Round 4 notes: Senior Players Championship

October 04, 2009
Dave Senko, PGA TOUR Staff

• Here is the final leaderboard:

1. Jay Haas (267/-13) 2. Tom Watson (268/-12) T3. Mark Wiebe, Loren Roberts & John Cook (273/-7) 6. Bernhard Langer (274/-6) T7. Fred Funk & Phil Blackmar (275/-5)

• Haas fired a final-round 6-under-par 64, the low round of the day, to come from five strokes back to claim the title. Haas started the final round five strokes behind Watson, but made critical birdies at Nos. 17 and 18 to post the win, his third major championship. He finished his final round without a bogey.

• With his victory, Haas' wins his third major championship on the Champions Tour. He won the Senior PGA Championship in 2006 and 2008.

• Haas 14th career victory on the Champions Tour earned him a check for $405,000, the largest of his Champions Tour career. It also marked the fourth straight year he has won multiple events.

• The win also earned Haas a berth in next year's THE PLAYERS Championship which goes to the winner of this tournament.

• With double points being awarded in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race, Haas picked up 810 for his win and vaulted eight spots into fourth place with 1,595 points. Roberts continues to lead with 2,458 points and holds a 165-point margin over Funk after leading by just seven last week. Roberts finished T3, four spots ahead of Funk. Langer remains in third place with 1,972 points and Larry Mize is fifth with 1,255.

• The $405,000 first-place check increased Haas' 2009 earnings to $1,434,145 and he is now fourth on the money list.

2006 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf, FedEx Kinko's Classic, Senior PGA Championship
2007 The Principal Charity Classic, Bank of America Championship
2008 Senior PGA Championship, The Principal Charity Classic
2009 Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn, Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship

• Coming on the heels of his win in his last start at the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn, Haas has now won consecutive starts for the fourth time in his career. He also did so in 2006, 2007 and 2008. Below are his previous back-to-back victories.

• Haas' final-round 64 matched the low round by a winner in this event. Jack Nicklaus set the record with a 64 in 1990 when the event was played at the Dearborn (MI) CC.

• Watson's second-place finish marked the 26th time in his career he had finished in the top 10 in a major championship on the Champions Tour in 43 starts. Of those 26 top-10 finishes, 21 have been in the top five.

• Watson earned a check for $237,600 which increased his 2009 earnings to $638,272 and moved him into 20th place, assuring his a berth in the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship.

• Roberts' T3 finish was his seventh consecutive top-10 finish with six of those finishes in the top five.

Name 2009 Points Points Behind
Loren Roberts 2,458 ---
Fred Funk 2,293 165
Bernhard Langer 1,972 486
Jay Haas 1,595 863
Larry Mize 1,255 1,203
Mark O'Meara 1,195 1,263
John Cook 1,130 1,328
Joey Sindelar 1,086 1,372

• With just two full-field events and the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship remaining, only eight players remain in the hunt to win the Charles Schwab Cup. A total of 1,390 points are available in those final three events. Here are the eight players who still remain in the hunt for the title.

Finish Tournament
T5 Senior PGA Championship
T2 Senior British Open (lost in playoff)
1 U.S. Senior Open
T5 JELD-WEN Tradition
7 Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship

• Funk was a perfect five for five this year in posting top-10 finishes in major championships on the Champions Tour, the only player to do so. It also gave him nine consecutive top-10 finishes in major championships dating back to 2008. Gary Player had 13 straight from 1987-90. Here is a rundown on Funk's efforts in the major championships this year.

• Langer enjoyed a successful return to the Champions Tour, finishing T5 in his first start since playing at the Boeing Classic in late August. Langer had made two starts last month in Europe, one on the European Tour and another on the European Seniors Tour.

Bruce Fleisher withdrew prior to the start of his round with a shoulder injury which he suffered earlier in the week.

• With two full-field events remaining before the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship for the top-30 players on the 2009 money list, Tim Simpson currently resides in the No. 30 position with $474,907. Mark James is 31st with $460,250 and Hal Sutton is 32nd with $432,228.

• Blackmar posted his first top-10 finish in 2009 when he placed T7 in the tournament.

• The field averaged 70.906 on the course during the four rounds, nearly matching last year's average of 70.887. Sunday's final-round scoring average was 71.882, nearly a stroke higher than last year's average of 70.909.

• The most difficult hole was No. 18 with an average score of 4.429 (+.429). There were just 19 birdies on No. 18 in four rounds. Ronnie Black was the only player in the field to have more than one birdie at No. 18 and he had only two. The hole also yielded 119 bogeys, 13 doubles and two triples. Watson, Nick Price, Sutton, Mike Reid and Robert Thompson were the only players to come away without a bogey on the hole.

Putts Per Round John Cook/Jay Haas 113 putts/28.25
Greens in Regulations Hal Sutton 58 of 72/80.6%
Driving Accuracy Hale Irwin/Mike Reid 49 of 56/87.5%
Driving Distance Steve Thomas 303.1
Longest Drive Steve Thomas 351 yards

• Here were the final stat leaders: