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

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  

First Female F14 Fighter Pilot Carey Lohrenz Named Keynote Speaker

Lohrenz apart of day-long forum in the Triangle focused on professional and personal development

CARY, N.C. (June 9, 2014) – Carey Lohrenz, the Navy’s first female F14 fighter pilot, will speak at Astellas presents Executive Women’s Day, a highly-successful business forum being hosted at PGA TOUR events across the country, on Tuesday, Oct. 7 as a part of the SAS Championship tournament week. An official event on the PGA TOUR’s Champions Tour, the SAS Championship will host the day-long forum that focuses on leadership, career development, and network expansion.   

“We’re very excited to announce Carey as the keynote speaker at Astellas presents Executive Women’s Day,” said Tournament Director Jeff Kleiber. “Having worked in one of the most pressure-packed environments you can imagine, to developing as a corporate leader and finding a balance as working mom of four, she will be providing an inspiring afternoon for women in the Triangle.”

Over 100 women are expected to attend the event, which will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary with the following agenda:

8:30-10:15 a.m. Power Panel Breakfast: A moderated speaker/discussion panel with Triangle leaders

10:30-12:30 p.m. Behind-the-Scenes: Tour of the SAS Championship

12:45-2:00 p.m. Luncheon and Keynote Speaker: Carey Lohrenz

2:30-4:30 p.m. It's About You: Your Turn to Make a Difference — an end-of-day opportunity to connect and network with other female leaders in the Triangle

For Table Information, contact: 
Paul Campion,
Director of Corporate Partnerships
paul.campion@octagon.com or 919-531-0200
or click here to view the full PDF
 

SAS Championship to Host Executive Women’s Day at Prestonwood Country Club

PGA TOUR tabs Triangle tournament for executive women’s event on the Champions Tour

CARY, N.C. (May 13, 2014) – The SAS Championship presented by Bloomberg Businessweek has been selected by the PGA TOUR to host Astellas presents Executive Women’s Day, a highly-successful and engaging business forum being hosted at distinguished PGA TOUR events including The PLAYERS Championship. The event will take place on Tuesday of tournament week, Oct. 6-12, and will focus on topics vital to professional women, such as corporate leadership, career development, economic advancement and network expansion.   

“The SAS Championship is honored to host Astellas presents Executive Women’s Day,” said Tournament Director Jeff Kleiber. “It will be a tremendous opportunity to bring together influential leaders in the Triangle for a dynamic day at Prestonwood. While there will be plenty of great golf throughout the weekend, the main focus of this day is to provide a unique platform that fosters meaningful business and social relationships for female leaders in the community.”  

Over 100 women are expected to attend the event, which will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary with the following agenda:

8:30-10:15 a.m. Power Panel Breakfast: A moderated speaker/discussion panel with Triangle leaders

10:30-12:30 p.m. Behind-the-Scenes: Tour of the SAS Championship

12:45-2:00 p.m. Luncheon and National Keynote Speaker

2:30-4:30 p.m. It's About You: Your Turn to Make a Difference — an end-of-day opportunity to connect and network with other female leaders in the Triangle

"Astellas is pleased to present a series of exciting Executive Women's Day events that engage local communities throughout the PGA TOUR season," said Gary Kaiser, Director, Urology Marketing for Astellas. "The goals for all these events are to educate and connect with the engaged and growing female fan base of the PGA TOUR in a meaningful way, and offer information that promotes overall well-being.”

The PGA TOUR and Astellas Pharma US, Inc. ("Astellas"), a U.S. subsidiary of Tokyo-based Astellas Pharma Inc. introduced the first Astellas Presents Executive Women's Day in 2013. The event is part of a three-year agreement between the TOUR and Astellas in which Astellas will champion the PGA TOUR's commitment to its Women's Initiative.

For Table Information, contact Paul Campion, Director of Corporate Partnerships, paul.campion@octagon.com or 919-531-0200 or click here to view the full PDF

Champions Tour Update

CHAMPIONS TOUR UPDATE – 10.6.14

RECENTLY

The Champions Tour Player of the Month for September is Wes Short, Jr., who advanced as medalist from the National Qualifying Tournament at the end of last year to earn exempt status before claiming his first victory at last month’s Quebec Championship. Short finished birdie-birdie-eagle to shoot 64 in the final round in Canada and win by a stroke over Scott Dunlap. After a sixth-place finish the following week at the Pacific Links Hawaii Championship he rounded out the month with a T14 result at the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach.

Champions Tour rookie Scott Verplank will use the one-time top-50 career money exemption to play on the PGA Tour for the 2014-2015 season. Kenny Perry, a seven-time Champions Tour winner, is using a one-time top-25 career money exemption for the upcoming season.

Five-time Champions Tour winner Mark Wiebe is among the 2014 inductees into the San Jose State University Sports Hall of Fame. The ceremony will take place on November 14.

Tyler McCumber, son of former THE PLAYERS Championship winner Mark McCumber, captured his first victory on the PGA TOUR Latinoamerica recently in the Ecuador Open.

The French Riviera Masters on the European Senior Tour was won by England’s Phil Golding last week.

COMING UP

The SAS Championship will be contested for the 14th consecutive year at Prestonwood CC in Cary, NC this week. Russ Cochran is the defending champion and the European pair of Bernhard Langer and Colin Montgomerie, Nos. 1 and 2 on the Charles Schwab Cup standings, are both scheduled to play.

Bernhard Langer will make his first appearance on the Champions Tour in over a month when he plays in this week’s SAS Championship. Langer, who won the 2012 SAS Championship, is seeking his sixth title of the season.  The last Champions Tour player to win six times in a season was Larry Nelson in 2000.

Colin Montgomerie last appeared on the Champions Tour at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open in mid-August. Montgomerie returns at the SAS Championship where he finished T18 last year. Both Montgomerie and Sir Nick Faldo, also in this week’s SAS Championship field, missed the cut at last week’s European Tour’s Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Faldo made his first appearance on American soil on the Champions Tour at last year’s SAS Championship, but he had to withdraw after 12 holes in the opening round with an elbow injury.

Kenny Perry, a multiple winner on the Champions Tour this year, has not played in a tournament since the PGA Championship in early August. Perry won the 2011 SAS Championship and is shooting to equal his win total of a year ago when he tries for a third title in 2014.

There has never been a playoff at the SAS Championship—the only current event that has played the first 10 years without an overtime session.

With 17-year-old Chris Meyers from The First Tee of Tucson holing out for an albatross on the 18th hole at Pebble Beach to win the Nature Valley First Tee Open pro-junior section with partner Lee Janzen, it should be noted the last official albatross on the Champions Tour was scored by Keith Fergus at the par-5 17th hole in the second round of the 2010 SAS Championship. Fergus holed a 3-iron shot from 210 yards. It was at the time the 35th double eagle in Champions Tour history and led to a second-round 64.

Carey Lohrenz, the Navy’s first female F14 fighter pilot, will speak at Astellas presents Executive Women’s Day, a highly-successful business forum being hosted at PGA TOUR events across the country, on Tuesday, Oct. 7 as a part of the SAS Championship tournament week.

Corey Pavin, 2012 Allianz Championship winner, will be featured over the course of five episodes on Golf Channel Academy this fall, beginning Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. ET. Each episode will highlight a different aspect of the golf swing.

CHARLES SCHWAB CUP

With a maximum 1,728 points available to the winner of the four remaining events, the race for the Charles Schwab Cup this season is now down to two players. Bernhard Langer, with 3,624 points, holds a 633-point lead over Colin Montgomerie. The top 30 players on the money list following the AT&T Championship qualify for the Charles Schwab Cup Championship. Any top-10 finish earns points for a player and all 30 players at the season finale at Desert Mountain Club will earn double points – 880 for the winner and 48 for 30th place. Here’s a look at the points available to the winner of the four remaining events;

Tournament                                                      Charles Schwab Cup Points to Winner

SAS Championship                                                                   315

Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn                                 240

AT&T Championship                                                                 293

Charles Schwab Cup Championship                                          880

NUMBERS

9 – There are nine rookies currently in the top 35 on the money list (Scott Dunlap/7, Wes Short, Jr./16, Billy Andrade/18, Marco Dawson/23, Doug Garwood/25, Woody Austin/26, Jeff Maggert/27, Paul Goydos/33, Joe Durant/34). Miguel Angel Jimenez, who won his first Champions Tour start at the Greater Gwinnett Championship, is currently No. 47 on the money list.

ON THIS DATE

10/6/02 – Hale Irwin birdies the first playoff hole to defeat Gary McCord and earn his fourth successive Turtle Bay Championship title. The win also allows him to tie Jack Nicklaus for most victories in the same event.

10/11/91Chip Beck ties a PGA TOUR record when he shoots a 13-under-par 59 in the third round of the Las Vegas Invitational.

DID YOU KNOW?

John Cook’s win at the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach was the seventh tournament to be won by a 56-year-old player this season. Bernhard Langer has won five tournaments this season while aged 56. Jeff Sluman was 56 when he teamed with Fred Funk to claim the Big Cedar Lodge Legends of Golf.

QUOTE TO NOTE

“These kids have so much enthusiasm, and that enthusiasm is infectious. This is the most fun tournament of the year.” – Olin Browne explains why the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, where Champions Tour professionals team with junior golfers from The First Tee chapters around the country, is one of the most popular events on Tour.

TWEETS OF THE WEEK

Champions Tour @ChampionsTour This guy is defending the @SchwabCupFinale but has yet to win the Charles Schwab Cup trophy. #FredCouples pic.twitter.com/IXrvG2DtPZ

 

Volunteer Registration and Tickets Now Available

Hospitality and VIP parking options available for Father’s Day

CARY, N.C. (APRIL 14, 2014) – Following a thrilling Masters tournament over the weekend, tournament officials for the SAS Championship presented by Bloomberg Businessweek announced the opening of volunteer registration and ticket sales for the PGA TOUR’s Champions Tour event taking place at Prestonwood Country Club, Oct. 6 -12. 

Click Here to Volunteer

Click Here to Order Your Tickets

“As attention from the first major of the year now shifts to Pinehurst in June, it’s a great time to be a golf fan in North Carolina,” said Tournament Director Jeff Kleiber. “It’s going to be an exciting time and for everyone that appreciates the passion of sports and community, we’re pleased to kick off our efforts for the Triangle’s largest golf event.”

Over 700 volunteers are needed to support one of the most successful events on the Champions Tour and there are a number of different committees available; golf knowledge is a plus but not required.

“Volunteering gives our community the opportunity to experience a professional sporting event from behind-the-scenes, interact with the legends of golf and create lasting friendships,” said Kleiber. “After every tournament we hear from our volunteers that it’s one of their favorite weeks of the year, so anyone interested in volunteering should register.”

Ticket options for the SAS Championship feature exclusive hospitality and parking options, including the fan-favorite Eagles’ Nest at 17 green for $100. Each Eagles’ Nest ticket includes a catered lunch, open bar and snacks at the premium hospitality suite located at the pivotal par-5 17th hole. On-site VIP parking is also available for $100. Each purchaser will be able to park in the same lot as the Champions Tour pros and have their name designated on official tournament signage. Daily tickets, valid one day, are $20 and children 17 and under are admitted free courtesy of the News & Observer.

Russ Cochran Wins Second SAS Championship Title

Four birdies on final four holes hold off David Frost and Kirk Triplett

CARY, N.C. (OCTOBER 13, 2013) – Russ Cochran (66-66-67=199) rallied off four straight birdies on the final four holes of the SAS Championship presented by Bloomberg Businessweek to win his second title at Prestonwood Country Club today.

Cochran entered Sunday with a two-stroke lead and proceeded to shoot 5-under-par to claim his second SAS Championship in four years and his second victory of the season. With the win, Cochran earned 315 Charles Schwab Cup points jumping seven places to No. 6 in the year-long points race and collected $315,000 in prize money bringing his total earnings for the year to $1,319,917.

“I hit a lot of greens here.  I kind of have figured out that there are certain little pins that you don't want to go for and certain pins you do, and I get the ball in the greens and I think I putt just well enough,” Cochran said. “I had a good putting week this week but just well enough to kind of keep it heading in the right direction.  The other thing is too, you know, it occurred to me I don't make that many bogeys out here.”

In total, Cochran had four bogeys through the tournament, two of which occurred on Sunday. After opening the final round with a bogey, Cochran held off David Frost and Kirk Triplett who had entered the day tied for second and two shots of the lead. Frost recorded four birdies on the front nine to pull even with Cochran and would eventually go two up after he birdied 16.

Cochran remained composed turning to his caddy and son Ryan for advice after Frost took the lead. “We knew we needed to make birdies, especially after the bogey on 13.  So it became a thing of, hey, look, let's hit it at the hole, just keep trying to hit it at the hole, and see what happens.  And then the 9 iron on 15 kind of helped it out.”

The four-birdie finish from Cochran was something not seen on the Champions Tour since Mark Calcavecchia at the 2011 Boeing Classic. Interestingly enough the runner-up in Seattle was none other than Cochran himself. The tight leaderboard down the stretch provided a thrilling finish for the fans at Prestonwood.

“You know, had a lot of people come up and say, man, we're pulling for you, hang in there, keep it going, that kind of stuff,” Cochran said. “But people are friendly as you know here.  It's just the guys get a great feeling when they come here.  And I was surprised too they've got a lot of people going out, a lot of kids were out there too.  I thought there was a real connection between parents bringing their kids out and watching golf.  They're all well behaved and I think they were into it.”