Notebook: Montgomerie is Player of Month
June 02, 2014
By Mark Williams, PGATOUR.COM
- Colin Montgomerie won the Senior PGA Championship and added a T3 at the Insperity Invitational. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Tom Pernice Jr. birdied the second hole of a sudden-death playoff to defeat conditionally-exempt Doug Garwood and win the Principal Charity Classic in Des Moines, Iowa. Pernice claimed his third career victory, closing with a 3-under 69 to match Garwood, who birdied the final two holes, at 12-under 204 at Wakonda Club. Pernice's winning putt from 10 feet came after both players opened the playoff with matching pars. Bill Glasson shot a final-round 64 to finish T3 with Jay Haas, Mark Calcavecchia and Michael Allen a shot back.
Doug Garwood’s runner-up finish earned him a check for $154,000 as well as a spot in the 2014 Encompass Championship near Chicago 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.
Sixty-year-old Jay Haas continued his stellar 2014 season, finishing T3 at the Principal Charity Classic. It marked the sixth straight event he finished in the top five in a Champions Tour event in 2014. Haas posted three consecutive rounds in the 60s, giving him 21 at this point for the season.
Colin Montgomerie is the Champions Tour Player of the Month for May following his first official win in America at the Senior PGA Championship. Montgomerie also recorded a T3 finish at the Insperity Invitational and a T16 finish at the Regions Tradition where his final-round 73 was his only over-par round for the month.
Six-time major champion Sir Nick Faldo was named the honoree for the 2015 Memorial Tournament.
Salem Country Club in Peabody, Mass. will host the 2017 U.S. Senior Open Championship. The championship, which will be the sixth USGA championship hosted by Salem, are June 29-July 2.
Shoal Creek in Birmingham, Ala. will host the Regions Tradition for the fifth consecutive year in 2015 before the major championship relocates to Greystone G&CC, just a few miles away, for 2016-18. The USGA announced last week that Shoal Creek will host the U.S. Women’s Open in 2018.
Tournament officials with the Toshiba Classic, which is traditionally held in March, announced the event will be played in October next year.
The Big Cedar Lodge Legends of Golf presented by Bass Pro Shops employs two courses this year, the 18-hole Buffalo Ridge and the Top of the Rock, a Jack Nicklaus Signature course consisting of nine spectacular Par-3 holes. A Par-3 course is being utilized for a PGA TOUR-sanctioned event for the first time in history.
Bernhard Langer currently leads the Champions Tour in Par-3 statistics. His scoring average on the par-3s this year is 2.89 and he’s a cumulative 13-under par on the par-3s thus far on the 2014 Champions Tour. He’s made birdie on the par-3s 24.17% of the time in 29 rounds this year, tops on the Champions Tour.
The Big Cedar Lodge Legends of Golf will include 34 players in both divisions who have won a cumulative 91 major championships in their PGA TOUR career. In the Champions Division, there will be 24 former major winners, while there are 10 in the Legends Division field. World Golf Hall of Fame members Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player will team together for the second consecutive year in this tournament.
Jeff Sluman won last year’s Legends of Golf with Brad Faxon, but because Faxon has a prior commitment this year, Sluman will team with Fred Funk at this year’s Big Cedar Lodge Legends of Golf. Funk finished T2 with partner Mike Goodes last year at the Legends of Golf.
The Big Cedar Legends of Golf presented by Bass Pro Shops will offer something for everyone. From championship golf, to a kid’s BB gun shooting range and casting pond. Fans will also have the opportunity to meet, take photos and collect autographs of other celebrity sports legends like the all-time great bass fisherman, Bill Dance and NASCAR driver Tony Stewart.
CHARLES SCHWAB CUP
Tom Pernice, Jr. jumped from 25th to 10th in the Charles Schwab Cup standings following his win at the Principal Charity Classic. His was the only change in the top-10, replacing Jeff Maggert who fell from 10th to 11th position. Bernhard Langer maintains the No. 1 position with a 284-point lead over Colin Montgomerie.
10 - There have been 10 holes-in-one in tournament history since the Legends of Golf began. With nine Par-3 holes at Top of the Rock at Big Cedar Lodge Resort, there is a strong chance aces will be recorded this year. Joe Daley made the most recent ace in this event in the final round of last year’s Legends of Golf.
ON THIS DATE
6/2/91 – Billy Andrade wins his first PGA TOUR victory when he makes birdie on the first extra hole to defeat Jeff Sluman.
6/5/83 -- Fred Couples wins the Kemper Open in a playoff for the first of his 15 PGA TOUR titles.
6/6/76 – Tom Kite wins his first of 19 PGA TOUR titles when he defeats Terry Diehl in a playoff to win the IVB-Bicentennial Golf Classic in Philadelphia.
6/7/87 – Chi Chi Rodriguez closes with a 7-under-par 65 to win the Senior Players Reunion Pro-Am at Bent Tree CC in Dallas. It was his fourth consecutive victory, a Champions Tour record.
DID YOU KNOW?
Proceeds from the Big Cedar Lodge Legends of Golf presented by Bass Pro Shops will benefit local charities, including the College of the Ozarks, better known as “Hard Work U”. The college charges no tuition for full-time students due to its student work program and donations. The program requires students to work 15 hours a week at an on-campus work station and two 40-hour work weeks during breaks.
QUOTES TO NOTE
“You're not going to win it just winning a major or two and you're not going to win it just having five or ten top‑10s; it's got to take a lot of good golf throughout the whole season.” – Points leader Bernhard Langer comments on what it takes to win the Charles Schwab Cup.
“I think it’s a wonderful precedent that the Champions Tour will be showcasing Par-3 golf as a viable and acceptable option to playing full-length courses, and I congratulate the PGA TOUR for doing so.” – PGA of America President Ted Bishop remarks on the Big Cedar Lodge Legends of Golf being held at the Jack Nicklaus Signature Top of the Rock nine-hole, Par-3 course.
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