Kirk Triplett Wins SAS Championship

Holds off Lehman, Perry and Langer at Prestonwood Country Club

CARY, N.C. (OCTOBER  12, 2014) – Kirk Triplett (70-63-69=-14) claimed his second victory of the year and fourth of his Champions Tour career after winning the 2014 SAS Championship presented by Bloomberg Businessweek. Triplett, who finished third in 2013, entered Sunday with a two-stroke lead after shooting a 9-under par 63 in the second round. With the win, Triplett earned 315 Charles Schwab Cup points moving up three places to No. 6 in the year-long points race and collected $315,000 in prize money.

“A few bogeys and had some bounce backs.  But, yeah, to win two tournaments in a year, I guess I always set out at the start of the year to win a tournament and then sometimes if it happens early, it doesn't happen that often,” said Triplett. “But if it happens early in the year, maybe I kind of lose track of what's going on.  It's kind of nice to win out here.”

Triplett had the shot of the week Saturday evening, after his 8 iron from 143 yards rolled into the bottom of the cup for an eagle on the 18 giving him a two-stroke lead to enter the final day. On Sunday, Triplett held off charges from Tom Lehman, who birdied 16 and eagled 17 en route to a runner up finish.

Former SAS Champions Bernhard Langer (2012) and Kenny Perry (2011) also made runs at the leader but no one would come within two strokes of Triplett on Sunday. Langer and Perry finished tied for third at 10 under with Langer carding a 68 while Perry birdied five of the six final holes to turn in a 67. Langer extended his Charles Schwab Cup points lead by finishing the final two rounds without a bogey at Prestonwood Country Club.

“I think all you have to do is look at the field and that usually tells you what the players think of the tournament,” Triplett said. “Sometimes players have conflicts and can't make it to events, but I think most guys put this one on their schedule pretty early.  The golf course is very nice, always in good shape.” 

Final Rounds Notes

SAS Championship – the 23rd of 26 Charles Schwab Cup events on the 2014 Champions Tour
Cary, NC
October 10-12, 2014

Purse: $2,100,000 ($315,000/winner; 315 Charles Schwab Cup points)
Prestonwood Country Club                                                            
Par/Yards: 72/7,212

Weather: Mostly cloudy and cool with a light drizzle throughout the day and high temperatures in the low-60s. Winds were from the NE at 5-15 mph and lift, clean and place rules were utilized again for a second straight day.    

Final Leaderboard

Position

Name

Score

1.

Kirk Triplett

70-63-69—202 (-14)

2.

Tom Lehman

67-68-70—205 (-11)

T3.  

Bernhard Langer

73-65-68—206 (-10)

 

Kenny Perry

72-67-67—206 (-10)

T5.

Paul Goydos

68-67-72—207 (-9)

 

Mark McNulty

72-68-67—207 (-9)

 

Kevin Sutherland

69-68-70—207 (-9)

Kirk Triplett managed to recover from each of his three bogeys in the final round, making a birdie after each one, and his final-round 3-under 69 led to an easy three-stroke victory over Tom Lehman at the 2014 SAS Championship. Triplett started the final round with a two-stroke lead over both Paul Goydos and Lehman and each player could get no closer than that margin at any point during the final round. Triplett’s 15-foot birdie putt at the par-5 12th hole gave him a four-stroke advantage and at that point, it was his tournament to lose with six holes to play. Down the stretch, he proceeded to make five pars and a two-putt birdie from 30 feet at the par-5 17th and waltzed to an easy victory.       

 

 

 

 

 

 

With His Victory…Kirk Triplett

Triplett won his fourth career title on the Champions Tour in his 57th start on the Champions Tour and has now collected multiple titles for the first time ever in a TOUR season. In addition to winning back-to-back Nature Valley First Tee Opens at Pebble Beach in 2012-13, Triplett captured The ACE Group Classic in Naples earlier this year, defeating Bernhard Langer, Olin Browne and Duffy Waldorf by a stroke.

Triplett joined Bernhard Langer (5), Colin Montgomerie (2), Kenny Perry (2) and Fred Couples (2) as the fifth multiple winner on the Champions Tour this year.

Triplett won the SAS Championship this year in his third appearance in the tournament. He finished third last year after trailing Russ Cochran, the eventual winner in 2013, by two strokes after 36 holes.

Triplett earned 315 Charles Schwab Cup points and increased his yearly total in the Schwab Cup race to 1,273 points, good enough for sixth position in the season-long standings.

Triplett received a check for $315,000 and increased his 2014 earnings total to $1,247,793 and moved up into fourth place on the current money list. It marks the second straight year he’s eclipsed the seven-figure mark in single-season earnings on the Champions Tour.

Triplett won three times on the PGA TOUR (2000 Nissan Open, 2003 Reno-Tahoe Open, 2006 Chrysler Classic of Tucson) and also became the oldest winner on the Web.com Tour when he claimed the 2011 News Sentinel Open in Knoxville at 49 years, 4 months, 25 days.

Triplett’s stats/rank:  Fairways Hit-38/45 (4th)             Greens Hit-44/54 (T5)             Putts-87 (T17)
 

Final-Round Notes/Statistics at the SAS Championship

Kirk Triplett’s three-stroke victory over Tom Lehman was the biggest winning margin on the Champions Tour since Bernhard Langer’s record 13-stroke triumph at the Senior Open Championship in July. It was also the biggest winning margin at the SAS Championship since 2008 when Eduardo Romero defeated Tom Kite by three strokes.  

Triplett’s 70 in the opening round was the highest start by a winner at the SAS Championship since Bruce Lietzke opened with a 72 in 2002 and coincidentally, he also won with a 14-under 202 total.   

Bernhard Langer’s T3 effort today, coupled with Colin Montgomerie finishing outside of the top 10 (T19), increased Langer’s lead in the Charles Schwab Cup race. Langer earned 138 points today and now has a total of 3,762 total points on the season. Montgomerie remains in second place with 2,991 points and now trails Langer by 771 points with three events remaining this season. Montgomerie will have an opportunity to cut into Langer’s lead at the Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn this week as the Charles Schwab Cup points leader is not entered in the event.  

Bernhard Langer also earned a check for $138,075 today and increased his overall 2014 season earnings to $2,842,089. He’s now just $186,215 short of Hale Irwin’s all-time record total of $3,028,304 established in 2002.

Guy Boros, an open qualifier this week at the SAS Championship, finished T10 at the SAS Championship and  he earned a spot into the upcoming Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn as a result of being the highest non-exempt player among the top 10. Tom Byrum earned a spot into this week’s SAS Championship by being the highest non-exempt player among the top 10 at the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach and he finished T30 this week at Prestonwood.  

Two players who had taken more than a month off from the Champions Tour shook off the rust in their games on Sunday and finished T3 this week. Bernhard Langer’s T3 included a final-round 68 and he played his last 49 holes of the event without making a bogey. It was Langer’s 14th career third-place finish. Kenny Perry birdied five of his last six holes to post a 5-under 67. Perry had not played in any tournament since the PGA Championship in mid-August and in a Champions Tour event since winning the 3M Championship in early August.

Mark McNulty, playing with a heavy heart today, carded a 5-under 67 and vaulted into a T5, his best finish on the Champions Tour since placing solo fifth at the Constellation Senior Players Championship in late June.  McNulty moved from 41st on the money list into the 35th position. His long-time caddie Rocky Hobday passed away yesterday after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Paul Goydos moved into the top-30 on the 2014 money list after his T5 performance this week. Goydos started the week in 33rd position, but he’s now in 29th place with $587,288. Steve Pate started the week on the bubble at No. 30 and he’s now 31st, just $27,207 back of Esteban Toledo. The top 30 on the 2014 money list after the AT&T Championship earn a spot in the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship.

Defending champion Russ Cochran finished T50 this week. Cochran, who also won the 2010 SAS Championship, was bidding for a third victory at Prestonwood…Brad Faxon’s 6-under 66 was the low round of the day and moved him up 40 spots into a T25…Kirk Triplett’s 19 birdies were the most this week while Bernhard Langer only made two bogeys, the fewest by a player in the field.

Here’s a comparison of the scoring averages at Prestonwood from Round 1/Round 2 over the last two years:

Year                Round 1/Sub-Par Rds.            Round 2/Sub-Par Rds             Round 3/Sub-Par Rds
 

2014                72.506/29                                70.313/51                                71.837/37                       

 

2013                71.468/42                                70.835/46                                71.089/45                       
 

Thursday Pro-Am Results

Thursday Morning Pro-Am Results

First Place Team – (48, won in scorecard playoff)
Professional: Gary Koch
Amateurs: Hu Odman, Walton Jeffress, Phillip Hamilton, Paul Stoner

Second Place Team (48)
Professional: John Cook
Amateurs: Ron Reed, Mark Merritt, Blair Campbell, Dave Eddy

Third Place Team (49)
Professional: Billy Andrade
Amateurs: Keith Erazmus, Bruce Altstaetter, Tim Brant, Robert Wilson

Proximity Awards
Men’s Long Drive Hole 7 – Brandon Fincher
Closest to the Pin Hole 8 – Gary Milner
Ladies’ Longest Drive Hole 12 – Kari Stoltz

Thursday Afternoon Pro-Am Results

First Place Team (48)
Professional: Joe Daley
Amateurs: Gene Gsell, Jay Laramore, Jack David Colescott, Scott Zucker

Second Place Team (49, scorecard playoff)
Professional: Neal Lancaster
Amateurs: Jody Roach, Pete Jacoby, Todd Purser, Victor Smith

Third Place Team (49)
Professional: Kirk Triplett
Amateurs: Michael Ritchie, Richard Schroder, Terry Lessmann, Dennis Massengill

Proximity Awards
Men’s Long Drive Hole 7 – Jody Roach
Closest to the Pin Hole 8 – Dan Roache
Ladies’ Longest Drive Hole 12 – Lindsay Turner

Sunday Pairings

Sunday, October 12 Pairings

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1st Tee

10:00 AM Craig Stadler Evergreen, CO   71-71 142
  Corey Pavin Los Angeles, CA   71-71 142
  Nick Faldo*  England   70-72 142
10:10 AM Tom Pernice Jr. Nashville, TN   72-70 142
  Billy Andrade Atlanta, GA   72-70 142
  Wes Short, Jr.  Austin, TX   73-69 142
10:20 AM Scott Simpson San Diego, CA   73-69 142
  Danny Briggs Franklin, TN   73-69 142
  Bart Bryant Winter Garden, FL   72-70 142
10:30 AM Jose Coceres El Chaco, Argentina 69-72 141
  Larry Mize Columbus, GA   68-73 141
  Anders Forsbrand Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 72-70 142
10:40 AM Joey Sindelar Horseheads, NY   76-65 141
  Roger Chapman Ascot, England   69-72 141
  Mark Brooks Fort Worth, TX   69-72 141
10:50 AM Gary Hallberg Denver, CO   73-68 141
  Jeff Hart Solana Beach, CA   73-68 141
  Willie Wood Edmond, OK   71-70 141
11:00 AM Steve Lowery Birmingham, AL   70-70 140
  Hale Irwin* Paradise Valley, AZ   68-72 140
  Skip Kendall Windermere, FL   73-68 141
11:10 AM Wayne Levi Naples, FL   72-68 140
  Russ Cochran Paducah, KY   71-69 140
  John Inman Durham, NC   71-69 140
11:20 AM Colin Montgomerie* Dunning, Scotland   73-66 139
  Mark McNulty Orlando, FL   72-68 140
  Michael Allen Scottsdale, AZ   73-67 140
11:30 AM David Frost West Palm Beach, FL 69-69 138
  Mark O'Meara Houston, TX   69-69 138
  Kenny Perry Franklin, KY   72-67 139
11:40 AM Kevin Sutherland Sacramento, CA   69-68 137
  Marco Dawson Merrit Island, FL   67-70 137
  Bernhard Langer* Munich, Germany   73-65 138
11:50 AM Fred Funk Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 72-64 136
  Guy Boros Pompano Beach, FL 66-70 136
  Gary Koch Tampa, FL   69-68 137
12:00 PM Kirk Triplett Scottsdale, AZ   70-63 133
  Paul Goydos Long Beach, CA   68-67 135
  Tom Lehman Scottsdale, AZ   67-68 135

10th Tee

10:00 AM Peter Jacobsen Bonita Springs, FL   70-72 142
  Tom Byrum  San Antonio, TX    76-66 142
  John Cook  Windermere, FL   76-66 142
10:10 AM Scott Hoch Orlando, FL   69-73 142
  Neal Lancaster  Smithfield, NC   69-73 142
  Woody Austin Derby, KS   74-69 143
10:20 AM Tom Purtzer Scottsdale, AZ   71-72 143
  Steve Elkington Sydney, Australia   75-68 143
  Mark Calcavecchia Tequesta, FL   77-66 143
10:30 AM Marion Dantzler Orangeburg, SC   72-72 144
  Loren Roberts Memphis, TN   72-72 144
  Peter Senior Queensland, Australia   73-71 144
10:40 AM Stephen Ames  Alberta, Canada   73-71 144
  Bobby Wadkins Richmond, VA   72-72 144
  Rocco Mediate Greensburg, PA   71-73 144
10:50 AM Tommy Armour III Dallas, TX   74-70 144
  Bob Tway Edmond, OK   71-73 144
  Rod Spittle Ontario, Canada   75-69 144
11:00 AM Olin Browne Tequesta, FL   75-69 144
  Lee Janzen  Orlando, FL   70-74 144
  Steve Pate Westlake Village, CA 72-73 145
11:10 AM Jeff Brehaut  Los Altos, CA   71-74 145
  Mike Goodes Reidsville, NC   74-71 145
  John Riegger  Henderson, NV   75-70 145
11:20 AM Chien Soon Lu Taipei, Taiwan   76-69 145
  Chip Beck Lake Forest, IL    72-74 146
  Brad Faxon Barrington, RI   74-72 146
11:30 AM Tom Kite* Austin, TX    75-71 146
  Esteban Toledo Mexicali, Mexico   77-69 146
  Jeff Sluman Hinsdale, IL   77-69 146
11:40 AM Jim Rutledge Victoria, Canada    78-68 146
  Larry Nelson* Marietta, GA   74-73 147
  Dan Forsman  Provo, UT   74-73 147
11:50 AM Hal Sutton Shreveport, LA   75-72 147
  Bill Glasson Stillwater, OK   77-70 147
  Mike Reid Westminster, MD   73-77 150
12:00 PM Gene Sauers Savannah, GA   77-73 150
  Bob Gilder Corvallis, OR   77-75 152
  Andy Bean Lakeland, FL   78-77 155
12:10 PM Jim Thorpe Heathrow, FL   73-83 156
  Gil Morgan Edmond, OK   82-75 157

Second Round Notes

2014 SAS Championship

Second-Round Notes

(the 23rd of 26 Charles Schwab Cup events on the 2014 Champions Tour)

Cary, NC October 10-12, 2014

Purse: $2,100,000 ($315,000/winner; 315 Charles Schwab Cup points)

Prestonwood Country Club Par/Yards: 72/7,212

Weather: After 7/10 of an inch of rain fell overnight, sunny skies for most of the day on Saturday with highs in the mid-70s and winds from the WSW 7-14 mph, higher gusts. Temperatures were in the upper 70s. Lift, clean and place rules in effect.

Second-Round Leaderboard

Position Name Score

1. Kirk Triplett 70-63—133 (-11)

T2. Paul Goydos 68-67—135 (-9)

Tom Lehman 67-68—135 (-9)

T4. Guy Boros 66-70—136 (-8)

Fred Funk 72-64—136 (-8)

Kirk Triplett’s birdie-eagle finish to his second round propelled him to a two-stroke lead over Paul Goydos and Tom Lehman after 36 holes of the SAS Championship. Triplett’s bogey-free, 9-under-par 63 on Saturday featured seven birdies, including a two-putt birdie from 40 feet at the par-5 17th, and he then closed his round in style, holing an 8-iron second shot from 143 yards for an eagle at the par-4 18th hole. Goydos (67) and Lehman (68) also finished strongly on Saturday. With skies darkening late in the day, Goydos, a recent winner at the Pacific Links Hawai’i Championship, birdied his final three holes to move within two strokes of Triplett. Lehman birdied two of his last three holes to tie Goydos.

Kirk Triplett (70-63—133/-11)

Matched the lowest second-round score in SAS Championship history and carded the second-best score of his Champions Tour career (62-2012 Principal Charity Classic/Rd. 3). His previous-best score at Prestonwood was 67 twice in 2013.

Making his third appearance at the SAS Championship and finished third last year after trailing Russ Cochran, the eventual winner in 2013, by two strokes after 36 holes.

Triplett is seeking his fourth career win on the Champions Tour and second title this year. In addition to winning back-to-back Nature Valley First Tee Opens at Pebble Beach in 2012-13, Triplett captured The ACE Group Classic in Naples earlier this year, defeating Bernhard Langer, Olin Browne and Duffy Waldorf by a stroke.

Won three times on the PGA TOUR (2000 Nissan Open, 2003 Reno-Tahoe Open, 2006 Chrysler Classic of Tucson) and also became the oldest winner on the Web.com Tour when he claimed the 2011 News Sentinel Open in Knoxville at 49 years, 4 months, 25 days.

Today marks the first time Triplett has held sole possession of a Saturday lead on the Champions Tour. In Naples earlier this year, he was tied for the 36-hole lead at The ACE Group Classic with Bernhard Langer.

Triplett’s stats for the first 36 holes: Fairways: 26/30 (T3); Greens Hit: 31/36 (T3); Putts: 58 (T20)

Second-Round Notes/Statistics at the SAS Championship

Kirk Triplett’s two-stroke lead after 36 holes marks the second straight year the SAS Championship leader has been up by that margin. Russ Cochran led Triplett, Bernhard Langer and David Frost by two strokes last year and eventually won by one stroke.

A total of four of the top-five names on the leaderboard have already won a tournament this year and Kirk Triplett (ACE Group Classic), Paul Goydos (Pacific Links Hawaii Championship), Tom Lehman (Encompass Championship) and Fred Funk (Big Cedar Lodge Legends of Golf/w Jeff Sluman) are seeking to become the fifth multiple winner on the Champions Tour in 2014. Rookie Guy Boros, the first-round leader, carded a 2-under 70 today and is T4 along with Funk.

A total of 315 points in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race will go to the winner on Sunday. Bernhard Langer (currently T9) leads the race with 3,624 points, followed by Colin Montgomerie (currently T12) with 2,991 points, a margin of 633 points. Both players made big moves in the standings today. Langer jumped 34 spots with his 7-under 65 while Montgomerie carded a 6-under 66 and moved up 31 spots.

In the previous 13 SAS Championships, eight second-round leaders/co-leaders have gone on to win the event (Bruce Lietzke/2001, Craig Stadler/2004, Tom Jenkins/2006, Mark Wiebe/2007, Tom Pernice, Jr./2009, Kenny Perry/2011, and Russ Cochran/2013). Saturday leaders/co-leaders have won 13 of the previous 22 Champions Tour events in 2014.

The winner of this tournament has come from the final grouping nine times in 13 years, including eight of the last nine years. There has never been a playoff in the previous 13 years.

Through the first two rounds of the SAS Championship, the most difficult hole has been the par-4 16th (4.093) yielding 21 birdies. The par-5 17th hole has been the easiest (4.540), giving up three eagles and 78 birdies.

Here’s a comparison of the scoring averages at Prestonwood from Round 1/Round 2 over the last two years:

Year.    Round 1  Sub-Par Rds. Round 2 Sub-Par Rds.
2014 72.506 29 70.313 51
2013 71.468 42 70.835 46

Triplett’s 13 birdies are the most by a player in the field this week through the first two rounds…Tom Lehman has just made one bogey over the first two rounds…Both Fred Funk and Billy Andrade have birdied five of the six par-5 opportunities over the first two rounds this week…Andrade’s two-under 70 today extended his streak of par/better rounds to 20 straight, the third longest current streak on the Champions Tour. Jay Haas has a current run of 30 consecutive par/better scores…Mark O’Meara again didn’t have three-putt today and extended his current run of holes without a three-putt to 203 consecutive, the longest current run of holes without a three-putt.

Joe Daley withdrew during the round with a back injury. 

Saturday Pairings

Saturday, October 11th Pairings

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1st Tee

         
10:00AM Kenny Perry Franklin, KY   72
  Marion Dantzler Orangeburg, SC 72
  Anders Forsbrand Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 72
10:10AM Bart Bryant Winter Garden, FL 72
  Loren Roberts Memphis, TN   72
  Mark McNulty Orlando, FL   72
10:20AM Chip Beck Lake Forest, IL 72
  Tom Pernice Jr. Nashville, TN   72
  Fred Funk Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 72
10:30AM Billy Andrade Atlanta, GA   72
  Steve Pate Westlake Village, CA 72
  Bobby Wadkins Richmond, VA 72
10:40AM Rocco Mediate Greensburg, PA 71
  Jeff Brehaut Los Altos, CA   71
  Wayne Levi Naples, FL   72
10:50AM Craig Stadler Evergreen, CO 71
  Corey Pavin Los Angeles, CA 71
  Russ Cochran Paducah, KY   71
11:00AM John Inman Durham, NC   71
  Tom Purtzer Scottsdale, AZ 71
  Willie Wood Edmond, OK   71
11:10AM Kirk Triplett Scottsdale, AZ 70
  Nick Faldo* England   70
  Bob Tway Edmond, OK   71
11:20AM Lee Janzen Orlando, FL   70
  Peter Jacobsen Bonita Springs, FL 70
  Steve Lowery Birmingham, AL 70
11:30AM  David Frost West Palm Beach, FL 69
  Mark O'Meara Houston, TX   69
  Roger Chapman Ascot, England 69
11:40AM Mark Brooks Fort Worth, TX 69
  Scott Hoch Orlando, FL   69
  Gary Koch Tampa, FL   69
11:50AM Jose Coceres El Chaco, Argentina 69
  Kevin Sutherland Sacramento, CA 69
  Neal Lancaster Smithfield, NC   69
12:00PM       Larry Mize Columbus, GA 68
  Hale Irwin* Paradise Valley, AZ 68
  Paul Goydos Long Beach, CA 68
12:10PM       Guy Boros Pompano Beach, FL 66
  Tom Lehman Scottsdale, AZ 67
  Marco Dawson Merrit Island, FL 67

10th Tee

10:00AM Scott Simpson San Diego, CA 73
  Mike Reid Westminster, MD 73
  Danny Briggs Franklin, TN 73
10:10AM Jim Thorpe Heathrow, FL 73
  Peter Senior Queensland, Australia 73
  Stephen Ames Calgary Alberta, Canada 73
10:20AM Skip Kendall Windermere, FL 73
  Gary Hallberg Denver, CO 73
  Michael Allen Scottsdale, AZ 73
10:30AM Wes Short, Jr. Austin, TX 73
  Bernhard Langer* Munich, Germany 73
  Colin Montgomerie* Dunning, Scotland 73
10:40AM Jeff Hart  Solana Beach, CA 73
  Mike Goodes Reidsville, NC 74
  Tommy Armour III Dallas, TX 74
10:50AM Woody Austin Derby, KS 74
  Brad Faxon Barrington, RI 74
  Larry Nelson* Marietta, GA 74
11:00AM Dan Forsman Provo, UT 74
  Hal Sutton Shreveport, LA  75
  Steve Elkington Sydney, Australia 75
11:10AM Rod Spittle Ontario,Canada 75
  Tom Kite* Austin, TX 75
  Olin Browne Tequesta, FL 75
11:20AM John Riegger Henderson, NV 75
  Joey Sindelar Horseheads, NY 76
  Tom Byrum San Antonio, TX 76
11:30AM  Chien Soon Lu  Taipei, Taiwan 76
  John Cook Windermere, FL  76
  Joe Daley Scottsdale, AZ 76
11:40AM Gene Sauers Savannah, GA 77
  Bill Glasson Stillwater, OK 77
  Bob Gilder Corvallis, OR 77
11:50AM Esteban Toledo  Mexicali, Mexico 77
  Jeff Sluman Hinsdale, IL 77
  Mark Calcavecchia Tequesta, FL 77
12:00PM       Andy Bean Lakeland, FL  78
  Jim Rutledge Victoria, BC, Canada 78
  Gil Morgan Edmond, OK 82

Wednesday Pro-Am Results

Wednesday Morning Pro-Am Results

First Place Team (47, won in scorecard playoff)
Professional: Marco Dawson
Amateurs: Peter Meenan, Thomas Meenan, Gary Freeman, Kirk Lanier

Second Place Team (47) 
Professional: Scott Simpson
Amateurs: Rod McWilliams, Ken Scales, Mark Byrd, Steven Paine

Third Place Team (48)
Professional: Brad Faxon
Amateurs: Nick Pilos, Corey Reason, Ron Westad, Alan Peppers

Proximity Awards
Men’s Long Drive Hole 7 – Scott Zucker
Closest to the Pin Hole 8 – Willie Williams
Ladies’ Longest Drive Hole 12 – Sandy Woodley

Wednesday Afternoon Pro-Am Results
First Place Team  (46)
Professional: Bill Glasson
Amateurs: Keith Erazmus, Jamie Barwick, Brian Green, Matt Parson

Second Place Team  (49, second by a scorecard playoff)
Professional: Craig Stadler
Amateurs: Carl Farrell, Tom Schneider, Will Shupe, Francois Vimard

Third Place Team (49)
Professional: Andy Bean
Amateurs: Chuck Carlin, Larry Conner, John Danis, Ray Rouse

Proximity Awards
Men’s Long Drive Hole 7 – John Donnelly
Closest to the Pin Hole 8 – Ainar Aijala
Ladies’ Longest Drive Hole 12 – Jeanette Rafetto

Friday Pairings

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1st Tee              
10:15AM Joey Sindelar Horseheads, NY  
  Hal Sutton Shreveport, LA  
  Jose Coceres El Chaco, Argentina  
10:25AM Wayne Levi  Naples, FL  
  Kevin Sutherland  Sacramento, CA  
  Bill Glasson  Stillwater, OK  
10:35AM Peter Jacobsen  Bonita Springs, FL  
  Guy Boros  Pompano Beach, FL  
  Mark Brooks  Fort Worth, TX  
10:45AM Danny Briggs  Franklin, TN  
  Jim Thorpe  Heathrow, FL  
  Tom Byrum  San Antonio, TX  
10:55AM Gil Morgan  Edmond, OK  
  Chien Soon Lu  Taipei, Taiwan  
  Steve Lowery  Birmingham, AL  
11:05AM Larry Mize  Columbus, GA  
  Bobby Wadkins  Richmond, VA  
  Gary Koch  Tampa, FL  
11:15AM Rod Spittle  Ontario, Canada  
  Skip Kendall  Windermere, FL  
  Gary Hallberg  Denver, CO  
11:25AM Tom Kite *  Austin, TX  
  Tom Pernice Jr.  Nashville, TN  
  Fred Funk  Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
11:35AM  Craig Stadler  Evergreen, CO  
  Olin Browne  Tequesta, FL  
  Woody Austin  Derby, KS  
11:45AM Paul Goydos  Long Beach, CA  
  Kirk Triplett  Scottsdale, AZ  
  Jeff Sluman  Hinsdale, IL  
11:55AM David Frost  West Palm Beach, FL
  Kenny Perry Franklin, KY  
  Mark O'Meara  Houston, TX  
12:05PM       Russ Cochran  Paducah, KY  
  Rocco Mediate  Greensburg, PA  
  John Cook  Windermere, FL  
12:15PM Bernhard Langer *  Munich, Germany  
  Colin Montgomerie *  Dunning, Scotland  
  Nick Faldo *  England  
12:25PM Jeff Hart  Solana Beach, CA  
  Anders Forsbrand  Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
  Marco Dawson  Merrit Island, FL  

 

10th Tee              
10:15AM Mike Goodes Reidsville, NC  
  Lee Janzen  Orlando, FL  
  Gene Sauers  Savannah, GA  
10:25AM Tommy Armour III  Dallas, TX  
  Bob Tway  Edmond, OK  
  Neal Lancaster  Smithfield, NC  
10:35AM Scott Simpson  San Diego, CA  
  Billy Andrade  Atlanta, GA  
  Mike Reid  Westminster, MD  
10:45AM Andy Bean  Lakeland, FL  
  Peter Senior  Queensland, Australia
  John Inman  Durham, NC  
10:55AM Stephen Ames  Calgary Alberta, Canada
  Scott Hoch  Orlando, FL  
  Steve Pate  Westlake Village, CA
11:05AM Tom Purtzer  Scottsdale, AZ  
  Chip Beck  Lake Forest, IL  
  Steve Elkington  Sydney, Australia  
11:15AM Hale Irwin*   Paradise Valley, AZ  
  Tom Lehman  Scottsdale, AZ  
  Bob Gilder  Corvallis, OR  
11:25AM Willie Wood  Edmond, OK  
  Bart Bryant  Winter Garden, FL  
  Loren Roberts  Memphis, TN  
11:35AM  Brad Faxon  Barrington, RI  
  Michael Allen  Scottsdale, AZ  
  Esteban Toledo  Mexicali, Mexico  
11:45AM Wes Short, Jr.  Austin, TX  
  Corey Pavin  Los Angeles, CA  
  Mark McNulty  Orlando, FL  
11:55AM Roger Chapman  Ascot, England  
  Larry Nelson *  Marietta, GA  
  Mark Calcavecchia  Tequesta, FL  
12:05PM       Joe Daley  Scottsdale, AZ  
  John Riegger  Henderson, NV  
  Dan Forsman  Provo, UT  
12:15PM Jim Rutledge  Victoria, BC, Canada  
  Marion Dantzler  Orangeburg, SC  
  Jeff Brehaut  Los Altos, CA  

Thursday Professional Pairings

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THURSDAY PRO-AM – OCTOBER 9TH, 2014

8:00 AM Shotgun    
HOLE # HOLE #
1A ROCCO MEDIATE 10A NICK FALDO
1B RUSS COCHRAN 10B KENNY PERRY
2A MARK OMEARA 11 ANDY BEAN
2B JOEY SINDELAR 12A PETER SENIOR
3 KEVIN SUTHERLAND 12B PAUL GOYDOS
4A TOM BYRUM 13 TOMMY ARMOUR III
4B JIM RUTLEDGE 14A JOHN INMAN
5 MARION DATZLER 14B GARY KOCH
6 JEFF BREHAUT 15 ROGERCHAPMAN
7A MARK BROOKS 16A BILLY ANDRADE
7B WOODY AUSTIN 16B WES SHORT
8 LARRY MIZE 17 BOBBY WADKINS
9A FRED FUNK 18A TOM LEHMAN
9B MARK McNULTY 18B JOHN COOK
1:15 PM Shotgun    
HOLE # HOLE #
       
1A HALE IRWIN 10A BERNHARD LANGER
1B LARRY NELSON 10B COLIN MONTGOMERIE
2A PETER JACOBSEN 11 JIM CARTER
2B BOB GILDER 12A ANDERS FORSBRAND
3 MIICHAEL ALLEN 12B JOE DALEY
4A ESTEBAN TOLEDO 13 GARY HALLBERG
4B MARCO DAWSON 14A SKIP KENDALL
5 GUY BOROS 14B NEAL LANCASTER
6 DANNY BRIGGS 15 CHIP BECK
7A GENE SAUERS 16A KIRK TRIPLETT
7B JOSE COCERES 16B SCOTT SIMPSON
8 MIKE REID 17 TOM PURTZER
9A JEFF SLUMAN 18A TOM PERNICE
9B COREY PAVIN 18B DAVID FROST

Mediate, Pavin and Jacobsen Highlight Final Field for the SAS Championship

Twelve winners from 2014 Champions Tour season headed to Prestonwood

CARY, N.C. (OCTOBER  3, 2014) – Rocco Mediate, Corey Pavin and Peter Jacobsen highlight the latest additions to the final field for next week’s SAS Championship presented by Bloomberg Businessweek. The official Champions Tour event returns to Prestonwood Country Club Oct. 10-12.

“It was a pleasant surprise to receive Rocco, Corey and Peter’s commitments, having them in the field are welcome additions,” said Tournament Director Jeff Kleiber. “With great weather in the forecast and the fantastic setting at Prestonwood, it should be another memorable week at the SAS Championship.”

Fresh off his duties as a commentator during NBC and the Golf Channel’s Ryder Cup coverage, Jacobsen will return to Prestonwood for the first time in two years. Earlier this summer, Jacobsen served as commentator for the men’s and women’s U.S. Opens at Pinehurst.

Winner of the 1995 U.S. Open, Pavin has recorded three top-10 finishes this year. He finished T6 at the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship in June and T7 in last month’s Pacific Links Hawai'i Championship.

Mediate’s best finish at a major came at the 2008 U.S. Open where he battled with eventual champion Tiger Woods through 18 playoff holes, finally bested by Woods in the first hole of sudden-death, the 91st hole of the tournament. Mediate has six PGA TOUR wins and earned two victories last season during his rookie year on the Champions Tour.  

In addition to Mediate, ten players will be making their SAS Championship debut including, Stephen Ames, Billy Andrade, Woody Austin, Jose Coceres, Marco Dawson, Paul Goydos, Lee Janzen, Skip Kendall, Wes Short Jr. and  Kevin Sutherland.

Kendall is in the field as a sponsor’s exemption alongside Chip Beck, Neal Lancaster, Gary Koch and Jim Rutledge. Sandy Lyle and Nick Price unfortunately withdrew.

The final field features 27 of the top 30 players on this year’s money list and 12 winner’s from the 2014 Champions Tour season including former SAS Champions Tom Pernice Jr. (2009), Kenny Perry (2011), Russ Cochran (2010 and 2013) and World Golf Hall of Fame Member Bernhard Langer (2012). 

Children 17 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult, courtesy of the News & Observer. Parking for the SAS Championship, and community events is free of charge and located at Bond Park.  Complimentary shuttle buses will bring spectators and families to and from the parking area.

Tickets are available for the SAS Championship and can be purchased online at saschampionship.com or by calling 919-531-4653. A limited number of volunteer positions are also still available, to register visit saschampionship.com.