Notes: Langer now second in Schwab Cup points
July 13, 2014
By Champions Tour staff, PGATOUR.COM
- Bernhard Langer had led in Charles Schwab Cup points since the first event of the year (Christian Peterson/Getty Images)
Colin Montgomerie sank a 15-foot putt for par on the third hole of an aggregate playoff with Gene Sauers to claim the 2014 U.S. Senior Open. It was a disappointing loss for Sauers, who saw his six-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole lip out. Had his putt dropped, it would have given Sauers his first Champions Tour win and first since his 2002 PGA TOUR victory at the Air Canada Championship.
But credit Montgomerie, who battled the 100 degree heat to win his second major title this year. He won the Senior PGA Championship in May in Michigan. The World Golf Hall of Famer shot a 2-under-par 69 to get in the playoff and ended Sauer’s chances when he sank his par putt on the third extra hole.
Colin Montgomerie took full advantage of the double points being available in the major championships on Sunday. By earning 1,260 points, Montgomerie took over the top spot in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race with 2,543 points. Bernhard Langer had led the race since the first event of the year and is now in second place with 2,520 after tying for ninth place here. Jay Haas is third with 1,480 points. Double points will be available in two weeks for the season’s final major at the Senior British Open at Royal Porthcawl in Wales as well as at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship at the close of the year.
• Wins his second title on the Champions Tour and second of 2014 in his 21st start on Tour.
• Becomes the first player since Roger Chapman in 2012 in which his first two wins were majors…Montgomerie matched Chapman’s wins at the Senior PGA Championship and now the U.S. Senior Open.
• Earns a check for $630,000, the largest of his Champions Tour career and increases his 2014 earnings to $1,609,929.
• Earns 1,260 points in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race and moves into first place in the season-long race with 2,543 points.
Wins a berth in the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay in Washington state.
• His four-stroke comeback was the third-best comeback (tie) in U.S. Senior Open history in the final round.
• Becomes the eighth foreign-born player to capture the title…Joins
Roberto De Vicenzo (Argentina), Gary Player (South Africa), Simon Hobday (South Africa), Graham Marsh (Australia), Eduardo Romero (Argentina), Bernhard Langer (Germany) and Roger Chapman (England).
Notes from the championship
• With his second-place finish, Gene Sauers earned a check for $378,000, the largest of his Champions Tour career and increases his 2014 earnings to $542,375.
• Sunday’s playoff was the first since 2002 when Don Pooley defeated Tom Watson in a five-hole playoff at Caves Valley GC in Owings Mill, Maryland.
• It was another good performance by Marco Dawson in a major championship. Despite a 76 on Friday, Dawson still battled over the weekend to finish T5, his third top-10 finish in a major this year. He was T9 at the Regions Tradition and the Senior PGA Championship. He was also T15 at the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship two weeks ago.
• Dawson earned $122,988 and increased his 2014 earnings to $304,694. As a non-exempt player, his strong play will certainly help him when the Champions Tour does its reorder in September which could allow him full access for the final five full-field events.
• One day after experiencing back problems throughout his third round, Wes Short, Jr. withdrew prior to final round. He had started the day tied for 18th place.
• The day’s best turnaround was turned in by Bart Bryant. After shooting a 10-over-par 81 on Saturday, Bryant shaved 15 strokes off his score, finishing with a 5-under-par 66 on Sunday
• It was a roller coaster week for John Cook. The 1978 U.S. Amateur champion posted rounds of 79-69-76-66, a 10-shot swing each day. He finished T24.
• Woody Austin enjoyed a top-5 finish in his first start on the Champions Tour. The four-time PGA TOUR winner closed with a 1-under-par 70 to finish T3. Kevin Sutherland, who was also making his debut, finished T38.
• In a rare Champions Tour start, Vijay Singh finished T5. His only other start came last year at the Pacific Links Hawai’I Championship where he finished T6.
• After four major championships this year, only two players have posted top-10 finishes in each of those championships. Bernhard Langer, the winner of the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship, leads the way. In addition to his win, he was T9 at the Regions Tradition in Birmingham, T3 at the Senior PGA Championship and T9 at this event. The other player is Joe Durant, who was T9 at the Regions Tradition, T5 at the Senior PGA Championship, T6 at the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship and T9 here.
• After narrowly making the cut right on the number (+7), defending champion Kenny Perry rebounded with rounds of 72-67 to finish T14.
• Mike McCoy from Des Moines, Iowa, was the low amateur, finishing T26. As the low amateur, McCoy earns a spot in next year’s U.S. Senior Open at Del Paso Country Club in Sacramento.
• After successive 73s in his first two rounds, Peter Senior rebounded with a bogey-free 3-under-par 68 on Saturday and a 1-over-par 72 on Sunday. His play on the weekend was good enough to help him finish T9, his first top-10 effort this year.
• Marco Dawson and Colin Montgomerie led all players with 17 birdies for the event.
• The 469-yard, par-4 third hole was the most difficult for the tournament with an average score of 4.420. The hole has yielded just 31 birdies through four rounds. That would make it the most difficult hole on the Champions Tour so far in 2014. Colin Montgomerie birdied it three of four days. The easiest hole was No. 7, a par-5 which averaged 4.870. There were 11 eagles and 157 birdies.
• The field averaged 75.11 for the event on the par-71, 7,219-yard layout.