Round 3 Notebook: Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf

April 24, 2011
Phil Stambaugh, Champions Tour Staff

Weather: The start of the final round was delayed 20 minutes by fog. Partly cloudy with high temperatures in the mid 80s and winds from the SSE at 10-15 mph.

Final Legends Leaderboard: 1) Mark McNulty/David Eger(-27/won playoff with par-4 on 2nd extra hole), 2) Kenny Perry/Scott Hoch (-27); T3) Russ Cochran/Mark Wiebe (-26), David Frost/Michael Allen (-26), Corey Pavin/Tom Lehman (-26), Ian Baker-Finch/Joe Ozaki (-26), Keith Fergus/Wayne Levi (-26)


Kenny Perry and Scott Hoch both missed short par putts on the second playoff hole, handing the Legends Division title at the 2011 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf to Mark McNulty/David Eger. McNulty and Eger teamed for a final-round 11-under 61 to post a 27-under-par score, but Perry almost holed a birdie putt on the final hole of regulation that would have won the tournament outright, lipping out from 25 feet. After both teams made par on the first extra hole, all four players missed the 18th green with their approach shots on the second extra hole. McNulty first saved his par from just left of the green, chipping to within three feet of the hole and converting the par save. Hoch then missed his par bid from the same distance and just when it looked as if the playoff would be extended to a third extra hole, Perry pulled his putt from three feet giving McNulty and Eger the win.

• Sunday's victory was the eighth official title for McNulty and his first win on the Champions Tour since the 2009 Principal Charity Classic. For Eger, it was his fourth victory on the circuit and first since last year's Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic.

• Each member of Sunday's winning Legends Division team earned 230 Charles Schwab Cup points and $230,000 in Official Money. McNulty now has 281 total Schwab Cup points and moved into the top 10 in the Schwab Cup standings. Tom Lehman collected 156 points after finishing T3 with Corey Pavin and still is the Schwab Cup leader with 850 total points on the year.

• Eger and McNulty played together in 2008 (T10) and 2009 (T16) but did not play as a team last year due to McNulty injury (knee replacement). Last year, Eger teamed with Keith Fergus to finish T17.

• For the third consecutive year, a team has come from off the pace to win. Eger and McNulty came from four strokes back to win the Legends Division in a playoff and it equaled the biggest come-from-behind win in the long history of this event. In 1979, the event that put senior golf on the map, Roberto DeVicenzo and Julius Boros forced a sudden-death playoff with Tommy Bolt and Art Wall, coming from four strokes back with birdies on the last two holes of regulation. The playoff resulted in one par and five birdies over six holes with DeVicenzo and Boros eventually winning.

• Today's playoff was also the third consecutive in the Legends Division at the Westin Savannah Harbor Resort & Spa and all have gone two holes. Prior to the return to the team. better-ball format in 2008, the Legends Division had only three playoffs from 1978-2001.

• Hole No. 6 played as the hardest for the week in the Legends Division competition (3.864), but the 18th hole yielded just 18 birdies for the week and played as the second most-difficult hole (3.854). Just three teams birdied the 18th hole in regulation on Sunday and David Eger's 35-foot birdie there eventually got his team in a playoff. David Frost/Michael Allen and Jim Rutledge/Jay Haas also made birdies at No. 18 today.

• McNulty/Eger, Ian Baker-Finch/Joe Ozaki and Peter Senior/Sandy Lyle all had 27 birdies, the most by any team in the field. Wayne Levi/Keith Fergus were the only team in the field to register a pair of eagles.

• Defending champions Nick Price and Mark O'Meara finished T12. After opening with an 8-under 64, the duo shot 65-65 on the weekend.

• Mark Wiebe/Russ Cochran combined to shoot a 12-under 60 Sunday, equaling the low round of the tournament (Wayne Levi/Keith Fergus -- Rd. 2). The round vaulted Wiebe/Cochran up 13 spots into a T3. Jeff Sluman/Craig Stadler also moved up 13 spots into a T18 after shooting 61 today.

• With ideal scoring conditions this week, 25 teams in the Legends Division had 54-hole totals of 20-under-par or better, a record at this event. In 2008, 16 teams had three-round scores of 20-under or better.

• Liberty Mutual donated $100 to the Chaplains' Consolidated Tithes and Offering Fund at Hunter Army Airfield Fund for every birdie made on all of the par 3s during the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf. During Sunday's final round, there were 35 total birdies made after 66 birdies were made on par 3s on Saturday. The field made 38 birdies in Friday's first round.