Notebook: Dick's Sporting Goods Open, Rd. 3

August 18, 2013

By Phil Stambaugh, Champions Tour staff

-- Bart Bryant’s Sunday score was 10 strokes worse than yesterday but it was good enough to allow him to win his first Champions Tour title and, in the process, he became the Champions Tour’s 1000th winner. Bryant’s 10-under 62 on Saturday staked him to a four-stroke lead at the start of the day. But his advantage dwindled to a single shot over Russ Cochran after Cochran birdied the par-4 16th hole. Cochran pulled his approach shot on the 18th and was unable to get up and down for a par, missing an eight-foot putt. The bogey allowed Bryant to play the final hole with a two-stroke lead and despite a three-putt bogey from 30 feet, Bryant won by a stroke over Cochran and Corey Pavin.

With His Victory – Bart Bryant

-- He becomes the 1000th champion in the history of the Champions Tour and he’s the 190th different player to win a tournament.

-- He wins his first career title on the Champions Tour in his 14th start on the circuit. Previous-best finish on the Champions Tour was T4 at the 3M Championship, his last start prior to this week.

-- He wins his first TOUR event since the 2005 TOUR Championship on the PGA TOUR and ends a victory drought of 7 years, 9 months, 11 days. On the PGA TOUR, also won the 2005 Memorial as well as the 2004 Valero Texas Open, shooting 60 in the third round.

-- He earns 270 Charles Schwab Cup points and moves up into 21st place with 573 total points on the season.

-- He earns a check for $270,000 and increases his earnings on the Champions Tour this year to $704,091.

-- His victory today, coupled with older brother Brad’s four career titles on the Champions Tour, makes them the third set of brothers to claim Champions Tour events – Dave (6)/Mike Hill (18), Lanny (1)/Bobby Wadkins (4).

-- Bryant becomes fifth player in Dick’s Sporting Goods Open history to make this event his first win and third consecutive – 2007/R.W. Eaks, 2009/Lonnie Nielsen, 2011/John Huston, 2012/Willie Wood.

-- Bryant earns a two-year exemption into the season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalali in Hawaii.

-- He becomes the fourth rookie to win on the Champions Tour this year, joining Rocco Mediate (Allianz Championship), Esteban Toledo (Insperity Championship) and Kohki Idoki (Senior PGA Championship) and is the 15th different winner on the 2013 Champions Tour.

-- Bryant’s even-par 72 on Sunday was easily the highest final-round score by a winner in Dick’s Sporting Goods Open history. None of the other six past champions had posted a final round higher than 69
(Eduardo Romero/69/2008).

Tournament Notes

-- Corey Pavin has now finished among the top-3 in his last four events on the Champions Tour and this week’s performance in Endicott was his second consecutive T2. He was a runner-up at the 3M Championship and T3 at both the Senior British Open and U.S. Senior Open. Pavin’s 69 today was his eighth straight sub-70 score, tying Bernhard Langer for the best run of consecutive scores in the 60s on the 2013 Champions Tour. Pavin’s run dates back to his 69 on Saturday at the Senior British Open and he’s now a cumulative 37 under during this stretch.

-- Russ Cochran has now finished second in each of his last two appearances at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open. Cochran was a runner-up to John Huston in 2011 at En-Joie. He didn’t play last year at this event due to injury.

-- Kenny Perry’s T7 finish this week earned him 58 Charles Schwab Cup points and increased his leading total for 2013 to 2,619 points. Bernhard Langer, Perry’s closest pursuer in this year’s Schwab Cup race, earned 40 Schwab Cup points for his T10 performance at this year’s Dick’s Sporting Goods Open. He now trails Perry by 866 points with nine events left in the season. At the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship in San Francisco, all 30 players in the field will earn double Schwab Cup points and the winner of this year’s Charles Schwab Cup will receive a $1 million payout.

-- Both John Cook and Chien Soon Lu carded 7-under 65s, the best rounds of the day. Lu jumped 11 places into solo sixth while Cook moved up 16 places into a T7. It was Cook’s best performance in the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open since he was third in 2008.

-- For the second consecutive week, Rod Spittle registered a top-10 performance (69)/T7 that got him into the Champions Tour event the following week, the Boeing Classic. Spittle was not exempt into this week’s Dick’s Sporting Goods Open but earned a spot in the tournament with a T4 finish at the 3M Championship.

-- Peter Jacobsen’s final-round 66 was his best score in a stroke-play event since he shot 65 in Round 2 of the 2012 Allianz Championship, the first full-field event of the season, and moved him up 22 spots into a T21, the biggest move by a player in the field in the final round.

-- The final-round scoring average for the field was 70.582 compared to 69.725 yesterday. Overall this year, the field stroke average was 70.607 compared to 71.424 last year. Overall, the cumulative field stroke average was the lowest for the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open since 2009 (70.430). The par-4 15th hole gave up 30 birdies and was the most difficult for the week (4.280).

-- Mark Mouland was disqualified after signing an incorrect scorecard.

-- Bogey-Free Rounds:
Friday (6): Bart Bryant (66), Joel Edwards (66), Rick Fehr (67), Esteban Toledo (67), Joe Daley (68), Scott Simpson (71)
Saturday (12): Bart Bryant (62), Rod Spittle (66), Gene Sauers (66), Scott Hoch (63), Chien Soon Lu (66), Bernhard Langer (66), Mark Brooks (66), Tom Kite (68), Jeff Brehaut (69), Colin Montgomerie (67), Roger Chapman (68), Dick Mast (68).
Sunday (5): Gene Sauers (67), John Cook (65), Bernhard Langer (66), Tom Pernice, Jr. (66), Mike Goodes (69),