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Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship: Curtis Luck holds of Humphrey, Montgomery and Young to win 2020 title

 

 

Curtis Luck

Final-Round Leaderboard

Pos. Name Scores
1 Curtis Luck 68-66-68-71 – 273 (-11)
T2 Theo Humphrey 70-67-70-67 – 274 (-10)
T2 Taylor Montgomery 72-67-67-68 – 274 (-10)
T2 Cameron Young 66-69-68-71 – 274 (-10)
T5 Five players tied 275 (-9)

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio – With a clutch up-and-down on the 72nd hole, Curtis Luck outlasted the field to win the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship, finishing the week at 11-under 273. Theo Humphrey, Taylor Montgomery and Cameron Young finished in a tie for second at 10-under 274.

“Yeah, it’s actually a really deep breath of relief,” Luck said after the win. “Golf’s really tough. It’s probably not gone 100 percent to plan with the way I wanted to when I turned pro, but yeah, I’ve just stuck with it and I’m still working hard. Obviously, to get a win out here is massive because not only does it give me status for the next couple years out here on the Korn Ferry Tour, it just shows that I’m able to compete, which is nice.”

Luck, who held the 36- and 54-hole leads at The Ohio State University Golf Club’s Scarlet Course, emerged victorious from a crowded leaderboard that saw five players tied for the lead at one point on Sunday.

Entering the final round with a one-stroke advantage, Luck couldn’t seem to find his rhythm on the front nine. After seven consecutive pars, he dropped a shot at the par-3 eighth to fall back to 10-under. On No. 11, he dropped another shot with his second bogey of the day and fell off the top of a crowded leaderboard.

“Yeah, it was a tough day from start to finish,” he said. “Unfortunately, I made a couple of bogeys, but I just rolled with them and dug deep to finish.”

Following pars on Nos. 12-14, Luck made his charge back up the leaderboard with a birdie on No. 15. At the par-4 16th, he drained a lengthy birdie attempt to regain the solo-lead at 11-under.

The drama would unfold on No. 18 as Luck found himself one stroke ahead of playing partner Cameron Young on the tee box. Theo Humphrey and Taylor Montgomery had each posted the clubhouse lead at 10-under 274.

Luck’s drive on the 18th hit off a tree but still managed to find the fairway. Young, who began the day one stroke off the lead, took an aggressive line, leaving himself a short pitch shot into the 439-yard par-4.

Luck’s approach missed the green right and found the greenside bunker leaving him a difficult up-and-down. From just short of the green, Young stuck his second shot inside 7-feet leaving him a great look for birdie.

After a difficult bunker shot, Luck faced a 7-foot par putt to post 11-under for the week but was still outside Young’s birdie attempt. As he had done all week, the Australian drained the par attempt, leaving Young with a chance to force a playoff. Despite his best effort, Young’s putt slid past the hole and secured Luck the win.

“Yeah, it was an intense hole,” Luck said of No. 18. “I thought I hit a good tee shot down there and just clipped one of those trees and shot it out backwards into the fairway. And I just, I hit a poor iron shot. I wasn’t trying to do anything special, just middle of the green and hit a poor iron shot.

“Fortunately, yeah, I made a wicked up‑and‑down and put the pressure back on Cam, who as I said, I’m certain that if I missed, with how good a player Cam is, he would have rolled that thing straight in and shut us all out.”

With the victory, Luck moved to 18th on the points list. He also put himself in great position to secure one of the five spots in the 2020 U.S. Open awarded at the conclusion of the Korn Ferry Tour Championship Series.

Next week, the Tour travels to Evansville, Indiana, for the final event of the Korn Ferry Tour Championship Series, the Korn Ferry Tour Championship presented by United Leasing & Finance.

 

Curtis Luck sizes up his putt

 

SUNDAY NOTES:

* Sunday’s weather: Partly cloudy, with a high of 84. Wind SW at 5-10 mph.

* Final-round tee times were delayed 20 minutes due to fog in the area.

* This week’s purse is $1,000,000 with $180,000 going to the champion, Curtis Luck. Luck also received 600 Korn Ferry Tour points.

* The win came in Luck’s 44th start on the Korn Ferry Tour. Throughout his career, Luck has made 36 PGA TOUR starts.

* With the victory, Luck became the 12th first-time winner on Tour this season.

* In his previous three starts at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship, Luck had finished T7-T5-T19.

* For the second consecutive week, Cameron Young (T2, -10) earned his best finish on the Korn Ferry Tour.

* In his four career starts on Tour, Young has finished T11-T14-T6-T2. Three weeks ago, Young made his Korn Ferry Tour debut at the Pinnacle Bank Championship presented by Aetna after Monday qualifying.

* Spurred by a final-round 67, Theo Humphrey (T2, -10) earned the best finish of his Korn Ferry Tour career.

* In his first competitive event since his daughter Mia’s passing, Camilo Villegas finished the week T58 at 2-over 286.

* Stephan Jaeger, who won last week’s Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft Nabisco, finished the week T5 at 9-under 275.

* The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship served as the third event of the four-event Korn Ferry Tour Championship Series, which includes elevated purses and points. Five exemptions into the 2020 U.S. Open are also available to the top-five players (not otherwise exempt) in a points list specific to the Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft Nabisco, Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship and Korn Ferry Tour Championship presented by United Leasing & Finance. The top-10 players on the Korn Ferry Tour’s overall point standings following the conclusion of the Korn Ferry Tour Championship will also earn entry into the PGA TOUR’s additional events (also known as opposite-field events) during the 2020-21 season.

* The combined 2020-21 Korn Ferry Tour schedule will conclude with 25 PGA TOUR cards awarded at the 2021 WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by KraftHeinz, with an additional 25 cards awarded at the conclusion of the 2021 Korn Ferry Tour Finals.

* The par-3 fifth hole (233 yards) and par-4 11th hole (473 yards) played as the hardest holes throughout the week with a scoring average of +.205.

* The par-5 12th hole (562 yards) played as the easiest hole throughout the week with a scoring average of 4.610.

 

*The Ohio State University Golf Club – Scarlet Course Scoring Average:

Front                 Back                   Total                           Cumulative

R1                       36.285               35.688               71.972

R2                       36.167               35.333               71.500               71.736

R3                       35.920               34.880               70.800               71.424

R4                       35.947               34.960               70.907               71.295

 

ALL PHOTOS BY GETTY IMAGES; COURTESY NATIONWIDE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL CHAMPIONSHIP COMMUNICATIONS

MATCH RECAP WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF KORN FERRY TOUR AND NATIONWIDE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL CHAMPIONSHIP COMMUNICATIONS

Curtis Luck continues to lead Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship after 3 rounds; Young in the hunt

 

Third-Round Leaderboard

Pos. Name Scores
1 Curtis Luck 68-66-68 – 202 (-11)
2 Cameron Young 66-69-68 – 203 (-10)
3 Erik Barnes 69-67-68 – 204 (-9)
T4 Will Zalatoris 69-70-66 – 205 (-8)
T4 Jimmy Stanger 65-71-69 – 205 (-8)

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Curtis Luck carded a bogey-free, 3-under 68 on Saturday to take the 54-hole lead at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship at 11-under 202. Cameron Young sits alone in second, one stroke off the pace at 10-under 203.

Luck, who began the day one stroke clear of the field, tallied back-to-back birdies on Nos. 6 and 7 to reach 10-under for the week. After pars on Nos. 8 and 9, Luck headed to the back nine at the top of a crowded leaderboard.

Curtis Luck

Luck stayed in control of the round carding six consecutive pars to begin the back nine. On the par-4 16th, the Australian stuck his approach and drained his birdie putt to claim the solo-lead at 11-under. He closed his round with two pars to take the 54-hole lead into Sunday’s final round.

“I think that the strategy for me was limit the bogeys and I went bogey‑free, so I’m pretty stoked about that,” Luck said. “I just tried to play really smart. Once again, like the first two days, if I was slightly out of position, just get it back in position as best I can and hit good shots to recover.”

Luck is making his 44th Korn Ferry Tour start this week and fourth appearance at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship. In 2018, the 24-year-old finished T5 in Ohio, matching his best finish on the Korn Ferry Tour. That season, he went on to earn his PGA TOUR card through the Korn Ferry Tour Finals.

“I’m yet to sort of remember having a bad round in the final round here,” Luck said of his experience at the Scarlet Course. “So yeah, no doubt in my mind it’s a huge advantage being here the fourth year and also putting in good results each and every year being back.”

Luck and Young played together in Saturday’s third round but it was far from the duo’s first time competing together. The two played junior golf growing up and competed against one another several times. In 2016, Luck defeated Young in the Round of 16 en route to winning the U.S. Amateur title.

The two will be paired together again during Sunday’s final round.

Cameron Young (courtesy Wake Forest Athletics)

“I’ve known Cameron since I think I was 18 and we’ve always got along really well,” Luck said. “Out on Tour a couple weeks ago, I didn’t actually realize he was out here because I skipped Nebraska (Pinnacle Bank Championship), so it was great to see him here and playing good.”

Young began the day with five consecutive pars before carding his first birdie of the round at the par-3 fifth. After pars on Nos. 6-8, he went on to add another birdie on No. 9 to make the turn at 9-under. The 23-year-old tallied his third birdie of the round at the par-5 12th but immediately gave the stroke back on No. 13. After a par on No. 14, he tallied his fourth birdie of the round on the par-4 15th to reach 10-under for the week and claim solo-second.

Three weeks ago, Young made his Korn Ferry Tour debut at the Pinnacle Bank Championship presented by Aeta and finished the week T11. A week later, the Wake Forest University product continued his strong play, finishing T14 at the WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by KraftHeinz. Last week, Young played in the final group at the Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft Nabisco and finished the week T6.

Now, Young will look to capture his first Korn Ferry Tour title as he plays in Sunday’s final group for the second week in a row.

“Yeah, it’s been exciting. Obviously, I had no idea I was going to be here a month ago,” Young said of his recent play. “It’s been a lot of fun. To see a lot of it firsthand and be a part of it and compete, especially to do well, has been a lot of fun and I’ve enjoyed it.”

Erik Barnes sits alone in third at 9-under 204. Will Zalatoris and Jimmy Stanger sit T4 at 8-under 205, three strokes off the lead.

Final-round tee times will run from 7:00 a.m. to 1:05 p.m. EDT on Sunday. The tournament will be broadcast live on Golf Channel from 2:30 – 5:00 p.m. EDT on Sunday.

 

SATURDAY NOTES:

* Saturday’s weather: Partly cloudy, with a high of 86. Wind S at 3-6 mph.

* This week’s purse is $1,000,000 with $180,000 going to the champion. The champion will also receive 600 Korn Ferry Tour points.

* This marks the first time that Curtis Luck has held the 54-hole lead on the Korn Ferry Tour.

* Luck and Cameron Young previously competed against one another in the Round of 16 at the 2016 U.S. Amateur. Luck would eventually go on to win the event contested at Oakland Hills Country Club.

* In his previous three starts at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship, Luck has finished T7-T5-T19.

* Seven of the 16 54-hole leaders/co-leaders have gone on to win this season. Stephan Jaeger won at last week’s Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft Nabisco after holding the third-round lead.

* Cameron Young played in the final group at last week’s Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft Nabisco and finished the week T6. Young is making his fourth career Korn Ferry Tour start this week.

* Will Zalatoris, who leads the Korn Ferry Tour points list, sits T4 at 8-under 205 after a third-round 66.

* Ryan McCormick (T6, -7) had the low round of the day posting a 6-under 65 on Saturday.

* In his first competitive event since his daughter Mia’s passing, Camilo Villegas sits T60 at 2-over 215 after three rounds.

* The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship serves as the third event of the four-event Korn Ferry Tour Championship Series, which includes elevated purses and points. Five exemptions into the 2020 U.S. Open are also available to the top-five players (not otherwise exempt) in a points list specific to the Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft Nabisco, Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship and Korn Ferry Tour Championship presented by United Leasing & Finance. The top-10 players on the Korn Ferry Tour’s overall point standings following the conclusion of the Korn Ferry Tour Championship will also earn entry into the PGA TOUR’s additional events (also known as opposite-field events) during the 2020-21 season.

* The combined 2020-21 Korn Ferry Tour schedule will conclude with 25 PGA TOUR cards awarded at the 2021 WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by KraftHeinz, with an additional 25 cards awarded at the conclusion of the 2021 Korn Ferry Tour Finals.

* The par-4 second hole (472 yards) played as the hardest hole on Saturday with a scoring average of 4.187.

* The par-5 sixth hole (618 yards) played as the easiest hole on Saturday with a scoring average of 4.613.

 

*The Ohio State University Golf Club – Scarlet Course Scoring Average:

Front                 Back                   Total                           Cumulative

R1                       36.285               35.688               71.972

R2                       36.167               35.333               71.500               71.736

R3                       35.920               34.880               70.800               71.424

 

 

ROUND RECAP WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF THE PGA TOUR & NATIONWIDE CHILDREN’S COMMUNICATIONS

 

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship: Curtis Luck takes second round lead at OSU Scarlet Course

 

PRESS CONFERENCE AUDIO

Curtis Luck NCHC 2nd round leader 8 21 2020 (4:26)

Cameron Young NCHC 2nd Round 2nd Place 8 21 2020 (4:41)

 

Second-Round Leaderboard

Pos. Name Scores
1 Curtis Luck 68-66 – 134 (-8)
2 Cameron Young 66-69 – 135 (-7)
T3 Erik Barnes 69-67 – 136 (-6)
T3 Lee Hodges 66-70 – 136 (-6)
T3 Jimmy Stanger 65-71 – 136 (-6)
T3 Brandon Wu 67-69 – 136 (-6)

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Curtis Luck carded a 5-under 66 on Friday to take the second-round lead at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship at 8-under 134. Cameron Young sits alone in second at 7-under 135.

Cameron Young (courtesy Wake Forest Athletics)

Curtis Luck

Luck, who began the day on the back nine, started his round with a birdie on the par-4 10th but immediately dropped a shot on No. 11. Despite the bogey, the 24-year-old took advantage of the par-5 12th with an eagle to reach 5-under for the week. The up-and-down afternoon continued for Luck who offset a bogey on the par-3 13th with a birdie on No. 15.

After making the turn at 5-under for the tournament, Luck carded his third birdie of the day on the par-4 second. After a par on No. 3, he tallied another birdie on the par-5 fourth but immediately gave the stroke back with a bogey on No. 5.

After his fifth birdie of the round on No. 7, Luck moved back to 7-under for the week. On the par-4 ninth, he stuck his approach from the right rough and drained the 5-foot birdie putt to take the solo-lead at 8-under.

“Yeah, it was a bit of an up‑and‑down day,” Luck said after the round. “I kind of got off to a weird start, had a couple of bogeys amongst a birdie and an eagle, but it was kind of a little bit like that all day. I just managed to settle myself down and just play some good golf.”

Luck has made four cuts in 11 starts this season on the Korn Ferry Tour and entered the week ranked 135th on the points list. Despite missing the cut in his last three starts, the Australian returned to The Ohio State University Golf Club’s Scarlet Course with past success to draw on. In his last three starts at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship, he has finished T7-T5-T19 and has recorded his best result of the season in Ohio two of the last three years.

“I guess it kind of replicates Australia a little bit,” he said of the Scarlet Course. “They’re (the greens) also bent, so it’s a lot like home. But yeah, I don’t know, it just sets up for me. As I said, I play as smart as I can for the most part and just try and leave the ball in areas where I know I’ve always got a shot.”

After a bogey-free 66 on Thursday, Young tallied four birdies against two bogeys on Friday to claim solo-second at 7-under 135. The Wake Forest University product is making just his fourth career Korn Ferry Tour start this week.

Three weeks ago, Young made his Korn Ferry Tour debut at the Pinnacle Bank Championship presented by Aetna after Monday qualifying and finished the week T11. With his strong play, he earned a spot in the WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by KraftHeinz where he finished T14.

At last week’s Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft Nabisco, his strong play continued. Highlighted by a third-round 61, Young earned his best Korn Ferry Tour finish with a T6 result in Idaho. Now, the 23-year-old has put himself in position to capture one of the five 2020 U.S. Open exemptions awarded at the conclusion of the Korn Ferry Tour Championship Series.

“It’s been a huge step in the right direction,” Young said of his recent play. “I was playing well, and I had every reason to believe I could get in and play well. It’s just fortunate to be playing well at this time to keep myself in it.”

Erik Barnes, Lee Hodges, Jimmy Stanger and Brandon Wu sit T3 at 6-under 136.

Third-round tee times will run from 7:04 a.m. to 1:10 p.m. EDT on Saturday. The tournament will be broadcast live on Golf Channel from 3-5 p.m. on Saturday.

 

FRIDAY NOTES:

* Friday’s weather: Partly cloudy, with a high of 86. Wind E at 4-8 mph.

* The cut came at 1-over with 75 players advancing to the weekend.

* This week’s purse is $1,000,000 with $180,000 going to the champion. The champion will also receive 600 Korn Ferry Tour points.

* This marks the first time that Curtis Luck has held the lead after any round on the Korn Ferry Tour.

* During the 2018-19 PGA TOUR season, Luck made 10 cuts in 23 starts on TOUR with three top-25s.

* Three of the 16 36-hole leaders/co-leaders have gone on to win this season. Stephan Jaeger won at last week’s Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft Nabisco after holding a share of the second-round lead.

* Through two rounds, Cameron Young ranks first in scrambling, converting nine of 10 up-and-downs.

* Since the Tour’s return to golf, Erik Barnes (T3, -6) has recorded four top-25s and has missed only one cut.

* Brandon Wu (T3, -6) is making only his fifth Korn Ferry Tour start of the season this week. In his four previous starts, the 23-year-old has recorded two top-10s.

* Nick Hardy, who co-led after Thursday’s opening round, sits T16 at 3-under 139 after a 3-over 74 on Friday.

* In his first competitive event since his daughter Mia’s passing, Camilo Villegas sits T29 at 1-under 141 after two rounds.

* The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship serves as the third event of the four-event Korn Ferry Tour Championship Series, which includes elevated purses and points. Five exemptions into the 2020 U.S. Open are also available to the top-five players (not otherwise exempt) in a points list specific to the Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft Nabisco, Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship and Korn Ferry Tour Championship presented by United Leasing & Finance. The top-10 players on the Korn Ferry Tour’s overall point standings following the conclusion of the Korn Ferry Tour Championship will also earn entry into the PGA TOUR’s additional events (also known as opposite-field events) during the 2020-21 season.

* The combined 2020-21 Korn Ferry Tour schedule will conclude with 25 PGA TOUR cards awarded at the 2021 WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by KraftHeinz, with an additional 25 cards awarded at the conclusion of the 2021 Korn Ferry Tour Finals.

* The par-3 13th hole (221 yards) played as the hardest hole on Friday with a scoring average of 3.257.

* The par-5 12th hole (562 yards) played as the easiest hole on Friday with a scoring average of 4.542.

 

*The Ohio State University Golf Club – Scarlet Course Scoring Average:

Front                 Back                   Total                           Cumulative

R1                       36.285               35.688               71.972

R2                       36.167               35.333               71.500               71.736

 

ROUND RECAP WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF PGA TOUR AND NATIOWIDE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL COMMUNICATIONS

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship: Colombian golfer Camilo Villegas back on tour after daughter’s death

 

FEATURE INTERVIEW

Camilo Villegas Korn Ferry Tour Back playing golf after daughter Mia’s death 8 2020 (7:21)

 

Camilo Villegas 2008 photo By Steven Newton at US Open 2008, CC BY 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

38-year-old Colombian born golfer Camilo Villegas (pronounced Bee-Jay-Gahss) is back playing on the Korn Ferry Tour after the death of his daughter, Mia on July 26, 2000. She had battled tumors of the brain and spine for 22 months. And Camilo says he was thankful to have spent those final months with her while rehabbing a shoulder injury.

Camilo Villegas (courtesy PGA Tour)

Known as “The Spiderman” at 5’9, 160, he has won 10 professional tournaments, 4 on the PGA Tour.

A graduate of the University of Florida, Villegas played for the legendary coach Buddy Alexander from 2001-2004 and was a member of the 2001 Gators NCAA national championship team.

He was an All-American all four years. Was SEC Freshman of the Year in 2001 and SEC Player of the Year in 2002 and 2004.

 

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship: Erik Barnes makes charge in 2nd round to tie for 3rd

Pos Player R2 Thru Total
1 C. Luck -5 F -8
2 C. Young -2 F -7
T3 L. Hodges -1 F -6
T3 J. Stanger E F -6
T3 E. Barnes -4 F -6

 

32-year-old Erik Barnes is one of the older members of the Korn Ferry Tour, which is the developmental tour for the PGA Tour. It features golfers who have either not made it to the top tour or who have played there before and have been dropped out because they failed to win enough FedEx Cup points to keep their Tour card.

Those who are on the top 25 of the money list at year’s end are given PGA Tour memberships for the next season. Since the 2013 season, the Korn Ferry Tour has been the primary pathway for those seeking to earn their PGA Tour card. Q-School, which had previously been the primary route for qualification to the PGA Tour, has been converted as the pathway to the Korn Ferry Tour.

Erik Barnes (courtesy PGA Tour)

Barnes, a native of Kalamazoo, Michigan, and a graduate of Austin Peay State University, is trying to get to the top tour.

He was ranked 45th coming into the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship and is projected to get to 33rd after it.

The 2007 Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Year and 2009 Player of the Year, has put himself into contention at this year’s event after 36 holes by shooting a -4 under par 67. One of his key shots in Friday’s second round was making a birdie on the tough Par 5 12th hole at Ohio State’s Scarlet Course, home of the annual Korn Ferry Tour tournament.

Barnes, who has one professional win since turning pro in 2011, is at 136 after 36 holes, tying him with Lee Hodges and first round co-leader Jimmy Stanger. That trio trails Cameron Young, who is in second place at 135 and leader Curtis Luck at 134.

He talks about his 2nd Round of Golf.

END OF ROUND INTERVIEW

Erik Barnes NCHC 2nd Round Top 5 tied for 3rd August 21, 2020 (2:12)

 

 

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