Notebook: Regions Tradition, Round 3

June 08, 2013

By Dave Senko, Champions Tour staff

-- With a threat of inclement weather moving into the area on Sunday, Champions Tour officials will utilize a two-tee start from 7:30-9:30 a.m. off Nos. 1 and 10.

-- David Frost posted the low round of the day on Saturday, a 6-under-par 66, which allowed him to take the lead after 54 holes at the 25th annual Regions Tradition. Frost’s round included seven birdies, with back-to-back birdies on Nos. 16 and 17. He’ll begin Sunday’s final round one stroke ahead of Fred Couples and two better than Michael Allen, Duffy Waldorf and 61-year-old Morris Hatalsky, who is seeking his first win in more than seven years.

David Frost (-12)

-- A four-time winner on the Champions Tour, he started the year with five straight top-10 finishes, including a win at the Toshiba Classic in Newport Beach, CA, in March.

-- Was also a runner-up to John Cook at the season opener in Hawaii at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship in Hawaii, losing in a two-hole playoff.

-- Posted 10 victories on the PGA TOUR with multiple wins in 1988, 1992 and 1993.

-- Made the cut two weeks ago at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial where he finished T46.

-- Best showing in this tournament was an 11th in 2011.

-- He ranks second to Loren Roberts (26.0) in Putts Per Round at 26.67 this week.

-- Leads all players with 18 birdies.

-- Frost’s stat summary through 54 holes of this year’s Regions Tradition:

Front 9 Back 9 Fairways Hit GIR Putts
Round 1 -3 -1 9/14 13/18 27
Round 2 -2 E 10/14 11/18 25
Round 3 -2 -4 11/14 15/18 28
Total -7 -5 30/42 (71.4%) 39/54 (72.2%) 80

Fred Couples (-11)

-- Has eight wins on the Champions Tour, including four in 2010 and two each in 2011 and 2012.

-- Runner-up to David Frost earlier this year at the Toshiba Classic.

-- Made the cut last week at the Memorial Tournament where he finished T50.

-- Best finish in this event was fourth a year ago where he closed with a 7-under-par 65.

Michael Allen (-11)

-- Has posted rounds of 68-69-69 and has a string of five consecutive rounds in the 60s at Shoal Creek.

-- Is just one of two players in this field with top-10 finishes the previous two years at Shoal Creek along with two-time winner Tom Lehman. He was fourth in 2011 and T9 in 2012. He was also T2 at the 2010 tournament in Oregon.

-- Won the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic in March, his fourth career victory on the Champions Tour.

Morris Hatalsky

-- A three-time winner on the Champions Tour, he is bidding for his first victory since claiming the 2006 Puerto Vallarta Blue Agave Golf Classic in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico where he beat Scott Simpson by one stroke .

-- This is his 152nd start since his victory in Mexico. Should he prevail on Sunday, it would end a drought of 7 years, 2 months and 7 days.

-- A victory on Sunday would also make him the eighth-oldest winner in Champions Tour history at 61 years, 6 months and 30 days.

-- Last top-10 finish came at the 2010 Ensure Classic at Rock Barn where he was fifth.

-- His best finish in 2013 was a T16 with partner Don Pooley at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf in April.

Duffy Waldorf

-- Waldorf is bidding for his first career victory on the Champions Tour in his 14th start on the circuit. His best career finish to date on the Champions Tour is a runner-up effort last year at the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn.

-- In three 2013 PGA TOUR appearances, he’s made two cuts and was T39 at the Puerto Rico Open. Also has one start on the Tour, finishing T64 at the South Georgia Classic.

-- He’s searching for his first TOUR victory since winning the 2000 National Car Rental Golf Classic at Disney and a win in Birmingham on Sunday would end a drought of 12 years, 7 months, 10 days.

-- Would also become the third rookie to win on the Champions Tour in the last four tournaments and fourth overall this year, joining Esteban Toledo (Insperity Championship), Kohki Idoki (Senior PGA Championship), and Rocco Mediate (Allianz Championship) in his first start on the Champions Tour earlier this year.

Regions Tradition Notes:

-- Corey Pavin had the 14th hole-in-one in tournament history and the first since the event moved to Shoal Creek in 2011. Prior to this one, the last was by John Cook in 2009 at the Crosswater Club at Sunriver Resort in Bend, Oregon. Pavin used a 6-iron on the 173-yard 8th hole. It was Pavin’s first ace on the Champions Tour and the fifth on Tour this year. Pavin had seven on the PGA TOUR at the 1985 Las Vegas Invitational, 1987 Texas Open, 1992 Masters Tournament, 1994 Buick Classic, 2002 MasterCard Colonial, 2006 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, 2008 AT&T National.

-- With double points being awarded to all top-10 finishers in Champions Tour major championship Sunday’s winner figures to get a huge boost in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race. The winner will earn 660 points based on the first-place check for $330,000. The Charles Schwab Corporation has been a sponsor on the Champions Tour since 2001 and annually awards $2.1 million in tax-deferred annuities to the top-five finishers in the season-long point’s race. Designed to recognize the Tour’s leading player, the current top five in that race are Bernhard Langer (928 points), Koki Idoki (756), Jay Haas (701), David Frost (676) and Kenny Perry (617). Among the players in the current top 5, only Frost is among the top 10 in the standings.

-- Of the 22 Regions Traditions that have gone 72 holes, only 10 have been won by the 54-hole leader/co-leader. Tom Lehman was the 54-hole leader in 2012, Fred Funk was in that position in 2008 and Mark McNulty was the co-leader after three rounds in 2007. They were the last three to do so. Prior to McNulty, the last third-round leader to go on and win was Doug Tewell, in 2001.

-- Scott Hoch continues to climb the leaderboard. He was T48 after an opening-round 72, but has followed with rounds of 67-69 to a T6. His best finish this year was a T12 at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic.

-- Two-time defending champion Tom Lehman will need a strong finish on Sunday if he is to win this tournament for the third year in succession. Lehman is T11, five strokes behind David Frost. Lehman had four birdies and an eagle on Saturday, but was plagued by three bogeys in a four-hole stretch on the front nine.

-- Peter Jacobsen withdrew prior to the start of his round on Saturday with a foot injury.

Shoal Creek Statistics Round-by-round 2012 vs. 2013
First Round Second Round Third Round
2012 Stroke Avg. 73.250 72.803 73.197
2013 Stroke Avg. 71.407 72.075 71.577
2012 Par/Better 28 38 32
2013 Par/Better 58 48 53
2012 Sub-Par Rounds 20 30 23
2013 Sub-Par Rounds 47 41 42