Notebook, Round 3: Dick's Sporting Goods OpenJune 27, 2010
Phil Stambaugh, PGA TOUR staff
Tournament Recap: It was 30th anniversary week for the Champions Tour and Loren Roberts carded a back-nine 5-under 30 on Sunday that included a clutch seven-foot birdie putt on the final hole to ease past Fred Funk for the Dick's Sporting Goods Open title. Dan Forsman, the 36-hole leader in the tournament, appeared in control early on the back nine, making four birdies in his first 12 holes on Sunday. However, Forsman made three bogeys on his closing six holes, including a missed two-footer for par at No. 14 to eventually drop back into a T3. Roberts trailed the leaders by four shots at the turn but his surge on the back nine started when he holed out a 22-yard wedge shot from the right rough for an eagle on the par-5 12th hole. He followed with short birdie putts and Nos. 13 and 14 to move into contention.
• Roberts claims his first event of the 2010 season and won his 12th career title on the Champions Tour. Roberts has now won at least one Champions Tour title in each of the last six years. He is the ninth different winner on the circuit this year.
• Roberts made up four strokes on the final day en route to victory, the biggest come-from-behind win on the Champions Tour since Phil Blackmar came from five strokes back to win last year's AT&T Championship in San Antonio near the end of the season. Roberts also now owns the biggest come-from-behind victory in event history. Last year, Lonnie Nielsen rallied from three shots back to win going away.
• Roberts' win at this year's Dick's Sporting Goods Open was his second title in New York (2008 Commerce Bank Championship) and came just 3 days after his 55th birthday. In addition to both men posting come-from-behind win, this followed a pattern set by Nielsen, the defending champion this week. Nielsen won his first event on the Champions Tour at the 2007 Commerce Bank Championship on Long Island and followed it up with a victory last year at En-Joie, one day prior to his 56th birthday.
• Roberts earned a check for $255,000 and moved up to sixth on the 2010 money list with $706,750. The winner of last year's Charles Schwab Cup also earned 255 Schwab Cup points today and is now ninth in the current standings with 510 total points. After 12 official events, Fred Couples still leads the season-long race with 1,367 points and Tom Lehman is second with 1,095 points. Nick Price is still in third place with 974 points.
• Mark Calcavecchia finished T6 in his Champions Tour debut at the Dick's Sporting Goods Open. He made just one bogey in the event, the fewest by any player in the field, but had just 13 birdies for the week.
• Funk finished second at the Dick's Sporting Goods Open for the second consecutive year. It was his best performance on the Champions Tour this season in eight appearances.
• Wayne Levi's T3 performance this week was his highest finish in a Champions Tour event since he was third at the 2007 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf, the last year it was an individual stroke-play event.
• Price's T3 this week was his eighth top-10 finish on the Champions Tour in nine starts dating back to the Allianz Championship (T9) in February when he made the switch to the belly putter.
• The field averaged 70.653 this year, 70.429 last year. This year's Dick's Sporting Goods Open yielded 897 birdies and 20 eagles. In 2009, there were 913 birdies and 23 eagles made.
• There were just 16 birdies made for the week on the par-4 13th hole, but the hardest hole was the par-4 15th (4.265). The par-5 12th hole played as the easiest (4.435), yielding eight eagles and 127 birdies.
• Keith Fergus led the field in eagles made with three for the week and also was the longest hitter for the week off the tee, averaging 321.0 yards with his driver. Six different players made 17 birdies this week (Roberts, Levi, Forsman, David Frost, Bruce Vaughan, Ronnie Black). Levi led the field in Driving Accuracy, hitting 32 of 42 fairways (76.19%). Tom Jenkins led in Greens In Regulation, hitting 47 of 54 (87.04%) for the week. Jay Haas averaged just 24.33 putts per round.
• Ken Green withdrew before the start of the final round with nerve pain in his leg.
• Dating back to last year's Regions Charity Classic, the last 20 three-round Champions Tour events that have gone all 54 holes have been won with a double-digit score under par.