Toshiba Classic: Final-round notebook

March 08, 2009
Phil Stambaugh, PGA TOUR Staff

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- Thanks to birdies on four of the first six holes on the back nine Sunday, Argentina's Eduardo Romero edged hometown favorite Mark O'Meara and Joey Sindelar by a stroke for his fifth career victory on the Champions Tour and fourth win in his last 10 starts. Romero's recent run of wins dates back to last year's triumph at the Dick's Sporting Goods Open in early July.

Inside the Numbers
Final Leaderboard
Player Score
1. Eduardo Romero 202 -11
T2. Joey Sindelar 203 -10
T2. Mark O'Meara 203 -10
T4. Tim Simpson 205 -8
T4. David Eger 205 -8
T4. Denis Watson 205 -8
T4. Tom Jenkins 205 -8
T4. Fred Funk 205 -8
T9. Bobby Wadkins 206 -7
T9. Jeff Sluman 206 -7
T9. Bernhard Langer 206 -7

• In addition to his win in Endicott, N.Y., Romero claimed the U.S. Senior Open title as well as the SAS Championship in 2008. He also finished third at the Senior British Open and tied for seventh at the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship during this stretch.

• Romero became the fourth different international winner of this event, joining Jose Maria Canizares of Spain (2001), Rodger Davis of Australia (2003) and Bernhard Langer of Germany (2008). This win was his 100th professional title of his career.

• Romero earned 255 Charles Schwab Cup points for winning the Toshiba Classic and now is in fourth place in Schwab Cup race after four events. Langer continues to lead with 569 points. Loren Roberts is in second place with 305 points, one more than Mike Goodes. At the end of the official season, the player earning the most Schwab Cup points will receive a $1 million payout.

• Romero's one-stroke victory Sunday means all four official events in 2009 have been decided by a single stroke.

• Romero's came from one stroke back after 36 holes to win. In the first four events on the Champions Tour in 2009, no 36-hole leader has gone on to win.

• Both Sindelar and Joe Ozaki carded 8-under-par 63s in the final round, the best rounds of the tournament. In both cases it matched the lowest rounds of their Champions Tour careers. Sindelar's 63 allowed him to move up into an eventual tie for second, his best-ever finish on the Champions Tour.

• A birdie on the final hole allowed local favorite O'Meara to finish tied for second at the Toshiba Classic. The performance matched O'Meara's best on the Champions Tour. In 2007, he finished second at the Administaff Small Business Classic and the AT&T Championship as well as a tie for second at the Ginn Championship at Hammock Beach and Senior British Open.

• Sunday marked only the third time in the last 10 years that a player came from off the pace to win the Toshiba Classic. Romero's one-stroke deficit was the smallest margin of the three during this period. In 2006, Brad Bryant rallied from three strokes back to win and in 2001 when Canizares made up a five-stroke deficit and then won in a playoff with Morgan.

• The field scoring average Sunday was 70.377 vs. 70.782 on Saturday and 71.101 on Friday. For the second consecutive day, there were 28 scores below 70 after just 23 rounds in the 60s on Friday.

• Overall, the field scoring average this year at Newport Beach was 70.756 vs. 70.017 a year ago. The par-3 eighth hole played as the most difficult (3.291) and gave up only 10 birdies for the week, including a pair by Tim Simpson.

• For the second consecutive day, 73-year-old World Golf Hall of Fame member Gary Player bettered his age. One day after posting a 72, Player's even-par 71 today marked the fifth time this year he has bettered his age. It also marked the 27th time in his Champions Tour career that he's shot his age or better.

Jay Sigel returned to the Champions Tour this week and finished tied for 57th. It was his first event since last year's Ginn Championship at Hammock Beach in late March. After that event, he was out of action for the remainder of the 2008 season with arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder.

John Morse was forced to withdraw from the tournament due to a bad back before teeing off for his final round. Morse was at 1-over 143 through 36 holes.