Round 3 Notebook: 3M Championship

August 07, 2011
PGA TOUR staff

Weather: Mostly cloudy in the morning before becoming partly sunny in the afternoon. Highs were in the upper 70s with light winds from the ENE at 5-10 mph.

Final Results: 1 -- Jay Haas (201/-15); T2 -- Kenny Perry, Tom Lehman & Peter Senior (202/14); 5 -- Hal Sutton (203/-13); T6 -- Tom Watson & Mark O'Meara (204/-12); T8 -- Olin Browne, Joey Sindelar, Hale Irwin, Larry Mize, Jay Don Blake, David Eger, Mark Calcavecchia, John Huston and Tommy Armour III (205/-11).


Jay Haas birdied the final hole to post a one-stroke victory over Kenny Perry, Peter Senior and local favorite Tom Lehman. Haas shared the lead with Perry and Lehman when he went to the 18th tee, but after hitting his second shot on the green in two; all he needed was a two-putt birdie from 30 feet. He rolled his third shot to within a foot and sank the putt for the win.

• Haas ended a winless streak of 41 events with his victory. He posted the last of his 15 Champions Tour victories at the 2009 Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship in Maryland.

• It was Haas' 15th career victory, tying him with Bernhard Langer on the all-time list for Champions Tour victories. The pair is tied for 16th on the list.

• Haas (first round) became the first player since Jeff Sluman to make an ace and go on to win the event. Sluman did so at the 2009 Walmart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach. Six years ago in this event, Tom Purtzer also made a hole-in-one in the opening round and went on to claim the title.

Tom Lehman continues his hold in the Charles Schwab Cup race with 1,661 points. Olin Browne remains in second place with 1,370 points (291 behind). Mark Calcavecchia is third with 1,278 points followed by Nick Price (1,181 points) and Russ Cochran (1,163). Double points are on the agenda for the upcoming Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship.

Kenny Perry had his best showing in a Champions Tour event with his T2 finish. Perry had teamed with Scott Hoch to finish second at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf in April, but that was a team event. Hole No. 9 may have been Perry's downfall. He was 4-over-par on the tournament's most difficult hole, including a double bogey on Sunday.

• Hale Irwin matched his age for the second consecutive week and the third time in his career when he fired a 6-under-par 66 on Sunday. Irwin did so for the first time when he opened with a 65 at last year's AT&T Championship in San Antonio at age 65. Now 66-years-old, Irwin matched his age in the third round at last week's U.S. Senior Open in Toledo.

• Irwin added another top-10 finish to his record career total and now has 205 for his career. Irwin became the career leader in that category when he passed Bob Charles with a T4 finish at the recent U.S. Senior Open and now has seven for the year. He had just three in the last three years combined.

• Tom Watson elicited one of the day's largest roars when he closed out his round by draining a 70-foot eagle putt at No. 18. It helped Watson post a 7-under-par 65 and a T6 finish.

• Olin Browne posted the lowest round of the day as well as his best round ever on the Champions Tour with a 9-under-par 63. The final-round 63 helped him vault 40 places from a T48 to T8 at the finish.

• Browne's T8 finish moved him over the $1 million mark in season earnings for the first time. Browne now has earned $1,008,293 in the campaign.

Brad Faxon finished T53 in his first appearance on the Champions Tour and Fred Couples was T26 in his first start on Tour since May.

Lee Rinker's 7-under-par 65 was 18 strokes better than his effort in the second round. However, it wasn't a record for the largest scoring swing in Champions Tour history. Jimmy Powell improved 21 strokes at the 1990 Murata Reunion Pro-Am, shooting a 72 after a second-round 93. Bob Gilder, George Allen and John Paul Cain had swings of 20 strokes, while Jerry McGee, Leonard Thompson, Larry Gilbert, Larry Mowry and Powell had 19-stroke improvements.

• Perhaps the most bizarre stat of the event was the tournament scoring average. The field averaged 70.333 for the three rounds, the same exact average as in 2010. In addition, there were 104 rounds in the 60s, the same number as in 2010!

• Defending champion David Frost finished T26.

• Hole No. 9 was the most difficult with a 4.350 scoring average (+.350 over par). Of the top-10 finishers, only Hal Sutton made more than one birdie on the hole. Sutton birdied it in both rounds on the weekend. Co-runner-up Kenny Perry was 4-over-par on the hole for the tournament and Joey Sindelar (T8) was 5-over-par in the three rounds.