Boeing Classic: Round 3 notebook

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August 30, 2009
Dave Senko, PGA TOUR Staff

• Final Leaderboard:

1. Loren Roberts (198/-18) 2. Mark O'Meara (199/-17) T3. Bernhard Langer, Dan Forsman (202/-14) 5. Hal Sutton (204/-12) 6. Craig Stadler (205/-11)

• The victory was Loren Roberts' third of the year and 11th of his career. His other wins this year came at the ACE Group Classic and the Senior British Open. He earned a first-place check for $270,000, increasing his 2009 earnings to $1,508,086 which is second to Bernhard Langer ($1,776,385).

• Roberts played near-perfect golf over his final 38 holes with just one bogey in that span (No. 5/final round).

• Roberts' 54-hole total of 18-under-par 198 set a new tournament scoring record, breaking David Eger's record of 17-under-par 199 in 2005.

• Roberts has been perhaps the hottest player on the Champions Tour in the last month. He owns two wins, a T4 and a T5 to his credit. During that span he has posted 14 sub-par rounds in 15 starts and has won $804,641 in those four starts, an average of $201,160 per start.

• With his victory, Roberts becomes just the sixth Saturday leader/co-leader to win in 18 events in 2009. He also won for the third time in his last 14 starts.

• Roberts' three wins were the most since he won four times in 2006. His 11 career wins now places him T21 on the all-time victory list on the Champions Tour.

• With his winning birdie at No. 18, it marked the second time in 2009 that Roberts birdied the final hole to win. He also did so at the ACE Group Classic. His win at the Senior British Open came in a playoff with Mark McNulty and Fred Funk.

• Charles Schwab Cup leader Funk couldn't build on his lead after finishing out of the top 10 (T55), but Roberts, the 2007 Charles Schwab Cup winner, closed the gap a great deal with his win. Roberts now trails Funk by just 86 points. Funk leads with 2,051 and Roberts now has 1,965. Bernhard Langer, with a T3 finish, is third with 1,734 points. Larry Mize (1,205) and Joey Sindelar (1,086) remain in fourth and fifth place, respectively. With his second-place finish, Mark O'Meara moved into sixth place with 921 points. The Schwab Cup offers $2.1 million in tax-deferred annuity payouts to the five leading finishers, with the winner receiving a $1 million payout.

• The Champions Tour leading money-winner Langer will miss the next three events as he goes back to Europe for a pair of tournaments. Langer will compete in the Mercedes-Benz Championship in Cologne, Germany (Sept. 10-13) on the European Tour and then defend his title at the Casa Serena Open in Prague (Sept. 18-20) on the European Senior Tour.

Hal Sutton's 9-under-par 63 was his low career round on the Champions Tour, besting his 64 at the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am in April. It was also his best round since he posted a 63 at the Valero Texas Open in 2003. Sutton finished sixth, his best effort since he was T3 at the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am.

• O'Meara's runner-up finish was the fourth second-place in 2009 and the eighth in his career. The other four came in 2007. O'Meara's 17-under-par total of 199 was the second-lowest score to now win an event this year. Funk was second to Lonnie Nielsen at the Dick's Sporting Goods Open at 18-under-par 198.

• Overall, the field scoring average for the tournament was 71.803 vs. 71.939 in 2008. The final-round scoring average was 71.256, the second highest final-round scoring average in the history of the event. The highest was 72.179 in 2005.

• Craig Stadler's sixth-place finish was his best showing in a Champions Tour event since he was T2 at the 2008 Wal-Mart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach. He was also second at the 2009 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf but that was a team, better-ball event.

• The most difficult hole for the tournament was No. 9, with an average score of 3.231 (+.231. The easiest was No. 1 with an average score of 4.645 (-.355).

• In the previous four events there were just eight eagles on No. 14 in 12 rounds. However, this year five players made eagle on the 431-yard hole. Mark McNulty made the first in the opening round, while Jim Thorpe made the second on Saturday. David Eger, Jerry Pate and Ben Crenshaw all made eagles on Sunday.

• Roberts needed just 73 putts on his way to his victory and led all players in that category.

• Defending champion Tom Kite finished T16.

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