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Mexico’s Diaz Leads Colombia Championship

Last Updated on Friday, 06 February 2015 05:50 Friday, 06 February 2015 05:42

Roberto DiazBOGOTA, Colombia (Joe Chemycz/PGATOUR.COM)— Mexico’s Roberto Diaz fired a course-record 62 in Thursday’s opening round of the Colombia Championship and distanced himself from the field. Diaz had nine birdies and no bogeys at the Country Club de Bogota and grabbed a three-stroke lead over veteran Darron Stiles (65).

Second-year pro Tyler McCumber, Will Wilcox and Patton Kizzire share third place with 5-under 66’s.

Four players – Chase Wright, Zack Fischer, Aaron Watkins and Steve Marino – are at 67 and tied for sixth.

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Australia’s Mathew Goggin Wins Web.com Tour Opener

Last Updated on Sunday, 01 February 2015 20:07 Sunday, 01 February 2015 19:59

Mathew GogginCanadian Press

PANAMA CITY, Panama (AP) — Australia’s Mathew Goggin won the Web.com Tour’s season-opening Panama Claro Championship, closing with a 3-under 67 in hot, windy conditions for a four-stroke victory.

Also the 2011 winner, the 40-year-old Goggin finished at 11-under 269 at Panama Golf Club. He earned $112,500 for his fifth victory on the tour and first since 2011.

“It just reminds you that you can still play a bit,” Goggin said. “I played so poorly last year and you start wondering, at 40, what do I need to change or what do I need to do more of?”

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Eason Ready to Take On Next Challenge

Last Updated on Friday, 30 January 2015 02:14 Friday, 30 January 2015 02:06

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When Greg Eason departed his home in England in summer 2010 to attend college at the University of Central Florida, he didn’t have many grand plans for a future as a professional golfer.

In fact, if Eason had to guess his career path at the time, he would have suggested the construction industry. He had just finished studying to become a quantity surveyor, and his junior golf career had been solid but unspectacular (he entered UCF in the 1300s on the World Amateur Golf Ranking).

“I was pretty sure that golf would’ve probably fizzled out,” Eason said at Final Stage of the Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament this past December. “That I’d have gotten a job, and that I was going to do something pretty normal.”

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Dahmen Looking Forward to Season Start, Super Bowl

Last Updated on Friday, 30 January 2015 02:05 Friday, 30 January 2015 02:02

altPANAMA CITY, Panama (Laury Livsey/PGATOUR.COM) — Joel Dahmen is from Clarkston, Washington, hard by Lewiston, Idaho. “It’s one valley,” he says of his hometown “metroplex.” If people are familiar with the area, Dahmen will tell them Clarkston is two hours south of Spokane. If they don’t know Washington topography, he’ll just say “it’s by Seattle,” which is probably a little easier to explain.

And since a certain football game is taking place this week, and since Dahmen is a Washington native from somewhere in the state, the obvious questions is, Is he a Seahawks fan?

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Parel Leads After Opening Round in Panama

Last Updated on Friday, 30 January 2015 01:21 Friday, 30 January 2015 01:12

Scott ParelPANAMA CITY, Panama (Joe Chemycz, PGATOUR.COM) — Veteran Scott Parel of Georgia posted a bogey-free, 5-under 65 to grab the first-round lead in the Panama Claro Championship, the kickoff event for the 2015 Web.com Tour season. Parel’s flawless effort at the Panama Golf Club was one better than Jeff Gove, who also managed to avoid any bogeys en route to his 4-under 66.

Peter Tomasulo, China’s Hao Tong Li, two-time winner Mathew Goggin, Harold Varner III and T.J. Vogel share third place with 3-under 67s.

Three shots back at 2-under 68 are 15 players, including 2014 PGA TOUR Canada Order of Merit leader Joel Dahmen of Washington.

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