Flanagan defeats Percy in BMW playoff

Newcastle’s Nick Flanagan has won the 2012 BMW Charity Pro-Am, defeating Australia’s Cameron Percy in a thrilling three-hole playoff in South Carolina.

Flanagan, who also won the BMW Charity Pro-Am title in 2007, one of three Tour wins that year, missed the cut at the recent Wells Fargo Championship just two weeks ago and at the Nationwide Tour’s Chile Classic back in March, his only other tournament start this year.

“It’s pretty amazing. I didn’t feel like I was playing that well coming into the week,” Flanagan said. “I decided to come out and try to just get the ball in the hole, which I haven’t done for a long time.”

The 27-year-old earned US$108,000 and moved in to 11th place on the Nationwide Tour money list – the top-25 money winners at the end of the season receive a PGA TOUR card for 2013.

Flanagan also became just the 11th player in Nationwide Tour history to win the same event twice.

Australians Alistair Presnell, Scott Gardiner both finished in equal 8th with Peter Lonard (T41) and Bronson La’Cassie (T41) rounding out the Aussies who made it through to the weekend.