Christy O’Connor Jr. tied for 11th place in the Ingersoll-Rand Senior Tour Championship at Dunes Golf & Country Club in Myrtle Beach, S.C. O’Connor shot two-under-par 286 (71-67-72-76) to finish 10 strokes behind Gary McCord, the medalist. O’Connor finishes the year in 26th place on the Tour money list, not bad for someone who had no status on the circuit at the beginning of the season. He earned $710,749 in 16 events. Bruce Fleisher, another Senior Tour rookie, topped the list with $2,515,705 from 32 outings.
Neither Padraig Harrington nor Darren Clarke was able to mount a challenge in the American Express Championship (one of the World Golf Championship events) at Valderrama in Andalucia, Spain. Harrington ended play tied for 30th place at seven-over-par 291 (76-74-70-71). Clarke was 11 over in 40th place with a total of 295 (79-67-71-78). Those scores epitomize his year, which has seen his play range from horrid to superb.
Tiger Woods and Miguel Jimenez were low men at 278 after 72 holes. Woods won a sudden-death playoff on the first hole.
PGA Tour Q-School
Keith Nolan advanced to the final round of Q-School by finishing tied for eighth place in a second stage bracket at Deerwood in Kingwood, Texas. Nolan shot 288 (74-72-72-70) in an attempt to regain PGA Tour status and, minimally, clinch a spot on next year’s Nike Tour. He advances to the final stage at Doral in Miami, which is contested over 108 holes, beginning on Nov. 17.
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