Round 3 notebook: AT&T Championship

October 28, 2012
Phil Stambaugh, Champions Tour staff

Weather: Partly sunny on Saturday with highs in the upper-50s and winds from the NNE at 10-15 mph.


• When David Frost holed a 20-foot putt for a par at No. 11 and then saved par with a 30-foot putt at No. 14, he thought today just might be his day. And after watching Bernhard Langer lip out his birdie putt from 10 feet on the first playoff hole, David Frost was right. The South African holed a nine-foot birdie putt on the second hole of overtime to win the AT&T Championship. The two played together all three days and once Mark Calcavecchia, the tournament's 18- and 36- hole leader started to falter, it became a two-man duel midway on the back nine. Frost hit an 8-iron approach shot to within two feet of the 17thhole and tapped in for birdie to tie Langer who had taken the lead with birdie at No. 14. Langer forced the overtime session by getting up and down from the greenside bunker at No. 18, holing a clutch seven-foot par putt. "I certainly didn't expect this," Frost said afterward. "I really relied on my putter today but I didn't expect Bernhard to miss on that first playoff hole. He's one of the best out here from 10 feet and in."

• Frost's six-stroke comeback today is the largest in tournament history, surpassing Phil Blackmar's win in 2009 at Oak Hills when he came from five strokes back.

• Frost's 54-hole score of 8-under-par 208 is the highest winning total at the AT&T Championship since Jim Albus won at 8-under 208 in 1994 at The Dominion Country Club. He also matched the highest 54-hole winning score on the Champions Tour this year. Loren Roberts had an 8-under total in winning the Toshiba Classic.

• Frost claimed his second Champions Tour title of the 2012 season (Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf with Michael Allen), becoming the seventh different player with a pair of victories this year.

• Frost has now won multiple titles in a season for the first time since 1993 on the PGA TOUR when he won the Canadian Open and his second Hardee's Golf Classic title.

• Frost claimed his third career title on the Champions Tour (2010 3M Championship, 2012 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf) in his 76th career start.

• Frost won for the second time in the state of Texas. His other win came at the 1997 Mastercard Colonial.

David Frost became the fifth international player to win the AT&T Championship -- Bruce Crampton (1986), David Graham (1997), Mark McNulty (2004), Rod Spittle (2009).

• Frost earned 278 Charles Schwab Cup points and moved up into 10th place in the season-long race with 973 points on the season.

• Frost earned a check for $277,500 and went over the $1 million mark in 2012 official earnings with $1,119,740 (7th), the second time in the last three years he's been over seven figures on the Champions Tour.

• Frost's previous-best finish in three other appearances at the AT&T Championship was T14 at Oak Hills in 2009.

• Frost shot 71 in each of the first two rounds this week and he became the first player to win the AT&T Championshipwith more than one round in the 70s since 1993 when J.C. Snead captured this tournament at The Dominion Country Club without posting a round in the 60s.

• Sunday's playoff was just the third in the 28-year-history of the AT&T Championship but was the second overtime session in San Antonio in the last three years. In 2010, Rod Spittle defeated Jeff Sluman on the first extra hole and in 1999, John Mahaffey defeated Bruce Fleisher and Jose Maria Canizares on the second playoff hole.

• Double points are available to all 30 players at next week's Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Scottsdale, Arizona. However, with only 880 points going to next week's winner, just three players have an opportunity to claim the 2012 Schwab Cup. Bernhard Langer, the Schwab Cup leader coming into this week's event, widened his lead over Tom Lehman by finishing second this week. Langer earned 163 points this week and now has 2,413 points on the season. Lehman picked up 63 points this week after finishing T7 and now has 2,202 points (-211). Roger Chapman did not earn any points this week (1,756/-657). Michael Allen (1,531) and Fred Couples (1,530) were both eliminated from the Schwab Cup chase. The winner of the Charles Schwab Cup next week will receive a $1 million payout.

Position after AT&T Champ. Player Position Entering This Week Money Total After AT&T Champ. AT&T Champ Finish/Rd. 3 Score
29. Larry Mize 29th -- $532,448 $548,569 T25/66
30. Mark McNulty 30th -- $510,619 $516,169 T50/73
31. Tom Kite 31st -- $478,113 $512,338 T13/71
32. Steve Pate 32nd -- $469,843 $482,053 T32/75

• There were no changes in the top 30 on the single-season money list for the third consecutive year. Here's a chart of how the key positions on the 2012 earnings list shook out and where each player was coming into this week. The top 30 all will play in Scottsdale, Arizona next week at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship.

• Bernhard Langer became the first player over the $2 million mark this year ($2,023,296) and has now eclipsed the $2 million plateau four times in the last five years.

• Mark Mouland of Wales, an open qualifier into this week's AT&T Championship, shot a final-round 67 that eventually earned him a spot in the Allianz Championship next February in Boca Raton, Fla. by virtue of his T7 finish. Champions Tour regulations allow a non-exempt player with the highest finish among the top 10 a place in the next co-sponsored, full-field, tournament.

• Jay Haas, the 2005 AT&T Championship winner, continued his good fortune in San Antonio with a T9 this year. It was his sixth top-10 performance in eight starts at this event. On the PGA TOUR, Haas also won the 1982 and 1993 Texas Open at Oak Hills.

• Bob Gilder played his 1,000th round on the Champions Tour today and carded a two-over 74.

• Kathy Babb, a retired colonel in the U.S. Army, was selected as the Volunteer of the Year for the 2012 AT&T Championship. Babb is a 10-year veteran of the tournament and serves as the chairman of television/walking scorers committee.