Wal-Mart First Tee Open: Final-Round Notebook

September 02, 2007
By Dave Senko PGA TOUR Staff

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Sixty-year-old Gil Morgan became the 17th player age 60 or higher to earn a win on the Champions Tour Sunday at the Wal-Mart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach. Morgan is now the eighth-oldest winner on the Champions Tour at 60 years, 11 months and seven days. Morgan will turn 61 on Sept. 25.

Player Score
1. Gil Morgan 202 -14
2. Hale Irwin 204 -12
3. Tom Watson 206 -10
T4. Don Pooley 208 -8
T4. Scott Simpson 208 -8
T4. Des Smyth 208 -8
T7. D.A. Weibring 209 -7
T7. Jay Haas 209 -7
T7. Joe Ozaki 209 -7

• Morgan wins for the 25th time on the Champions Tour and moves into sole possession of third place on the all-time victory category, moving past Miller Barber, who had shared the third spot with Morgan. Sunday's runner-up, Hale Irwin, is the all-time leader with 45 wins, followed by Lee Trevino with 29.

• Morgan earns a check for $300,000, pushing his 2007 earnings to $940,878 (12th) and his all-time earnings past the $18 million mark ($18,149,350).

• Morgan earns 300 points in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race with his victory and he now has 660 points. Jay Haas leads with 2,277 points followed by Brad Bryant (2,019), Loren Roberts (1,840), Denis Watson (1,656) and Tom Watson (1,574).

• Morgan wins for the sixth time in California. He was a two-time winner of the Glen Campbell-Los Angeles Open on the PGA TOUR and is a three-time winner of what is now the AT&T Champions Classic. It was formerly known as the Ralphs Senior Classic and the SBC Classic.

Morris Hatalsky and his junior partner Harold Varner (Gaston, N.C.) were four-stroke winners over the team of James Mason and Cameron Rappleye (Elk Grove, Calif.).

• The amateur team of Brett and Harry Trevett won that portion of the competition. The pair posted a 54-hole score of 45-under-par 171 (foursome net best ball). The team of Philippa Lynch/Mary Nevins was second at 41-under-par 175.

Hale Irwin went over the $1 million mark in season earnings for the 11th time in his 13-year Champions Tour career on Sunday with his second-place finish. Irwin has now earned $1,083,486 in 2007.

• Tom Watson joined Hale Irwin at the $1 million plateau (fifth time in his Champions Tour career) thanks to his third-place finish. Watson increased his 2007 earnings to $$1,100,565 and also picked up an additional 144 points in the Charles Schwab Cup race. He is currently fifth.

• Irwin's second-place finish was the 43rd of his career. In addition to his 45 career titles, he has also finished in third place 22 times.

• R.W. Eaks withdrew after three holes on Sunday due to a bad back.

Ben Crenshaw played 53 holes of bogey-free golf before closing out his round with a bogey on the final hole. Had Crenshaw played a bogey-free tournament, it would have been the 21st time it has happened in Champions Tour history. Fred Funk was the last to do so earlier this year while winning the Turtle Bay Championship. Crenshaw finished tied for 14th on Sunday.

Des Smyth's fourth-place finish pushed his 2007 earnings to $460,748, moving him from 37th on the money list to 31st. The top 30 players on the 2007 money list earn a spot in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Sonoma next month.

• Defending champion Scott Simpson finished tied for fourth.

Bernhard Langer tied for 10th in his Champions Tour debut and Larry Rinker tied for 54th in his first start.

Jay Haas, who tied for seventh, has now finished in the top 10 all four times he has played in this event.