3M Championship: Final-Round Notebook

August 05, 2007
By Phil Stambaugh PGA TOUR Staff

BLAINE, Minn. -- D.A. Weibring claimed his fourth career victory on the Champions Tour and first in over two years on Sunday at the 3M Championship. He also became the 15th different winner on the Champions Tour this year.

Player Scores
1. D.A. Weibring 198 -18
2. Jay Haas 199 -17
T3. Mitch Adams 200 -16
T3. John Harris 200 -16
T3. Tom Jenkins 201 -15
T5. Jim Thorpe 201 -15
T7. John Jacobs 203 -13
T8. Chip Beck 204 -12
T8. Bobby Wadkins 204 -12
T8. Craig Stadler 204 -12

• With his win, Weibring also added to his success in the Midwestern United States. Two of his four Champions Tour victories (2004 Allianz Championship in Iowa) have come in this portion of the country as well as four of his five career titles on the PGA TOUR (1979 Ed McMahon-Jaycees Quad Cities Open/Illinois, 1987 Beatrice Western Open/Illinois, 1991 Hardee's Golf Classic/Illinois, 1995 Quad City Classic/Illinois).

• D.A. Weibring earned 263 Charles Schwab Cup points for his win and moved up into eighth place in the season-long race. Jay Haas earned 154 points as a result of his second-place finish and increased his lead over Brad Bryant to 194 points. Haas now has 2,061 points after 20 events. Loren Roberts remains in third place with 1,408 points. At the end of the official season, the player with the most Schwab Cup points will earn a $1 million annuity. Points are earned throughout the year on a per-thousand basis for top-10 finishes only.

• D.A. Weibring also earned a check for $262,500 and moved up into sixth place on the 2007 money list with $987,777. Jay Haas' runner-up check for $154,000 made him the first player to eclipse the $2 million mark in single-season earnings this year ($2,104,158). Last year, Haas claimed the Arnold Palmer Award as the leading money-winner on the Champions Tour with $2,420,227.

• D.A. Weibring's 67 Sunday gives him 12 consecutive sub-par scores in as many rounds as he has played at the TPC Twin Cities. He's now finished among the top-10 in all four of his starts in Minnesota. Prior to Sunday, Weibring's best performance in the 3M Championship was a tie for sixth last year.

• D.A. Weibring's three-round total was just one stroke off the 3M Championship record (19-under 197, Ed Dougherty, 2000) but it was the lowest winning score since the event moved to the TPC Twin Cities in 2001. The previous-best was 15-under 201 by Tom Purtzer in 2005.

Jay Haas' runner-up finish Sunday was his eighth consecutive top-10 performance. In addition to his four wins in 2007, Haas has now also finished second three times this year.

Mitch Adams, the co-medalist at the open qualifier on Tuesday, made a valiant run before finishing tied for third in the 3M Championship, his best finish ever on the Champions Tour in only his seventh event. Adams came into this week's event with earnings of $29,888 (102nd), but his $115,500 check vaulted him up into 61st position in 2007 official earnings and qualified him to play in the upcoming JELD-WEN Tradition in Oregon, the Champions Tour's fourth major championship.

• Playing in the same group, both Mitch Adams and Jay Haas recorded 9-under 63s, tying the TPC Twin Cities course record (Tom Purtzer, Rd. 1/2005, Don Pooley, Rd. 2/2003). Adams and Haas now hold the record for the lowest final round in 3M Championship history. Adams' front-nine score of 30 equalled the low 9-hole score on the Champions Tour this year.

Chip Beck and Jay Haas recorded eagle 2s on the 15th hole in consecutive groups. Beck holed his 157-yard shot from the left side of the fairway and Haas followed by holing a 5-iron shot from 180 yards to temporarily move into the lead. Beck had birdied the 14th hole prior to making the eagle and then followed with three more birdies, giving him the best birdie-eagle run on the Champions Tour this year.

• Minnesota's John Harris enjoyed his best-ever finish in the 3M Championship and also recorded his best performance in a Champions Tour since winning the Commerce Bank Championship in a playoff last year. Harris' previous-best effort in this event was a tie for 26th last year at the TPC Twin Cities.

Gil Morgan recorded a pair of eagles on the front nine and became the 13th different player on the Champions Tour this year to make two eagles in a round. It has now been done 15 times this year.

• The Sunday field scoring average was 70.208 compared to 71.385 in the final round last year. There were 31 rounds in the 60s Sunday compared to 21 sub-70 scores on Sunday last year. The cumulative field scoring average for the tournament was 70.698, the all-time lowest in event history, eclipsing the average score of 71.057 at Bunker Hills in 1997. This year there were 86 total rounds in the 60s and 145 rounds below par. In 1997, there were 78 rounds in the 60s and 133 rounds below par.

• In the Greats of Golf Challenge, a 36-hole better-ball exhibition, Chi Chi Rodriguez' team won for the third consecutive year. Rodriguez, along with partners Lee Trevino and Tony Jacklin, finished with a two-day total of 15-under-par 128. Team Ryder Cup (Billy Casper, Charles Coody and Gene Littler) finished second at 9-under 135. Team Army (Arnold Palmer, Miller Barber and Don January) had a 36-hole score of 3-under 141.