Dick's Sporting Goods Open: Final-Round Notebook

July 15, 2007
By Dave Senko PGA TOUR Staff

ENDICOTT, N.Y. -- With his victory on Sunday in the Dick's Sporting Goods Open, R. W. Eaks wins a PGA TOUR event for the first time since claiming the 1997 San Jose Open (Sept. 14), which at the time was on the Nike Tour (now the Nationwide Tour). Sunday's win was his first on the Champions Tour and it came in his 93rd career start. Prior to today, he had five second-place finishes in his career.

Player Score
1. R.W. Eaks 199 -17
2. Bruce Vaughan 202 -14
3. Lonnie Nielsen 206 -10
T4. D.A. Weibring 207 -9
T4. Andy Bean 207 -9
T6. Boonchu Ruangkit 208 -8
T6. John Harris 208 -8
T6. Scott Hoch 28 -8
T9. Jack Ferenz 209 -7
T9. Craig Stadler 209 -7

• The win also earned Eaks a career-best check for $240,000 and pushed his season earnings over the $1 million mark for the first time in his career. He has now earned $1,047,230 and is fourth on the current money list.

• Eaks also earns a berth in the MasterCard Championship at Hualalai for the next two years.

• Eaks picked up 240 points in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race and moved into fifth place in the standings with 966 points. Brad Bryant leads the Charles Schwab Cup race with 2,010 points followed by Jay Haas with 1,907 points and Loren Roberts with 1,408 points.

Jim Thorpe pushed his string of bogey-free holes to 50 before he made a bogey at No. 15 on Sunday. It was his only bogey in the tournament. Thorpe finished T11.

Bruce Vaughan's runner-up finish was his best on the Champions Tour and he earned a career-best $140,800 for his effort. That pushed his season earnings to $272,502 in seven appearances. He now ranks 39th on the money charts.

• With his second-place finish, Vaughan earns a spot in the 3M Championship by virtue of his top-10 finish. He'll be joined by fellow open qualifier Boonchu Ruangkit, who finished T5. Jack Ferenz, another open qualifier also finished in the top 10 (T9), but only two players move on from that category each week.

• Two weeks after winning at the Commerce Bank Championship on Long Island, Lonnie Nielsen had another strong finish in New York State, claiming a third-place on Sunday. The former Buffalo-area resident closed with rounds of 66-67 on the weekend after opening with a 73 on Friday.

• D.A. Weibring continues to play solid golf, earning his third consecutive top-10 finish. After opening with a 2-over-par 74, he followed with rounds of 67-66 for a T4 finish. He was T5 at the U.S. Senior Open in his last start and T8 in his previous start at the Bank of America Championship.

• The field averaged 72.308 for the event, including 71.846 on Sunday. The most difficult hole was No. 15 (+4.423), while No. 12 was the easiest (-4.684) for the tournament.

Jimmy Powell bettered his age for the third time in 2007 when he closed with a 5-under-par 67. It was five strokes better than his age of 72. He also did it at the Principal Charity Classic and the Commerce Bank Championship. His final-round 67 helped him to a T37 finish.