Notes: Love III impressive in return after surgery
Late stumble costs the 20-time PGA TOUR winner a chance at his first Champions Tour title
June 07, 2015
By Champions Tour staff, PGATOUR.COM
- June 07, 2015
- Davis Love III ranked first in total birdies this week at the Wakonda Club with 17. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Davis Love III finished T5 in his return to action at the Principal Charity Classic following foot surgery two months ago. Love was tied with Mark Calcavecchia at 11-under following three consecutive birdies on Nos. 13-14-15, but fell out of contention after a bogey at No. 16 and a double at No. 17.
Final-Round Recap: Mark Calcavecchia’s closed with a 3-under-par 69 for a one-stroke victory at the Principal Charity Classic over Brian Henninger and Joe Durant. Calcavecchia finished with a 54-hole total of 12-under-par 204 and his first victory since the 2012 Montreal Championship. Calcavecchia bogeyed No. 14 to drop back into a tie with Davis Love III at 11-under, but chipped to two feet for a birdie on the next hole to take a lead he would never relinquish. He two-putted from 12 feet for par on No. 18 and the victory.
Mark Calcavecchia…With his Victory
Mark Calcavecchia wins his third Champions Tour title and it came in his 67th start since his last victory at the 2012 Montreal Championship. He also won the 2011 Boeing Classic.
A 13-time winner on the PGA TOUR, one of his wins was the 1989 Open Championship.
He earns 263 points in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race and moves into 19th place on the 2015 points list.
He earns an exemption into the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai in 2016 and 2017.
Earned a winner’s check of $262,500 and increases his 2015 earnings to $382,396 (20th overall).
Becomes the 12th different winner in 2015 on the Champions Tour.
His win comes at age 54 years, 11 months, 26 days.
Additional Notes: Calcavecchia has now finished in the top five in all five starts here at the Principal Charity Classic. In addition to his win, he was T3 in both 2013 and 2014, was T10 in 2012 and fifth in 2011. He has earned $585,779, an average of $117,155 in Des Moines…He has never posted a round over par in the event and 14 of his 15 rounds have been below par…His best finish this year prior to Sunday’s win was a T3 with partner Steve Lowery in April’s Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf in Missouri...The last time he had a top-10 finish in a stroke-play tournament was here a year ago (T3).
Takeaways from Sunday
• Brian Henninger’s T2 finish was his second strong outing in a row. He finished T4 at the recent Senior PGA Championship and has earned $257,500 in his last two starts. He moved to 26th on the money list. Prior to his start at the Senior PGA Championship, Henninger was 64th with only $60,905 to his credit.
• Rod Spittle’s T4 finish was his best effort since he was T4 at the 2013 3M Championship. It was his third top-10 finish of the current campaign. He had just one a year ago.
• Carlos Franco finished T64 in his Champions Tour debut.
• Defending champion Tom Pernice, Jr., rebounded from a second-round 74 with a final-round 6-under 66 to finish T5.
• Steve Lowery was T54 after the opening round, but after rounds of 69-66 he finished T10.
• First-round co-leader Billy Andrade shaved 10 strokes off his second-round score with a final-round 66 and jumped from T32 to T10.
• Former University of Iowa product Guy Boros finished T10.
• Joe Durant’s T2 finish was his fifth top-10 finish in eight events this year and he has surpassed his 2014 earnings already. He earned $667,335 a year ago in 13 starts and has earned $715,106 this year.
• Javier Sanchez needed just 74 putts during the three rounds, the fewest in tournament history. The previous low was 76 by Dick Mast and Doug Garwood a year ago.
• The field averaged 70.778 on Sunday, the lowest of all three rounds and overall the field averaged 71.276. That was the lowest stroke average since the event moved here in 2013.
• Once again, No. 14 proved to be the most difficult hole with an average score of 3.292 (+.292). There were just 15 birdies for the week.