Notebook: Round 3, First Tee Open

September 05, 2010
PGA TOUR staff

Weather: Partly sunny with highs in the mid-60s and winds from the WNW at 5-10 mph.

• Final Leaderboard: 1 -- Ted Schulz (-14)/202; 2 -- Tom Pernice, Jr. (-13)/203, T3 -- Mark Calcavecchia (-12)/204, Tom Kite (-12)/204; 5 -- Fred Couples (-11)/205; T6 -- Russ Cochran (-10)/206, Scott Simpson (-10)/206


Ted Schulz holed a 12-foot birdie putt at the par-3 17th hole to edge Tom Pernice, Jr. by one stroke for his first TOUR victory since the 1991 Nissan Los Angeles Open, ending a drought of 19 years, 6 months and 12 days. Schulz was the 36-hole leader in the event but Pernice's birdie at No. 12 tied him for the lead until he failed to get up and down from just over the green at No. 16. Pernice then briefly moved back into a tie with a birdie at No. 17 and was on the green in three strokes at the par-5 18th hole when he heard the roar for Schulz' birdie behind him. Pernice then missed his downhill 25-foot birdie bid at the final hole and it allowed Schulz to play for a routine par and the victory.

• Schulz won his first Champions Tour event today in his 13th career start on the circuit and became the fifth first-time winner in 2010. He had also played in 181 PGA TOUR events since his last triumph at the 1991 Nissan Los Angeles Open, the last of two PGA TOUR titles in his career. Prior to today, Schulz's best finish on the Champions Tour was a T15 at last week's Boeing Classic. His previous-best effort at Pebble Beach was a T25 in the 1992 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

• Schulz's win today earned him a one-year calendar exemption on the Champions Tour and he also receives a two-year exemption into the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai, the seasonopening event.

• Schulz received 270 Charles Schwab Cup points for his victory today. After 19 events, Bernhard Langer still leads the season-long race with 2,791 points. Fred Couples finished fifth this week and earned 86 points. He is in second place with 2,216 points. Tom Lehman remains a distant third with 1,420 points.

• At the end of the official season, the player earning the most Charles Schwab Cup points will receive $1 million payout.

• Schulz became the fourth of six different winners of the Home Care & Hospice First Tee Open at Pebble Beach to claim the title in their first appearance at the event.

• Schulz is the first winner of this event who did not card a final-round score of 68 or better at Pebble Beach.

• With his win today, Schulz earned $270,000, his largest paycheck ever, and increased his 2010 official earnings on the Champions Tour to $417,127, vaulting from 62nd to 28th on the current money list.

• Russ Cochran and his junior partner, Spencer Jones of The First Tee of Cleveland County (Shelby, NC) edged Tom Pernice, Jr. and his junior partner, Jason Park of The First Tee of Richmond, VA by one stroke in the pro-junior competition. Thanks to a final-round 65 by Cochran, he and Jones posted a 54-hole score of 21--under-par 195. Jones became the first North Carolinian member of a First Tee chapter to win since Harold Varner of Gastonia, NC won in 2007 with professional Morris Hatalsky.

• Cochran's 7-under 29 on the front nine today matched the 9-hole tournament record. In the final round of the 2007 event, Massy Kuramoto shot 29 on the front nine. Cochran eventually posted a 65 and he and Brad Bryant carded the low rounds of the day at Pebble Beach.

• Tom Pernice, Jr.'s runner-up finish at the Home Care & Hospice First Tee Open was his best performance of the year on the Champions Tour and his fifth straight top-10 on the circuit this year. He also matched his best finish ever at Pebble Beach. In 1998, Pernice, Jr. was a runner-up to Phil Mickelson at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

Jay Haas was T8 this week at the Home Care & Hospice First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, his best effort on the Champions Tour since he T8 at the Senior British Open at Carnoustie. For Haas, it was also his fifth top-10 in six appearances at this event. He was unable to play last year due to tendonitis in his elbow.

• Monterey Peninsula native Bobby Clampett also managed a T8 this week in his first appearance in the Home Care & Hospice First Tee Open at Pebble Beach. Clampett's finish earned him a spot in the upcoming SAS Championship in Raleigh.

• The stroke average for the field over two rounds at Pebble Beach this year was 72.744 compared to 73.923 last year. The most difficult hole at Pebble Beach this year was the par-5 14th (5.385). Last year, No.14 was the seventh overall hardest hole on the Champions Tour (5.413) and the hardest overall par-5. This year, the hole yielded 11 birdies, the same number as last year.

• Schulz and Bob Tway were the only two players in the field to make two eagles in the tournament and Schulz was the first champion to record a pair of eagles in the event since Craig Stadler in 2004.

• Two-time defending champion Jeff Sluman finished T14 in his bid to win three straight times at Pebble Beach.