By Mark Williams, Champions Tour staff
On Cinco de Mayo, Mexico’s Esteban Toledo came from seven shots back to prevail in a three-way playoff with Mike Goodes and Gene Sauers and win his first career victory on the Champions Tour at last week’s Insperity Championship. Toledo is the first player from Mexico to win an event on the Champions Tour.
With his Insperity Championship win, Esteban Toledo became the first Q-school graduate to win on the Champions Tour since Eduardo Romero won the 2006 JELD-WEN Tradition in Oregon. Toledo finished T4 last year at the Champions Tour’s National Qualifying Tournament.
Only seven players broke par at the Insperity Championship, the fewest in a 54-hole event since only five players finished below par at the 2007 Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am.
Bernhard Langer made 18 straight pars in the final round of the Insperity Championship. He also made par on his last five holes of the second round so he’s made 23 straight pars going into the Senior PGA Championship.
Tom Kite made his first career ace on the Champions Tour in the opening round of last week’s Insperity Championship, holing his tee shot from 194 yards with a 7-iron on the par-3 16th hole. 17,674th hole he played in competition
Dave Stockton, Johnny Miller and Tony Jacklin teamed up to shoot 11-under and win the second annual 3M Oil & Gas Greats of Golf Competition following the second round of the Insperity Championship. The defending champions, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player finished second, four strokes back.
Bryan Naugle, the Executive Director of the Insperity Championship, was the recipient of the 2013 Dave Marr Award, awarded annually to honor individuals who exemplify sportsmanship, honesty, character, integrity and a passion for the game of golf.
Joe Daley is the first winner of the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship to have never competed in THE PLAYERS Championship as a PGA TOUR member since the exemption was created in 2007. Past winners of the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS and their results at THE PLAYERS for which they subsequently qualified are:
Past CSPC winner Result at PLAYERS the following year
2006-Bobby Wadkins MC (77-75)
2007-Loren Roberts DNP
2008-D.A. Weibring WD
2009-Jay Haas MC (71-73)
2010-Mark O’Meara 74th (66-74-79-77)
2011-Fred Couples WD
2012-Joe Daley -
The Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid is the next event on the Champions Tour schedule at Bellerive CC in St. Louis on May 20-26. Roger Chapman is the defending champion. When Bellerive hosted the 2004 U.S. Senior Open, Peter Jacobsen shot 12-under 272 and won by a stroke over Hale Irwin.
CHARLES SCHWAB CUP
Esteban Toledo jumped 11 spots, from 17th to sixth, on the Charles Schwab Cup standings after earning 270 points for his Insperity Championship victory last week. Bernhard Langer continues to lead the race for the Charles Schwab Cup.
The season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship will return to the Desert Mountain Club in 2014 and 2016. The Charles Schwab Cup Championship was played at Desert Mountain in 2012, but heads to TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, Calif. for the 2013 event. The top-30 players on the Champions Tour money-list at the conclusion of the season are eligible to compete in the limited-field event. Double-points in the season-long race for the Charles Schwab Cup are awarded to all 30 competitors.
4 – The number of 55-year-old winners on the Champions Tour this season (John Cook, Bernhard Langer (2), Jeff Sluman).
ON THIS DATE
5/7/89 – Jodie Mudd closes with a 5-under-par 65 and then defeats Larry Nelson with a birdie on the first extra hole to win the Byron Nelson Classic for his second TOUR win. Mudd won twice in 1990, for four total career wins on the PGA TOUR, including THE PLAYERS Championship.
DID YOU KNOW?
The only winner on the Champions Tour this season who was outside the top ten after the opening round is Bernhard Langer, who won the Greater Gwinnett Championship after shooting 73 in the first round to lie in a tie for 29th.
Winner Event Position After Round 1
John Cook Mitsubishi Electric T2
Rocco Mediate Allianz T3
Bernhard Langer ACE Group 1
David Frost Toshiba 1
Michael Allen Mississippi GRC T5
Bernhard Langer Greater Gwinnett T29
Brad Faxon/Jeff Sluman Liberty Mutual 1
Esteban Toledo Insperity T8
QUOTES TO NOTE
“I have dreams and goals in my life that I was going to win on the Champions Tour, and I think I'm going to keep winning.” – Esteban Toledo makes a prediction after winning his first Champions Tour event on Cinco de Mayo at the Insperity Championship.
“I think it would be a wonderful idea or recognition if the major championships in the world would actually have players from the Champions Tour. I think they would gain two wonderful players, great legends, champions of the game. It would be a great addition to the tournaments. So I'll leave it in your court, spread that around.” – Bernhard Langer suggests during a recent press conference that major championships contemplate including the winner of the Charles Schwab Cup and the leading money winner on the Champions Tour.
“You know you’ve arrived when the President sends you a picture to sign.’’ – Lee Trevino comments on the photo of him winning the 1968 U.S. Open at Winged Foot. President Obama sent him the photo requesting his autograph so he could present it to the President of Mexico.
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