Notebook: 3M Championship, Round 3

August 04, 2013

By Champions Tour staff

Weather: Partly sunny and pleasant with highs in the mid-70s and winds from the S at 5-10 mph.

-- FINAL RESULTS: 1 – Tom Pernice, Jr. (66-65-68-199/-17); T2 – Jeff Sluman (69-69-62-200/-16), Corey Pavin (65-69-66-200/-16); T4 – Rod Spittle (68-66-68-202/-15), Jay Haas (69-68-65-202/-14), Bart Bryant (66-69-67-202/-14); T7 – Four Players tied at 13-under 203 – Craig Stadler, Kenny Perry, Colin Montgomerie & Kirk Triplett.

-- Tom Pernice, Jr., birdied his final two holes to hold off a pair of final-round charges by Corey Pavin and Jeff Sluman. Pernice drained a 45-foot putt on No. 17 to grab a share of the lead and then two-putted from 8-feet for a birdie on the final hole. Jeff Sluman put pressure on the leaders all day, posting his 10-under 62 more than an hour before the leaders finished. After starting the day with seven straight birdies and birdies on nine of his first 10 holes, Sluman shot his low round on the Champions Tour and it matched his low round on the PGA TOUR as well. Playing one group in front of Pernice, Pavin made a birdie at 18 to match Sluman and Pernice at 16-under, but minutes later Pernice earned the win with his second straight birdie.

-- It was Pernice’s second victory on the on the Champions Tour and the first since he won the 2009 SAS Championship in Cary, N.C. The win came in his 51st start since his victory in North Carolina. That win came in his first start on the Champions Tour.

-- The win earned Pernice 263 points in the season and he jumps to seventh in the season-long race with 922 points. Kenny Perry continues to lead with 2, 261points. Bernhard Langer remains in second place with 1,713 points, 848 points behind Perry. David Frost is third with 1,613 points.

-- The win also earns Pernice $262,500 as well as a two-year exemption into the season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai.

-- One of the big keys for Pernice was his play on the par-5 holes at TPC Twin Cities. Pernice made birdies on 10 of the 12 par-5s this week.

-- Pernice became the fifth player to win this tournament in his first appearance. He joined Vicente Fernandez (1996), Bruce Lietzke (2001), David Edwards (2006) and David Frost (2010), all of whom won in their first start at this event.

-- With Corey Pavin finishing T2 with Jeff Sluman behind Pernice, it meant that two former UCLA Bruins went one-two in the tournament. Sluman is a former Florida State golfer.

-- Jeff Sluman’s seven consecutive birdies to start the event were the most in succession since Joe Ozaki tied a Champions Tour mark with eight straight at the 2006 Ford Senior Players Championship (2nd rd.). The last time a player made seven birdies to start a round was at the 2002 Senior PGA Championship when Seiji Ebihara started his final round with seven in a row.

-- Sluman’s final-round 62 was his lowest round on the Champions Tour. His previous low was 64 which he posted five times, the most recent at the 2012 Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic.

-- Corey Pavin’s runner-up finish was his fourth on the Champions Tour.

-- Kenny Perry fell short in his bid for a third consecutive win, finishing T7 this week.

-- Rod Spittle finished T4 and that finish earned him a spot into the next Champions Tour event at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open in Endicott, N.Y. Spittle was an alternate for the field. He was also an alternate in this week’s field before getting into the field when D.A. Weibring withdrew prior to the start of the tournament.

-- The field averaged 70.523 for the event which was a slightly bit lower than the 2012 average of 70.568.

-- Hole No. 9 ended up being the most difficult hole at 4.239 (+.239) while No. 3 was the easiest at 4.638 (-.362).

-- Jim Thorpe and Kenny Perry led all players with 20 birdies during the event.

-- Craig Stadler rebounded from T53 after the opening round to finish T7. He posted rounds of 66 and 65 on the weekend.