Round 3 Notebook: JELD-WEN Traditiontext sizeAugust 21, 2010
Dave Senko, PGA TOUR staff
Weather: A mix of sun and clouds with highs ranging a low of 36 in the morning to the low-70s in the afternoon. Winds were from WSW at 10-15 mph with occasional gusts to 20 mph.
• Tom Lehman is bidding for a second major title in 2010. Currently holding a two-stroke margin over three players, Lehman won his first Champions Tour major earlier this year when prevailed in a three-man playoff at the Senior PGA Championship in Colorado in May. The former 2006 U.S. Ryder Cup captain, Lehman defeated Fred Couples and David Frost for the title at the Colorado Golf Club.
• While Lehman is seeking a second major title in 2010, his former teammate in the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf (pair won in 2009) Bernhard Langer is looking to make history should he win. It would be his third straight Champions Tour major title which would allow him to join Gary Player as the only players to accomplish that feat. Player did so during the 1987-88 seasons when he won the Mazda Senior Tournament Players Championship and U.S. Senior Open in 1987 and the General Foods PGA Seniors' Championship in 1988.
• Bernhard Langer also has the opportunity to open a significant margin in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race should he win on Sunday. Langer currently leads with 2,390, 397 in front of Fred Couples, who is not playing this week. However, Tom Lehman could make a jump in the standings since he is currently third with 1,134 points. The winner of this tournament will receive 784 points based on double points awarded at all major championship.
• Ten of the 16 events this year have been won by the second/third-round leader or co-leader after Saturday's round. At this juncture last year, only four Saturday leaders/co-leaders had gone on to win.
• Langer has enjoyed pretty good success when he is leading or shares the lead heading into the final round. He has won seven of 10 times when he has been in that position, including three of three this year. However, one of those was at the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am which was shortened to 36 holes due to rain.
• Chien-soon Lu posted the day's low round, a 7-under-par 65, and got himself back into contention. He trails by three strokes heading into Sunday's final round. His 65 allowed him to move up 30 places following a 1-over-par 73 on Friday.
• Rookie J.L. Lewis, who is making just his fourth start on the Champions Tour, will be playing in the final group with Tom Lehman and Bernhard Langer on Sunday. Lewis shot a third-round 6-under-par 66. Lewis was a two-time winner on the PGA TOUR.
• After officials moved the tee up 97 yards on No. 12 on Saturday, the hole yielded two eagles (Bernhard Langer and Keith Fergus) and 20 birdies versus no eagles and eight birdies in Friday's second round.
• The field averaged 71.65 in Saturday's third round compared to 71.712 in the second round. Through 54-holes, 42 players are currently under par but only two players, Lehman and Langer, have posted three straight rounds in the 60s.
• This event has been important for earning a spot in the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship. Only once has the winner of this event not qualified for the season-ending event for the top-30 money winners and that was in 1996 when Jack Nicklaus won the event and eventually placed 38 th on the final money list. Nicklaus added a second victory that year, but played in just seven official events.
• David Eger withdrew after nine holes on Saturday due to a sore ankle. This was Eger's first start after suffering a broken ankle in late June.
• Fred Funk has hit 41 of 42 fairways to lead all players in Driving Accuracy, while Gil Morgan continues to leads all players with fewest Putts-per-Round at 25.33. Michael Allen has 18 birdies to lead all players in that category.
• Hole No. 17 remains the most difficult hole after 54 holes. There have been just 14 birdies in the first three rounds. Tom Lehman has two of those in the last two days. Overall, the average score has been 3.208 (+.208).
Player J.L Lewis Bernhard Langer Tom Lehman Last win 2003 84 Lumber Classic PGA TOUR 2010 U.S. Senior Open 2010 Senior PGA Championship Best 2010 finish (stroke play event) T12- U.S. Senior Open Four wins Win- 2010 Senior PGA Championship Last time in final group (result) 2005 John Deere Classic (T4) U.S. Senior Open (won) Senior PGA Championship (won) 2010 Top-10s None 8 6 Champions Tour wins (major wins) Bidding for 1st Win 12 (2: 2010 Senior British, U.S. Senior Open) 2 (1: 2010 Senior PGA) PGA TOUR wins (major wins) 2 (0) 3 (2: 1985, 1993 Masters) 5 (1: 1996 British Open) Did you know? Came from 7 strokes back on 36-hole Sunday to win the 2003 84 Lumber Classic. Bidding for his third straight Player of the Year title, but has yet to take home the Charles Schwab Cup. Beat Fred Couples and David Frost in a playoff on the first extra hole at the 2010 Senior PGA.
• Here's a look at the final grouping tomorrow: