Date: May 28, 2007

Flanagan finishes fifth

Australian Nick Flanagan has maintained his rich vein of form on the Nationwide Tour, falling just short of what would have been a remarkable hat-trick of victories on the US second-tier tour. Flanagan, who started the final round of the Melwood Prince George County Open in Maryland in equal 16th, finished in a share of fifth place after a 66, with fellow Aussie Matthew Jones, who closed with a 67. They were four shots behind winner Paul Claxton. Another Aussie, Michael Sim, also closed with a 66 to grab a share of 14th place at 11-under. Claxton, who fired rounds of 70, 66, 67 and 67 for an 18-under-par total, won by a shot from James Driscoll and Jaco Van Zyl, in the process becoming the first player to amass more than a million US dollars in career Nationwide Tour earnings. Canadian Jon Mills was fourth at 15-under after a 69. Flanagan, the former US Amateur champion, claimed his first title four weeks ago at the Henrico County Open, then backed up at his next start, storming home with birdies on the final three holes to snatch the BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs last week. The 22-year-old Novocastrian was right in the mix at the half-way mark in Maryland after rounds of 67 and 70, but a third-round 71 dropped him five shots behind the leaders. He charged back up the leaderboard with a closing six-under-par round to share fifth with compatriot Jones, Americans Matt Weibring (68) and Kyle Thompson (70) and Mexican Esteban Toledo (70).