Round 3 Notebook: Montreal Championship

July 03, 2011
Dave Senko, Champions Tour staff

Weather: A mix of sun and clouds with highs in the mid-to-upper 80s. Winds were from the SW at 5-15 mph.

John Cook posted a bogey-free 6-under-par 66 and claimed his second title in Canada when he prevailed by three strokes over Chien Soon Lu. Cook started the day one stroke behind Lu, but grabbed the lead with two quick birdies on Nos. 1 and 2. He pushed his lead to three at the turn and a birdie at No. 10 gave him a four-stroke margin. Lu birdied Nos. 13 and 14 to close the gap, but Cook made a clutch par putt at No. 15 from 12 feet and added a birdie at No. 17 to lead by two going to the final hole. Cook made just one bogey over his final 51 holes.


• With his victory, Cook wins for the third time in 2011, joining Tom Lehman with three victories. Cook also won the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai and the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am earlier this year.

• Cook earns a check for $270,000 and increases his 2011 earnings to $986,962 and he is now third on the money list.

• Cook also picks up 270 points in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race and moves into fourth place with 830 points. Tom Lehman continues to lead with 1,533 points and Nick Price is second with 1,053. Tom Watson is third with 850 and Peter Senior is fifth with 717.

• Cook's 54-hole total of 21-under-par 195 broke the tournament scoring record which Larry Mize established last year at 17-under-par 199. Mize finished T7 this week.

• Cook's win was also eighth of his Champions Tour career and his second Tour win in Canada. He won the PGA TOUR's 1983 Canadian Open in a six-hole playoff with Johnny Miller at Glen Abbey.

• Cook has now finished first and second in two starts at the Montreal Championship. He was the 36-hole leader a year ago before being passed in the final round by Larry Mize.

• It was almost a one-two finish by Ohio State products this week. Joey Sindelar, a Cook teammate at Ohio State, finished third overall, his second strong showing in as many weeks. He was T4 last week at the Dick's Sporting Goods Open.

• In addition to Cook and Sindelar, Rod Spittle, another OSU teammate, broke the tournament scoring record when he closed with a 10-under-par 62, two better than his career low on the Champions Tour (two times). The native of St. Catharine's and two-time Canadian Amateur champion's round included eight birdies and an eagle and helped him to a T7 finish. He had started the day T49. D.A. Weibring had set the tournament scoring mark in 2010 before John Huston, John Cook and Chien Swoon Lu all matched it earlier in the tournament

Fairways Hit 32 of 42 (76.2%/T44)
Greens in Regulation 47 of 54 (87.0%/T6)
Putts Per Round 27.3/T2
Driving Distance 269.8/52

• Here are John Cook's final statistics.

• Chien Soon Lu's second-place finish was the second of his career. He was T2 last year at the JELD-WEN Tradition in Oregon.

Bill Glasson had the best finish in his Champions Tour career with his T4 effort. Glasson was making his 23rdcareer start. He also had a T10 finish here a year earlier.

• The field averaged an even 70.000 on Sunday and only 56 players finished below par compared to 69 in each of the first two rounds.

• When Lu failed to close on Sunday it meant that now only four of 13 second/third-round leaders/co-leaders has gone on to win the event. John Cook was the last to do so at the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am in April.

• The field rolled up 1,059 birdies for the week along with 29 eagles. Overall, the field scoring average was 69.219.

• Hole No. 7 was the easiest hole for the tournament with an average score of 4.278 (-.722). There were 20 eagles and 136 birdies. The most difficult has been No. 6 with an average score of 3.165 (+.139). Hole No. 7 was the third-easiest on the Champions Tour so far in 2011. Only Nos. 4 and 10 at Hualalai were easier.