Round 3 Notebook: Toshiba Classic

March 18, 2012
Dave Senko, Champions Tour staff

Weather: Partly sunny, breezy and cool on with highs in the mid-50s. Winds were from the NW at 20-25 with gusts to 35 mph.


• Despite bogeys on three of his final five holes, Loren Roberts made the putt he needed on his final hole to win by two strokes over 36-hole leader Mark Calcavecchia, Tom Kite and Bernhard Langer at the 18th annual Toshiba Classic. After his apparent four-stroke advantage shrunk to one stroke after a bogey at No. 17, Roberts put it away moments later, sinking a five-foot birdie at No. 18 for his 13th career victory and first since 2010.

• With his victory, Loren Roberts wins for the first time since June 27, 2010 when he won the Dick's Sporting Goods Open in Endicott, N.Y. This was his 34th start since his last victory.

• The victory was the 13th of his Champions Tour career which moves him into a tie for 20thplace on the all-time victory list with Jim Thorpe. He has also won at least one event in seven of his eight years on the Champions Tour.

• The victory also earned Roberts 263 points in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race which moves him into fourth place in that race.

• Roberts is just the second player in the last six years to come from behind the final day to win this event. The only other player to do so was Eduardo Romero in 2009, who came from one stroke back. Roberts started Sunday's final round T2, two strokes behind Mark Calcavecchia.

• By virtue of his tie for second, Bernhard Langer, the 2008 Toshiba Classic winner, took over the lead in the Charles Schwab Cup race from Dan Forsman. Langer now has 387 points, while Forsman is second with 307. Corey Pavin is third with 270 points, seven better than Loren Roberts. Mark Calcavecchia is fifth with 246 points.

Tom Kite's T2 finish was his best showing since he was also T2 at the 2009 AT&T Championship in San Antonio.

Stan Utley enjoyed a successful showing in his first start on the Champions Tour, finishing T12.

• Utley was T52 after the opening round, but consecutive 2-under 69s on the weekend helped him jump 40 places at the finish. Had Utley finished in the top 10, he would have earned a berth in next week's Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic.

• Sunday's final-round scoring average was 73.089, the highest average for a round in tournament history. The previous high was 72.974 in the first round in 2000.

• Just 18 players finished with rounds below par in windy conditions on Sunday. The day's best round was turned in by Brad Bryant, a 5-under 66. Jim Thorpe posted a 4-under 67. Bryant's effort helped him move up 33 spots on Sunday for a T12 finish.

• Hole No. 16 was the most difficult on Sunday with an average score of 4.418. Just two players were able to make a birdie -- Andy Bean and defending champion Nick Price, who finished T19.

Jay Haas' string of consecutive sub-par rounds ended at 11 when he finished with a 1-over-par 72.