Ernst Continues to Lead After Second Round 67
The fifth annual WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by Kraft Heinz continued today with 156 players teeing it up on the famed Witch Hollow course at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club. As the regular season finale the event offers four final rounds for players to secure one of the 25 available PGA TOUR cards.
Overnight leader Derek Ernst followed up his course record opening round with a four-under 67 earlier today. His 36-hole total of 14-under sets the tournament record for lowest score at the halfway point. “I’m just doing all the right things,” said Ernst moments after his first round 61. “I’m not trying too hard and I’m kind of letting golf come to me. I can shoot 100 or I can shoot 61, and my daughter and my wife will love me the same.” The 2013 Wells Fargo Champion began the week ranked 76th on the money list, a win on Sunday would propel him well inside the coveted 25.
2016 WinCo Foods Portland Open champion Ryan Brehm will need a big weekend here in Portland to earn his PGA TOUR card. Friday he took a significant step in that direction moving off of the cut line and into contention following a round of 4-under 67. Sebastian Munoz, 7th on the Money List entering the week, electrified the galleries when he aced the 171-yard par-3 2nd hole.
Web.com Tour Money List leader Sungjae Im continued his fine play posting a 5-under 66 in his second round. Im became the second youngest winner in Web.com Tour history earlier this season when he won the season opening Bahamas Great Exuma Classic. The only player to win on the Web.com Tour at a younger age is 12-time PGA TOUR winner Jason Day.
Gates open tomorrow at 7:30 AM. For third round pairings and tee times visit WinCoGolf.com and follow us on social media for up to the minute tournament news, updates and more.
PGA TOUR Winner Derek Ernst Cards Eleven Birdies En Route to 61
The fifth annual WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by Kraft Heinz began earlier today with 156 players teeing it up on the famed Witch Hollow course at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club. As the regular season finale the event offers four final rounds for players to secure one of the 25 available PGA TOUR cards.
2013 Wells Fargo Champion Derek Ernst got off to a blazing start Thursday making Pumpkin Ridge history in the process. After a par, birdie, bogey start, Ernst reeled off five consecutive birdies, going out in 5-under 31. After birdies on five of his first six holes on the back nine, the UNLV alum closed with three consecutive pars to tie the course record set by Ted Potter Jr. during round two of the 2016 Portland Open. Earlier today at The Wyndham Championship, Brandt Snedeker carded golf’s magic number of 59 and Ernst’s run teased history as it would have been the first time in history that two players broke 60 at a PGA TOUR sanctioned event on the same day. Ernst tees off at 7:10 AM on the 10th hole tomorrow alongside Sepp Straka and Curtis Luck. For the full round two pairings, click HERE.
Eugene native Scott Harrington played his first competitive round since taking a leave of absence in May to be with his wife Jenn following her second diagnosis of Hodgkin lymphoma. Harrington posted a round of even par 71 this morning and will begin his second round hovering around the cut line. Harrington starts his second round at 12:51 PM alongside Alex Prugh and Kyoung-Hoon Lee.
Other notable scores include former University of Oregon star Wyndham Clark (75), Money List leader Sungjae Im (65) and winner of the inaugural Portland Open, Carlos Ortiz (68).
Round two begins at 7:00 AM tomorrow and gates open at 7:30 AM. For more information, visit WinCoGolf.com or follow us on social media for up to the minute tournament news, updates and more.
The fifth annual WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by Kraft Heinz kicked off tournament week Monday evening with the Official Pro-Am Dinner at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club. In front of an audience of more than 700 sponsors, members and media partners, executives from WinCo Foods and Lagardere Sports announced that this year’s tournament raised a record breaking $1.375 Million for charity. This breaks the tournaments previous record from 2017 and brings the total charitable contributions to nearly $6 Million in just five years.
“Thanks to the amazing support of our title sponsor, WinCo Foods, our supporting sponsors and our fans, we are thrilled to announce this huge contribution to deserving charities,” said Jeff Sanders, Executive Vice President of Lagardere Sports, management company of the WinCo Foods Portland Open. “Our goal since the very first tee shot in 2014 was to make a positive impact in the Portland community and we look forward to continuing to further the important work that these benefitting charities do to help those in need.”
The announcement came moments before the night's entertainment – a concert from Lady Antebellum front man Charles Kelley - took the stage to complete a fantastic evening, setting the tone for the week ahead.
This week marks the finale of the 23-event Web.com Tour regular season where 25 professionals will earn their PGA TOUR cards on Sunday.
“This is a life changing week in many regards,” said WinCo Foods Chief Executive Officer Steven Goddard. “Not only will 25 of the world’s finest golfers achieve their dreams of earning their TOUR cards, but more than 150 Greater Portland charities will benefit from the money this event raises, supporting thousands of people in the community. We are very proud that in just five years we have almost eclipsed the 6 MILLION dollar mark.”
Through the Nabisco TICKETS Fore CHARITY program, 100% of tournament ticket sales are given directly to Portland area charities.
This week the spotlight will be on Portland as 156 of the world’s best golfers compete on the famed Witch Hollow course at Pumpkin Ridge. Players who have earned their PGA TOUR cards here in past years include 2017 PLAYERS Champion Si Woo Kim, 2016 NCAA Champion Aaron Wise and 2017 PGA TOUR Player of the Year Justin Thomas, 2017 PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year Xander Schauffele and two-time PGA TOUR winner Daniel Berger. In total, Web.com Tour alums have accounted for 502 wins on the PGA TOUR including most recently Justin Thomas’ victory at the WGC Bridgestone.
Of the many notable players competing this week, 2017 Pac-12 Player of the Year and former Oregon Duck Wyndham Clark will look to thrill the Oregon crowds on his way to the PGA TOUR.
Golf Channel will broadcast this week’s tournament internationally to more than 800 Million viewers worldwide.
The tournament offers many special events and amenities for fans to enjoy at no additional charge including the Under Armour Junior Golf Clinic from 12:00 – 2:00 PM on Wednesday afternoon and Family Day, held Saturday from 12:00 – 4:00 PM. Located on the 12th hole and open Thursday – Sunday, The Grove will feature 28 different wineries and breweries for fans to enjoy including complimentary tastings. On Sunday, all fans will be treated to a free breakfast between 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM.
Daily tickets to the tournament are $15, weekly tickets are just $25 and kids 17 and under get in free all week. To purchase tickets supporting Portland area charities and for more information, visit WinCoGolf.com.
BY KERRY EGGERS/PORTLAND TRIBUNE/Ninth on Web.com Tour, Wyndham Clark will play at Pumpkin Ridge
The good ones don't set their sights low.Wyndham Clark is a good one.
Clark ranks ninth on the Web.com Tour money list this season with $185,600 in earnings and is guaranteed to finish as one of the tour's top-25 money-winners, which means he has earned his PGA Tour card for the 2019 season.
The former Oregon golfer, who will compete in the WinCo Foods Portland Open Aug. 16-19 at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Course, doesn't want to settle for that.
"My goal is that No. 1 spot (on the Web.com regular-season money list)," Clark says.
That's because the top Web.com money-winner earns exempt status on the PGA Tour, which allows him entry into most events on the premier circuit in professional golf.
"(Getting No. 1) really helps your first year out on (the PGA) tour," Clark says from Omaha, Nebraska, where he is playing in the Pinnacle Bank Championship this week. "I'm going to try my best to get up there (to No. 1 on the list). I need to finish at least in the top 10, which also helps your status for the (PGA) tour."
Tour officials have figured that players with at least $170,000 in Web.com earnings already have qualified for their PGA Tour card.
"It's pretty awesome, a dream come true," says Clark, a Denver native now making Las Vegas his home. "I've always wanted to be on the PGA Tour. It is amazing it has only taken one year (playing professionally) to do it. It's surreal. I'll be playing every week (on the PGA Tour) starting with the Safeway Open (at Napa, California, in October)."
Clark, 24, wasn't sure how quickly he would be able to work his way up the ladder after completing his college eligibility with a year at Oregon following a transfer from Oklahoma State. He was the Pac-12 individual champion — Oregon's first conference medalist since Brent Murray in 1978 — in helping the Ducks to their first outright conference championship since 1959.
The 6-foot, 170-pound Coloradan then played a big part in Oregon's runner-up finish at the NCAA Championships. Clark was the only Duck to win his match against the Sooners at Rich Harvest Farms Course in Sugar Grove, Illinois.
"It was a good year all-around," Clark says. "I played great, and I enjoyed my experience with the team and Casey (Martin, the head coach) and (then-assistant coach) John Ellis. Everything Oregon had to offer was fantastic. It was a refreshing year for me."
After turning pro in June, Clark gained sponsor's exemptions to play in five PGA Tour events.
He missed the cut in four of them but tied for 51st in the Quicken Loans National at Potomac, Maryland in July, cashing $16,933.
Clark has played in three PGA Tour events this season, missing the cut twice but tying for 17th at 7-under-par 281 in the Sanderson Farms Championship at Jackson, Mississippi, last October.
"I played awesome the first two days," Clark says. "On Saturday, I was in third place when I went double-double on (holes) 16 and 17. That really hurt. It could have been a career-changing week."
Clark qualified for full status on the Web.com Tour this year by finishing in the top 45 (tied for 23rd, shooting 16-under 272) at Q-school in December. He had a slow start on the secondary tour this year. Clark missed the cut in four of the first six tournaments, though he was tied for fourth at 13-under 275 in the second event, the Bahamas Great Abaco Classic.
"I was making mistakes and too many bogeys," he says. "It was frustrating."
Clark has had better success since then. He was second in the United Leasing and Finance Championship at Newburgh, Indiana, in late April, third at the Knoxville Open in early May and tied for fifth in the Lincoln Land Championship in Springfield, Illinois, at 20-under 264, in late June.
"It's been up and down, but overall it's been good," he said. "I got my (PGA Tour) card. That was the first goal. I've learned a lot about myself and my game. I've gotten into a pretty good groove of understanding what pro golf is and what I have to offer. I've gotten more consistent and grown as a player."
A year ago, Martin said Clark would be top five in driving distance on the PGA Tour — with his game then, as a college senior. Today, Clark stands eighth in the category among Web.com Tour players at 320 yards per drive. What does it feel like to hit a ball 300 yards that consistently?
"It's what I've been doing for a long time," he says with a chuckle. "It feels normal to me. It is a great weapon to have, to be able to hit it like that."
Clark is also fourth on the Web.com Tour in putting average (1.7), fifth in birdie average (4.48) and seventh in sand-save percentage.
"My short game has always been really good," Clark says. "Putting has been my biggest strength. (The short game) is something I've worked on a lot. I'm always practicing bunker shots and short-game shots. It can save you a lot of strokes."
Clark is looking forward to playing in the WinCo Foods Portland Open in a month.
"I love Portland, and I love getting back to Oregon," he says. "It's like a second or third home for me. I have tons of friends there, and my sister (Kaitlin Nordby) lives in Portland. Good memories there all around. I'm excited."
Clark has never played Pumpkin Ridge.
"I've heard a lot about it," he says. "I'll get some inside information from some of my buddies and (ex-Oregon) teammates, and I might go out there early to play a few rounds and get comfortable with the course."
By Associated Press
Aaron Wise’s pure iron leaves 4-foot birdie chance at AT&T Byron Nelson
DALLAS -- Aaron Wise strolled up the 18th fairway in the fading twilight, lifting his hat over his head a couple of times as the thinned-out crowd cheered what would soon be his first PGA TOUR victory at the AT&T Byron Nelson.
The 21-year-old rookie pulled away from Marc Leishman at the turn after a four-hour rain delay to start the final round at the new Trinity Forest course Sunday. Then it was just a race to finish before nightfall so he wouldn't have to wait at least another 12 hours to celebrate.
Wise shattered the AT&T Byron Nelson record at 23 under, shooting a 6-under 65 to beat Leishman by three strokes as both became the first to finish the AT&T Byron Nelson at 20 under or better. Leishman, who shared the third-round lead with Wise after leading the first two days, shot 68.
The treeless links-style par-71 layout, a few miles south of downtown Dallas, was defenseless with softer fairways and greens and no wind once the morning storms passed.
The AT&T Byron Nelson celebrated its 50th anniversary with a return to Dallas after 35 years at the TPC Four Seasons in suburban Irving. Rory Sabbatini set the previous record on that par-70 layout at 19-under 261 in 2009.
"It's everything I've dreamed of," said Wise, who won once each on the Web.com Tour and Mackenzie Tour - PGA TOUR Canada. "I felt like when it rained today I was really going to tear the course up just because it allowed me to hit driver, which is my strength. I got a lot of short irons in my hand and was able to make a lot birdies."
Branden Grace matched his career-best 62 from last year's Open Championship -- which was the lowest round ever in a major -- and finished at 19 under with J.J. Spaun and Keith Mitchell, who had matching 63s.
Hometown star Jordan Spieth again couldn't improve on his best AT&T Byron Nelson finish from his first start as a 16-year-old amateur in 2010. The three-time major winner, and highest-ranked player in the field at No. 3, shot 67 to finish at 11 under. Spieth tied for 21st.
Instead, Spieth has been joined by another 21-and-under winner, with Wise cruising a month shy of his 22nd birthday and two weeks after the 2016 NCAA individual champion at Oregon tied for second at the Wells Fargo Championship, two-shots behind Jason Day.
Spieth doesn't have a top-10 finish in eight AT&T Byron Nelson appearances, the most of any tournament for him.
"Felt like I played better than I scored," Spieth said. "Typically when you say that, it just means putts didn't go in."
Mitchell, also a rookie seeking his first win, and Ryan Blaum had matching 30s on the front nine, with both playing the last six holes on that side in 5 under. But Wise had five birdies over those six holes, and added one on the 10th while Leishman bogeyed.
His lead suddenly at four shots, Wise cruised from there without another par -- and didn't need one. Blaum's run of five straight birdies ended with a bogey at 10, one of three on the back nine for him. He shot 66 and finished at 16 under with Kevin Na (68) and Jimmy Walker (67).
Leishman set a 36-hole AT&T Byron Nelson record that was previously shared by Tiger Woods because of calm wind the first two rounds. A blustery Saturday brought scores up, but Trinity Forest was even more benign for the final round than it was the first two without its firm fairways and greens.
"Springtime in Texas, this is very rare to have three days with no wind," Spieth said. "This course typically plays like (Saturday). That's what you're looking at normally three out of the four days here."
Adam Scott shot 65 to finish tied for ninth at 15 under but was projected to finish just outside the top 60 needed to avoid sectional qualifying for the U.S. Open. The 2013 Masters champion hasn't missed a major since 2001.
In 2016 Aaron Wise made history by becoming the first University of Oregon golfer to win the NCAA Individual Championship. Days later the team went on to win their first team championship and last August, Wise continued to add to his Oregon golf legacy by earning his PGA TOUR card here at the WinCo Foods Portland Open, earning full membership for the 2017-18 season.
Entering Sunday’s final round at the Wells Fargo Championship, Wise trailed leader Jason Day by three shots, a deficit he erased as he found himself in a share of the lead standing on the 16th tee. Wise went on to par all three holes of ‘The Green Mile’ the difficult closing stretch at Quail Hollow including an impressive up and down on 18. Day would close with two birdies over his final three holes to secure his second win of the season.
The runner up finish was the highest of Wise’s PGA TOUR career and vaulted him 54 spots in the FedExCup standings while his World Golf Ranking climbed 110 spots. One highlight, among many of the former Oregon standout’s breakthrough week was his 383-yard drive on the 16th hole Sunday – the longest of the week by any player which you can see here.
Sitting safely inside the top 125, Wise is a lock to make the FedExCup playoffs in his rookie season. Other rookies finding success on TOUR this year are Austin Cook, Beau Hossler and Andrew Landry who all join Wise in the playoffs this fall. It’s been a rapid progression for Wise since his final tournament as a Duck. From National Champion, to Web.com Tour winner, to PGA TOUR member and with his recent showing at Wells Fargo, now a serious contender for PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year.
WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by Kraft-Heinz Named as Recipient of Web.com Tour’s Best Player Experience Award
Players select fourth-year Portland event as best Tour stop of the season
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – The WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by Kraft-Heinz, conducted annually at the historic Witch Hollow course at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Plains, Ore., was awarded with the Web.com Tour’s Best Player Experience Award at the PGA TOUR’s Tournament Meetings on Thursday, December 7 in Boca Raton, Fla.
“We are honored to present the WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by Kraft-Heinz with this wonderful award, decided upon by the Web.com Tour’s players,” said Web.com Tour President Dan Glod. “The tournament team and title sponsor WinCo Foods did an incredible job creating a week unlike any other for our players and their families, and we’re pleased the players have recognized their efforts with this award.”
As the Web.com Tour event with the best player experience, the WinCo Foods Portland Open delivered on numerous fronts, including:
“This is a tremendous honor to receive the award for Best Player Experience,” said WinCo Foods Portland Open Executive Director Jeff Sanders. “It’s always a special week with twenty-five PGA TOUR cards on the line and we have this circled on our calendar all year.” The 2018 WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by Kraft-Heinz will return to the Witch Hollow course at Pumpkin Ridge GC August 16-19.
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By Oregonian/OregonLive Sports
Brice Garnett charged through the back nine Sunday at Pumpkin Ridge, closing in 5-under par 30 to distance himself from a packed leaderboard and win the WinCo Foods Portland Open by four strokes.
With the win in Portland Garnett clinches the number one spot on the regular season money list and will play a full PGA Tour schedule next season. The win marked Garnett's second victory in the past two months.
The trio of David Skinns, Ben Silverman and Sam Ryder each posted 14-under totals as Garnett made the turn at 13-under for the tournament. After birdies on the 11th and 13th holes, Garnett closed the door by carding birdies on three of his final four holes, including a 15-foot birdie putt on the closing hole that drew a roar from the Portland crowd.
"I had a good game plan all week to just pound the greens" said Garnett. "Coming down the stretch I hit some really good shoots, made some really good putts and it was really sweet to roll that last one in." When asked about his takeaways from the week Garnett replied, "I fell in love with Portland, fell in love with the golf course and this is a special place to get my second win."
The dramatic conclusion of the chase for 25 PGA Tour cards came down to Roberto Diaz and Keith Mitchell who played alongside Garnett. With a birdie on the 18th hole Mitchell would clinch a spot in the top-25 knocking Diaz to the 26th position. After his birdie attempt slid by the right side of the hole it was Diaz who left Portland with the final PGA Tour card.
Amongst the 25 who earned their PGA Tour cards was hometown favorite Aaron Wise. After winning the 2016 NCAA individual and team championships with the University of Oregon he returned to Oregon this week with the PGA Tour in his sights. Beginning the day three shots off the lead Wise carded a 1-under par 70 that he capped with a birdie on the 18th hole.
"The fans were great all week and came out to support me and it's pretty cool to be the Oregon kid that everyone is rooting for" said Wise when asked about the support in his return to Oregon. With his T-16 finish Wise secured the 18th position in 'The 25.'
Below is the full list of players who earned their PGA Tour cards Sunday afternoon in Portland.
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-- Press release from WinCo Foods Portland Open
Brice Garnett started the day in a tie for the lead with three others. Thirteen players began the final round within three shots of the lead and Taylor Moore quickly added himself to the mix by playing his first 12 holes in 10-under par. After playing his front nine in 1-under par 35, Garnett charged through the back nine closing in 5-under par 30 to distance himself from a packed leaderboard. With the win in Portland Garnett clinches the number one spot on the regular season money list and will play a full PGA TOUR schedule next season. The win marked Garnett’s second victory in the past two months.
The trio of David Skinns, Ben Silverman and and Sam Ryder each posted 14-under totals as Garnett made the turn at 13-under for the tournament. After birdies on the 11th and 13th holes, Garnett closed the door by carding birdies on three of his final four holes, including a 15-foot birdie putt on the closing hole that drew a roar from the Portland crowd.
“I had a good game plan all week to just pound the greens” said Garnett. “Coming down the stretch I hit some really good shoots, made some really good putts and it was really sweet to roll that last one in.” When asked about his takeaways from the week Garnett replied, “I fell in love with Portland, fell in love with the golf course and this is a special place to get my second win.”
The dramatic conclusion of the chase for 25 PGA TOUR cards came down to Roberto Diaz and Keith Mitchell who played alongside Garnett. With a birdie on the 18th hole Mitchell would clinch a spot in the top-25 knocking Diaz to the 26th position. After his birdie attempt slid by the right side of the hole it was Diaz who left Portland with the final PGA TOUR card.
Amongst the 25 who earned their PGA TOUR cards was hometown favorite Aaron Wise. After winning the 2016 NCAA Individual and team championships with the University of Oregon he returned to Oregon this week with the PGA TOUR in his sights. Beginning the day three shots off the lead Wise carded a 1-under par 70 that he capped with a birdie on the 18th hole.
“The fans were great all week and came out to support me and it’s pretty cool to be the Oregon kid that everyone is rooting for” said Wise when asked about the support in his return to Oregon. With his T-16 finish Wise secured the 18th position in ‘The 25.’
Below is the full list of players who earned their PGA TOUR cards this afternoon in Portland.
NCAA Champion and former University of Oregon star Aaron Wise shot 6-under par in the second round of the WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by Kraft Heinz, taking a three-stroke lead into the weekend.
Followed by a large group of fans donning green and yellow, Wise made five birdies and an eagle, backing up his 64 from yesterday with a 65, tied for the lowest score of the day. His nearest competitor is Eric Axley at 10-under par. Adam Schenk and Lanto Griffin both sit at 9-under par.
“I’ve still got a lot of golf to play, but it’s a great spot and it’s where I want to be,” said Wise about being in the lead. “I hope there’s a big crowd out there this weekend… [there’s] a vibe with everyone out there and it gets some juices going and just makes me want to play well.”
Aaron is the crowd favorite this week due to his local ties as a member of the 2016 NCAA Championship team for the University of Oregon. He also won the NCAA Individual Championship that same year in Eugene.
Former University of Texas star Beau Hossler, whose Longhorns finished runner-up to the Ducks in 2016, sits at T-18, 5-under par. He entered the week on the bubble at number 25 and looks to maintain his position in the Top-25 and secure his PGA TOUR card.
Round 3 of the WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by Kraft Heinz continues Saturday morning. Wise will play in the final pairing alongside Schenk. Tee times will be released this evening and available at pgatour.com.
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