on Thursday.

* Since the Tour’s return to golf, Lee Hodges (T3, -5) has missed only one cut and has recorded seven top-25s including a victory.

* Cameron Young (T3, -5) is making his fourth Korn Ferry Tour start of the season and has yet to finish outside the top-15 this year.

* Brandon Wu sits T5 after an opening-round 67. Wu finished T2 at last week’s Albertsons Boise Open and is making only his fifth start of the season this week.

* Charlie Saxon (T5, -4) continued his strong play of late with an opening-round 67. Saxon finished T6 at last week’s Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft Nabisco.

* In his first competitive round since his daughter Mia’s passing, Camilo Villegas sits T30 at 1-under.

* The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship serves as the third event of the four-event Korn Ferry Tour Championship Series, which includes elevated purses and points. Five exemptions into the 2020 U.S. Open are also available to the top-five players (not otherwise exempt) in a points list specific to the Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft Nabisco, Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship and Korn Ferry Tour Championship presented by United Leasing & Finance. The top-10 players on the Korn Ferry Tour’s overall point standings following the conclusion of the Korn Ferry Tour Championship will also earn entry into the PGA TOUR’s additional events (also known as opposite-field events) during the 2020-21 season.

* The combined 2020-21 Korn Ferry Tour schedule will conclude with 25 PGA TOUR cards awarded at the 2021 WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by KraftHeinz, with an additional 25 cards awarded at the conclusion of the 2021 Korn Ferry Tour Finals.

* The par-4 11th hole (473 yards) played as the hardest hole on Thursday with a scoring average of 4.313.

* The par-5 12th hole (562 yards) played as the easiest hole on Thursday with a scoring average of 4.646.

 

*Ohio State University Golf Club – Scarlet Course Scoring Average:


Front                    Back                     Total                    

R1                                       36.285                35.68                  71.972

 

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Competition rounds for the 2020 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship will be conducted without spectators

Columbus, Ohio – Tournament officials announced today that as a result of the ongoing health and safety issues related to the Coronavirus pandemic, it has been determined that competition rounds for the 2020 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship, August 20-23, will be conducted without spectators at The Ohio State University Golf Club.

The decision to play the 14th installment of the official Korn Ferry Tour Finals event without spectators was made in collaboration with the PGA TOUR and Nationwide, with the health and safety of all involved being the top priority.

Charity will remain the primary focus of the 2020 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship. Last year’s tournament raised a total of $2,437,194 for central Ohio charitable organizations, including $2,305,854 for pediatric cancer research and treatment at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Since its inception in 2007 the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship has donated a total of nearly $13.8 million in support of the hospital’s pediatric cancer program.

“We are looking forward to hosting the 2020 tournament and carrying on its philanthropic mission,” said John Carter, President & Chief Operating Officer of Nationwide Financial and chairman of the board of directors for Champions of the Community, the host organization for the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship. “While it will look a bit different this year, the event’s overall commitment to Nationwide Children’s and charitable causes in the community will remain as strong as ever.”

In related news, the official Pro-Am tournament on Wednesday, August 19, will be staged as scheduled, with additional safety protocols in place for participants.

On May 4, the Korn Ferry Tour announced modifications and details regarding the restart of the 2020 schedule and a fall calendar of events that will be part of a one-time, combined 2020-21 Korn Ferry Tour season.

The announcement of a fall schedule came after the PGA TOUR announced that, due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the cancelation or postponement of 13 events from the 2019-20 TOUR Season, eligibility would be extended for exempt 2019-20 PGA TOUR members for the 2020-21 season. These adjustments will result in the Korn Ferry Tour not having a graduating class in 2020; however, the TOUR has established a performance benefit for the top 10 from the Korn Ferry Tour points list following the conclusion of the 2020 Korn Ferry Tour Championship presented by United Leasing & Finance. Those players will be granted access into all PGA TOUR additional events for the 2020-21 season.

In addition, the top five players not otherwise exempt on a three-tournament points list encompassing the 2020 Albertsons Boise Open, Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship and Korn Ferry Tour Championship will receive a special exemption into the 2020 U.S. Open at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York.

As a result of the schedule changes, Korn Ferry Tour Finals events, including the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship, will be conducted ¾ for one year only ¾ as Korn Ferry Tour Championship Series events, featuring increased points and limited field sizes. The new modified regular season will conclude with 25 PGA TOUR cards awarded at the 2021 WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by KraftHeinz, followed by an additional 25 cards awarded at the conclusion of the three Finals events, of which the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship will be second.

The field for the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship will compete over 72 holes of stroke play, with a cut to the top-65 players and ties after 36 holes. Golf Channel will broadcast tournament coverage from Thursday’s opening round to the trophy presentation on Sunday in high definition.

Stay connected with the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship on Twitter (@NCHC_Golf), Instagram (nchcgolf) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/NationwideChildrensChampionship).

 

 

ABOUT THE NATIONWIDE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL CHAMPIONSHIP
The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship is owned and operated by Champions of the Community, Inc., an Ohio non-profit corporation. The event is one of three Korn Ferry Tour Finals tournaments that will determine the 50 players who earn PGA TOUR playing privileges for the 2020-2021 season and their eligibility position under the TOUR’s enhanced qualifying system. Featuring a purse of $1,000,000 the tournament is conducted to showcase the best golf on the Korn Ferry Tour on one of the most challenging venues in the world, The Ohio State University – Scarlet Course, for the enjoyment of spectators and to benefit charitable organizations in central Ohio. For more information, call 614-764-GOLF or visit our website at www.ncc-golf.com.

 

 

ABOUT NATIONWIDE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-20 list of “Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric health care systems providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of more than 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.5 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. More information is available at NationwideChildrens.org.

 

 

 ABOUT KORN FERRY TOUR
Founded (1990), owned and operated by the PGA TOUR, the Korn Ferry Tour identifies and develops those players who are ready to compete and win on golf’s biggest stage. In 2013, the Korn Ferry Tour became The Path to the PGA TOUR with all 50 available PGA TOUR cards coming through the Tour and the season culminating at the Korn Ferry Tour Finals. This season marks the 31st year of competition on the Korn Ferry Tour. Three out of four PGA TOUR members are Korn Ferry Tour alumni. Tour alumni have won more than 500 PGA TOUR titles, including 24 major championships and eight PLAYERS Championships. To learn more about the PGA TOUR, the Korn Ferry Tour and to follow the season-long quest for a PGA TOUR card, visit PGATOUR.COM, or follow the Tour on social media via Instagram (@KornFerryTour), Twitter (@KornFerryTour) and Facebook (facebook.com/KornFerryTour).

 

 

ABOUT THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS DEPARTMENT
The Ohio State University Department of Athletics is completely self-supporting and receives no university monies, tax dollars or student fees. The Department of Athletics sponsors 36 fully funded varsity teams – 17 for women, 16 for men and three that are co-educational – and is committed to providing the very finest in academic and athletics support in an effort to provide its more than 1,000 student-athletes with a quality, life-changing experience at Ohio State.

 

 

ABOUT NATIONWIDE
Nationwide, a Fortune 100 company based in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the largest and strongest diversified insurance and financial services organizations in the United States. Nationwide is rated A+ by both A.M. Best and Standard & Poor’s. An industry leader in driving customer-focused innovation, Nationwide provides a full range of insurance and financial services products including auto, business, homeowners, farm and life insurance; public and private sector retirement plans, annuities and mutual funds; excess & surplus, specialty and surety; pet, motorcycle and boat insurance. For more information, visit www.nationwide.com. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Nationwide, Nationwide is on your side and the Nationwide N and Eagle are service marks of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. © 2020

 

 

ABOUT HNS SPORTS GROUP
HNS Sports Group is a Dublin, Ohio-based LLC founded in 2000. The company offers over 125-plus years of collective experience and is committed to providing professional, efficient and effective client representation in the categories of sponsorship consultation, event management, hospitality management, sales representation and tournament operation within the golf market. To learn more about HNS Sports Group, visit www.hnssports.com.

 

 

 

 

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Official Tournament Statement Regarding COVID-19

The Korn Ferry Tour announced on May 4th additional modifications and details regarding the restart of its 2020 schedule.

As a result of this news, we wanted to provide an update regarding the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship’s 2020 playing, scheduled for its original dates, August 17-23.

First and foremost, the health and safety of everyone associated with the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship and our community will continue to be our No. 1 priority as we navigate the ongoing health crisis related to the Coronavirus pandemic.

This is obviously a very fluid situation that requires constant review, communication and transparency, and we – working closely with the PGA TOUR and Nationwide – are dedicated to all three aspects. Therefore, as of today, we are proceeding with the planning and execution tied to hosting the 14th annual Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship. As we continue to prepare for the 2020 tournament, we will carefully monitor information provided by the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control along with local and state government health agencies. On a regular basis, we will provide status updates including any additional protocols put in place to ensure the health and safety of all who will be on site in August.

We encourage our fans to stay informed on the developments of the Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 through official sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website (cdc.gov) and coronavirus.ohio.gov/. We will provide further updates as new information becomes available.

Record-setting charitable donation of $2,305,854 announced for 2019 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship

2019 check presentation to Nationwide Children’s Hospital – pictured left to right: Board members Alex Fischer (Columbus Partnership), Kyle Rooney (Turner Construction), Tom Feeney (Safelite AutoGlass), Tim Robinson (Nationwide Children’s Hospital), Kirt Walker (Nationwide), John Carter (Nationwide), and President of Champions of the Community Mike Boyd (Nationwide)

 

Columbus, Ohio – Tournament officials announced today that the 13th playing of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship, concluded August 18, 2019, at The Ohio State University Golf Club – Scarlet Course, raised a total of $2,437,194 for central Ohio charitable organizations, including $2,305,854 for pediatric cancer research and treatment at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The total marks the largest single-season charitable donation raised for the hospital in the 13-year history of the Korn Ferry Tour Finals event and the third consecutive time the $2 million mark has been exceeded. Since its inception in 2007 the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship has donated a total of nearly $13.8 million in support of the hospital’s pediatric cancer program.

 

“It’s inspiring to see the level of support our local, national and corporate business partners provide to this tournament year-after-year,” said Mike Boyd, senior vice president of Marketing for Nationwide and president of the Champions of the Community, the host organization for the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship. “Their unwavering generosity is what makes this event such a successful fundraising endeavor for Nationwide Children’s Hospital and for that, we are truly grateful.”

 

“Nationwide Children’s continues to be a national leader in pediatric cancer care thanks to the charitable spirit of Nationwide, the Korn Ferry Tour, The Ohio State University Department of Athletics and all of the volunteers who contribute to this fantastic event,” said Tim Robinson, CEO, Nationwide Children’s Hospital. “Another record-setting year of donations is an incredible achievement and we are extremely grateful for the generosity of our philanthropic partners who support the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship.”

 

The tournament’s commitment to Nationwide Children’s Hospital was ensured through 2021, when in August 2017, a three-year extension of the existing agreement between the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship and the PGA TOUR was announced that preserves the tournament as a Korn Ferry Tour Finals event. Additionally, a three-year agreement with The Ohio State University Golf Club was announced, confirming the Scarlet Course will continue to host the tournament.

 

The 2020 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship will be held August 17-23 at The Ohio State University Golf Club – Scarlet Course and will be the second of three stops in the Korn Ferry Tour Finals.

 

“On behalf of HNS Sports Group and our tournament staff, I would like to thank our partners, volunteers and The Ohio State University Golf Club,” said Tournament Director Kip McBride. “The level of support provided to this tournament is truly inspiring and we are incredibly thankful to all who graciously donate their time, effort and resources to help us raise funds for charitable organizations in central Ohio. Even as we celebrate this year’s success, we have an eye towards next year and are excited to continue our mission to grow the tournament. This community has some of the best golf fans on Tour and the tournament’s status as a playoff event ensures that they will be treated to one of the best fields of the year on the Korn Ferry Tour next August.”

 

For information concerning tickets, how to become a volunteer, and general tournament news, please call (614) 764-GOLF or visit www.ncc-golf.com. Stay connected with the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship on Twitter @NCHC_Golf, on Instagram at NCHCGolf, and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NationwideChildrensChampionship.

 

 

 

 

ABOUT THE NATIONWIDE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL CHAMPIONSHIP

 

The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship is owned and operated by Champions of the Community, Inc., an Ohio non-profit corporation. The event is one of three Korn Ferry Tour Finals tournaments that will determine the 50 players who earn PGA TOUR playing privileges for the 2019-2020 season and their eligibility position under the TOUR’s enhanced qualifying system.  Featuring a purse of $1,000,000 the tournament is conducted to showcase the best golf on the Korn Ferry Tour on one of the most challenging venues in the world, The Ohio State University – Scarlet Course, for the enjoyment of spectators and to benefit charitable organizations in central Ohio. For more information, call 614-764-GOLF or visit our website at www.ncc-golf.com.

 

 

ABOUT NATIONWIDE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-20 list of “Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric health care systems providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of more than 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.5 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. More information is available at NationwideChildrens.org.

 

 

ABOUT KORN FERRY TOUR

 

Founded (1990), owned and operated by the PGA TOUR, the Korn Ferry Tour identifies and develops those players who are ready to compete and win on golf’s biggest stage. In 2013, the Korn Ferry Tour became The Path to the PGA TOUR with all 50 available PGA TOUR cards coming through the Tour and the season culminating at the Korn Ferry Tour Finals. This season marks the 30th year of competition on the Korn Ferry Tour. Three out of four PGA TOUR members are Korn Ferry Tour alumni. Tour alumni have won more than 500 PGA TOUR titles, including 24 major championships and eight PLAYERS Championships. To learn more about the PGA TOUR, the Korn Ferry Tour and to follow the season-long quest for a PGA TOUR card, visit PGATOUR.COM, or follow the Tour on social media via Instagram (@KornFerryTour), Twitter (@KornFerryTour) and Facebook (facebook.com/KornFerryTour).

 

 

ABOUT THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS DEPARTMENT

 

The Ohio State University Department of Athletics is completely self-supporting and receives no university monies, tax dollars or student fees. The Department of Athletics sponsors 36 fully funded varsity teams – 17 for women, 16 for men and three that are co-educational – and is committed to providing the very finest in academic and athletics support in an effort to provide its more than 1,000 student-athletes with a quality, life-changing experience at Ohio State.

 

 

ABOUT HNS SPORTS GROUP

 

HNS Sports Group is a Dublin, Ohio-based LLC founded in 2000. The company offers over 125-plus years of collective experience and is committed to providing professional, efficient and effective client representation in the categories of sponsorship consultation, event management, hospitality management, sales representation and tournament operation within the golf market. To learn more about HNS Sports Group, visit www.hnssports.com.

 

 

 

 

 

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Scottie Scheffler wins by two for second Korn Ferry Tour title

Final-Round Leaderboard

Pos. Name Scores
1 Scottie Scheffler 70-68-67-67—272 (-12)
T2 Brendon Todd 72-64-71-67—274 (-10)
T2 Beau Hossler 69-69-68-68—274 (-10)
T2 Ben Taylor 68-69-69-68—274 (-10)
T5 Robert Streb 67-71-71-66—275 (-9)
T5 Brandon Hagy 68-67-69-71—275 (-9)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scottie Scheffler wins to claim second Korn Ferry Tour title

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Dallas native Scottie Scheffler won the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship after posting a final-round 4-under 67 to claim the title at 12-under 272. A trio of players including Brendon Todd, Beau Hossler and Ben Taylor finished two strokes back at 10-under 274. Defending champion Robert Streb and third round co-leader Brandon Hagy finished tied for fifth at 9-under 275.

 

After notching a string of birdies at the fourth, fifth and sixth holes at the Ohio State University Golf Club’s Scarlet Course, Scheffler dropped his only shot of the day with a bogey at No. 7. Hagy, playing in the final group immediately behind Scheffler, holed out for eagle at No. 7 to jump two shots ahead of Scheffler at the time. A flawless inward nine with birdies at Nos. 12 and 16, combined with Hagy and others failing to mount a challenge, secured the second victory of the season for Scheffler.

 

“This definitely does a lot for my confidence,” Scheffler said. “It’s nice to get another win, it’s a lot of fun. So, I’m looking forward to the next couple weeks and then getting the (PGA TOUR) season started here in about a month.”

 

Scheffler led the Korn Ferry Tour in birdies during a stellar rookie season, earning his first professional victory at the Evans Scholars Invitational in May. He closed the Regular Season at No. 3 in The 25 to earn his PGA TOUR card for 2019-20. During a standout career at the University of Texas, Scheffler qualified for the U.S. Open in 2016 and 2017, earning low-am honors in the latter.

 

“My goal at the beginning of the year was to hopefully get the No. 1 spot and it’s nice to be in position to lock that up,” Scheffler said.

 

Scheffler, now with two victories and a PGA TOUR card secured, was reminded of where he was just nine months ago, grinding it out at the Korn Ferry Qualifying Tournament.

“I had to get up and down on my last two holes at Q‑School to just get starts at the beginning of the year,” Scheffler recalled. “Two very tough up‑and‑downs. I was able to do that. And it’s weird looking back how like how small the margins are out here.”

 

One-time PGA TOUR winner Todd hit 15 of 18 greens in regulation for the second day in a row while mixing six birdies with two bogeys for a 4-under 67 and was happy with his share of second to guarantee a return to the TOUR.

 

“Today I felt great,” Todd said. “I felt really in control. I made a couple of errors on the back nine I wish I could have back, but overall, I really flushed it.”

 

Todd had struggled with his game for several years before seeing notable improvement this year, making the cut in seven of 11 PGA TOUR starts. Before those 11 starts in the 2018-19 PGA TOUR season, the only cut he’d made in his 20 previous starts was a tie for 70th at the 2017 AT&T Byron Nelson, the tournament he won in 2014 for his lone PGA TOUR title.

 

Hossler, who bogeyed No. 17 to drop out of a share of the lead at the time, is headed back to the PGA TOUR with improved status after posting four sub-70 rounds at the Scarlet Course. This season he made 16 cuts in 27 starts in his sophomore year, finishing No. 145 in the FedExCup. The former University of Texas standout returned to the Korn Ferry Tour for the first time since 2017, where he recorded five top-25s in 14 starts.

 

England’s Ben Taylor wrapped up a PGA TOUR card with his share of a runner-up finish in Columbus. Taylor, a former LSU star who has appeared in just three PGA TOUR events, made the cut in 12 of 19 Korn Ferry Tour events he contested during the Regular Season. The Arsenal football team supporter joined Hossler as the only two players with four rounds in the 60s this week.

With a 5-under 66, defending champion Streb finished tied for fifth with Hagy. Streb was one of just two players (Cameron Percy, 68) to fire a bogey-free final round. Hagy, who closed with an even-par 71, was the only player to finish inside the top-10 without shooting under-par in the final round.

 

Four players who spent the 2018-19 season on the PGA TOUR – each from different countries – finished tied for seventh at 8-under 276; Curtis Luck (Australia), Tom Hoge (United States), Justin Harding (South Africa) and Anirban Lahiri (India).

 

Norway’s Viktor Hovland finished tied for 11th with two other players at 7-under 277.

 

Third-round co-leader José de Jesús Rodríguez stumbled with a 6-over 77 to finish in a tie for 32nd.

 

 

SUNDAY NOTES:

* Sunday’s weather: Partly cloudy, with a high of 92. Wind S/SW at 7-14 mph, gusting to 20 mph.

* This week’s purse is $1,000,000, with $180,000 going to the champion, Scottie Scheffler. He also receives 1,000 Korn Ferry Tour Points.

* With the victory, Scheffler becomes the fourth player to win twice this season joining Robby Shelton (Nashville Golf Open Benefitting the Snedeker Foundation & Knoxville Open), Xinjun Zhang (Dormie Network Classic at Briggs Ranch & Lincoln Land Championship presented by LRS) and Kristoffer Ventura (Utah Championship presented by Zions Bank & Pinnacle Bank Championship presented by Chevrolet).

* Scheffler finished the week fourth in putts per green in regulation with 100 putts on 57 greens.

* Brendon Todd (T2/-10), Beau Hossler (T2/-10), Ben Taylor (T2/-10), Robert Streb (T5/-9) and Brandon Hagy (T5/-9) all surpassed the 200-point threshold estimated to secure players a 2019-20 PGA TOUR card at the conclusion of the Korn Ferry Tour Finals.

* José de Jesús Rodríguez, who co-led through three rounds with Hagy, finished the week T32 at 3-under.

* Robert Streb, who won in Columbus last season, had the low round of the day with a 5-under 66 on Sunday.

* Bo Hoag, a standout for the Ohio State Buckeyes before turning professional who won his first Korn Ferry Tour title and PGA TOUR card at last week’s event in Portland, finished T64 at 3-over.

* Kevin Chappell finished the week T62 at even-par. In 2008, Chappell made his professional debut in Columbus, finishing T40 that week. Chappell, who has been recovering from microdiscectomy surgery, last competed at the PGA TOUR’s 2018 Mayakoba Golf Classic.

* First round co-leaders Viktor Hovland and Cameron Percy both finished T11 at 7-under.

* Kevin Dougherty, who led after 36 holes, finished the week T62 at 2-over.

* It is estimated that players with 200 or more Korn Ferry Tour Points at the conclusion of the Korn Ferry Tour Finals will secure a 2019-20 PGA TOUR card.

* The par-4 11th hole (473 yards) ranked as the toughest hole on the course Sunday with a scoring average of 4.280.

* The par-5 fourth hole (575 yards) ranked as the easiest hole on Sunday. The hole played to an average of 4.507 and yielded four eagles and 39 birdies.

 

 

*Ohio State University Golf Club – Scarlet Course Scoring Average:


Front                    Back                     Total                     Cumulative

R1                                        36.232                 35.580                  71.812

R2                                        35.933                 35.642                  71.575                  71.693

R3                                         35.413                 35.173                   70.587                 71.342

R4                                         35.320                 35.467                   70.787                 71.190

Rodríguez and Hagy share 54-hole lead

Third-Round Leaderboard

Pos. Name Scores
T1 José de Jesús Rodríguez 70-69-65—204 (-9)
T1 Brandon Hagy 68-67-69—204 (-9)
T3 Ben Martin 67-70-68—205 (-8)
T3 Scottie Scheffler 70-68-67—205 (-8)
T3 Scott Harrington 70-67-68—205 (-8)

 

Rodríguez and Hagy share 54-hole lead at Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio – José de Jesús Rodríguez and Brandon Hagy share the 54-hole lead at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship. A trio of players including Ben Martin, Scottie Scheffler and Scott Harrington sit one stroke off the pace at 8-under 205.

 

Hagy began his third round in calming fashion with pars on his first three holes. The 28-year-old tallied his first birdie of the day at the par-5 fourth and added another at the par-4 seventh. He carded his first bogey of the round on the par-3 eighth but quickly rebounded with a birdie at the ninth to make the turn at 9-under for the week.

 

On his back nine, the Santa Monica, California, native recorded seven pars and one birdie against one bogey to finish the third round tied for the lead at 9-under.

 

“I drove the ball well off the tee again, so it gave me a lot of opportunities to have scoring clubs in,” said Hagy, who hit 10 of 14 fairways on Saturday. “I made some good five‑ to 10‑foot putts to kind of keep it going on the front nine and the beginning of the back nine. Overall, I’m happy with it.”

 

In early 2018, Hagy was sidelined by a hairline fracture in his left wrist that forced him to miss five months of golf. During the 2018-2019 PGA TOUR season, he made just one cut in 13 PGA TOUR starts and missed the cut in his only start on the Korn Ferry Tour earlier this year. After a missed cut at the Travelers Championship in June, he decided to shut down his game and regroup before returning to competition.

 

Last week, Hagy returned to his home state to compete in the Long Beach Open. A T41 finish in California was all he needed to get the competitive drive going again heading into the Korn Ferry Tour Finals.

 

“It was good,” Hagy said of last week’s event. “I hadn’t played in about a month and a half and had several of my friends actually that were playing there. It was a good week to knock the rust off.”

 

Sitting tied atop the leaderboard is José de Jesús Rodríguez who fired a 6-under 65 on Saturday, matching Richy Werenski for the low round of the day. Rodríguez began the third round in a tie for 17th but soared up the leaderboard with birdies on his opening three holes. He carded his lone bogey of the day on the par-3 fifth but rebounded with a birdie on No. 6 to make the turn at 6-under.

 

The 38-year-old continued his strong play into the back nine, carding birdies on Nos. 10 and 12. He added his seventh birdie of the day on his final hole, moving him to 9-under and into a tie for the lead.

 

“Today was a spectacular day,” Rodríguez said. “I was very consistent from start to finish. I hit it good off the tee and had chances on the green. The putts were very good, too.”

 

Rodríguez finished his rookie campaign on the PGA TOUR ranked 177th in the FedExCup standings. The Irapuato, Mexico, native made 10 cuts in 23 starts and recorded three top-25s throughout the season, including a T11 at the Barbasol Championship.

 

Last year, Rodríguez earned his first Korn Ferry Tour title at the United Leasing & Finance Championship. The event was played at Victoria National Golf Club, home of the 2019 Korn Ferry Tour Championship presented by United Leasing & Finance. Rodríguez would go on to finish the Regular Season 12th in The 25, earning him his 2018-2019 PGA TOUR card.

 

Entering Sunday’s final round, Rodríguez knows a return to the PGA TOUR is on the line.

 

“I’m going to go do the same thing, you know,” he said. “Keep hitting it straight. I’m going to enjoy the game (and trust that) the score is good.”

 

Ben Martin, Scottie Scheffler and Scott Harrington trail by one stroke after three rounds at the Scarlet Course. Jamie Arnold, Anirban Lahiri, Beau Hossler, Ben Taylor and Viktor Hovland sit just two shots off the lead in a tie for sixth at 7-under 206.

 

SATURDAY’S NOTES:

  • Saturday’s weather: Mostly cloudy, with a high of 85. Wind W/SW at 7-14 mph, gusting to 18 mph.
  • Low round of the day: 65, Richy Werenski, Jose de Jesus Rodriguez.
  • Mexico’s José de Jesús Rodríguez ranks No. 1 in putting through 54 holes with 26.3 putts per round.
  • Brandon Hagy leads the driving distance category through 54 holes with an average of 345.8 yards.
  • Ten of 23 third-round leaders/co-leaders have gone on to win this season, most recently Kristoffer Ventura at the Pinnacle Bank Championship presented by Chevrolet.
  • Of the players who earned PGA TOUR cards by finishing in The 25 of the Regular Season, only Scottie Scheffler (No. 3) and Scott Harrington (No. 19) are within three strokes of the lead. Xinjun Zhang, the player in the No. 1 position at the conclusion of the Regular Season, sits T41 at 1-under.
  • Three players posted bogey-free rounds: Richy Werenski (65), Vincent Whaley (67) and Davis Riley (68).
  • Four eagles were recorded in round three: Dominic Bozzelli and Ben Taylor at No. 4, and Cameron Davis and Scott Harrington at the 12th
  • Australia’s Jamie Arnold (T6/-7) has played his last 43 holes 11-under after sitting 4-over through 10 holes of the opening round.
  • Second-round leader Kevin Dougherty (T11/-6) ranks T1 in fairways hit through 54 holes with 33 of 43 (78.57%).
  • Defending champion Robert Streb (T18/-4) has played the front-nine 7-under and the back-nine 3-over through 54 holes.
  • Mark Hubbard’s (T35/-2) third-round 69 included a front-nine 39 (+3) and a back-nine 30 (-5), the low nine-hole score of any player this week.
  • Local favorite Bo Hoag (T50/E) was a standout for the Ohio State Buckeyes before turning professional. He won his first Korn Ferry Tour title at last week’s event in Portland to earn his PGA TOUR card for the 2019-20 season.
  • Former US Presidents Cup team member Kevin Chappell (T61/+2) returned to the tournament where he made his professional debut in 2008, finishing T40 that week. Chappell, who has been recovering from microdiscectomy surgery, last competed at the PGA TOUR’s 2018 Mayakoba Golf Classic.
  • All five of the players tied for sixth at 7-under represent five different countries: Jamie Arnold (Australia), Anirban Lahiri (India), Beau Hossler (United States), Ben Taylor (England) and Viktor Hovland (Norway).
  • This week’s purse is $1,000,000, with $180,000 going to the champion. The winner will also receive 1,000 Korn Ferry Tour
  • The par-3 fifth hole (233 yards) ranked as the toughest hole on the course Saturday, playing to an average of 3.280.
  • The par-5 12th hole (562 yards) ranked as the easiest hole on Saturday. The hole played to an average of 4.547 and yielded two eagles and 35

 

*Ohio State University Golf Club – Scarlet Course Scoring Average:


Front                    Back                     Total                     Cumulative

R1                          36.232                 35.580                  71.812

R2                          35.933                 35.642                  71.575                  71.693

R3                          35.413                 35.173                   70.587                 71.342

Kevin Dougherty takes 36-hole lead at 8-under-par

Second-Round Leaderboard

Pos. Name Scores
1 Kevin Dougherty 68-66—134 (-8)
2 Brandon Hagy 68-67—135 (-7)
3 Brendon Todd 72-64—136 (-6)
T4 Four players 137 (-5)

 

 

Kevin Dougherty takes 36-hole lead at Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A former Oklahoma State University golfer sits atop the leaderboard at the halfway point of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship, but it may not be the cowboy everyone expected. Kevin Dougherty fired a second-round 5-under 66 to take the 36-hole lead at 134 (-8). Brandon Hagy sits alone in second, one stroke back after a final-hole birdie for a 4-under 67. Third at 6-under 136 is Brendon Todd, who shot a 7-under 64, the low round of the day.

 

Overnight co-leaders Viktor Hovland, tied fourth at 137 (-5) and Cameron Percy, tied eighth at 138 (-4), struggled in the afternoon conditions with rounds of 73 and 74, respectively.

 

Dougherty, a 28-year-old from Murrieta, California, began on the 10th hole and notched three birdies on his opening nine, at Nos. 12, 16 and 18, before adding a fourth birdie at No. 4. When his sand-wedge from 117 yards settled less than two feet from the cup on his final hole, he tapped in for birdie and a bogey-free, 5-under 66.

 

After coming in off three missed cuts, Dougherty said his tee shots have been his strength this week.

 

“I think I missed three fairways the first two days and two of them were in the first cut by a foot,” he said. “I’m driving it really good and giving myself really good looks at the holes.”

 

Dougherty, No. 26 at the conclusion of last year’s Korn Ferry Tour Regular Season when he narrowly missed a chip-in birdie on the 72nd hole that would have moved him inside The 25, is at the Korn Ferry Tour Finals this season after finishing the Regular Season at No. 33. His highlight was a runner-up finish at the Wichita Open Supporting Wichita’s Youth where he was eliminated in a five-man playoff won by Henrik Norlander. The following week he tied for third at the Utah Championship presented by Zions Bank.

 

Now that the Regular Season is complete, Dougherty, who got engaged to Lindsay Suchy two weeks ago, feels like it’s nice to have a fresh start this week.

 

“Everyone is at zero so it doesn’t matter what we did from January in the Bahamas until now,” he said. “Then again, these events are really important, so there’s just as much on the line for sure.”

 

Brandon Hagy, on the comeback trail after being sidelined by a hairline fracture of his left wrist that kept him out of the game for five months in 2018, mixed five birdies with three bogeys and an eagle at the par-5 sixth hole to move into solo-second, one stroke back of Dougherty.

 

“I never dealt with taking five months off before,” he said. “I had some flashes of some good golf last summer on this tour, which gave me some confidence.”

 

This season on the PGA TOUR, Hagy made one cut in the 13 events he played, advancing to the weekend at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in San Diego, eventually finishing in a tie for 66th. His lone Korn Ferry Tour start was a missed cut at the Knoxville Open.

 

“It’s a fine line out there (on the PGA TOUR),” he added. “I think I missed like six or seven cuts by one shot, which you’re not really playing that bad on that tour if you’re missing a cut by one shot. So, I’ve just been trying to stay positive, keep reinforcing the good stuff. It’s a lot easier said than done, for sure, but I think I can do it.”

 

The best move of the day came from PGA TOUR winner Brendon Todd, who closed with four straight birdies to shoot 7-under 64 in the early wave and sit third at 136 (-6). Todd, who began the tournament with a double bogey on Thursday when his opening tee shot ended up just inches over the out-of-bounds line and sat tied 65th, credited his jump of 62 spots on the leaderboard to improved ball-striking.

 

“It’s a good golf course for me because it is difficult and there’s some strategy involved, because the holes are so tight and there’s so many doglegs,” he said. “From that standpoint, being a shorter hitter but somebody who kind of places the ball, it’s a pretty good track for me.”

 

Todd had struggled with his game for several years before seeing notable improvement this year, making the cut in seven of 11 PGA TOUR starts. Before those 11 starts in the 2018-19 PGA TOUR season, the only cut he’d made in his 20 previous starts was a tie for 70th at the 2017 AT&T Byron Nelson, the tournament he won in 2014 for his lone PGA TOUR title.

 

“I really built a lot of momentum this year and I feel ready to compete out here,” he said. “These finals are really all about having that great week. I look at each week as a one‑week race to the top. If you can win or cash in on the top three, you can get back on the PGA TOUR, and that’s kind of what this is all about for me.”

 

Scott Harrington, who finished solo-second at last week’s WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by KraftHeinz to move to No. 19 and earn a PGA TOUR card, birdied five of his last six holes for 67 to sit tied fourth with Hovland, Ben Taylor and Ben Martin at 5-under 137.

The 36-hole cut came at 1-over 143 with 75 professionals advancing to the weekend.

FRIDAY NOTES:

* Friday’s weather: Partly cloudy, with a high of 85. Wind SW at 7-14 mph.

* The cut came at 1-over with 75 players advancing to the weekend.

* Kevin Dougherty holds the 36-hole lead for the first time in his Korn Ferry Tour career. Last season at the WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by KraftHeinz, Dougherty missed a chip on his 72nd hole by inches that would have secured his first PGA TOUR card.

* Through two rounds, Dougherty ranks T1 in putts per green in regulation with 58 putts on 32 greens. The 28-year-old also ranks second in driving accuracy having hit 23 of 28 fairways.

* In 2013, Brandon Hagy (2nd/-7) won individual medalist honors at the Jack Nicklaus Invitational contested at the Ohio State University Golf Club’s Scarlet Course.

* Hagy sits alone in second place through 36 holes for the second time in his Korn Ferry Tour career. At the 2016 United Leasing & Finance Championship, Hagy was second through two rounds before finishing T36.

* Brendon Todd (3rd/-6) fired the low round of the day, posting a 7-under 64 on Friday. Todd is making his fifth start in Columbus and first since 2013.

* Entering the 2018-19 PGA TOUR season, Todd had made just five cuts in his previous 44 starts. This season, he made seven cuts in 11 starts, and now has a chance to secure his 2019-20 PGA TOUR card.

* Five of 24 second-round leaders/co-leaders have gone on to win this season, most recently Kristoffer Ventura at the Pinnacle Bank Championship presented by Chevrolet.

* Scott Harrington (T4/-5) is the only player from The 25 within three shots of the lead. Harrington birdied five of his last six holes to close his second round. Last week, Harrington secured his first PGA TOUR card with a solo-second at the WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by KraftHeinz.

* Defending champion Robert Streb (T8/-4) sits four strokes off the lead through two rounds. Streb defeated Peter Malnati in a playoff at the Scarlet Course last season.

* After 36 holes, first round co-leaders Viktor Hovland and Cameron Percy sit T4 and T8, respectively.

* This week’s purse is $1,000,000, with $180,000 going to the champion. The winner will also receive 1,000 Korn Ferry Tour Points.

* It is estimated that players with 200 or more Korn Ferry Tour Points at the conclusion of the Korn Ferry Tour Championship presented by United Leasing & Finance will secure a 2019-20 PGA TOUR card.

* The par-4 14th hole (473 yards) ranked as the toughest hole on the course Friday with a scoring average of 4.276.

* The par-5 12th hole (562 yards) ranked as the easiest hole on Friday. The hole played to an average of 4.500 and yielded four eagles and 66 birdies.

 

 

*Ohio State University Golf Club – Scarlet Course Scoring Average:


Front                    Back                     Total                     Cumulative

R1                        36.232                 35.580                  71.812

R2                        35.933                 35.642                  71.575                   71.693