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Nationwide Children’s Championship Sunday Tee times & pairings Part 1

Martin Flores answers questions, is the leader heading into the final round (megasportsnews.com)

 

 

PRESS RELEASE PREPARED BY & A COURTESY OF NATIONWIDE CHILDREN’S CHAMPIONSHIP

Arkansas fan Tag Ridings drops from first to second but still in contention at Nationwide Children’s Championship

 

Tag Ridings talking to media PGA (megasportsnews.com photo)

 

Tag Ridings press conference

60,406 to 60,410 Tag Ridings Web.com Tour 3rd round 2016 NCC

 

Columbus, Ohio — The golfer with the most interesting name on the Web.com Tour, fell from first place to second during the 3rd round of the Nationwide Children’s Championship. Tag Ridings, who shot a 65 on Friday to co-lead the tournament, shot a -2 under 69 Saturday to fall into second place, 3 shots behind leader Martin Flores.

(courtesy Arkansas)

The native of Oklahoma does have an interesting name but he was born Taggart Twain Ridings in Oklahoma City. His father was a club professional and got him involved in golf. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a degree in marketing. Ask him a question about the Raorbacks football team and he will delightfully answer it with a smile!

The 42-year-old, who turned pro in 1997, has one pro win on the Web.com Tour. He has also spent time on the PGA Tour.

He says as far as Sunday goes, “I will worry about that when I get to the last couple of holes. We’ll see how it goes.”

 

Carlos Ortiz makes big jump during 3rd round of Nationwide Children’s Championship; moves from 16th to 4th

 

Carlos Ortiz talks media after his round Saturday (megasportsnews.com)

 

Carlos Ortiz press conference

60,402 to 60,405 Carlos Ortiz Web.com Tour Q & A 4 questions Round 3 9 24 2016

 

Columbus, Ohio — Mexican golfer Carlos Ortiz started Saturday’s third round of the Web.com Tour’s Nationwide Children’s Championship in 16th place after scoring a -3 under 68 on Friday.

Saturday, the 25-year-old from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, improved his game and chances to win one of the Tour’s top events. He carded a -5 under 68 to move to 4th place behind Grayson Murray, Tag Ridings and Martin Flores, all of whom were still playing their round when Ortiz finished for the day.

Through 54 holes, the University of North Texas native has a total of -8 under 205.

A winner of three events on the Web.com Tour, Ortiz was the circuit’s Player of the Year.

 

Nationwide Children’s Championship Round 3 Pairings, Tee times

(megasportsnews.com photo)

 

 

Ridings and Flores take over lead in Round Two of Nationwide Children’s Championship

NCC golfers at OSU Scarlet Course (megasportsnews.com)

 

Columbus, Ohio – Tag Ridings and Martin Flores carded the best two scores of the day Friday to take a share of the second-round lead by two shots at 8-under 134 at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship, the third of four Web.com Tour Finals events. Ridings carded the best round of the day – a 6-under 65 – to grab his share of the lead, while Flores bogeyed the last for a 5-under 66 to join Ridings at the top with a two-shot lead over eight players – Nicholas Lindheim (68), Xander Schauffele (68), Jason Millard (67), Grayson Murray (67), Kevin Tway (70), Bobby Wyatt (69), Whee Kim (71), and Erik Compton (69 – in a tie for third at 6-under.

“I’m very happy with [my round],” Flores said. “I gave myself a lot of opportunities for birdie. I hit it close, hit it well, so extremely happy. I hit the shot I wanted to there [on 18], I thought I hit a good drive, but that’s just kind of how it goes sometimes.”

Martin Flores PGA (courtesy PGA TOUR)

Tag Ridings PGA (courtesy PGA Tour)

After opening with a 2-under 69, Ridings began his second round on the back nine with a chip-in on No. 10 that was the start of three straight birdies on Nos. 10-12. Ridings’ first bogey of the day came at the par-4 13th, but he reeled off birdies at Nos. 14, 16, 4, and 6 on the way in to finish off his best round of the season.

“Well, this is kind of my favorite thing to do is play long, tough conditions and tough golf courses,” Ridings said. “So, why that is, I wish I knew, but probably more under par after two rounds on this golf course than I was anywhere all summer. It makes you think a little bit. If you mess up, you’ve got to take your punishment and get out of there and I did that a couple of times the last two days.”

Following a 52nd place finish on the Web.com Tour Regular Season money list, Ridings is hoping to get hot at the right time and use this Web.com Tour Finals as the vehicle to take him back to PGA TOUR, where he’s spent the bulk of eight seasons with 12 career top-10s on TOUR.

“I think everybody that hasn’t done their job so far in the first two weeks or first part of the year definitely feels that pressure,” Ridings said. “You want to get it done as quickly as possible to take the heat off.”

Flores doesn’t have that pressure, having already locked up his PGA TOUR card for the 2016-17 season. The 34-year-old began his second round on the front nine and turned in 1-under, but he got hot starting on the back nine, knocking it within five feet for easy birdies on Nos. 10, 12, 13 and 14 to tie the lead at 8-under. Flores surged into the solo lead with a 20-footer at the par-4 15th for his fourth consecutive birdie – and fifth in his first six holes of the back nine – but bogeyed the last to end the day with the co-lead.

“I’m very, very happy with my ball striking,” Flores said. “I gave myself a lot of close putts, and I converted those today. The speed control has been really, really great. Other than that I haven’t really had to deal with anything else up to this point. So I would like to just keep doing what I’m doing and see what happens.”

A year ago here at Ohio State University Golf Club’s Scarlet Course, Flores also held the 36-hole lead but weekend rounds of 74-71 dropped him into T20. Flores feels like he’s more prepared to close out a victory this year, though, after securing his first Web.com Tour victory at the Lincoln Land Charity Championship in July to lock up a return to the PGA TOUR.

“I just want to win more often,” Flores said. “I haven’t won very much at all. I just want to keep putting myself in position to win and see how I can do.”

In 20 starts on the Web.com Tour this season, Flores posted a victory, two thirds and three additional top-10 finishes on his way to a fifth-place finish on the Regular Season money list. With 142 career PGA TOUR starts under his belt, the Fort Worth, Texas native is looking to round his game into shape just in time for his sixth full season on TOUR after spending the better part of 2010 and 2012-2015 on TOUR before returning to the Web.com Tour in 2016 to work his way back.

“You are where you are for a reason, and obviously, I didn’t play very well in the 2015 season, so I had an opportunity to come back out here and keep improving on my game,” Flores said. “So I’m very thankful for that, and I look forward to the return and should. It’s always a challenge to play on the PGA TOUR, so I really enjoyed that.”

 

ROUND RECAP WRITTEN BY & A COURTESY OF NATIONWIDE CHILDREN’S CHAMPIONSHIP

 

 

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