Round 3 Notebook: Toshiba Classic

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March 13, 2011
Dave Senko, PGA TOUR Staff

Weather: Sunny and pleasant with highs in the low-60s. Winds were from the SW at 5-10 mph.

Nick Price two-putted for par on the final hole and then watched Mark Wiebe's 14-foot birdie putt slide by the hole giving him a one-stroke victory in Newport Beach. It was Price's fourth Champions Tour title and third in the last 11 months. Price started the day with a two-stroke edge over Wiebe and pushed it to three after a birdie at No. 10. Price's bogey at No. 12 dropped it back to two strokes and then Wiebe cut it to one with a birdie at No. 15. However, neither could make a birdie over the final three holes and Price emerged with the win.

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• Price played near-perfect golf over the 54-hole event. He had just two bogeys during the tournament and led all players in Driving Accuracy at 88.10 percent (37 of 42). He hit 16 of 18 Greens in Regulation on Sunday to lead in that category as well.

• Price earned $255,000 with the win and also claimed 255 points in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race. He moved into second place in that race with 361 points. Tom Lehman continues to lead with 454 points. John Cook remains in third place with 305 points. Price is also now second in earnings with $397,900 behind Lehman ($478,038).

Mark Wiebe's runner-up finish was his second consecutive top-10 finish and it was his best finish since he was second at last fall's Administaff Small Business Classic. The Denver resident will remain in Southern California on Monday and Tuesday as he watches his son, Gunner, compete in the San Diego Intercollegiate Classic in Chula Vista, Calif. His son is a senior for the Toreros and earned a spot in the PGA TOUR's 2010 Farmers Insurance Open.

• Wiebe and Corey Pavin led all players with 19 birdies.

• Two days after bettering his age for the first time in his career with a 1-under-par 70, Lee Trevino matched his age with a final-round even-par 71. Trevino had matched his age back in 2006 when he closed with a second-round 66 at the AT&T Championship.

Joe Ozaki's T3 finish was his best finish in three starts this year and his best showing since he was T2 at last May's Regions Charity Classic. Ozaki will return to his home in Japan on Monday after more than five weeks in the United States.

• Ian Baker-Finch finished T78 in his Champions Tour debut. Former PGA TOUR and Nationwide Tour performer P.H. Horgan was T41 in his debut.

Robert Thompson earned him a spot in the next full-field event, (Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic) with his T4 finish on Sunday. Thompson, who finished 7th at last fall's Champions Tour National Qualifying Tournament, is not fully exempt this year and his top-10 finish captured him a spot in the event, which begins April 1 at Fallen Oak in Saucier, Miss. Thompson had the fewest putts for this event -- 76.

• A total of 156 sub-par rounds were posted at this year's event, including 53 in each of the first two rounds. There were just 110 a year ago. Overall, the field averaged 69.842 his year, nearly one stroke lower than the 2010 average of 70.792.

• Defending champion Fred Couples finished T5 in just his second Champions Tour start of the year. He was T16 at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai in his other start.

Russ Cochran posted the day's best round, a 7-under-par 64.

• Hole No. 8 was the most difficult for the tournament, playing to an average of 3.216 (+.216). As it was the previous two rounds, No. 18 was the easiest for the week 4.548 (-.452). There were six eagles and 105 birdies in the tournament.

• Tom Pernice Jr. and Jeff Sluman extended their streaks for par/better rounds to 21 dating to last year.

• Mark O'Meara and Tom Lehman have now posted nine straight rounds in the 60s in as many starts in 2011.

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