Notebook: Shaw Charity Classic, Round 3

September 01, 2013

By Champions Tour staff

-- Rocco Mediate never let up on the gas pedal. After rounds of 63-64 to open the inaugural Shaw Charity Classic, Mediate closed with a 7-under-par 64 for an impressive seven-stroke victory at the Canyon Meadows Golf and Country Club. It was Mediate’s second win of the campaign. His only blemish on Sunday came at No. 16 when he made a bogey, one of just two for the week. However, it was irrelevant as he had a seven-stroke margin at the time and he cruised to the win. Tom Byrum, who open qualified earlier in the week, finished second.

-- WITH HIS WIN ...Claims his 2nd win of the 2013 season (won the Allianz Championship in February) ... Is third rookie winner in a row ... The last back-to-back-to-back rookies to win:…Mark James, 2004 Ford Senior Players Championship, Pete Oakley, 2004 Senior British Open, Peter Jacobsen, 2004 U.S. Senior Open...He becomes the 4th multiple winner this year, joining Bernhard Langer, David Frost and Kenny Perry...It marks the 6th time a tournament has been won by a rookie this year...Becomes the 1st rookie to win multiple events in a season since Fred Couples won four in 2010...He earns a check for $300,000 which increases his 2013 earnings to $1,136,648 (6th overall)...Earns 300 points in the Charles Schwab Cup race and is now 7th overall...His winning margin of 7 strokes is the largest on Champions Tour since Fred Couples won the 2011 AT&T Championship by a similar margin...His 54-hole total of 191 matched the lowest 54-hole score in Champions Tour history.

-- With this win, Rocco Mediate picked up 300 points in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race and moves into seventh place with 1,073 points. Kenny Perry continues to lead with 2,619 points followed by Bernhard Langer with 1,830. David Frost is third (1,657), Fred Couples is fourth (1,489) and Duffy Waldorf is now fifth (1,409).

-- Mediate made a killing on the back nine for the tournament, finishing 18-under-par for the three rounds.

-- By virtue of his top-10 finish (solo second), Tom Byrum earns a berth in next week’s Montreal Championship. Byrum had been well down the alternate list. It was his best finish in a Champions Tour event and his best showing in a Tour event since he finished second at the 1999 Michelob Championship, losing in a playoff with Notah Begay.

-- Bobby Clampett closed with a final-round 71 and eventually finished T5. It was his second good showing in as many weeks. He was T4 last week at the Boeing Classic. Clampett led all players with 20 birdies for the tournament this week.

-- One day after Mike Goodes matched Rocco Mediate’s course record with an 8-under-par 63, Bill Glasson broke the record when he closed with a 9-under-par 62 on Sunday. It was the fourth time the record had been broken this week. The original mark was 66 which J.K. Kim broke with a 65 in the qualifier. Four players shot 64s on Friday before Rocco Mediate surpassed that score later that day with a 63. Glasson’s round included nine birdies and it helped him finish T10.

-- There were 1,000 birdies during the event, the fourth most in Champions Tour history for a 54-hole event. The all-time record was 1,147 at the 2011 Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn, while there were 1,059 at the 2011 Montreal Championship and 1,012 at the 2010 Allianz Championship.

-- Eagles were also plentiful in the tournament. There were 16 on Friday, 13 on Saturday and 14 on Sunday.

-- Sixty-eight-year-old Hale Irwin bettered his age by four strokes when he posted a final-round 64 on Sunday.

-- John Riegger had a pair of eagles on Sunday at Nos. 11 and 15.

-- Duffy Waldorf turned in his third straight top-5 finish when he finished T3 on Sunday. He had also been T4 the previous two weeks at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open and the Boeing Classic. It was his 10th top-10 finish this year in 17 starts.

-- The field averaged 69.004 for the event, the lowest average for a 54-hole full field event since 2005 when the field averaged 68.175 at the Blue Angels Classic in Florida.

-- Hole No. 1 was the most difficult with an average score of 4.148 (+.148), while the easiest hole was No. 15, a par-5. It yielded 21 eagles and 141birdies and had an average score of 4.292 (-.708). It matched No. 10 at the Hualalai GC (Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai) as the easiest on Tour this year.

-- Jay Don Blake ran his string of consecutive holes without a three-putt to 212.