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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.
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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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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List includes Hall of Fame members, major champions, and Tour winners
Charles Schwab Cup front-runner Bernhard Langer leads a list of former champions committed to the 2016 SAS Championship, presented by Bloomberg Media. The Championship, which takes place October 14 – 16 at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary, will be host to Wildcard Weekend for the PGA Tour Champions in 2016, the last chance for players to qualify for the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs.
Langer, who has secured three victories in 2016, including two majors, has 28 total victories on the PGA TOUR Champions in his career. He won the 2012 SAS Championship after shooting a final round 63 (-9) to win by two strokes over Jay Don Blake.
Langer is joined in the field by former SAS Champions Tom Lehman (2015), Kirk Triplett (2014), Russ Cochran (2013, 2010), Kenny Perry (2011), Tom Pernice (2009), Mark Wiebe (2007), and Tom Jenkins (2006).
“The field at the SAS Championship is as strong as ever, led by a large list of former champions,” said Tournament Director Jeff Kleiber. “Bernhard Langer has once again set a high bar, and we look forward to the competition in Cary among former champions and fan favorites.”
Langer, who currently leads the Charles Schwab Cup money list, added the 2016 Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship and Regions Tradition to his major resume earlier this season. His total of seven senior major titles ties Hale Irwin for second place on the career list, a victory behind Jack Nicklaus.
Triplett joins Langer in the 2016 winner’s circle, following his victory at the inaugural American Family Insurance Championship in June. The victory in Wisconsin gave Triplett a total of five for his PGA TOUR Champions career.
Combined, the group of SAS champions has combined for over 100 victories, including 22 major championships, on the PGA TOUR Champions.
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CARY, N.C. (July 18th, 2016) – Major Champion Tom Lehman will return to Cary for the 2016 SAS Championship presented by Bloomberg to defend his title. The event will take place October 14-16 at Prestonwood Country Club, and marks the first time the SAS Championship will play host to Wild Card Weekend, the last full-field event before the Charles Schwab Cup Playoff field is finalized.
Lehman finished the 2015 SAS Championship in dramatic fashion, holing a 12-foot putt from the fringe on the final hole. This concluded a birdie-birdie-eagle-birdie stretch to finish his final round of 65 to take the title (-12). Joe Durant finished one shot back at -11, and former SAS Champions Bernhard Langer (2012) and Kenny Perry (2011) finished T3 at -10
“Tom Lehman’s victory last year was one of the most memorable in Tournament history,” Tournament Director Jeff Kleiber said. “We’re glad to have him back to defend his title against a competitive field featuring World Golf Hall of Famers, major champions, and fan favorites for Wild Card Weekend.”
Lehman has collected five PGA TOUR victories throughout his career, including his victory at the Open Championship in 1996 at Royal Lytham & St. Annes. He capped off the 1996 season as leading money winner, PGA TOUR Player of the year, and winner of both the Vardon Trophy (scoring average) and Byron Nelson Award (adjusted scoring average).
Since starting the Tour in 2009, Lehman has a total of nine PGA TOUR Champions victories, including three major titles. He won the Charles Schwab Cup in both 2011 and 2012, also earning PGA TOUR Champions Player of the Year honors both seasons, becoming the first professional golfer to win such honors on all three Tours operated by the PGA TOUR.
Lehman currently sits in 13th position of the Charles Schwab Cup with $601,674 in earnings this season. He has five top-10 finishes, including a 2nd place finish in the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai.