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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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

2016 Food Truck Friday

The SAS Championship host Food Truck Friday again this year. The event will take place Friday, Oct. 14 at Prestonwood Country Club. Entry is free and open to the public, so be sure to come out and enjoy some great food!

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Bernhard Langer Leads Distinguished Group of Former Champions in SAS Championship Field

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.

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.

Bernhard Langer during the SAS Championship at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary, North Carolina on October 7, 2012.

Bernhard Langer during the SAS Championship at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary, North Carolina on October 7, 2012.

 

Tom Lehman to Defend SAS Championship Title in 2016

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.

For more information on the SAS Championship, visit SASChampionship.com or find the tournament on Facebook facebook.com/SASChampionship and Twitter twitter.com/SASChampionship.

 

Thursday Pro-Am Results

Thursday Morning Pro-Am Results
First Place Team (48)
Professional: Mark Wiebe
Amateurs: Stu Bradley, Cathy Nanos, David Stewart, Ashley Narron

Second Place Team (49)
Professional: Brian Henninger
Amateurs: Bob Kampe, Jay Muelhoefer, Bernie Spang, Dwight Tausz

Third Place Team (51)
Professional: Jerry Smith
Amateurs: Colin Freemark

Proximity Awards
Men’s Long Drive Hole 7 – Grant Talbot
Closest to the Pin Hole 8 – Jeremy Jokinen
Ladies’ Longest Drive Hole 12 – Barb Brandon

Thursday Afternoon Pro-Am Results
First Place Team (51, won on 1st scorecard playoff hole)  
Professional: Russ Cochran
Amateurs: Don Minnick, Steve Noga, Brian Kelly, Curtis Medeiros

Second Place Team (51, won on 2nd scorecard playoff hole)
Professional: Kirk Triplett
Amateurs: Athula Alwis, Jay Gould, Christopher Carnal, Brandon Annett

Third Place Team (51)
Professional: Michael Allen
Amateurs: Brad Martin, Elaine Beeman, Ernie Stevens, Jeffrey Owens

Proximity Awards
Men’s Long Drive Hole 7 – Nate Brill
Closest to the Pin Hole 8 – Steve Ostroff
Ladies’ Longest Drive Hole 12 – Elaine Beeman