Notebook: Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic, Round 3May 02, 2010
Phil Stambaugh, PGA TOUR Staff
Tournament Recap: Despite winds gusting to 30 mph and periods of rain for the majority of the round, David Eger fired a 3-under-par 69 on Sunday and edged Tommy Armour III by one stroke at the inaugural Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic. Eger's 69 was just one of seven scores in the 60s on Sunday and he was the only player in the field to post sub-70 rounds for all three days. Eger pulled even with Armour getting up and down from the front bunker for birdie at the par-5 13th hole. He then took the lead for good with a three-foot birdie putt at the par-4 16th just before Armour three-putted from 60 feet at the par-3 17th hole, missing a three-foot second putt for par. Eger led the field in Greens in Regulation, hitting 45 of 54.
• The win today for David Eger was his third official title on the Champions Tour in 204 career starts. It ended a victory drought of 118 Champions Tour starts since he claimed the inaugural Boeing Greater Seattle Classic. Eger's first victory came in Mexico in 2003 at the MasterCard Classic.
• David Eger earned $240,000 for the victory and increased his season money total to $351,596-10th place. He also picked up 240 Charles Schwab Cup points and moved into 11th place in the season-long Schwab Cup race. After eight official events, Fred Couples still leads the Schwab Cup race with 1,015 points and Bernhard Langer is second with 818 points. At the end of the official season, the player earning the most Charles Schwab Cup points will receive a $1 million payout.
• Eger's win on Sunday also puts him back in the season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai for the next two years. Eger last played in the event in Hawaii in 2007.
• With this victory, Eger becomes the sixth different winner on the Champions Tour this year.
• Eger's win was his first top-10 finish on the Champions Tour since a T5 at last year's Walmart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach. His previous best this year was a T12 at the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am.
• Nick Price's streak of top-10 finishes was stopped at five straight after he finished T30 this week. Mark O'Meara, the Champions Tour's Player of the Month for April and a winner last week at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf with Price, finished T23 this week.
• Champions Tour rookie David Peoples finished T4 this week at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic, his highest finish in a Tour-sanctioned event since finishing T2 at the 2005 Price Cutter Charity Championship on the Nationwide Tour. Since joining the Champions Tour at the Toshiba Classic in early March, Peoples has recorded three top-10 finishes in four starts.
• Fallen Oak played to a cumulative field stroke average of 72.881 (+0.881) for the week. With strong winds and rain today, the scoring average was 73.240 and there were only seven rounds in the 60s. On Saturday, there were 12 rounds in the 60s and the field average was 73.027. On Friday, there were just nine scores in the 60s and the field average was 72.390. The most difficult hole for the week was the par-4 18th hole (4.366) but the par-4 2nd hole gave up only eight birdies all week. The par-5 6th hole (4.427) yielded eight eagles and 125 birdies this week.
• Both Bob Tway and Bruce Vaughan made two eagles in their rounds today. Tway went on to shoot a 71 while Vaughan posted a 73. There have now been five different players on the Champions Tour who have recorded a pair of eagles in a round this year.
• Bobby Clampett finished T47 in his Champions Tour debut this week while Jodie Mudd, playing in his first Tour-sanctioned event since the 1996 Buick Invitational, finished T55. Clampett won his only PGA TOUR title at the 1982 Southern Open while Mudd triumphed four times on the PGA TOUR, including the 1990 PLAYERS Championship.
• Fred Funk (T4) had his first top-10 finish since undergoing right knee-replacement surgery on November 16th last year in Jacksonville. Funk, along with Jay Haas and Fred Couples, will represent the Champions Tour at next week's PLAYERS Championship in Ponte Vedra, Fla.
• After a week off, the 2010 Champions Tour schedule resumes in Birmingham, Ala., with the Regions Charity Classic at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Ross Bridge from May 10-16. Keith Fergus is the defending champion of the event.