Volunteer Registration Now Open & Masters Ticket Special Begins

Giveaways for early volunteer sign-ups, PGA Tour Champions is #WhereLegendsPlay

CARY, N.C. (April 11, 2016) – With another legendary green jacket awarded to the latest Masters Champion, tournament officials for the SAS Championship presented by Bloomberg, announced the opening of volunteer registration and ticket sales for the PGA TOUR’s Champions event taking place at Prestonwood Country Club, Oct. 14 -16 in Cary.

“It’s become a tradition to launch volunteer registration and offer the lowest ticket prices all season to our fans to build on the excitement from The Masters,” said Tournament Director Jeff Kleiber. “It means the professional tours are really starting to get into the heart of their schedules and the chase is on for those valuable playoff spots, especially on the PGA Tour Champions side where the inaugural Wild Card Weekend will take place at this year’s SAS Championship.”


Wild Card Weekend is a part of the new season-ending competition taking place during the final events of the 2016 season, which includes the inaugural Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs, a three-tournament competition to determine the Charles Schwab Cup Champion. Only the top 72 players on the official money list will make the playoffs and since the SAS Championship is the last full-field event of the season, it’s the players’ last chance to make a playoff push. A player outside the top 72 before the SAS Championship who finishes in the top 10 clinches a playoff spot.


The field of 72 players will then compete at PowerShares QQQ Championship in Thousand Oaks, CA. Following that event, 54 players will then move on to the Dominion Charity Classic in Richmond, VA based on official money earned. Finally, 36 players will advance to the Charles Schwab Cup Championship being held in Scottsdale, AZ to determine the Charles Schwab Cup Champion.

Additionally, tournament officials announced several monthly giveaways for early volunteer registrations. Beginning today, any new registration will be automatically entered to win exclusive prizes. For example, the VIP Volunteer Package will include clubhouse dining and clubhouse parking. Over 700 volunteers are needed for Oct. 10 – 16 and there are a number of different committees available; golf knowledge is a plus but not required. 

“I always say one of the biggest strengths of the SAS Championship is the group of volunteers we have supporting us,” said Kleiber. “It’s because of this great group we’ve been able to deliver a player’s favorite event each year and continue to enhance the on-site experience for our fans.”

The discounted volunteer fee of $45 is available through May 31 and each registration includes a Nike tournament golf shirt, hat or visor, meals on scheduled days, two weekly tickets, and an invitation (including a guest) to the Volunteer Appreciation Party. A free round of golf at Prestonwood Country Club will also be made available for volunteers who work three shifts or more (date restrictions do apply).

Starting today, fans can enjoy the Month of the Masters Ticket Special which will run through April 30. On-site VIP parking is available for $75 (25% discount), each purchaser will be able to park in the same lot as the pros and have their name designated on official tournament signage. Daily tickets, valid one day, are $10 (50% discount) and children 17 and under are admitted free courtesy of the News & Observer with a ticketed adult. Later this month, an exclusive Eagles’ Nest offer will be made available for the premium hospitality suite.


Alternate Course and New Tournament Logo Announced

sas-championship-logoCARY, N.C. (Jan. 21, 2016) – The 2016 PGA TOUR Champions season and the debut of the season-long chase for the Charles Schwab Cup has begun at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship in Hawaii and to mark the milestone, officials from the SAS Championship presented by Bloomberg unveiled the new tournament logo which will be used in promotion of the event taking place Oct. 14 – 16 at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary. This year’s event marks the first in which the SAS Championship will play host to Wild Card Weekend, the last full-field event before the Charles Schwab Cup Playoff field is finalized.

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“We’re excited that we’re the last full field event, which means we’ll have the top players and still draw the legends of the game and fan favorites,” said Tournament Director Jeff Kleiber. “The competitive drama the playoffs will generate will draw national interest and the PGA TOUR will certainly be elevating their promotional efforts for the season’s grand finale. Ultimately it makes our weekend one to watch as we set the stage for the playoffs.” 

A full-field of 81 players will compete for the largest purse of the final four events in the season at $2.1 million. After SAS, the top 72 players on the official money list qualify for the first playoff event. Should a player come to SAS outside of the top 72 and finish in the top 10 at Prestonwood, he would then qualify for the PowerShares QQQ Championship.

After the first playoff event, the field will be cut to 54 players who will compete at the Dominion Charity Classic Nov. 4 – 6 in Richmond, Va. Nov. 4 – 6. Following Richmond, 36 players will move on to the Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Scottsdale, Ariz. Nov. 11 – 13.

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“It’s an exciting time for the Tour, the partnership with Charles Schwab is the longest in PGA TOUR history.  In addition to the 20-year commitment from Schwab there were a number of tournament renewals, plus the addition of three new events and two new title sponsors for current events,” said Kleiber. “This is great growth and incredible stability, overall it means the Tour is in a strong, healthy place.”

Additionally, tournament officials announced that an alternate course will be used while course renovations take place at Prestonwood Country Club. The greens on the Highlands will be resurfaced this summer with Champions Bermuda. The event had previously played a hybrid course using holes from both the Highlands and the Meadows courses, however this year’s tournament will play all 18 holes of the Highlands with brand new greens in October.

Tickets for the 2016 SAS Championship will go on-sale during The Masters which begin Thursday, April 7.

Tom Lehman Wins 2015 SAS Championship

CARY, N.C. (OCT.  11, 2015) – After one of the greatest finishes in tournament history, Tom Lehman (68-71-65=204) claimed his first SAS Championship title Sunday afternoon. The win marks Lehman’s first victory of 2015, and the ninth of his Champions Tour career. After finishing in second place last year, Lehman entered Sunday three strokes off of the lead. With the win, Lehman earned 315 Charles Schwab Cup points, moving up four places to No. 10 in the year-long points race and collected $315,000 in prize money.

“I've had a couple seconds and I've had some other good top finishes, but no wins. So it's just nice to get back in the winner's circle. It's nice to see the putts drop when you need them most,” said Lehman. “It's nice to do it in a place like this with such a great golf course and such a wonderful tournament, great sponsor and great fans. Just a really top, top, top caliber golf tournament. So it's nice to win this one.”

Lehman finished his third round with one of the top shots of the tournament, sinking a 12-foot putt from the fringe to extend his lead. Almost out of contention midway through the round, he finished birdie-birdie-eagle-birdie on the last four holes.

“Well, I knew that there was a lot of guys really bunched up and I knew that nobody was running away with it and I was, what, 7‑under from the 10th hole on, and just hit good shots and nobody was really making any big move, so the game was still on,” said Lehman. “All three of us were trying to hit it close and trying to make birdies.  We kind of fed off each other and I was fortunate that I made one more putt.”

Lehman becomes the thirteenth champion in the 15 year history of the SAS Championship, annually a favorite stop among the Champions Tour players. “Everywhere around the country has their own different flavor and the personality here is one of just incredible hospitality, get treated extremely well.  The club is a great golf club and the staff is amazing the way they treat the players, roll out the red carpet.  On top of that, the volunteers, I mean, the fans, everybody is willing and wanting to help make the stay here a good one.”

Joe Durant and former SAS Champions, Bernhard Langer (2012) and Kenny Perry (2011), all finished within three strokes of the lead. Langer and Perry finished tied for third at 10 under; their exact same result in 2014. Colin Montgomerie’s 8-under tournament performance gives him the outright lead in the 2015 Charles Schwab Cup standings.


Sunday Tee Times

Tee #1

11:00 AM Neal Lancaster Smithfield, NC   69-75 144
  Gene Sauers Savannah, GA   67-77 144
  Brian Henninger Wilsonville, OR 72-73 145
11:10 AM Corey Pavin Los Angeles, CA 73-71 144
  Peter Senior Queensland, Australia 73-71 144
  Scott McCarron La Quinta, CA   75-69 144
11:20 AM Duffy Waldorf New Smyrna Beach, FL 68-75 143
  Gary Hallberg Denver, CO   72-72 144
  Russ Cochran Paducah, KY   71-73 144
11:30 AM Tom Byrum San Antonio, TX 74-69 143
  Wes Short, Jr. Austin, TX   70-73 143
  Joey Sindelar Horseheads, NY 70-73 143
11:40 AM Olin Browne Tequesta, FL   68-74 142
  Stephen Ames Calgary Alberta, Canada 72-71 143
  Sandy Lyle* Perthshire, Scotland 73-70 143
11:50 AM Chien Soon Lu Taipei, Taiwan   73-69 142
  Mike Goodes Reidsville, NC   74-68 142
  Brad Faxon Barrington, RI   69-73 142
12:00 PM Grant Waite Palmerston North, New Zealand 73-69 142
  Steve Jones Tempe, AZ   71-71 142
  Colin Montgomerie* Gleneagles, Scotland 70-72 142
12:10 PM Fred Funk Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 71-71 142
  Jeff Hart Solana Beach, CA 71-71 142
  Woody Austin Derby, KS   72-70 142
12:20 PM Loren Roberts Memphis, TN   70-71 141
  Billy Andrade Bristol, RI   74-67 141
  David Frost West Palm Beach, FL 69-72 141
12:30 PM John Cook Orlando, FL   72-69 141
  Michael Allen Scottsdale, AZ   71-70 141
  Paul Goydos Long Beach, CA 70-71 141
12:40 PM Jeff Maggert Sea Pines, SC 73-67 140
  Kevin Sutherland Sacramento, CA 68-72 140
  Scott Dunlap Sarasota, FL   67-73 140
12:50 PM Bernhard Langer* Munich, Germany 65-73 138
  Tom Lehman Scottsdale, AZ   68-71 139
  John Riegger Henderson, NV 67-72 139
1:00 PM Kenny Perry Franklin, KY   68-68 136
  Joe Durant Pensacola Beach, FL 69-68 137
  Lee Janzen Orlando, FL   70-68 138


Tee #10

11:00 AM Scott Verplank Edmond, OK   71-74 145
  Mark Wiebe Denver, CO   73-72 145
  Skip Kendall Windermere, FL   74-71 145
11:10 AM P.H. Horgan III Newport, RI   74-71 145
  Greg Kraft Belleair, FL   68-77 145
  Kirk Triplett Scottsdale, AZ   70-76 146
11:20 AM Tom Pernice Jr. Nashville, TN   74-72 146
  Bart Bryant Winter Garden, FL   69-77 146
  Scott Parel Augusta, GA   76-70 146
11:30 AM Hale Irwin* Paradise Valley, AZ   72-75 147
  Jay Delsing Chesterfield, MO   73-74 147
  Mark Brooks Fort Worth, TX   71-76 147
11:40 AM Marco Dawson Merritt Island, FL   70-77 147
  Mark Calcavecchia Tequesta, FL   70-77 147
  Esteban Toledo Mexicali, Mexico   74-73 147
11:50 AM Scott Hoch Orlando, FL   75-72 147
  Steve Lowery Birmingham, AL   75-72 147
  Rod Spittle Niagara Falls, Ont, Canada   68-79 147
12:00 PM Gil Morgan Edmond, OK   70-78 148
  Tom Kite* Austin, TX    74-74 148
  Dick Mast Lynchburg, VA   75-73 148
12:10 PM Bob Tway Edmond, OK   78-70 148
  Jesper Parnevik Stockholm, Sweden   73-76 149
  Wayne Levi Naples, FL   75-74 149
12:20 PM Roger Chapman Ascot, England   77-72 149
  Jerry Smith Scottsdale, AZ   72-78 150
  Jay Don Blake St. George, UT   72-78 150
12:30 PM Jeff Sluman Hinsdale, IL   71-79 150
  Jim Thorpe Heathrow, FL   74-76 150
  Mike Hulbert Orlando, FL   75-75 150
12:40 PM Craig Stadler Evergreen, CO   73-78 151
  Carlos Franco Asuncion, Paraguay   76-76 152
  Hal Sutton Shreveport, LA   71-82 153
12:50 PM Steve Pate Westlake Village, CA   76-77 153
  Tommy Armour III Las Vegas, NV   78-75 153
  Bob Gilder Scottsdale, AZ   79-74 153
1:00 PM Tom Purtzer Scottsdale, AZ   78-79 157
  Bobby Wadkins Richmond, VA   79-78 157
  Nolan Henke Ft. Myers, FL   81-88 169

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Second Round Notes

Kenny Perry posted a second consecutive 4-under-par 68 to take the lead after the second round of the SAS Championship at Prestonwood Country Club. Perry stands at 8-under-par 136 and leads Joe Durant by one stroke and Lee Janzen by a pair. Perry ignored a steady afternoon rain to finish his day without a bogey. After making eight consecutive pars, Perry finally posted his first birdie at the ninth hole when he made a six-footer. He added birdies on Nos. 11 and 12 and made his final birdie at No. 16 when he hit a 9-iron to 12 feet to go to 8-under..

Current 36-Hole Leaderboard:
Kenny Perry
68-68—136 (-8)

Joe Durant
69-68—137 (-7)

Lee Janzen
70-68—138 (-6)

Bernhard Langer
65-73—138 (-6)

Tom Lehman
68-71—139 (-5)

John Riegger
67-72—139 (-5)

Here is how Kenny Perry has fared as a leader/co-leader heading into the final round in a Champions Tour event.

Kenny Perry







Boeing Classic

T1/Calcavecchia, Cochran Sluman & Cochran




SAS Championship

T1/Huston & Price




The ACE Group Classic





Senior PGA Championship





AT&T Championship

T1/Forsbrand, Goodes, Langer & Montgomerie




Regions Tradition





3M Championship





Charles Schwab Cup Championship

T1/Pernice, Jr.




3M Championship




Kenny Perry has enjoyed previous success at this event. He won the 2011 tournament by one stroke over Jeff Sluman and John Huston in his first appearance in the SAS Championship and also finished T3 in 2014 and T6 in 2012.

Should Kenny Perry prevail on Sunday, it would mark the fourth time a player with ties to the state of Kentucky has won here in the last six years. A resident of Franklin, Perry won in 2011, while Russ Cochran (Paducah) was a two-time winner – 2010, 2013.  

A day after shooting a 1-over-par 73, Charles Schwab Cup co-leader Jeff Maggert rebounded with a 5-under-par 67 to get back into contention at T7 heading into the final round. Maggert moved up 38 places with his effort and now trails by four strokes. 

The odds favor a change in the Charles Schwab Cup race following Sunday’s final round. Jeff Maggert and Colin Montgomerie currently share the lead with 2,992 points with Bernhard Langer third with 2,604 points. Langer is currently T3 and Maggert is T7. Montgomerie, after an even-par 72 on Saturday, is currently T16. The winner of Sunday’s event will receive 315 points with additional points available to all top-10 finishers.

In the 14-year history of the SAS Championship, nine second-round leaders/co-leaders has gone on to win the event (Bruce Lietzke in 2001, Craig Stadler in 2004, Tom Jenkins in 2006, Mark Wiebe in 2007, Tom Pernice, Jr. in 2009, Kenny Perry in 2011, Russ Cochran in 2010 and 2013 and Kirk Triplett in 2014).

First-round leader Bernhard Langer had an eight-shot swing on Saturday, following his opening-round 7-under-par 65 with a 1-over-par 73. However, despite four bogeys during his round, Langer is T3 and trails 36-hole leader Kenny Perry by just two strokes.

There has never been a playoff in the previous 14 years at the SAS Championship.

John Huston (back) and Ian Woosnam (elbow) each withdrew during their round on Saturday.

A day after the field averaged 72.185 on the Prestonwood CC layout, the average jumped to 73.304 on Saturday.

Hole No. 1 ranked as the most difficult hole in the second round with an average score of 4.506 (+.506), while No. 17 remained the easiest with an average score of 4.342 (-.658). The hole yielded five eagles and 44 birdies. Hole No. 3 was the most difficult to birdie as just three players made birdies.

Kevin Sutherland leads all players with 12 birdies, one more than Joe Durant.

Saturday Tee Times

TEE #1

8:35AM Gary Hallberg Denver, CO 72
  Brian Henninger Wilsonville, OR 72
  Jerry Smith Scottsdale, AZ      71
8:45AM Fred Funk Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 71
  Jeff Hart Solana Beach, CA 71
  Stephen Ames Calgary Alberta, Canada 72
8:55AM Jeff Sluman Hinsdale, IL 71
  Russ Cochran Paducah, KY 71
  Michael Allen Scottsdale, AZ 71
9:05AM Hal Sutton Shreveport, LA 71
  Scott Verplank Edmond, OK 71
  Steve Jones Tempe, AZ 71
9:15AM Lee Janzen Orlando, FL 70
  Colin Montgomerie* Gleneagles, Scotland 70
  Mark Brooks Fort Worth, TX 71
9:25AM Paul Goydos Long Beach, CA 70
  Marco Dawson Merritt Island, FL 70
  Mark Calcavecchia Tequesta, FL 70
9:35AM Loren Roberts Memphis, TN 70
  Wes Short, Jr. Austin, TX 70
  Kirk Triplett Scottsdale, AZ 70
9:45AM Brad Faxon Barrington, RI 69
  Joey Sindelar Horsehead, NY 70
  Gil Morgan Edmond, OK 70
9:55AM David Frost West Palm Beach, FL 69
  Bart Bryant Winter Garden, FL 69
  Joe Durant Pensacola Beach, FL 69
10:05AM  Kenny Perry Franklin, KY 68
  Tom Lehman Scottsdale, AZ 68
  Neal Lancaster Smithfield, NC 69
10:15AM Kevin Sutherland Sacramento, CA 68
  Greg Kraft Belleair, FL 68
  Olin Browne Tequesta, FL 68
10:25AM John Riegger Henderson, NV 67
  Rod Spittle Niagara Falls, Ont, Canada 68
  Duffy Waldorf New Smyrna Beach, FL 68
10:35AM       Bernhard Langer* Munich, Germany 65
  Gene Sauers Savannah, GA 67
  Scott Dunlap     Sarasota, FL 67

TEE #10

8:35AM Jay Don Blake St. George, UT 72
  Rocco Mediate Greensburg, PA 72
  John Cook Orlando, FL 72
8:45AM Hale Irwin* Paradise Valley, AZ 72
  Woody Austin Derby, KS 72
  Grant Waite Palmerston North, New Zealand 73
8:55AM Jesper Parnevik Stockholm, Sweden 73
  Jay Delsing Chesterfield, MO 73
  Craig Stadler Evergreen, CO 73
9:05AM Sandy Lyle* Perthshire, Scotland 73
  Mark Wiebe Denver, CO 73
  Corey Pavin Los Angeles, CA 73
9:15AM Jeff Maggert Sea Pines, SC 74
  Peter Senior Queensland, Australia 74
  Chien Soon Lu Taipei, Taiwan 74
9:25AM Tom Byrum San Antonio, TX 74
  Jim Thorpe Heathrow, FL 74
  John Huston Palm Harbor, FL 74
9:35AM Skip Kendall Windermere, FL 74
  Mike Goodes Reidsville, NC 74
  Tom Pernice Jr. Nashville, TN 74
9:45AM Tom Kite* Austin, TX 74
  Billy Andrade Bristol, RI 74
  Esteban Toledo Mexicali, Mexico 74
9:55AM P.H. Horgan III Newport, RI 74
  Scott McCarron La Quinta, CA 75
  Wayne Levi Naples, FL 75
10:05AM  Mike Hulbert Orlando, FL 75
  Scott Hoch Orlando, FL 75
  Steve Lowery Birmingham, AL 75
10:15AM Ian Woosnam Oswestry, Wales 75
  Dick Mast Lynchburg, VA 75
  Carlos Franco Asuncion, Paraguay 76
10:25AM Steve Pate Westlake Village, CA 76
  Scott Parel Augusta, GA 76
  Roger Chapman Ascot, England 77
10:35AM       Tom Purtzer Scottsdale, AZ 78
  Bob Tway Edmond, OK 78
  Tommy Armour III Las Vegas, NV      78
10:45AM       Bobby Wadkins Richmond, VA 79
  Bob Gilder Scottsdale, AZ 79
  Nolan Henke Fort Meyers, FL 81


First Round Recap

Bernhard Langer posted a bogey-free 7-under-par 65 on Friday to open up a two-stroke margin over Gene Sauers, Scott Dunlap and John Riegger after the opening round of the 15th annual SAS Championship at Prestonwood Country Club. Playing in a group with Colin Montgomerie and Jeff Maggert, Langer got off to a quick start with birdies on his first two holes and cruised to the opening-round lead on the 7,240-yard layout. A former winner of this event in 2012, he has also finished in the top 10 in four of his last five starts here.

Bernhard Langer has now posted 17 consecutive sub-par rounds, the best current streak on the Champions Tour. His last round over par was in late June at the U.S. Senior Open in Sacramento when he opened with a 1-over-par 71. Of his last 22 rounds on Tour, 17 of those rounds have ended with a score in the 60s.

Bernhard Langer has led or shared the first-round lead 22 times in his Champions Tour career, including 10 where he held sole possession of the lead. The last time he held sole possession of the lead was in June when he went wire-to-wire to win the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship.

Bernhard Langer’s best previous showing after the opening round here was a T4 in 2013.

First-round leaders/co-leaders have won this event six times in the previous 14 years at Prestonwood, including four of the last eight times in Cary. First-round leaders did not win in 2009, 2011, 2012 or 2014.

So far in 2015 on the Champions Tour, first-round leaders/co-leaders has won four of the first 20 events. The last to do so was Marco Dawson at the Senior Open Championship.

A late addition to the 81-player field when Dan Forsman withdrew with a shoulder injury on Wednesday, John Riegger is currently one of three players tied for second, two behind Langer.

Monday qualifier Greg Kraft, who was making just his seventh start on the Champions Tour, opened with a 4-under-par 68 and is among seven players tied for fifth.

Eagles were scarce in Friday’s opening round with Scott Hoch and Rod Spittle (both on No. 12) the only two players to record an eagle.

Defending champion Kirk Triplett finished with a 2-under-par 70 and is T17

Colin Montgomerie and Jeff Maggert, who currently share the lead in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race, opened with rounds of 70 and 73, respectively. Montgomerie is T17 and Maggert is T45.

Hole No. 18 ranked as the most difficult hole on Friday with an average score of 4.247 (+.247), while No. 17 was the easiest with an average score of 4.531 (-.469). Hole No. 6 was the most difficult to birdie as just six players made birdies.

The field averaged 72.185 in the first round, a drop from the first-round average in 2014 – 72.506.

Bogey-free rounds:
R1: Bernhard Langer, Gene Sauers, Scott Dunlap, Duffy Waldorf, Joey Sindelar

Current Leaderboard:
Bernhard Langer 65/-7

Gene Sauers 67/-5
Scott Dunlap 67/-5
John Riegger 67/-5
Rod Spittle 68/-4

Duffy Waldorf 68/-4
Kevin Sutherland 68/-4
Greg Kraft 68/-4
Olin Browne 68/-4
Kenny Perry 68/-4
Tom Lehman 68/-4             

First Round Notes

SAS Championship Storylines & Notes…

Charles Schwab Cup Race Heads to Homestretch: With his T3 finish at the recent Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, Colin Montgomerie moved into a tie for first place with Jeff Maggert in the season-long race with 2,992 points. It marks the first time in history that there has been a tie atop the race. Just four events remain and it appears it will come down to a three-man race with Montgomerie, Maggert and Bernhard Langer bidding for the 2015 title and the $1 million annuity which goes to the winner. Langer, the 2014 winner, trails the pair by 388 points heading to the SAS Championship where 315 points will be awarded to the winner.

Top-Notch Field Expected: The field for the SAS Championship is again expected to be a strong one with 59 former PGA TOUR winners as well as 51 different winners on the Champions Tour slated to compete. In addition, all 10 players in the current Charles Schwab Cup race have committed and 26 of the top 30 on the 2014 money list are in the field.    

Major Champions Dot This Year’s Field: The field at SAS Championship this year includes 16 players with at least one major championship win on their resume. The list includes: Hale Irwin (1974, 1979, and 1990 U.S. Opens), Bernhard Langer (1985, 1993 Masters), Jeff Sluman (1988 PGA Championship), Lee Janzen (1993 and 1998 U.S. Open), Mark Calcavecchia (1989 British Open), Larry Mize (1987 Masters), Craig Stadler (1982 Masters), Hal Sutton (1983 PGA Championship), Tom Kite (1992 U.S. Open), Tom Lehman (1996 British Open), Corey Pavin (1995 U.S. Open), Steve Jones (1996 U.S. Open), Bob Tway (1986 PGA Championship), Ian Woosnam (1991 Masters), Sandy Lyle (1985 British Open; 1988 Masters) and Mark Brooks (1996 PGA Championship).

Field Includes Former Presidents Cup Competitors: With the Presidents Cup on the docket this week in Incheon, South Korea, the SAS Championship field includes more than a dozen players with previous ties to the event. That list includes Hale Irwin (who also captained the victorious U.S. team in 1994), Scott Verplank, Peter Senior, Fred Funk, David Frost, Mark Calcavecchia, Hal Sutton, John Huston, Corey Pavin, Carlos Franco, Kenny Perry, Loren Roberts, Kirk Triplett, Tom Lehman, Lee Janzen, Scott Hoch, Mark Brooks, Woody Austin, and Jeff Maggert.

Maggert Leads First-Timers: Jeff Maggert, a four-time winner this year and currently co-leader in the Charles Schwab Cup race, leads the 10 new players making their debuts in the event. In addition to Maggert, the others include Carlos Franco, Jesper Parnevik, Scott Verplank, Ian Woosnam, Scott McCarron, Joe Durant, P.H. Horgan, Jerry Smith and Nolan Henke.  

Race for Sports at Charles Schwab Cup Championship Goes On: With just three full-field events remaining, the battle for one of the coveted spots in the November event goes on. Here is where the players 25-35 stand heading into the SAS Championship.






Wes Short, Jr.



Jerry Smith



Miguel Angel Jimenez



Fred Couples



Russ Cochran



Duffy Waldorf



Rocco Mediate

$498,697 (-$21,134)


Rod Spittle

$485,643 (-$34,188)


Stephen Ames

$461,207 (-$58,624)


Mark Calcavecchia

$456,381 (-$63,450)


Fred Funk

$441,093 (-$78,738)


A Look at Prestonwood Country Club: Prestonwood Country Club has now hosted a Champions Tour event since 2001. Prior to that, the course hosted a Web.com Tour event from 1994-1997 before it moved to Raleigh Country Club. Prestonwood Country Club ranked 13th among the 26 courses on the 2014 Champions Tour with an average score of 71.555 (-.445) compared to 20th among 26 courses on the 2013 Champions Tour, with an average score of 71.129 (-.871).  Hole No. 10, a par-4, ranked as the most-difficult in 2014, with an average score of 4.145 (+.145), while No. 5 (4.104) and No. 3 (3.083) ranked as the second-hardest and third-hardest, respectively. No. 17, a par-5, was again the easiest, with an average score of 4.510 (-.490).    


Winning in Their Debut: In the history of the Champions Tour there have only been 18 players who have won in their first starts on the circuit. The SAS Championship has the distinction of being the only non-major championship where that rare feat has happened more than once. In 2007, Mark Wiebe made his first start on the Champions Tour after receiving a sponsor exemption into the event and he defeated Dana Quigley by three strokes at Prestonwood for his first victory on Tour. In 2009, Tom Pernice, Jr. won his first Champions Tour event in his initial start, edging David Frost and Nick Price by one stroke. The only other championship where there have been multiple first-time winners in their Champions Tour debuts was at the Senior PGA Championship. In 1980, Arnold Palmer won in his first start at Turnberry Isle Country Club in North Miami, Fla. Michael Allen followed Palmer in 2009, winning the Senior PGA Championship at Canterbury Golf Club near Cleveland in his first appearance on the circuit.

How the Leaders Have Fared: In the 14-year history of the SAS Championship, nine second-round leaders/co-leaders has gone on to win the event (Bruce Lietzke in 2001, Craig Stadler in 2004, Tom Jenkins in 2006, Mark Wiebe in 2007, Tom Pernice, Jr. in 2009, Kenny Perry in 2011, Russ Cochran in 2010 and 2013 and Kirk Triplett in 2014). First-round leaders/co-leaders has won this event six times in the previous 14 years at Prestonwood, including four of the last eight times in Cary. First-round leaders did not win in 2009, 2011, 2012 or 2014.

Charting the Champs: The last seven winners of the SAS Championship have averaged 17.1 birdies over 54 holes and have averaged only 4.0 bogeys en route to victory. Hale Irwin (2005) and Kenny Perry (2011) are the only SAS Championship winners to make two eagles. Tom Pernice, Jr. made just one bogey when he won in 2009, the fewest by a winner in tournament history. Bruce Lietzke (2002), Perry (2011) and Kirk Triplett (2014) are the only winners to have survived a double bogey en route to victory. The winner of this event has come from the final grouping 10 times in 14 years, including nine of the last 10 years. The only exception was Bernhard Langer in 2013 when he came from four strokes back (T15) with a final-round 9-under-par 63 to win.

Oldest and Youngest: Mark Wiebe’s victory at the 2007 SAS Championship just 10 days after he turned 50 equaled the Champions Tour’s all-time record for youngest winner. Bobby Wadkins won the 2001 Lightpath Long Island Classic just 10 days after turning 50. Hale Irwin’s 44th career Champions Tour title came at the 2005 SAS Championship, and at age 60 years, 3 months, 29 days, made him not only the 15th-oldest player to win on the Champions Tour but also the only player to win three times over the age of 60.





Driving Accuracy

Greens in Regulation


Sand Saves




33/45 (T18)

49/54 (1)

92 (T51)

1/3 (T47)




33/45 (T31)

47/54 (T3)

87 (T9)





39/45 (T4)

41/54 (T14)

84 (T8)

2/4 (T28)




32/45 (T31)

38/54 (T11)


0/1 (T71)




35/45 (T5)

43/54 (2)

86 (T26)

2/2 (T1)




27/30 (T6)

33/36 (T1)

60 (T30)

0/1 (T61)




38/45 (T3)

42/54 (T9)

81 (T4)

2/2 (T1)




37/45 (T11)

41/54 (T21)

82 (2)

2/5 (T47)



Pernice, Jr.

28/45 (T70)

39/54 (T19)

82 (T8)

2/2 (T1)




32/45 (T12)

38/54 (T14)

81 (T1)

2/3 (T18)




32/45 (T41)

42/54 (T2)

86 (T16)

4/5 (T6)




39/45 (T3)

44/54 (T7)

86 (T10)

1 / 2 (T47)




38/45 (T2)

45/54 (5)

85 (T9)

1 / 1




38/45 (4)

44/54 (T5)

87 (T17)



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

Friday Tee Times

The first round of the SAS Championship presented by Bloomberg Businessweek begins at 10:10 am on Friday, Oct. 9 at Prestonwood Country Club. 

TEE #1    
10:10 Joey Sindelar Horseheads, NY
  Mark Brooks Fort Worth, TX
  Scott McCarron La Quinta, CA
10:20 Tom Purtzer Scottsdale, AZ
  Bob Tway Edmond, OK
  Hal Sutton Shreveport, LA
10:30 Scott Verplank Edmond, OK
  Wayne Levi Naples, FL
  Steve Pate Westlake Village, CA
10:40 Larry Mize Columbus, GA
  Kevin Sutherland Sacramento, CA
  Greg Kraft Belleair, FL
10:50 John Huston Palm Harbor, FL
  Bobby Wadkins Richmond, VA
  Jesper Parnevik Stockholm, Sweden
11:00 Scott Hoch Orlando, FL
  Steve Lowery Birmingham, AL
  Neal Lancaster​ Smithfield, NC
11:10 Jerry Smith Scottsdale, AZ
  Tom Pernice Jr. Nashville, TN
  Jeff Sluman Hinsdale, IL
11:20 Kirk Triplett Scottsdale, AZ
  Russ Cochran Paducah, KY
  Tom Kite Austin, TX
11:30 Rocco Meidate Greensburg, PA
  John Cook Orlando, FL
  Joe Durant Pensacola Beach, FL
11:40 Hale Irwin Paradise Valley, AZ
  Fred Funk Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
  Woody Austin Derby, KY
11:50 Billy Andrade Bristol, RI
  Esteban Toledo Mexicali, Mexico
  Marco Dawson Merritt Island, FL
12:00 Kenny Perry Franklin, KY
  Mark Calcavecchia Tequesta, FL
  Tom Lehman Scottsdale, AZ
12:10 Colin Montgomerie Gleneagles, Scotland
  Jeff Maggert Sea Pines, SC
  Bernhard Langer Munich, Germany
12:20 Chien Soon Lu Taipei, Taiwan
  Jeff Hart Solana Beach, CA
  Scott Parel Augusta, GA
TEE #10    
10:10 Rod Spittle Niagara Falls, Ont, Canada
  Tom Byrum San Antonio, TX
  Carlos Franco Asuncion, Paraguay
10:20 Stephen Ames Calgary Alberta, Canada
  Jim Thorpe Heathrow, FL
  Duffy Waldorf New Smyrna Beach, FL
10:30 Tommy Armour III Las Vegas, NV
  Steve Jones Tempe, AZ
  Nolan Henke Ft. Myers, FL
10:40 Gary Hallberg Denver, CO
  Gil Morgan Edmond, OK
  Brian Henninger Wilsonville, OR
10:50 Bob Gilder Scottsdale, AZ
  Skip Kendall Windermere, FL
  Mike Hulbert Orlando, FL
11:00 Mike Goodes Reidsville,, NC
  Gene Sauers Savannah, GA
  Jay Delsing Chesterfield, MO
11:10 Loren Roberts Memphis, TN
  Wes Short Jr. Austin, TX
  Jay Don Blake St. George, UT
11:20 Ian Woosnam Oswestry, Wales
  David Frost West Palm Beach, FL
  Bart Bryant Winter Garden, FL
11:30 Paul Goydos Long Beach, CA
  Craig Stadler Evergreen, CO
  Michael Allen Scottsdale, AZ
11:40 Sandy Lyle Perthshire, Scotland
  Mark Wiebe Denver, CO
  Scott Dunlap Sarasota, FL
11:50 Olin Browne Tequesta, FL
  John Riegger Henderson, NV
  Brad Faxon Barrington, RI
12:00 Lee Janzen Orlando, FL
  Roger Chapman Ascot, England
  Corey Pavin Los Angeles, CA
12:10 Peter Senior Queensland, Australia
  Dick Mast Lynchburg, VA
  P.H. Horgan III Newport, RI