Notebook: Principal Charity Classic, Round 3
June 01, 2014
- Doug Garwood earned his best finish on the Champions Tour this week. (Dykes/Getty Images)
• Tom Pernice Jr., made an eight-foot birdie putt on the second extra hole to defeat Doug Garwood for his third career victory. Pernice took the lead on a crowded leaderboard with a 30-foot chip-in on 17 to move one ahead of the field. However, Garwood birdied the 17 and then added a second at 18 to set up a playoff. Garwood made a seven-footer on the 54th hole to earn a spot in the playoff. After the pair each made pars on the first playoff hole, Pernice hit his second shot to eight-feet and then drained his winning putt ending Garwood’s chances for his first victory on the Champions Tour.
With his Victory….Tom Pernice Jr.
• Claimed his third career victory on the Champions Tour with his win today. He also won the 2009 SAS Championship and the 2013 3M Championship.
• Earns a check for $262,500 as well as 263 points in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race.
• With his 263 Charles Schwab Cup points, Pernice is now 10th overall with 410 points.
• Will be exempt into the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai through 2016.
• Was a two-time winner on the PGA TOUR.
• A UCLA product, and a Kansas City native, Pernice now calls Nashville home.
• Doug Garwood’s second-place finish was his best showing on the Champions Tour and it earned him a check for $154,000. It also earned him a spot in the upcoming Encompass Championship near Chicago in two weeks as a top-10 finisher not previously exempt. He was bidding to become the first Q-School product to win on Tour since Esteban Toledo won last year’s Montreal Championship.
• Garwood was also looking to become the first player to earn his first Champions Tour victory at the Principal Charity Classic. This marked the second year in succession he finished in the top 10 here. He was T7 last year.
• Sixty-year-old Jay Haas continues his stellar 2014 season. The former Wake Forest star finished T3. It marked the sixth straight event he has finished in the top five in a Champions Tour event as well as the ninth time in 10 tournaments this year. Haas posted three consecutive rounds in the 60s, giving him 21 for the season, the leader on Tour.
• Bill Glasson tied the competitive course record with an 8-under-par 64 on Sunday. It matched Bart Bryant’s record 64 which he shot in the second round a year ago. Glasson’s low round on the Champions Tour was a 9-under-par 61 at last year’s Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn. Glasson was among four players who tied for third on Sunday.
• Glasson’s T3 finish was his best effort since he was second at the 2012 Pacific Links Championship.
• Bernhard Langer continues to lead the Charles Schwab Cup race with 1,511 points followed by Colin Montgomerie with 1,227 points. Jay Haas is third with 1,182.
• Mark Mouland finished T17, but he led all players with 16 birdies.
• The field averaged 71.446 for the event, a drop from last year’s average of 72.577.
• The most difficult hole for the event was No. 14 with an average score of 3.298 (+.298). The easiest was No. 13 with an average score of 4.529 (-.471).