-- Esteban Toledo chipped in from 35 feet on the third extra hole to defeat Kenny Perry and win last week’s Montreal Championship, his second win in 2013. Toledo is the seventh rookie to win an event this year. He joins Rocco Mediate with a pair of “rookie” victories.
-- Toledo is the fourth consecutive rookie to win an event, joining Bart Bryant, John Riegger and Rocco Mediate. Four rookie winners in a row is an unprecedented feat in Champions Tour history, apart from the first year when four different players won the four tournaments on the schedule.
-- The Montreal Championship win marks the second time this year Toledo has won a playoff on the third extra hole. Earlier this year he claimed his first career win on the Champions Tour when he outlasted Mike Goodes and Gene Sauers to win the Insperity Championship near Houston in May.
-- Duffy Waldorf finished third at last week’s Montreal Championship, giving him four top-five finishes in his last four starts -- Dick’s Sporting Goods Open (T4), Boeing Classic (T4) and Shaw Charity Classic (T3). During this four-tournament stretch Waldorf is a combined 42-under and has earned $419,857 (104,964 per start).
-- Gordon Brand Jr. won the WINSTONgolf Senior Open in Germany by one stroke over Andrew Oldcorn, who posted a final-round 61. Brand’s 12-under total was just enough to claim his second title on the European Senior Tour.
The Pacific Links Hawaii Championship returns to Kapolei GC in Hawaii for its second year on Sept. 16-22. Last year’s inaugural event was won by Willie Wood, who birdied the final two holes to win his second tournament in three starts. Wood played all 54 holes without a bogey and was the 14th winner in Champions Tour history to post a bogey-free victory.
Bill Glasson was runner-up to Willie Wood at last year’s Pacific Links Hawaii Championship. Glasson has posted consecutive top-10 finishes in Canada the last two weeks (T10/Shaw Charity Classic, T9/Montreal Championship), including a course-record 62 in the final-round of the Shaw Charity Classic.
CHARLES SCHWAB CUP
Despite his playoff loss at last week’s Montreal Championship, Kenny Perry increased his margin in the Charles Schwab Cup race. He picked up 141 points and now leads Bernhard Langer by 857 points. Perry has 2,760 points, while Langer is second with 1,903. David Frost remains third with 1,730 followed by Duffy Waldorf (1,524) and Fred Couples (1,489).
65 – The course record at Kapolei GC was posted five times by four players at last year’s Pacific Links Hawaii Championship – Peter Senior, Bill Glasson, Larry Mize and Kirk Triplett, who shot back-to-back 65s after an opening-round 78.
ON THIS DATE
9/11/77 – Gil Morgan wins his first PGA TOUR title when he posts a five-stroke victory over Lee Elder at the B.C. Open.
DID YOU KNOW?
By virtue of his T4 finish at last week’s Montreal Championship (top-10 finisher not otherwise exempt); Anders Forsbrand earned a spot in the Pacific Links Championship in Hawaii. His finish was his best on Tour in 15 career starts.
QUOTES TO NOTE
“I always celebrate with a left hook.” – Former boxer Esteban Toledo explains the emotional fist pump after chipping in on the third playoff hole at last week’s Montreal Championship.
"It only took me a few days to realize that I wanted to have a few more whirls. Whatever is left, I want to enjoy." – Nick Faldo decided to enter the SAS Championship after enjoying his return to competition at this year’s Open Championship at Muirfield in July.
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