With a clutch birdie on the 18th, Bae emerged from a packed leaderboard
The twenty-ninth annual Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft & Nabisco concluded today at Hillcrest Country Club. The tournament marks the third of four Web.com Tour Finals events where the top 75 Web.com Tour players are met by players ranked 126-200 on the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup points list.
Three players began the Sunday’s final round in a share of the lead, Scott Pinckney, Roberto Diaz and Sangmoon Bae. After opening his round with three consecutive birdies, Bae jumped out to a two-shot lead. With the course yielding lower scores, Bae had to fend off charges from a handful of players. Anders Albertson carded the low round of the day, a 9-under 62 to take the clubhouse lead at 18-under. Roger Sloan and Adam Schenk each reached 18-under and with the final pairing of Pinckney and Diaz falling off the pace, this set the stage for Bae.
A two-time PGA TOUR winner, Bae is in his first season back after serving a mandatory two-year military tour of duty in his home country of South Korea. Bae’s standing after each round this week was T-2, T-1, T-1 and eventually, number one at the conclusion of Sunday. Standing on the 18th tee tied for the lead, Bae laced a driver down the left side of the fairway. This left him 110 yards to the iconic elevated 18th green at Hillcrest, needing a birdie to win. “It was the perfect number, I hit a full 56-degree wedge and hit it just perfect,” said Bae following the round. With his approach settling eight feet from the hole, Bae rolled in the birdie putt, eliciting a roar for the ages from the gallery at the closing hole.
Bae will make his return to the PGA TOUR at next week’s Safeway Open in Napa, CA. He has already won there once before in 2015 which led to him earning a spot on the 2015 International Presidents Cup team.
The Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft & Nabisco will return to Hillcrest Country Club for the 30th anniversary next year. The tournament is one of only four events on the schedule that have remained since the Tour’s inception in 1990.
Scott Pinckney Cards Low Round of the Day to Share Lead
The twenty-ninth annual Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft & Nabisco continued today at Hillcrest Country Club. The tournament marks the third of four Finals events where the top 75 Web.com Tour players are met by players ranked 126-200 on the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup points list.
Scott Pinckney began Saturday’s third round four shots off of the lead. After a bogey free round of 63 he’ll enter the final round in position to move from 85th on the Money List into the top five, securing his PGA TOUR card in the process. The Arizona State alum spent the majority of last season sidelined with severe back injuries. After being diagnosed with a dehydrated disk the question became day-to-day comfort, much less playing competitive golf. “It kind of changed my perspective,” said Pickney when asked about his struggles with injury. He closed with a birdie to get to 14-under par and will play in tomorrow’s final pairing.
Sharing the lead with Pinckney are Roberto Diaz and Sangmoon Bae. Diaz has posted consecutive top-25’s in the first two Web.com Tour Finals events and is positioned nicely to retain his PGA TOUR card for the second consecutive year. Bae has never trailed by more than one here in Boise. He ended today just as he began, with a share of the lead. The two-time PGA TOUR winner and 2015 International Presidents Cup team member has played the final three holes at Hillcrest in 7-under through his first three rounds. He’ll look to continue that trend down the stretch tomorrow afternoon.
2017 champion Chesson Hadley began his final round five shots off of the lead. Tomorrow 31 players will begin their rounds within five. PGA TOUR winners Aaron Baddeley, Jonathan Byrd, Fabian Gomez and former World Number One Amateur Curtis Luck are among those within striking distance.
Gates open tomorrow at 7:30 AM. For final round pairings and tee times click HERE.
36-Hole Co-Leader Brett Drewitt Led the Junior Clinic on Wednesday Evening
The twenty-ninth annual Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft & Nabisco continued today at Hillcrest Country Club. The tournament marks the third of four Web.com Tour Finals events where the top 75 Web.com Tour players are met by players ranked 126-200 on the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup points list.
At Wednesday’s Idaho Statesman Junior Clinic presented by Tyson Foods, player guest Brett Drewitt undoubtedly gained a few new fans. The Australian spent two hours on the range demonstrating ball flights, shot shapes and swing thoughts to the two-hundred youngsters in attendance, answering questions from the crowd along the way. Through two rounds, Drewitt has given his fans plenty to cheer about with rounds of 69-63 to open in 10-under par. His second round was highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 16th which he followed with a birdie on 17.
Alex Prugh, a University of Washington alum, birdied five of his final eight holes to post a 6-under par 65. Prugh is playing his best golf of the year at the perfect time with four top-10 finishes in his last seven starts. With his PGA TOUR card already secure via his top-25 regular season money list finish, the 34-year old will look to punctuate his run with a win here in Boise.
Sangmoon Bae birdied the 18th hole for the second consecutive day to grab a share of the lead. Bae is winding down his first season since serving a mandatory two-year military tour of duty in his home country of South Korea. He was a member of the 2015 International Presidents Cup team and has two career PGA TOUR victories.
Two players sit just one shot back, Henrik Norlander of Sweden and two-time PGA TOUR winner Fabian Gomez. Norlander’s best finish of the season came at The Price Cutter Charity Championship where he finished second. Gomez played on the PGA TOUR this season. He has two career wins, the 2015 FedEx St. Jude Classic and the 2016 Sony Open.
31 players sit within four shots of the lead entering the weekend. Among those in contention are 2016 Albertsons Boise Open Champion Michael Thompson and Martin Trainer who has two wins to his credit already and will look to become the first player since Wesley Bryan to win three times in a Web.com Tour season.
Rock & Roll Hall of Famer’s Cheap Trick took the stage immediately after play concluded marking the largest concert in Albertsons Boise Open history. Gates open at 7:30 AM tomorrow, for third round pairings and tee times click HERE.
The twenty-ninth annual Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft & Nabisco began this morning at Hillcrest Country Club. Players were greeted by brisk, breezy conditions early in the day as Web.com Tour Finals action resumed. The tournament marks the third of four Finals events where the top 75 Web.com Tour players are met by players ranked 126-200 on the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup points list.
Thursday belonged to 36-year old David Skinns who closed with a birdie on the 18th to finish at 7-under par, good for a one-shot lead. Skinns played only 36 holes at last year’s Albertsons Boise Open, however he left under much different circumstance than those players who missed the cut. After opening with rounds of 69-66 in 2017, Skinns sat in a tie for ninth with a chance to earn his PGA TOUR card for the first time.
He would ultimately withdraw from the event to be with his wife when she went into labor with the couple’s second child in Georgia. The Englishman returned to the Web.com Tour this season where he won the Pinnacle Bank Championship in July. With a win this weekend he would secure his PGA TOUR card for the first time in his 12-year career.
Skinns will need to hold off a host of household names. PGA TOUR winner’s Sangmoon Bae and Fabian Gomez each sit one shot off of the lead at 6-under par. Bae is in his first full season since fulfilling his mandatory two-year military duty in his home country of South Korea. Bae competed on the International President’s Cup team in 2015. Gomez is a two-time PGA TOUR winner with victories at the 2015 FedEx St. Jude Classic and the 2016 Sony Open.
Gates open tomorrow at 7:30 AM and all fans receive admission to the Cheap Trick Concert Live on the Pepsi Stage with their golf ticket. The concert will begin at 7:15 PM, immediately after the conclusion of play. For second round pairings and tee times click HERE.