Round 4 Notebook: Senior PlayersOctober 10, 2010
Dave Senko, PGA TOUR staff
Weather: Sunny and pleasant with highs reaching the low-to-mid-80s. Winds were from the WNW at 5-10.
• Final Leaderboard:1 -- Mark O'Meara (273/-7); 2 -- Michael Allen (273/-7); 3-- Loren Roberts (275/-5); 4 -- Jeff Sluman (276/-4); T5 --Joe Ozaki & Russ Cochran (277/-3); 7 -- Mike Reid (279/-1). 8 -- Jim Rutledge (280/Even); T9 -- Bernhard Langer & Joey Sindelar (281/+1). O'Meara won with par on first playoff hole.
• Mark O'Meara sank a three-and-a-half foot par putt on the first extra hole to defeat Michael Allen at the TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm. O'Meara, who narrowly missed winning the tournament in regulation when his birdie opportunity from 30 feet finished just inches short on the 72nd hole, hit two near-perfect shots in the playoff and two-putted from 30 for the win. Allen made up a three-stroke deficit in the final five holes with three birdies, but hit his tee shot right on the playoff hole into the tall grass which led to his bogey-5, enabling O'Meara to emerge with the win.
• In addition to a first prize of $405,000 and 810 points in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race, Mark O'Meara wins his first individual title on the Champions Tour and also wins for the second time in 2010. He teamed with Nick Price earlier this year to claim the title at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf in Savannah.
• The win also gives O'Meara an additional three years of eligibility for the season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai (thru 2015) as well as a berth in next May's PLAYERS Championship.
• O'Meara increased his 2010 earnings to $1,115,186, the third time in four years on the Champions Tour he has reached the $1 million mark.
• O'Meara was the only player in the field to have posted four straight sub-par rounds (68-68-69-68--273/-7).
• O'Meara's winning total of 7-under-par 273 was the fewest strokes under par for the winner of this event in tournament history. The previous low was an 8-under-par by Gary Player in 1988.
• Sunday's playoff was the third in tournament history and the first since 2001 when Allen Doyle defeated Doug Tewell with a par on the first extra hole. The other was in 1995 when J.C. Snead defeated Jack Nicklaus with a birdie on the first extra hole. Both those events were at TPC Michigan.
B• ernhard Langer rebounded from a second round 3-over-par 73 with weekend scores of 70-67 to finish T9 and earn a top-10 finish and additional Charles Schwab Cup points. His finish netted him 146 points which increased his season total to 3,160 points and a 690-point advantage over Fred Couples with three events remaining. Regardless of how the next two weeks unfold, no player can overtake Langer heading to the Charles Schwab Cup Championship at Harding Park in San Francisco (No. 1-7).
• Defending champion Jay Haas finished T20.
• Fred Funk's bid for a fourth straight top-10 finish in this tournament fell short when he shot a final-round 2-over-par 72 to finish T16.
• Canadian Jim Rutledge had his first top-10 finish in 12 Champions Tour starts when he finished eighth, earning $86,400. His effort helped him jump from 69th to 59thon the money list.
• Loren Roberts' third-place effort was his first top-10 finish since he was T5 at the Montreal Championship on July 4th.
• With just two full-field events remaining Keith Fergus sits in the 30th spot for the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship with $512,645. He leads Bob Tway ($509,694) by just $2,951 for the final spot. Mike Goodes is 32nd with $491,884. Only the top 30 money winners are eligible for the tournament. John Cook is the defending champion.
• The field averaged 72.551 for the tournament and hole No. 4 was the most difficult with an average score of 4.413 (+.413). That made it the eighth most-difficult hole on the Champions Tour in 2010. The easiest hole was No. 14 with an average score of 3.723 (-277). The tee was moved up two days (Friday and Sunday), resulting in 10 eagles on those two days.
• Michael Allen led all players with 18 birdies, two more than Mark O'Meara and Mike Reid.
• Joey Sindelar finished T9 on Sunday after starting out in 59th place after the first round. He posted three straight rounds in the 60s after an opening-round 76 and earned $72,900.