News and notes from around the Champions Tour for the week of Oct. 7, 2013.
• Kirk Triplett is the Champions Tour Player of the Month for September. Triplett shot nine of 10 rounds under par during the month and successfully defended the Nature Valley First Tee Open title. Triplett was 20-under for the month and earned $360,600 during that period. Here’s a look at Triplett’s results in September:
• Captain Fred Couples and his U.S. Team defeated Captain Nick Price and his International Team at last week’s Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village. Although the International Team won the final session (Singles), the U.S Team won the competition 18.5 – 15.5.
• The SAS Championship attracted another World Golf Hall of Famer this year when Sir Nick Faldo joined the field. A nine-time winner on the PGA TOUR, including three wins each at the Masters and Open Championship, Faldo will be making his third start in a Champions Tour event and first in the United States. His two other appearances were at the 2007 and 2009 Senior British Opens where he finished T14 and T38, respectively. There are eight members of the World Golf Hall of Fame in the field, including Faldo. The others are Hale Irwin, Colin Montgomerie, Curtis Strange, Larry Nelson, Bernhard Langer, Sandy Lyle, and Tom Kite.
• Doug Garwood’s T2 finish at the recent Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach was important. As a previous alternate into this field, his top-10 finish earned him a spot in the tournament as a top-10 finisher not previously exempt. Garwood turned 50 in March and has open qualified four times since turning 50. Garwood’s best previous finish was a T7 at the Principal Charity Classic.
• The last six winners of the SAS Championship have made an average of 16 birdies over 54 holes and have averaged only 3.7 bogeys en route to victory.
CHARLES SCHWAB CUP
Three weeks ago, Bernhard Langer trailed Charles Schwab Cup leader Kenny Perry by 857 points in the season-long standings. Perry’s only points in the last four weeks have come from a runner-up finish in the Montreal Championship when he lost a playoff to Esteban Toledo, while Langer earned points every week with four top-10 finishes. Heading into the final four events, Langer has closed the gap to a 669-point margin.
3 - Only three players have teed it up in every SAS Championship. They are Bob Gilder, Tom Jenkins and Larry Nelson.
ON THIS DATE
10/11/91 – Chip Beck ties a PGA TOUR record when he shoots a 13-under 59 in the third round of the Las Vegas Invitational.
10/13/85 – Mike Fetchick celebrates his 63rd birthday by winning the Hilton Head Seniors International, making him the oldest winner in Champions Tour history.
DID YOU KNOW?
There has never been a playoff at the SAS Championship—the only current Champions Tour event that has played the first 10 years without an overtime session.
QUOTES TO NOTE
“A three-peat’s good enough for me.” – Fred Couples says he will not captain the U.S. Team at the 2015 Presidents Cup in Korea following his third win in a row as captain last week at Muirfield Village.
TWEET OF THE WEEK