Round 3 Notebook: Dick's Sporting Goods Open

June 26, 2011
Dave Senko, Champions Tour staff

Weather: Variable cloudiness with a few morning sprinkles. Highs were in the low 70s with winds from the WNW at 5-10 mph.


John Huston closed with a 7-under-par 65 and had just one bogey on his card as he cruised to a three-stroke victory. It was just his third start on the Champions Tour. Huston started the day two strokes behind 36-hole leader Mark Wiebe, but a three-hole stretch on the back nine led to Wiebe's eventual downfall. After birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 which maintained his two-stroke lead, he made three consecutive bogeys on Nos. 12-14 to relinquish the lead for good.

• Huston's lone bogey came at No. 7 but he offset that with eight birdies for the afternoon.

• With his victory, Huston earns $262,500 and 263 points in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race.

• The win also earns Huston a spot in the 2012 and 2013 Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai, the Champions Tour's season-opening event.

• Huston's win comes just 25 days after turning 50, making him the 11th youngest (tied with Dale Douglass) winner in Champions Tour history.

• The win came in Huston's 156thstart since his last victory at the 2003 Southern Farm Bureau Classic.

• One of the key's for Huston in the tournament was his play on the back nine. He did not make a bogey in any of his three rounds and was a combined 9-under-par.

Tom Lehman remains in the lead in the Charles Schwab Cup race with 1,494 points. With his second-place finish, Nick Price closed the gap a bit and is second with 1,053 points. Tom Watson is third with 850 points.

Nick Price went over the $1 million mark in season earnings for the fourth straight year with his second-place check for $154,000. He has now earned $1,008,718.

Mark Wiebe's string of consecutive holes without a bogey ended at 75 when he bogeyed No. 12 on Sunday. The 36-hole leader finished third.

Hale Irwin's T10 finish was the 203rdof his illustrious career, tying him with Bob Charles for the most top-10 finishes in Champions Tour history. It was Irwin's fifth top-10 finish in 2011. Irwin had just three top-10 finishes in the previous three years.

• Jim Gallagher Jr., bounced back from his opening-round 2-over-par 74 on Friday with rounds of 66-65 on the weekend and the effort led to a T4 finish for the Champions Tour rookie. He was T57 after the first round.

Joey Sindelar had his best finish of the campaign when he finished T4, his highest finish since the Allianz Championship in February, 2010 (T3).

• Monday qualifier Jim Rutledge finished T10 which would have earned him a berth in next week's Montreal Championship, but he had already been awarded a sponsor exemption into the event. Rutledge hails from Victoria, B.C.

Peter Jacobsen posted his first top-10 finish since The Walmart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach in 2007 (T10) with his T6 finish here.

Peter Senior also finished T6 finish, his sixth top-10 this year which doubles his total from the 2010 season.

Hole No. 15 was the most difficult with an average score of 4.382. There were just 22 birdies for the week.

• The scoring average dropped each round from a high of 71.600 on Friday to 70.848 on Saturday and 70.570 in the final round.