July 29, 2013
Champions Tour staff
- In the first Monday finish in Senior Open Championship history, Mark Wiebe won an improbable playoff with Bernhard Langer at Royal Birkdale for the first major title of his career. On Sunday night, Wiebe appeared as if he would be the runner-up before Langer’s double-bogey on the final hole allowed him to get into the overtime session. In near darkness on Sunday night, both players halved two extra holes with pars and resumed the playoff on Monday morning. After making pars on the third extra hole and bogeys at the fourth extra hole, Wiebe claimed the title with a par at the fifth extra hole.
- Prior to his win at the Senior British Open, Wiebe had not registered a top-10 finish this season, suffering through elbow and back injuries for most of the year. His previous-best effort in 14 starts in 2013 was a T14 at the ACE Group Classic.
- With his win at the Senior British Open, Wiebe earned a trip to the 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club next July.
- The five-hole playoff between Langer and Wiebe was the longest in Senior British Open history and Wiebe’s four-stroke comeback was the biggest come-from-behind victory in Senior Open history.
- The Monday finish was the first in a Senior British Open Championship and the first on the Champions Tour since the 2005 Bayer Advantage Classic near Kansas City.
- In tribute to his Open Championship success in 1998, Mark O’Meara was awarded Honorary Membership of Royal Birkdale Golf Club ahead of last week’s Senior Open Championship.
- The online application is now available for the 2013 Champions Tour National Qualifying Tournament. The finals will be held at TPC Scottsdale. Entry deadline is Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 5 p.m. ET.
- Bob Tway’s son, Kevin, claimed his first Web.com Tour victory at last week’s Albertson’s Boise Open, defeating Spencer Levin at the first hole of a sudden death playoff after both players finished tied at 23-under.
- Severe flash flooding in North Carolina last weekend caused damage to the Rock Barn Golf & Spa which will host the Greater Hickory Kia Classic in October. According to news reports, nine inches of rain fell in two hours, several greens on the course were underwater and an entrance bridge to the course suffered damage.
- This week’s 3M Championship will mark Colin Montgomerie’s fourth start on the Champions Tour. His three previous starts were major championships (T9/Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS, T30/U.S. Senior Open, T21/Senior British Open).
- The winning score at the 3M Championship has been at least 15-under in each of the last six years. The last 10 champions at the TPC Twin Cities have all had three consecutive scores in the 60s.
- David Peoples shot 68-62-70—200 to finish runner-up to Langer at last year’s 3M Championship. In the nine events he has played since, Peoples best finish is T25 at the 2012 SAS Championship.
- Peter Senior will compete in the 3M Championship despite being eligible for this week’s WGC – Bridgestone Invitational on the PGA TOUR. Senior was eligible for the event as winner of last year’s Australian Open. Senior has recorded two top-10 finishes in three starts at the 3M Championship (T7/2012, T2/2011, & T43/2010). He finished T72 the only time he contested the PGA TOUR event at Firestone in 2004.
- Due to a commitment in Germany, two-time champion Bernhard Langer (2009, 2012) will be unable to defend his 2012 3M Championship title. He’ll be the first Champions Tour player unable to defend his title since Fred Couples at the AT&T Championship in 2012 due to a back injury.
- For the 10th consecutive year, the Greats of Golf Challenge will be part of the 3M Championship schedule. This year’s three-player, 18-hole, better-ball exhibition will take place on Saturday. Arnold Palmer will captain one team comprised of LPGA greats Annika Sorenstam, Nancy Lopez and Pat Bradley, while Don January’s team will be made up of Lee Trevino, David Graham and Fuzzy Zoeller. The third team, captained by Billy Casper, will include Johnny Miller, Bill Rogers and Dave Stockton.
CHARLES SCHWAB CUP
Wiebe earned 632 Charles Schwab Cup points for his Senior British Open victory. Double points were awarded in the final major of the season. All 30 contestants at the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship will receive double points.
67.16 – The scoring average for Kenny Perry at TPC Twin Cities, host of this week’s 3M Championship. Perry, who finished T2 in 2011 and T3 in 2012 at the 3M Championship, won back-to-back major championships on the Champions Tour this season.
ON THIS DATE
8/2/92 – Lanny Wadkins wins the last of 21 PGA TOUR titles when he comes from five strokes behind in the final round to defeat third-round leader Donnie Hammond, Dan Forsman and Nick Price by two strokes at the Canon Greater Hartford Open at TPC River Highlands.
DID YOU KNOW?
In the previous 20 years, no player has ever successfully defended a 3M Championship title.
QUOTES TO NOTE
“Eighteen is unbelievably hard, even when it’s docile.” – Mark Wiebe played the final hole at Royal Birkdale five times to defeat Bernhard Langer in a playoff for the Senior British Open, going par-par-par-bogey-par to win.
“Let me tell you what's fun in golf -- low scores. The manufacturers have tricked people into believing that distance is everything. There is no place on the scorecard that says you need to hit it 350 yards.” – Hal Sutton shares his opinion during a recent interview with GOLF.com.
“I wonder if that will last until the Champions Tour.” – Analyst Gary McCord presented the question about Charley Hoffman’s distinctive, long hair during last week’s RBC Canadian Open broadcast. Hoffman will turn 50 in 2026.
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