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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.
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.
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
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
Men’s Long Drive Hole 7 – Nate Brill
Closest to the Pin Hole 8 – Steve Ostroff
Ladies’ Longest Drive Hole 12 – Elaine Beeman
Wednesday Morning Pro-Am Results
First Place Team (49)
Professional: Scott Parel
Amateurs: Norm Harks, Paul Ochsner, Sonny Halili, Gil Genio
Second Place Team (52, won in scorecard playoff)
Professional: Skip Kendall
Amateurs: Chris Gosk, Will Spears, Scott MacConnell, Mike Allen
Third Place Team (52)
Professional: Stephen Ames
Amateurs: Jody Roach, Keith Roach, Matt Draqone, Ed Huneycutt
Men’s Long Drive Hole 7 – Jonathan Williams
Closest to the Pin Hole 8 – Jim Tavernit
Wednesday Afternoon Pro-Am Results
First Place Team (49, won in first hole playoff)
Professional: Rod Spittle
Amateurs: Mark McMahon, Mark Merritt, Blair Campbell, and Peter Cuthbert
Second Place Team (49)
Professional: Joey Sindelar
Amateurs: Bob Kampe, Jay Muelhoefer, Bernie Spang, Dwight Tausz
Third Place Team (50)
Professional: Roger Chapman
Amateurs: Rob Harper, Carry Price, Rick Stout, Mark Byrd
Men’s Longest Drive Hole 7 – Mark Clare
Closest to the Pin Hole 8 – Charles Brooks
Ladies Long Drive Hole 12 – Barb Brandon
CARY, N.C. (September 1, 2015) – PNC Bank and the SAS Championship presented by Bloomberg Businessweek are proud to announce the first PNC Family Challenge Clinic taking place Saturday, Oct. 10. The PNC Family Challenge Clinic will provide families the unique opportunity to participate together after watching the second round of the tournament at Prestonwood Country Club. The PNC Family Challenge Clinic a part of the Official Champions Tour event celebrating its 15th anniversary in Cary.
“We are delighted to provide families the opportunity to create lasting memories with the legends from the PGA TOUR,” said PNC Regional President Jim Hansen. “The PNC Father/Son Challenge event in Orlando has become a community tradition and we’re looking forward to establishing a history here in Cary that gives families and fans plenty of reasons to celebrate.”
The 90 minute clinic will include instruction on putting, chipping, driving, and iron play from Carolinas PGA Section teaching professionals based at courses throughout the area. The clinic will culminate with meet & greets, autographs, and a Q&A session with SAS Championship competitors who have previously competed in the PNC Father-Son Challenge or who are scheduled to compete in the annual two-person team event taking place in Orlando, Florida. The event has been has been won by multiple players who’ve played in the SAS Championship including Bernhard Langer (‘14, ’06, ‘05), Larry Nelson (‘08, ’07, ‘04), Hale Irwin (2003) and Craig Stadler (2002).
“We’re excited to partner with PNC to bring Cary a splendid, new community event,” said Tournament Director Jeff Kleiber. “With the clinic’s focus on parents participating with their kids, it’s a great chance to bond and improve their golf games right after watching these legendary players compete for the 15th SAS Championship title. It’s not too often you get an opportunity like this and we’re thrilled about the special experience PNC has created for our fans and their families.”
The clinic is free to attend and will begin at 2:30 p.m. on the driving range at Prestonwood. Advanced registration is required and is available online at SASChampionship.com. Both parents and children are invited to attend. Parents have the option to participate in the clinic along with their child or to observe, children must be at least 8 years old to partake in the clinic.
Daily Tickets, are $20 and children 17 and under are admitted free courtesy of the News & Observer. Click Here to Purhcase Tickets or call 919-531-GOLF.
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.”
SAS Championship – the 23rd of 26 Charles Schwab Cup events on the 2014 Champions Tour
October 10-12, 2014
Purse: $2,100,000 ($315,000/winner; 315 Charles Schwab Cup points)
Prestonwood Country Club
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.
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 – 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|
|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|