Flanagan makes late swing changes for Open

BY Bruce Young | Australasian PGA Tour | 2007 Australian Open | General | 12 Dec 2007

A discovery on the practice fairway this morning might make all the difference in Nick Flanagan’s chances in this week’s MFS Australian Open. The Novocastrian, with the help of coach Steve Bann, found he was getting a little steep on his downswing and worked on releasing his hips.

“It feels a lot better now that’s for sure,” said Flanagan in a mid-afternoon press conference. “If you had asked me what my chances were at this stage yesterday I would have said none but I feel a lot more confident now. I am also starting to chip well which will be important around here.”

Despite Flanagan’s home being in Newcastle, just a short drive north of Sydney, the Australian Golf Club is not a golf course on which he has played a lot.

“I played the 2004 Australian Open and a couple of pennant matches but that apart I have not played here but I do like the golf course.”

Earlier in the day Flanagan discovered he had been voted the Nationwide Tour’s Player of the Year.

“My manager informed me this morning and I am honoured as it was a peer vote and that makes it that much more special.”

Flanagan finished third on the Nationwide Tour money list but importantly won three times in securing his Battlefield Promotion to the PGA Tour.

“We were all given voting forms with the three candidates and I voted for Richard Johnson, who had a great season finishing number one on the money list.”

 

Position Score Player Country R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
1   ↑T4 -11 Craig Parry Australia 74 64 70 69 277
T2   ↑6 -10 Brandt Snedeker United States 69 70 70 69 278
T2   ↑T4 -10 Nick O'hern Australia 70 66 72 70 278
T2   ↑T16 -10 Won Joon Lee Australia 70 70 72 66 278
T5   ↓T1 -9 James Nitties Australia 71 66 69 73 279
T5   ↓3 -9 Stuart Appleby Australia 71 68 68 72 279
T7 -8 Aaron Baddeley Australia 70 71 69 70 280
T7   ↑T8 -8 Ewan Porter Australia 70 71 70 69 280
T7   ↑T23 -8 Greg Chalmers Australia 69 72 72 67 280
T7   ↑T16 -8 Rod Pampling Australia 73 70 69 68 280
Position Score Player Country R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
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