Notebook: Round 3, Boeing ClassicAugust 29, 2010
Dave Senko, PGA TOUR staff
Weather: Mostly cloudy and cool with highs near 60. Winds were from SW at 5-15 mph.
• Bernhard Langer started the day with a one-stroke advantage over Nick Price, but despite playing even-par golf through 14 holes, too advantage of Price's three straight bogeys on the front nine to push the margin to four strokes at the turn. A Langer bogey and Price's birdie at No. 11 cut the lead to two strokes, but Langer pushed the margin back to four with birdies on 15 and 16 and despite birdies by Price on Nos. 17 and 18, won by three strokes. His eventual three-stroke victory matched the largest winning margin in tournament history, tying David Eger's winning 2005 total as well as Loren Roberts' 54-hole scoring mark set in 2009.
• Coupled with his triumph at the U.S. Senior Open at Sahalee on August 1, Langer wins his second event of the year in Seattle, becoming just the third player ever to claim a pair of Champions Tour events in the same metropolitan area -- Lee Trevino in 1990 (NYNEX Commemorative, U.S. Senior Open), Hale Irwin in 1998 (Toshiba Senior Classic, U.S. Senior Open).
• In his two starts in the Seattle area in 2010, Langer posted seven straight rounds in the 60s and earned $755,000. If you include his T3 here a year ago in his lone previous start here, his earnings in King County in three starts totals $873,800 or $291,267 per event and he has 10 consecutive rounds in the 60s.
• Langer notched his 13 th career title on the Champions Tour, jumping up to T18 on the all-time victory list and wins for the third time in his last five starts on the circuit.
• Langer goes over the $2 million in single-season official money for the third straight year and has now earned $2,069,775.
• With three rounds in the 60s, Langer continued a trend of the previous five winners, who all posted three rounds in the 60s.
• Langer earns 285 Charles Schwab Cup points and increases his 2010 total to 2,791. He now has a 661-point advantage over Fred Couples in the season-long race. Tom Lehman remains in third place with 1,420 points followed by Nick Price (1,246) and Fred Funk (1,241).
• The win was the 13 th in 61 career starts on the Champions Tour and in those 61 starts; Langer has finished in the top 10 in 41 of those, including 19 in the top three. He is now averaging $108,916 per start.
Here are Bernhard Langer's statistics for the event. Fairways Hit -- 34 of 42 (80.95%/T9) Greens in Regulation -- 39 of 54 (72.22%/T3) Putts Per Round -- 25.0/T1 Putting Average -- 1.513/1 Driving Distance -- 270.2/52 Total Birdies -- 19/1st
• Seattle native Fred Couples finished third in his second visit to his former hometown. He was second to Langer at the U.S. Senior Open at Sahalee last month.
• During the entire 2009 season, only four players won a 54-hole stroke-play event with a sub-200 score. However, this year there have already been 10 winners with scores under 200 in 54-hole events. The all-time Champions Tour record for most sub-200 scores in a season is 15 in 2000 (54-hole events). So far, 13 players have enjoyed double-digit scores under par on their way to victory, including a record-tying 25-under-par 191 by David Frost at the 3M Championship.
• No doubt hole No. 1 is Dave Rummells' favorite hole at the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge. Rummells made eagle all three days on the opening hole.
• Defending champion Loren Roberts shot a final-round even-par 68 to finish T13.
• A week after finishing T47 at the JELD-WEN Tradition, Mike Reid finished T4, his best finish in six starts in the tournament.
• Russ Cochran posted the day's low round, a 6-under-par 66, a nine-shot swing from a 3-over-par 75 on Saturday. He birdied four of his last five holes.
• Rookie Ted Schulz finished T15, his best finish on the Champions Tour.
• The field scoring average for the three rounds was 72.485, the highest scoring average in the six-year history of the event. The previous high was 72.051 in 2007. The most difficult hole for the second year in succession was No. 9 with an average score of 3.260 (+.260), while No. 1 was the easiest at 4.584 (-.416).