Mansfield ex satisfied with play at Colonial, 14th-place finish

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While former Mansfield High player Martin Flores couldn’t improve on his third-place position heading into Sunday’s final round at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, he took solace in a large following of fans and a 272 score that earned a 14th-place finish.

“The majority of the tournament I drove it well, hit a lot of good approach shots,” said Flores, a Dallas resident in his third Colonial. “I did bits and pieces of everything that was really good throughout the week.”

He placed sixth among the field in average driving distance (304.9 yards) and fewest number of putts (109), and tied for sixth in sands saves (6 of 7). And there was about 100 family members and friends around Sunday.

“That’s always very special when you have friends and family out,” said Flores, who also cashed a check at last week’s Nelson tournament. “To be able to play in front of them for two weeks is pretty awesome.”

By being among the top 15, Flores also earned an automatic berth in the 2014 Colonial.

“There’s always positive you can take out of your game every week,” Flores added. “I can draw from those and take those into next week and move forward.”

Welcome back

Champions’ Choice invitees Franklin Corpening and Jordan Spieth earned automatic spots in the 2014 Colonial by finishing in the top 15.

Spieth, from Dallas, shot a final-round 67 to tie for seventh place at 270. Corpening, a Colonial member, fired a Sunday score of 62 to finish tied for 14th.

“I was really striving to get a top 10,” Spieth said. “It was my goal there toward the end. And, you know, I could have very well won this golf tournament.”

Stalled out

Scott Stallings impressed Sunday with a front-nine 29, one short of the record, and briefly held the lead at 13 under.

He was still at 6 under for the round until a double bogey on No. 15. A shot from the rough rolled into a sand trap and he needed two shots to escape that bunker.

“It was kind of a make it or break it point of the round,” said Stallings, who was running out of scoring chances. “You’ve got to get that one up and down, especially with the guys having a lot of holes left.”

He finished 4 under for the round, and tied for fourth at 269.

Mark your calendars

Next year’s Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial will follow the HP Byron Nelson Championship on the 2014 PGA Tour calendar, tournament officials said.

The next Colonial is scheduled for May 19-25, 2014. The next Nelson is May 12-18, one week after The Players Championship (May 5-11) in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

It’s in the hole!

Former Texas A&M player Bobby Gates aced No. 13 Sunday, using a 6-iron from 194 yards.

“The fans chanted my name the whole way,” Gates said with a laugh. “I even got a few ‘Gig ’Ems’ out of them.”

Gates said it was his sixth ace, but first on the PGA Tour. It’s the 29th ace in 67 Colonials, and preserved a streak of at least one ace at the Colonial every year since 2007.

Bae befuddled

A week after earning his first PGA Tour career win at the HP Byron Nelson Championship, Sang-Moon Bae struggled on the final day of the Colonial. The South Korean native’s 77 dropped him into a tie for last place at 286.

Bae took double bogeys on the par 3 4th hole and par 4 18th.

Staff writer Eric Zarate contributed to this report.

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