PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – The birdie putt on the seventh hole Sunday was from 24-1/2 feet. When it dropped, Si Woo Kim knew he stood alone atop THE PLAYERS Championship leaderboard. Then something unexpected happened in the pressure-packed environment on one of golf’s most challenging tests.
Kim got comfortable.
Wait, let’s amend that.
Kim – the youngest active player on the PGA TOUR — got comfortable.
Comfort is not supposed to be an option, not here, not at TPC Sawgrass, and especially not for 21-year-olds with limited experience in these matters. THE PLAYERS Stadium Course is meant to rattle your cages, test your mettle, fray your nerves.
But on a Sunday afternoon when the heat is usually ramped up, Kim became the coolest player on the course. Calm. In control.
“Once he got the lead,” said his caddie, Mark Carens, “that was the least pressure he felt.”
So for his final 11 holes, while his chasers struggled to keep pace and make him sweat, the Korean-born Kim — who now lives in Dallas, Texas – piloted a steady ship, deftly relying on his scrambling ability to bail him out of any precarious situations. He never stumbled, eventually producing a bogey-free 3-under 69 and a 10-under total – good enough to make him the youngest champ in PLAYERS history.
The statistic that most reflects his winning round was easy to identify: Kim missed 10 greens in regulation, and successfully scrambled each time. Three of those were out of greenside bunkers — and each one was a thing of beauty.
“If you are on your game and playing well, that’s the things you do,” said Louis Oosthuizen, his playing partner Sunday. “You up-and-down when you’re in trouble. You don’t give shots away. If you can do that around this golf course, you can outscore everyone.
“And he played like someone that was doing it for five or six years, like it was just another round of golf. … Never once did he look flustered.”
That’s surprising, given his age. But then, he seems to be a player who’s ahead of the curve.
Kim gained his TOUR card through q-school at age 17-1/2 – and then had to wait a half-year before reaching the mandatory age of 18 to play on TOUR. After spending two years on the Web.com Tour, he regained his TOUR card for the 2015-16 season and made a big early impression on his caddie. In his fourth start, he opened with consecutive bogey-free rounds (sound familiar?) en route to a tie for 17th.
“It was unbelievable,” Carens said.
Then at the Wyndham Championship last August, in just his 23rd start on TOUR, Kim shot a second-round 60 – he missed a 50-foot putt on his final hole for a 59. He eventually won that week in convincing fashion, by five strokes in a final round that seemed eerily familiar to how THE PLAYERS unfolded. Once Kim snagged the lead, he never let it go.
He credits the week at Sedgefield with helping him deal with Sunday’s pressure. He said knowing he had a two-year exemption on TOUR freed him up to be more aggressive. (Of course, by winning THE PLAYERS, he now has another five years.)
“Because of that experience,” Kim said through his interpreter, “I could be relieved and I could be very stable. I just focused on myself and I didn’t try to think about others’ scores.”
There wasn’t much to think about, honestly.
Third-round co-leaders Kyle Stanley and J.B. Holmes, playing in the final group, were a collective 15 over. Most of that was on Holmes, who shot a 12-over 84. The previous two PLAYERS winners, Rickie Fowler and Jason Day, shot 79 and 80, respectively. The two players who did shoot lower than Kim on Sunday — Brendan Steele and FedExCup leader/world No. 1 Dustin Johnson — started too far back to make noise.
Oosthuizen and Ian Poulter supplied the most pressure, both making their biggest moves at the par-5 11th. Oosthuizen eagled the hole to go to 7 under; Poulter birdied it to reach 9 under. But Poulter quickly gave the stroke back on the next hole and Oosthuizen stumbled with consecutive bogeys.
Both had the edge on Kim in experience, especially in dealing with intense situations – Oosthuizen’s an Open champ, Poulter’s a Ryder Cup star. But they could not match Kim on Sunday at TPC Sawgrass, instead finishing tied for second, three strokes separating them from the winner.
“You have to take your hat off,” Poulter said. “You have to respect some good golf, and that’s exactly what he’s done.”
The performance speaks for itself, but in some ways, Kim’s win was most unexpected.
Consider his Strokes Gained rankings – the TOUR’s primary method to reflect a player’s performance in certain areas against the field — coming into this week:
Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee – ranked 205th.
Strokes Gained: Approach-the-Green – ranked 203rd.
Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green – ranked 204rd.
Strokes Gained: Putting – ranked 183rd.
Strokes Gained: Total – ranked 203rd.
His only solid category was Around-the-Green, in which he ranked 41st, a reflection of his short-game prowess.
Noting the statistics, the Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee called Kim’s win “perhaps the greatest upset you’ll ever see.” TPC Sawgrass, Chamblee added, “puts everybody on edge, pretty much turns it into a scrambling contest – and he won it.”
But perhaps we shouldn’t view this win as a huge surprise. You don’t just stumble into two TOUR wins before reaching the age of 22. Perhaps Kim is the next great Korean star, following in the footsteps of another PLAYERS champ, his mentor K.J. Choi. After all, Kim’s done something not even his more celebrated 20-somethings Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy can claim – winning at TPC Sawgrass.
Unlike Spieth and McIlroy, though, Kim must one day put his golf career on hold to fulfill the mandatory military service for his country. Considering how he played this week, how bright his future is now, it will be a shame to see him go.
Hopefully it won’t happen soon. Plenty of opportunities – big opportunities – await, including the Presidents Cup later this year. The International Team has a new star to lean on.
“He’s still young and he was just so calm today,” said the South African Oosthuizen, an International fixture. “He’s going to be great to have as a teammate.”
Having just spent 18 holes with the young man, it’s evident Oosthuizen would rather be playing with him than against him.
May 14, 2017
By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
The SBS Tournament of Champions kicks off the 2017 PGA TOUR calendar year this week on the island of Maui. This elite field is comprised of 32 PGA TOUR winners and is reserved for 2016 champions only. 25 of these 32 players are Boise Open alums once again proving that the path to PGA TOUR stardom runs directly through Boise. Two-time Masters Champion Bubba Watson will tee it up in Hawaii, he finished T11 at the 2005 Albertsons Boise Open. World number one and three time winner in 2016 Jason Day also has a spot in the field, Day opened with a round of 65 at Hillcrest Country Club where he competed in the 2006 Boise Open.
Young stars such as Daniel Berger (’14 Boise Alum), Justin Thomas (’14) and Mackenzie Hughes (’16) will all be in the field as the odds are heavily in the Boise Alum’s favors. 2005 Albertsons Boise Open Champion Greg Chalmers seeks a win to kick off the New Year. He earned his spot in the Tournament of Champions with his first PGA TOUR victory at the age of 42. Stay tuned as the Boise Alums seek to be crowned the Champion of Champions in Maui!
Hillcrest Country Club- Boise, ID- The longest running event on the Web.com Tour has set a lofty standard over the past 26 years. Stars like Michelle Wie, Rickie Fowler, and John Daly have all teed it up at Hillcrest. Young guns Justin Thomas, Smylie Kaufman and Daniel Berger have each played in the Boise Open and gone on to win PGA TOUR titles in the same calendar year. The history of the Albertsons Boise Open is rich, here’s what we did this year to add to that history.
$1 Million to Charity… Again The Albertsons Boise Open generated well over $1 Million for Treasure Valley Charities again this year bringing the total since the inaugural Boise Open to $20 Million directly benefiting the local community. Tickets FORE Charity recipients receive their proceeds on a monthly basis throughout the year meaning the Albertsons Boise Open benefits the Treasure Valley Community well beyond tournament week. With $20 Million raised and a bright future ahead, the Albertsons Boise Open continues to give back to the community that embraces it each year.
Bagger of the year goes to… Web.com Tour stars Trey Mullinax, JT Poston and a host of others got a jump on the competition, putting their shopping skills to the test down the street from Hillcrest at the neighborhood Albertsons store. Roberto Diaz took home the title, however most importantly Tickets FORE Charity partner Tyson Foods donated an entire truck load of frozen chicken to the Idaho Food Bank.
And then there was the golf… Allenby, Villegas, Stallings. The caliber of names had never been higher here in Boise with well over 30 combined PGA TOUR wins amongst the field. However there was one name who grabbed the 36 hole lead and with it the title of fan favorite this week in Boise. Andrew “Beef” Johnston (pictured) drew quite a following over the weekend en route to a solo fourth place finish. Chants of “Beef” echoed around the fairways of Hillcrest, and they will continue to ring on the PGA TOUR next year as Johnston locked up his PGA TOUR card for next season with his strong showing in Boise. Sunday saw plenty of drama as Stallings, Miguel Angel Carballo and eventual champion Michael Thompson all held the lead at one point. Trailing by multiple shots late Sunday, Thompson kept the pedal down and closed with a 64 to slam the door and leave Boise with his PGA TOUR status solidified for next season. From missing the playoffs on the PGA TOUR to having his name displayed in Times Square it was a whirlwind week for Thompson, and we are proud to have him as our champion of the 27th Albertsons Boise Open.
See you next year Boise! Next September the Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft Nabisco returns as part of the Web.com Tour Finals. This assures another stellar field teeing it up with fall in the air at Hillcrest Country Club. Mark your calendars and watch as the names we saw here in Boise top the leader boards on the PGA TOUR next season.
Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft & Nabisco Earns 2015 President’s Award as Web.com Tour Announces Inaugural Tournament Award Winners
Eight awards handed out at PGA TOUR’s annual Tournament Meetings in Miami
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — The Web.com Tour honored six tournaments, a volunteer and a charity at the PGA TOUR’s annual Tournament Meetings on Wednesday, December 2 in Miami, Fla. with the unveiling of the season-ending Tournament Awards.
The Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft & Nabisco – one of the Tour’s original events dating back to 1990 – claimed the prestigious President’s Award, given annually to the Tournament of the Year.
“On behalf of the Web.com Tour, I am pleased to present the Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft & Nabisco with the 2015 President’s Award,” said Web.com Tour President Bill Calfee. “Jeff Sanders and his team have delivered one of our top events for over 25 years, and eclipsed their own lofty standards this past year on a number of successful fronts.”
As the winner of the President’s Award, the Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft & Nabisco succeeded in putting forth a top-notch tournament in many key areas, including:
Below is the complete list of award-winning tournaments:
President’s Award (Tournament of the Year)
Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft & Nabisco
Best Social Media Campaign
Rex Hospital Open
Best Player Experience
BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation
Best Pro-Am Experience
Air Capital Classic presented by Aetna
Outstanding Achievement Award
Digital Ally Open
Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship
Volunteer of the Year
Bob Bidwell (Rex Hospital Open)
Charity of the Year
The Arc of the Ozarks (Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper)
The Web.com Tour will kick off its 27th season in January of next year.
The 2016 Web.com Tour season will kick off in Panama City, Panama with the Panama Claro Championship.
ABOUT THE ALBERTSONS BOISE OPEN PRESENTED BY KRAFT & NABISCO
The Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft & Nabisco is one of only four Web.com Tour events that have existed since the Tour’s inception in 1990, and the event has played host to many of golf’s current superstars. The Albertsons Boise Open is much more than a golf tournament, having provided over $18 Million to Idaho non-profit organizations in its history. In addition, the tournament showcases Boise and the State of Idaho to millions of viewers nationally and internationally on Golf Channel. The Albertsons Boise Open returns to Hillcrest Country Club September 12-18, 2016. Next year will mark a new and exciting chapter, as the tournament will become one of the four prestigious Web.com Tour Finals events. The 2016 Albertsons Boise Open will feature its strongest field to date as the Top 75 Web.com Tour players from the regular season will battle it out with 75 PGA TOUR players for their 2016-2017 PGA TOUR cards. Thanks to the Tyson Foods TICKETS Fore CHARITY program, 100% of all ticket sales support local charities. For more information, please visit www.AlbertsonsBoiseOpen.com.
ABOUT THE WEB.COM TOUR
Founded (1990), owned and operated by the PGA TOUR, the Web.Com Tour continues to identify those players who are ready to compete and win on golf’s biggest stage. In 2013, the Web.com Tour became The Path to the PGA TOUR with all 50 available PGA TOUR cards coming through the Web.com Tour and the season culminating at the four-event Web.com Tour Finals. Web.com became the Tour’s umbrella sponsor on June 27, 2012. A 10-year agreement (through 2021) is in place. The Tour is in its 26th year of competition in 2015. Three out of four PGA TOUR members are Web.com Tour alumni. Tour alumni have won 425 PGA TOUR titles, including 21 majors and five PLAYERS Championships. The PGA TOUR, through the efforts of its tours and their tournaments, sponsors, players and volunteers, surpassed $2 billion in charitable giving in Jan. 2014. To learn more about the PGA TOUR and Web.com Tour and to follow the season-long quest for a PGA TOUR card, visit PGATOUR.COM, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Albertsons Boise Open Will Become Web.com Tour Finals Event and Return to September in 2016 – Gets Extension Through 2019
Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft & Nabisco will become part of the four-event, season-culminating Web.com Tour Finals in September of 2016 in Boise, and Albertsons also announced an extension through 2019
(Boise, ID – July 7, 2015) – Albertsons executives, sponsors, special guests, and tournament organizers gathered tonight at Boise Centre on the Grove for the annual Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft & Nabisco Pro-Am Dinner. Albertsons Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bob Miller announced that the Albertsons Boise Open will become one of four Web.com Tour Finals events on the 2016 schedule, greatly elevating its stature and moving the event back to September beginning next year. Having long been referred to as one of the most prestigious events on the Web.com Tour, the Albertsons Boise Open purse will now reflect that reputation, as it will be tied for the largest Web.com Tour purse at $1 Million. Miller also announced an extension for the Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft & Nabisco through 2019.
Given its new position on the Web.com Tour schedule beginning in 2016, the Albertsons Boise Open will receive attention from national and international golf communities. The Web.com Tour Finals, a four-tournament playoff series similar to the format of the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup, features the Top 75 players from the regular season Web.com Tour money list, and matches them up against the players ranked #126-200 on the PGA TOUR. Therefore, for the first time in history, many current PGA TOUR players will be in the 2016 Albertsons Boise Open field. At the conclusion of the Web.com Tour Finals, the Top 50 on the Finals money list earn their PGA TOUR cards for the following season.
The Albertsons Boise Open has brought some of golf’s greatest up and coming talent to the area over the years while also playing a vital role in helping local charities. CEO Bob Miller said, “We are very pleased to continue this great tradition here in our home town, and are thrilled to have the event become part of the prestigious Web.com Tour Finals. I have watched this tournament evolve and the competition get tougher and tougher with each year, and I’ve also been able to see the positive impact of this event on hundreds of charities throughout the Treasure Valley. We’re thrilled to be part of it and are excited to announce that it’s moving back to September next year and is here to stay.”
Jeff Sanders, Executive Director of the Albertsons Boise Open, said, “This all started from a one year agreement back in 1989, and I’m proud to say that 26 years later, it’s become a tradition. I never would have imagined in my wildest dreams back in 1989 we would be still going strong with Albertsons as our original title sponsor. Albertsons’ title sponsorship has made it all possible. We are excited about the opportunity to showcase the amazing talent of both PGA TOUR and Web.Com Tour players in Boise and to continue to play a major role in providing much needed charity dollars to the Boise community for years to come. Our sights are set on reaching $25 Million to Treasure Valley organizations by the end of 2019. Albertsons has been such a great title sponsor for 26 years and we are very grateful to Bob Miller and the Executive Team for the decision to keep it going.”
The Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft & Nabisco has given over $18 Million to hundreds of Treasure Valley charities since 1990, an all-time record on the Web.com Tour, and it has given over $1 million to charities in each of the last 9 years.
The Albertsons Boise Open has a fantastic week of activities in store this week at Hillcrest Country Club. Michelob Ultra Rockin’ the Fairway, a three-part live music series on-site at Hillcrest Country Club this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings featuring Marcus Eaton, Pilot Error, and the David Andrews Band at the conclusion of golf action. Family Day featuring games, mascots, face painting, snow cones, and reptile shows will take place on Saturday from 11 AM – 3 PM. The Free Bisquick Pancake Breakfast for all ticket holders will be Sunday beginning at 9 AM. The Patriots’ Outpost hospitality area, open to all active, retired, and reserve military and their families, will be open Thursday to Sunday beginning at 10 AM. For more information or to buy tickets, please visit www.AlbertsonsBoiseOpen.com.
Albertsons Boise Open Executive Director
Albertsons Boise Open Tournament Director
ABOUT THE ALBERTSONS BOISE OPEN PRESENTED BY KRAFT & NABISCO
The Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft & Nabisco is one of only four Web.com Tour events that have existed since the Tour’s inception in 1990, and the event has played host to many of golf’s current superstars. The Albertsons Boise Open is much more than a golf tournament, having provided over $18 Million to Idaho non-profit organizations in its history. In addition, the tournament showcases Boise and the State of Idaho to millions of viewers nationally and internationally on Golf Channel. The Albertsons Boise Open returns to Hillcrest Country Club July 9-12, 2015. Thanks to the Tyson Foods TICKETS Fore CHARITY™ program, 100% of all ticket sales support local charities. For more information, please visit www.AlbertsonsBoiseOpen.com.
ABOUT THE WEB.COM TOUR
The Web.com Tour is now The Path to the PGA TOUR with all 50 available PGA TOUR cards coming through the Web.com Tour and the season culminating at the four-event Web.com Tour Finals, which will include the Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft & Nabisco. Web.com became the Tour’s umbrella sponsor in June of 2012. The Tour enters its 26th year of competition in 2015. Three out of four PGA TOUR members are Web.com Tour alumni. Tour alumni have won 411 PGA TOUR titles, including 19 majors and five PLAYERS Championships. The PGA TOUR surpassed $2 billion in charitable giving in Jan. 2014. To learn more about the PGA TOUR and Web.com Tour visit PGATOUR.COM, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
ABOUT LAGARDÈRE UNLIMITED
A division of the Lagardère Group dedicated to Sports and Entertainment, Lagardère Unlimited deploys its international expertise in six complementary business lines: Events management; Talent representation; Stadium & Arena operations; Marketing services and brand activation; Media rights production and distribution; and sports academy management. Lagardère Unlimited has more than 1,300 employees and conducts business in more than 20 countries. Current Lagardère Golf clients include PGA TOUR stars Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth and Keegan Bradley. The Lagardère Unlimited Golf Event Management Division is led by industry veteran Jeff Sanders.
For more information, please visit: AlbertsonsBoiseOpen.com
Albertsons gives sponsor invitation to the Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft & Nabisco to local Army veteran Corporal Chad Pfeifer and Cole Valley Christian Senior Graysen Huff, and will host live music after golf Thursday, Friday, & Saturday evenings
(June 8, 2015) – Local media representatives, Albertsons executives, sponsors, volunteers, and tournament organizers gathered today at Hillcrest Country Club for the 2015 Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft & Nabisco Media Day. Albertsons announced it will give sponsor invitations to the Albertsons Boise Open to Caldwell native and Army veteran Corporal Chad Pfeifer and Cole Valley Christian School phenom Graysen Huff.
Cpl. Pfeifer, who graduated from Vallivue High School, will make history at the Albertsons Boise Open in July as he will become the first ever amputee to participate in a Web.com Tour event. Cpl. Pfeifer, 33, lost his left leg above the knee in April of 2007 when a roadside bomb exploded while he was on patrol in Iraq. He learned the game while rehabbing in an Army hospital, and golf became a major part of his healing process. He quickly became a playing professional competing in Gateway Tour and eGolf Tour events. Nicknamed “Corporal Clutch” from his appearance on Golf Channel’s The Big Break, Cpl. Pfeifer was invited to play in last July’s American Century Championship at Lake Tahoe. He was in a field of 80 professional athletes and entertainers competing for $600,000 in prize money, and finished tied for fifth place. Cpl. Pfeifer will have the support of the local military community at Hillcrest, and expect some large roars when he makes his way through the 16th hole, where the Patriots’ Outpost hospitality area will be located.
Graysen Huff, a senior at Cole Valley Christian School in Boise, is the reigning Pacific Northwest Golf Association Junior Player of Year and Idaho Junior Player of the Year. He has competed in the Australian Amateur, British Boys Amateur, and the Junior PGA Championship, and plans to play in the U.S. Junior Amateur in late July. Huff, who will also have plenty of support from his teammates and the local community, has signed to play golf with collegiate golf power Auburn University starting this fall.
The tournament announced it will host Michelob Ultra Rockin’ the Fairway, a three-part live music series on-site at Hillcrest Country Club Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at the conclusion of golf action. Marcus Eaton, a Boise native, will perform at the conclusion of first round golf on Thursday, July 9th. The music will start when the final putt drops around 7 PM, with Happy Hour hosted by Hillcrest Country Club beginning at 5 PM. Local favorite Pilot Error will take the stage Friday evening, July 10th, which will follow the same schedule as Thursday. Saturday’s live music will feature Boise’s own David Andrews Band and will begin at 6 PM. All Albertsons Boise Open ticket holders are granted admission for the live music with their daily or weekly golf ticket. Daily tickets are $15 and weekly tickets purchased in advance are $25, or $35 at the gate. Tickets are available at www.AlbertsonsBoiseOpen.com.
The Albertsons Boise Open also announced the schedule of special events for the week. The Idaho Statesman Junior Clinic moves this year to Wednesday, July 8th at 5:00 PM, and as always is free for all junior golfers and their families. Family Day featuring games, mascots, face painting, snow cones, and reptile shows will take place on Saturday from 11 AM – 3 PM. The Free Bisquick Pancake Breakfast for all ticket holders will be Sunday beginning at 9 AM. The Patriots’ Outpost hospitality area, open to all active, retired, and reserve military and their families, will be open Thursday to Sunday beginning at 10 AM.
The Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft & Nabisco has given over $17 Million to hundreds of charities since the tournament began, which is an all-time record on the Web.com Tour in terms of total charitable contributions.
For more information, please visit: AlbertsonsBoiseOpen.com
(April 17, 2015) – Albertsons Boise Open and Boise State University Alum Troy Merritt caught fire during the second round of the RBC Heritage Classic. Troy torched the back nine at Harbour Town Golf Links, going out in a record-breaking 7-under par 28 en route to tying the course record with a 10-under 61. Merritt finished his day with four straight birdies, moving to 12 under for the tournament and taking a four-shot lead on the field at the end of his round. The record-tying showing came in the afternoon after 2015 Masters champion Jordan Spieth shot 62 in the morning to reach 6 under.
“It’s all about tempo for me, and the tempo was really solid today,” said Merritt to the Golf Channel following the round. “It was fun to roll the putts in and hear the crowd cheer.”
The key for Merritt could have been a lucky charm. Merritt said that he tries not to take a ball out of play after making a birdie with it. His ball got beat up at the 12th hole, but he stuck with it and made six birdies in the remainder of his round.
After hitting an 18-footer for birdie at 15, Merritt stuck his approach shots within 7 feet on the final three holes and converted each of the putts. Merritt hit 13 greens in regulation and needed only 22 putts.
Merritt, a 29-year-old Boise State alumnus, is seeking his first PGA TOUR win, although he finished second at the 2014 FedEx St. Jude Classic. What can he expect tomorrow?
“As long as I can break 61 on the front nine, (I’ll be happy)” joked Merritt. “I just want to enjoy the moment, not think too much about the shots and add them up at the end of the day.”
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Albertsons executives, tournament officials, media representatives, and benefiting charities gathered at the Grove Hotel in Boise on February 11th for the Albertsons Boise Open Beneficiary Breakfast, where checks were distributed to many deserving local organizations. The 2014 Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft & Nabisco generated a record $1.45 Million for local charities. The tournament has generated over $17 Million for Boise charities since its inception in 1990.
2005 Albertsons Boise Open Champion Greg Chalmers Survives Seven-Hole Playoff with Adam Scott to Win Australian PGA Championship
Greg Chalmers captured the Australian PGA Championship on Sunday in dramatic fashion at Royal Pines Resort in Gold Coast, Australia. Chalmers entered the final round seven shots back of 54-hole co-leaders Adam Scott and Wade Ormsby, and carded an 8-under 64 on Sunday to finish in a tie with Scott and Ormsby at 11-under par and set the stage for a three-way playoff. Ormsby lasted three holes in the playoff, booted when Scott and Chalmers made birdie to his par on the third playoff hole. With Ormsby gone, Scott had ample chances to win but could not take advantage. Greg Chalmers made par on the seventh hole of a playoff while Adam Scott three-putted for bogey to hand the title to Chalmers.
The win is the second Aussie PGA for Chalmers, who won in 2011, also as part of a three-way playoff. The playoff was the longest ever for a top-tier tournament in Australia. Chalmers’ putting proved to be the difference after he made eight birdies during his fourth round to post a tournament-low round.
The 41-year-old Chalmers spoke about how he felt after the big playoff victory, “Just phenomenal, I’m worn out. I was all over the place …really excited and thrilled.”
Greg Chalmers is certainly no stranger to playoffs, as he won the 2005 Albertsons Boise Open at Hillcrest Country Club in a playoff over Danny Ellis. Chalmers shot 15-under par for the week and made a par on the first playoff hole to claim his first Web.com Tour victory.
156 of the best professional golfers in the world return to Hillcrest Country Club for the Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft & Nabisco July 6-12, 2015. For more information or to buy tickets, please visit AlbertsonsBoiseOpen.com.
With the 2014 Web.com Tour Finals in the books, the 2015 Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft & Nabisco will feature Past Major Champions and PGA TOUR winners
(October 20, 2014) – With the conclusion of the 2014 Web.com Tour season at the Web.com Tour Championship, 50 PGA TOUR cards and priority positions for 2014-15 have been determined. 2014 Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft & Nabisco Champion Steve Wheatcroft finished in 36th position on the priority position list, and is currently playing on the 2014-2015 PGA TOUR, where he made the cut in his first two starts. The PGA TOUR season continues this week with the McGladrey Classic in Sea Island, Georgia.
The Web.com Tour players more than held their own against their PGA TOUR peers in the Web.com Tour Finals, which combined the top 75 players from the Web.com Tour with the players ranked #126-200 on the PGA TOUR in a four-event series to determine who earned PGA TOUR cards for the 2014-15 season. 37 of the available 50 PGA TOUR cards were earned by players who played on the 2014 Web.com Tour. “With 37 of 50 PGA TOUR cards for next season earned by Web.com Tour players, it proves the Web.com Tour is not only the pathway to the PGA TOUR for many of the best golfers in the world, but it now also represents the expansion of the PGA TOUR,” said Executive Director Jeff Sanders.
Some Northwest natives who played in the Albertsons Boise Open performed extremely well on the Web.com Tour this year and will be moving on to the PGA TOUR. Andrew Putnam, who finished in the 8th priority position after the Web.com Tour Finals will be playing the PGA TOUR for the first time in 2014-15, along with fellow Washington resident Andres Gonzales, who finished in the 22nd position and will be playing on the PGA TOUR for the third time. Andrew finished T-33 this past week at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, and Andres made the cut in his first two PGA TOUR starts of the season.
One of the other major storylines involves the crop of talented players who did not retain their PGA TOUR cards, and thus will likely be playing on the Web.com Tour next year and in the Albertsons Boise Open at Hillcrest Country Club. Those expected to play on the Web.com Tour next year include former PGA Championship winner Y.E. Yang, former Masters Champion Trevor Immelman, and former British Open Champion Ben Curtis. Also expected to play on the 2015 Web.com Tour are PGA TOUR winners Tommy Gainey, Chez Reavie, Johnson Wagner, Kyle Stanley, Tim Herron, Dudley Hart, Dicky Pride, D.A. Points, Vaughn Taylor, Troy Matteson, and Harrison Frazar. Other noteworthy players likely to be playing the Web.com Tour in 2015 include former U.S. Amateur Champion Kelly Kraft and former PGA TOUR player Charlie Wi.
The field for the 26th Annual Albertsons Boise Open, which will be played July 6-12, 2015, will be stronger than ever. The 2015 Web.com Tour schedule will be released soon, with the season likely to begin in mid-February. For more information, please visit: AlbertsonsBoiseOpen.com