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Anderson grabs 1st win at BMW
Greer, SC (Sports Network) - Mark Anderson finished a record-setting week with a 6-under 65 Sunday, and that gave him his first Web.com Tour title at the BMW Charity Pro-Am.
Anderson ended at 27-under-par 259. His total of 259 smashed the tournament's scoring record of 264. Charles Warren set that mark in 2002 before Michael Sim and Fabian Gomez matched that total in 2009.
The winner had also set the tournament's 54-hole scoring record with his total of 194.
"I definitely drove the ball better and my irons were really good. I made a bunch of putts. You know, things have been coming together the last week and I felt good about the game coming in, and I just felt comfortable," said Anderson in a TV interview.
Tom Hoge earned his best career finish on the Web.com Tour, as he closed with a 67 to take second at minus-22.
If Anderson's records weren't enough, Chesson Hadley fired an 8-under 27 on the front nine at the Thornblade Club on Sunday. That tied the Web.com Tour record for low front-nine score. However, he played the back nine in even-par for a final-round, 8-under 63.
Hadley shared third at 21-under 265 with Michael Connell (65) and Franklin Corpening (70).
The final round was completed at the par-71 Thornblade Club after the first three rounds were spread over three courses. The Chanticleer Course at Greenville Country Club and the Reserve at Lake Keowee, both par-72s, were used for the first three rounds along with the Thornblade Club.
Anderson led by one to start the round, but he quickly pushed that margin to two with a birdie at the first. He and Corpening matched birdies the remainder of the front nine.
Both players birdied the two par-5s, Nos. 2 and 5, to go along with birdies on No. 7. Anderson faltered to a bogey at the ninth to trim his lead back to one.
Corpening had nine pars and two bogeys over the final 11 holes to end at minus-21.
Anderson made birdie from 15 feet out at the 11th. He made it two in a row with a 10-footer for birdie on No. 12. Anderson extended his lead to four with a birdie on the par-5 15th. The 27-year-old parred the final three holes to earn the victory.
"Three-woods were always in the game plan for those two par-5s (Nos. 15 and 16) and definitely on 18. It made it easier that I had a cushion there and so I didn't have to press too much," Anderson said on TV.
Hoge stumbled to a bogey at the third, but erased that mistake with a birdie at the fifth. He converted three birdies in a 4-hole span from the eighth to move to 21-under. After three pars in a row, Hoge birdied 15 and 16. However, he tripped to a bogey at the last to end five back.
Hadley ran off four consecutive birdies to start his round. His run of birdies was halted when he eagled the par-5 fifth. Hadley converted back-to-back birdies at eight and nine to post 27 on the front nine. He parred five in a row from the 10th, then birdied 15 and bogeyed the last for his 64.
NOTES: Anderson, who also won the pro-am title with his amateur partner, earned $117,000 for the win ... Anderson was the fifth first-time winner of the year on the Web.com Tour ... Last year's winner Nick Flanagan closed with a 3-over 74 and ended in last place at minus-6 ... No player in tour history has won the same event in back-to-back years ... The tour heads to Mexico next week for the Mexico Championship, where Lee Williams beat Paul Haley by one shot last year.
05/19 20:32:34 ET
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