Round 3 Notebook: Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf

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April 25, 2010
PGA TOUR staff

Weather: Mostly cloudy and warm with occasional showers early in the day. Highs reached the mid-to-upper-70s and winds were from the S at 20-25 mph with occasional higher gusts to 30 mph. Lift, clean and place rules were in effect.

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• The win by Mark O'Meara and Nick Price was significant because it gave O'Meara his first victory in a Champions Tour event in 58 starts and ended a streak of 238 events without a win in a PGA TOUR event (181 on PGA TOUR; 57 on Champions Tour) since his victory at the 1998 British Open. The victory was Price's second on the Champions Tour. He claimed the 2009 Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am.

• O'Meara and Price each receive $230,000 for their win as well as 230 points in the Charles Schwab Cup race. The win also earned O'Meara a two-year exemption into the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai. Price was already eligible thru 2011 by virtue of his win at the 2009 Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am but will add another year with the win.

Nick Price continues his stellar play in 2010. The win gave him five straight top-10 finishes in his last five starts. O'Meara's win followed a T2 finish a week earlier at the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am.

Fred Couples remained in the lead in the season long Charles Schwab Cup race and leads with 1,015 points. Bernhard Langer is second with 818 followed by Nick Price with 461 and Tom Watson with 437.

• By virtue of his T4 finish with teammate Jay Haas, Fred Couples won $83,750 which increased his 2010 earnings to $1,049,317 making him the fastest to earn $1 million in a season. Couples did it in just his sixth event, breaking the record set in eight events by Hale Irwin in 1998 and later matched by Loren Roberts in 2006.

Andy Bean and Lu Chien-soon finished in third place after holding a one-stroke margin after 36 holes. They each earned $111,000 for their finish. Lu was a late-minute replacement for Bean's original partner Jerry Pate. He withdrew prior to the event with a knee issue.

Tom Watson and his partner Andy North saw their string of consecutive holes without a bogey end at 257 when the pair made a bogey at No. 6 in Sunday's final round.

• Hole No. 18 was the most difficult on Sunday with a scoring average of 4.182. Only one of 33 teams made a birdie -- Hale Irwin (playing with Larry Nelson). The hole also yielded 25 pars and seven bogeys. Birdies were also scarce at No. 15. None of the 33 teams made a birdie and it was the third most difficult hole at 3.000.

• Defending champions Bernhard Langer and Tom Lehman finished T4. After firing a 5-under-par 67 to open the tournament, the pair shot successive rounds of 9-under-par 63 on the weekend.

Ken Green and his partner Mike Reid finished T26. It was Green's first start since losing part of his right leg in an accident last June while returning from the Triton Financial Classic in Austin, TX.

• Sunday's playoff was the fifth in tournament history and the second in as many years. Bernhard Langer and Tom Lehman defeated Jeff Sluman and Craig Stadler last year on the second playoff hole also with a par.

• Runners-up John Cook and Joey Sindelar earned their third consecutive top-5 finish in this event. They were T4 in 2008 and T3 a year ago. The pair led all players with 26 birdies.

• Although it was a team event, the win by Mark O'Meara kept the Champions Tour's streak alive of having a former Masters champion win every event this year. So far in 2010, former Masters winners Fred Couples (three wins), Bernhard Langer (two wins) and Tom Watson one win) have earned that distinction.

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