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Dunlap wins Nationwide Tour event in Panama

Golfers & Golfing PANAMA CITY, Panama (AP) - Scott Dunlap won the Nationwide Tour's season-opening Panama Movistar Championship on Sunday, closing with a 1-over 71 for a one-stroke victory over Arjun Atwal and Jeff Klauk. The 44-year-old Dunlap, also the tour's 2004 Mark Christopher Charity Classic winner, had a 3-under 277 total on the difficult Panama Golf Club course. "It's the first tournament of the year and you almost don't have any expectations," Dunlap said. "I hadn't played a round of golf since Christmas. You come out here and you hope to play well, but you never know until the first tee. I mean, I was hitting it good on the range, but you never know if that will transfer to the golf course." Dunlap earned $108,000 from the $600,000 purse. (more)

Klauk finished with a 69, and Atwal shot a 74. Chris Smith (74) was fourth at 1 under, and Bill Lunde (71) followed at even par.

Sunday's scoring average was 73.677, making it the toughest single day in tournament history. The cumulative scoring average was 72.982.

"It's almost like U.S. Open conditions here," Dunlap said. "The wind blows and the golf course gets firm. You know that scoring won't be that far under par. It's the same every year. Par is always a good on this course.

"To win on this golf course is very rewarding. This essentially gives me a two-year exemption. This sets me up for the rest of the year and gets me about halfway to earning my PGA Tour card for next year."

The Mexico Open is next week at Tres Marias in Michoacan.

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Dunlap wins Nationwide Tour event in Panama
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, January 31 2008 @ 03:32 PM UTC

A friend gave us tickets so we went out late Sunday morning. There is a lovely spot behind the 14th tee box where you can see the 10th green, 11th tee box, 14th tee box and 17th green (and a few steps to the 13 green). We were basically the only spectators till about noon since the leaders didn't tee off till 1pm. Regardless of where they stood on the leader board though, all their tee shots were dead straight and 270-300 yards long.

The course is listed as one of the top 6 toughest on the NationWide tour. Seems curious to me. I know that the scores bear that out but .... there is no rough! (Apparently that doesn't make it easier.)

Scott Dunlap was 72th on Nationwide's money list last year earning a total of $79k. So this $106k paycheck exceeded all of earnings last year.