Notebook: Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf, Round 3

April 28, 2013

By Dave Senko, Champions Tour staff

Weather: A mix of sun and clouds with high temperatures in the mid-to-upper-70s. Winds from the SE from 10-15 mph with occasional higher gusts.

Final Results: 1) Brad Faxon/Jeff Sluman/62-66-65—193 (-23); T2) Fred Funk/Mike Goodes/66-65-63—194 (-22), Gene Sauers/Kenny Perry/66-66-62—194 (-22); T4) 8 teams tied at 21-under-par 195.

-- Brad Faxon and Jeff Sluman fired a final-round 7-under 65 to post a one-stroke victory over the teams of Fred Funk/Mike Goodes and Kenny Perry/Gene Sauers. The leaderboard changed several times during the final round but Faxon and Sluman prevailed with their bogey-free final round. Their decisive birdie came at No. 14 when Sluman made an eight-foot putt. Sluman had been a two-time runner-up previously when he teamed with Craig Stadler in 2008 and 2009. They lost in a two-hole playoff with Bernhard Langer and Tom Lehman in 2009. Sluman and Faxon were also T3 a year ago.

-- The win was the fifth of Sluman’s career, while Faxon won for the second time. Sluman’s last victory came in 2011 when he won the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach. Faxon’s only previous win on the Champions Tour came in 2011 at the Insperity Championship which will be the next stop on the 2013 Champions Tour slate.

-- Both Faxon and Sluman each won $230,000 with the victory as well as 230 points in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race. The pair also earned a two-year exemption to the season-opening event in Hawaii – the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai.

-- With his winner’s check for $230,000, Sluman has now surpassed the $25 million mark in career earnings in PGA TOUR events ($25,080,658).

-- A day after Bart Bryant tasted success after starting the week as an alternate, Savannah native Gene Sauers had some success as well on Sunday, finishing T2 with his partner Kenny Perry. Sauers was an alternate at the start of the week and was slated to play in the Raphael Division with Ian Baker-Finch but when Russ Cochran was a DQ for missing his pro-am time, Sauers he slid over to play with Perry. The result was a check for Perry and Sauers of $123,000 apiece. Their 10-under 62 was the day’s low round.

-- Joe Daley made the third hole-in-one of the campaign and 10th in tournament history when he aced No. 8 from 178 yards with a 7-iron.

-- With Jay Don Blake and Roger Chapman finishing T16, it marked the fifth consecutive year the second-round leaders have failed to go on to win the event. The last team to lead after two rounds and win the event was Andy North and Tom Watson in 2008.

-- Defending champions Michael Allen and David Frost finished T4.

-- Hole No. 18 proved to be the most difficult on Sunday as none of the 33 teams made a birdie. Birdies were also scarce on Nos. 6 and 7 as there were just three on each. No. 11 was the easiest in the event.

-- Brad Faxon and Jeff Sluman shared the distinction of making the most birdies in the event with Mark Calcavecchia and Peter Senior and Andy North and Tom Watson. Each of those three teams made 24 during the event.

-- Bernhard Langer remained atop the leaderboard in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race with 928 points, but David Frost closed the gap a bit by finishing T4 and earning 57 points. He is currently second with 676 points.

-- Esteban Toledo, who was a late add to the field when Nick Price withdrew, picked up $57,125 by teaming with Mark O’Meara. Toledo is now 18th on the money list with $233,379.

-- Larry Mize finished T4 with his partner Hal Sutton. It was his best finish in a Champions Tour event since he was T2 last June at the Principal Charity Classic. Sutton’s showing was his best since finishing T3 at the 2009 Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am.

-- Stadler and teammate Kirk Triplett finished T4 in their debut as a team in this event. The T4 finish marked Stadler’s best finish in a Champions Tour event since he was a runner-up here in 2009 with Sluman.