Doug Garwood wins 2016 SAS Championship

After one of the great final rounds in tournament history, Doug Garwood (65-71-64=200) beat out Bernhard Langer to win the SAS Championship presented by Bloomberg Media title. The win marks Garwood’s first victory at any level on the PGA Tour.

“It hasn't really settled in yet.  Someone asked me last week when my last tournament win was and I blanked, I couldn't think of one, so now I won't have so much trouble.  It feels great.  It was a great day, I played well”.

Coming into the day two shots behind 2012 SAS Champion Bernhard Langer, Garwood played a nearly flawless round, finishing with an 8-under 64 – good for 16-under overall. Garwood posted nine birdies during his second round, while only giving up one bogey – on the 18th hole.

“The putter was obviously hot today” said Garwood. A 40-foot birdie on the third hole set the tone for the rest of the day and was the start of his dominant performance.

Bernhard Langer, leader after round two, shot a final-round 70 to finish solo second at twelve-under par – four strokes behind Garwood.

“Doug just played phenomenal.  His putter was hot.  He just hit it and went in, hit it and went in.  He started walking after it and it dropped.  He was like 9 under after 16 holes.  That's pretty amazing golf,” Langer said.

Garwood’s stellar play the first two days positioned him in the final pairing with former Masters winner Larry Mize and World Golf Hall of Famer Bernhard Langer.

“I made a conscious effort today to stay in the now.  My mind started going towards the finish and this and that.  I kept telling myself stay in the now, even left foot, right foot, left foot, right foot just to get me focused on staying there and in the moment,” Garwood said.

With the win, Garwood moved up eighteen places to No. 19 in the Charles Schwab Cup Standings and collected $315,000 in prize money.

Garwood’s victory capped of an incredible week at Prestonwood Country Club. In addition to the golf, the community was involved in a number of special events including Executives Women’s Day presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, Food Truck Friday, and the PNC Family Challenge Clinic, among others. Proceeds from the SAS Championship will be directed to the YMCA of the Triangle’s Annual Campaign with funds specifically benefitting the Y Learning Program – the YMCA’s after school, academic assistance programs.

Langer Leads Heading into Final Round

Current Leaderboard:
1. Bernhard Langer 67/67 (-10)
T2. Doug Garwood 65/71 (-8)
T2. Larry Mize 67/69 (-8)
T4. Jeff Sluman 70/67 (-7)
T4. Paul Broadhurst 68/69 (-7)

Bernhard Langer continued his strong play at the SAS Championship with his second consecutive 5-under 67. He holds a two shot lead over first round leader Doug Garwood and Larry Mize.

Currently in a commanding lead in the Charles Schwab Cup standings, Langer once again finds himself in the final pairing on a Sunday after a four-hole birdie streak to finish out his round. This was Langer’s 18th consecutive sub-par round.

Garwood got off to a shaky start with a double bogey on the first hole, and was up and down the rest of the day. He ended up shooting a 1-under 71.

Mize played nearly flawless golf, his only mistake was missing an easy par putt on the par-3 seventeenth hole. Before that bogey Mize had a streak of 60 straight bogey-less holes.

Playing in his tenth SAS Championship, Jeff Sluman bounced back from a first hole bogey with a birdie on the par-4 second hole, which lead to a streak of four straight birdies. A miss on a very short par putt on the par-3 seventeenth hole put a damper on his round, but is only three shots back of Langer.

Sitting in a tie for eighth place, Dan Forsman has played himself into a Wildcard spot. If he can stay in the top ten tomorrow and finish higher than both Brad Faxon or Michael Bradley, he will be playing at the QQQ PowerShares Championship next week.

Coming into the day in second place, Faxon dropped all the way down to 16th place after shooting a 3-over par 75. He has put himself in jeopardy of missing the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs unless he can sneak into the top ten and finish above Dan Forsman tomorrow.

The first hole proved once again to be the hardest hole on the golf course with a scoring average of 4.350. The par-5 fourth hole was the easiest with a total of twenty seven birdies and an eagle from Mike Springer.

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Doug Garwood Leads after Opening Round of SAS Championship

Current Leaderboard:
1. Doug Garwood 65/-7
2. Brad Faxon 66/-6
T3. Larry Mize 67/-5
T3. Bernhard Langer 67/-5
T5. 4 players tied at 68/-4

 

Doug Garwood fired a 7-under round with no bogeys to grab a one-stroke lead over Brad Faxon after the opening round of the SAS Championship presented by Bloomberg Media at Prestonwood Country Club. Birdie-less through seven holes, Garwood finally found his groove on the par-4 eighth and went on to birdie seven of his last eleven holes.

Garwood is seeking his first PGA Tour victory at any level. He had one of his best finishes in his career just three weeks ago at the Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship with a third place finish. In a post round interview Garwood said his round could have been lower if it wasn’t for four lip outs.

“When you shoot 7-under, everything's working.  I drove it well, hit the irons pretty good and I started making putts.  The putter was probably the best part, I made a lot of putts even with the lip outs,” Garwood said. He looks to continue his good start tomorrow, he tees off of hole one at 12:10pm with Brad Faxon and Larry Mize.

Coming off a top ten finish at last year’s SAS Championship, Brad Faxon continued his good play at Prestonwood Country Club. Faxon only had one birdie on the day and got hot late with five birdies on the back nine. Coming into the week Brad was 87th in the Charles Schwab Cup standings, fifteen spots away from securing a place in next week’s playoffs. If the tournament ended today he would find himself in the 54th position and eligible for next week’s PowerShares QQQ Championship, the first tournament of the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs.

Larry Mize was solid on the course all day with no bogeys and five birdies, including three straight finishing out the front nine. This was Mize’s fifth straight round in the 60’s, carrying momentum from last week’s Toshiba Classic at Newport Beach Country Club.

Current Charles Schwab Cup leader, Bernhard Langer, overcame a bogey on the first hole and goes into the second round tied for third. Langer’s round featured seven birdies, including three on par fives. Winner of the 2012 SAS Championship, he has also finished in the top ten in his last four starts here.

One player outside the top 72 who is trying to sneak into the Charles Schwab Cup standings is Michael Bradley who helped his cause by shooting a 4-under 68.

Defending champion Tom Lehman had a quiet day shooting an even par 72, with two birdies and two bogies.

Only one eagle on the course today courtesy of Joey Sindelar who holed out on the 389 yard par-4 eleventh hole.

Bernhard Langer wasn’t the only person to struggle on the first hole, it ended up being the hardest hole on the course with a scoring average of 4.225. Only five birdies were recorded against seventeen bogeys and 3 double bogeys.

Tomorrow’s first tee time is 10:00am with Woody Austin, Carlos Franco, and Billy Andrade teeing off hole one and Michael Allen, Tom Lehman, and P.H. Morgan III teeing of hole ten.

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Thursday Pro-Am Results

Thursday Morning Pro-Am Results
First Place Team (45)
Professional: Colin Montgomerie
Amateurs: Mark Clare, David MacDonald, Jim Candelmo, Craig Riffe

Second Place Team (47)
Professional: Tim Petrovic
Amateurs: Jack David Colescott, Gene Gsell, Tom Cole, Jason Gautereaux

Third Place Team (48)
Professional: Brandt Jobe
Amateurs: Greg Soussloff, Mike Allen, Cameron Davies, Christopher Clark

Proximity Awards
Men’s Long Drive Hole 16 – Tony Heyna
Closest to the Pin Hole 17 – Larry Conner
Ladies’ Longest Drive Hole 4 – Elaine Beeman

 

Thursday Afternoon Pro-Am Results
First Place Team (45)  
Professional: Mike Springer
Amateurs: Michael Hamilton, Jennette Rafetto, Larry, Mike

Second Place Team (48)
Professional: James Mason
Amateurs: Michael Rosenthal, Scott Valkenburgh, Mark Urbanczyk, Jeff Paul

Third Place Team (48)
Professional: Larry Mize
Amateurs: Kristien Thiebaud, Samir Thiebaud, Jamie Powers, Wayne Walker

Proximity Awards
Men’s Long Drive Hole 16 – Bryan Nieman
Closest to the Pin Hole 17 – Craig Hall
Ladies’ Longest Drive Hole 4 – Virginia Edwards

Wednesday Pro-Am Results

Wednesday Morning Pro-Am Results
First Place Team (48)
Professional: Willie Wood
Amateurs: David Stewart, Greg Roberts, Paul Hunley, Patrick Schleiger

Second Place Team (49)
Professional: Jeff Hart
Amateurs: Kelley Taylor, Tim Strong, Scott Yazujian, Fred Adams

Third Place Team (49)
Professional: Mike Goodes
Amateurs: Minko Goolesby, Mike Manganillo, Mike Ballard, Tom Hickey

Proximity Awards
Men’s Long Drive Hole 16 – Mike Becker
Closest to the Pin Hole 17 – Bruce Petway
Ladies’ Longest Drive Hole 4 – Kelley Taylor

 

Wednesday Afternoon Pro-Am Results
First Place Team (45)  
Professional: Mark Brooks
Amateurs: Greg Drew, Scott Filor, Tim Lilly, Tim Campbell

Second Place Team (48)
Professional: Gary Hallberg
Amateurs: Elaine Beeman, Brad Martin, Charles Matthews, James Seligman

Third Place Team (48)
Professional: Wayne Levi
Amateurs: Walton Jeffress, Hu Odom, Greg Bell, Rick Kerr

Proximity Awards
Men’s Long Drive Hole 4 – Don Newfield
Closest to the Pin Hole 17 – Tony Hejah
Ladies’ Longest Drive Hole 4 – Kari Stoltz

Volunteer Registration Opens and Tickets Now On Sale

CARY, N.C. (April 13, 2015) – After another memorable 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. 5 -11 in Cary.

“It’s hard to believe we’re celebrating 15 years of the SAS Championship this year,” said Tournament Director Jeff Kleiber. “Each year the event continues to grow in size and scale thanks to the tremendous amount of support we receive from our patrons, partners and volunteers. We’re looking forward to what lies ahead for the tournament and the outstanding community events we’ve created that add to the celebration of tournament week.”

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In the 14 years of the SAS Championship, volunteers have played an integral role in the tournament’s success from its’ first tee shots in 2001, to the community-driven events like Executive Women’s Day, Food Truck Friday, Live Fearless 5k and the WakeMed Families First Fun Fest, volunteers have helped make it one of the most successful events on the Champions Tour. 

Over 700 volunteers are needed for Oct. 5 – 11 and there are a number of different committees available; golf knowledge is a plus but not required.

“I hear from our volunteers all the time, many of whom have been with the event since it began, that tournament week is one of their favorite weeks of the year so I would encourage anyone interested in supporting our community to register,” said Kleiber.

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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 $95. 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 $15 and children 17 and under are admitted free courtesy of the News & Observer.

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