Notebook: Montreal Championship, Round 3

September 08, 2013

By Champions Tour staff

-- Esteban Toledo chipped in from 35 feet on the third extra hole to defeat Kenny Perry and win for the second time in 2013. Toledo started the day four strokes behind 36-hole leader Bernhard Langer and just one behind Perry. However, Langer saw his two-stroke lead disappear with a double bogey at No. 4 and watched his chances slip away with another double at No. 16. Perry appeared in command, with a two-stroke edge late in the round, but a birdie by Toledo at No. 16 pulled him within one of Perry. However, Perry missed a four-foot putt for par at No. 17 to drop back into a tie where it remained at the conclusion of regulation. After Perry and Toledo made two pars at No. 18, Toledo ended it with his chip-in at No. 10, the third extra hole.

-- With his victory, Toledo wins for the second time in 2013 and becomes the seventh rookie to win an event this year. He joins Rocco Mediate with a pair of “rookie” victories.

-- With the win, Toledo becomes the fourth consecutive rookie to win an event, joining Bart Bryant, John Riegger and Rocco Mediate. Kohki Idoki was a rookie winner earlier.

-- Toledo earns a check for $240,000 as well as 240 points in the Charles Schwab Cup race and moves into ninth place on the money list with $1,060,882 and to 11th on the Charles Schwab Cup list with 1,014 points.

-- This marks the second time this year Toledo has won a playoff on the third extra hole. Earlier this year he claimed his first career win on the Champions Tour when he outlasted Mike Goodes and Gene Sauers to win the Insperity Championship near Houston in May.

-- Despite his loss, Kenny Perry increased his margin in the Charles Schwab Cup race. He picked up 141 points and now leads Bernhard Langer by 857 points. Perry has 2,760 points, while Langer is second with 1,903. David Frost remains third with 1,730 followed by Duffy Waldorf (1,524) and Fred Couples (1,489).

-- Sunday’s playoff was the fourth on the Champions Tour this year and first since Mark Wiebe defeated Bernhard Langer in a Monday finish at the Senior British Open.

-- By virtue of his T4 finish (top-10 finisher not otherwise exempt); Anders Forsbrand earned a spot in the Pacific Links Championship in Hawaii which will be staged Sept. 20-22 at Kapolei, HI. His finish was his best on Tour in 15 career starts. His best previous finish was a T33 at last week’s Shaw Charity Classic.

-- Duffy Waldorf continues to be one of the most consistent players on Tour in the last month. He finished third on Sunday, giving him four top-five finishes in the current four-event swing that began at Dick’s Sporting Goods Open where he was T4. He was also T4 at the Boeing Classic and T3 at the Shaw Charity Classic. During this four-tournament stretch he is a combined 42-under-par and has earned $419,857 (104,964 per start).

-- The 54-hole score of 5-under-par 211 was the highest winning score in an event since Jerry Pate posted a similar score at the 2008 Turtle Bay Championship in Hawaii.

-- The reorder category will be in effect after today’s event and will be in use for the last five (5) cosponsored, open events of the year and takes the place of the National Qualifying Tournament Category. The Reorder Category will use the current Champions Tour money list through the Montreal Championship. Once set, priority order within this category will not change for the remainder of the season. Per Champions Tour Tournament Regulations, all Champions Tour players, not otherwise exempt, 75th or better on the Current Year Official Champions Tour Money List, along with the top 12 finishers of the Champions Tour National Qualifying Tournament for the 2013 season and members remaining eligible via the Special Medical Extension Category, shall be ranked in order based upon each player’s position on the current year Official Champions Tour Money List as of September 8, 2013.

-- After rounds of 73-72 the first two days, Ken Green fired a final-round 80 but still posted a respectable T58 finish. It was his best showing since losing the lower part of his right leg in an accident in 2009.

-- Rod Spittle turned in the top finish by the three Canadian players in the field. Spittle finished T9, his second top 10 finish here in Montreal. He was T7 in 2011. Jim Rutledge finished T73 and Marc Girouard was 78th. Spittle’s remained 30th on the current money list.

-- Scott Hoch posted his third top-10 finish in his last four starts when he was T9 this week. He was T10 at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open, and T5 at last week’s Shaw Charity Classic. He was forced to withdraw the previous week from the Boeing Classic after injuring his ankle. Hoch was T53 this week after his opening-round 76, but rebounded with scores of 69-70 to move up 44 spots.

-- The field averaged 73.621 for the week and 16 players in the 80-man field finished under par for the event. Hole No. 7 was the most difficult with an average score of 4.413. There were just seven birdies in the three rounds.

-- Andrew Magee and Duffy Waldorf led all players with 13 birdies.