Scott Dunlap Wins Nationwide Tour Event
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (AP) _ Scott Dunlap shot a 5-under 66 Sunday for a three-stroke victory at the Nationwide Tour’s Mark Christopher Charity Classic, his first win in 245 PGA Tour-sanctioned events.
The 41-year-old Dunlap, who played on the PGA Tour from 1996-97 and 1999-2002, started the final round three strokes back and rallied with an eagle and five birdies to finish at 12-under 272. He earned $81,000 for the victory and moved into 48th place on the money list.
``It seemed like I could see the scoreboards all week and today every time I looked, I couldn’t find one, which is probably better,″ said Dunlap, who had won nine events worldwide. ``Even the ones at 18 I couldn’t see until I got on the green. All my work was done before I knew what was going on.″
Bubba Watson (70) and third-round leader Scott Gutschewski (72) tied for second at 275 at the Empire Lakes Golf Course.
Dunlap made an eagle at the par-5 second hole, sinking a wedge shot from 100 yards. He added two birdies on the front nine and offset two bogeys on the back with three birdies.
``This is huge for me,″ said Dunlap, who played in South Africa at the start of the year because he couldn’t get into any events. ``The first thing this does is free me up and gives me a place to play.″
With the win, Dunlap is exempt for the final four events this year and the 2005 Nationwide season.