John Cook won for the first time since the 2013 Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai with a one stroke victory over Tom Byrum at the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach. His win qualified him for the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, jumping from 39th on the money list to 19th with $672,533. Cook missed 10 weeks early in the year with a fractured back.
John Cook is now in a select group of players winning both a PGA TOUR and Champions Tour event at the same venue. He joined Hale Irwin as the only other player to pull off titles on both Tours at Pebble Beach. It’s now happened 16 times in Champions Tour history by 14 different professionals.
The First Tee of Tucson junior Chris Meyers, and pro partner Lee Janzen, won the pro-junior competition of the Nature Valley First Tee Open in dramatic fashion when Meyers holed a 203-yard 4-iron at the final hole for a double eagle/albatross to claim the title.
Scott Dunlap made the third hole in one in the history of the Nature Valley First Tee Open when he holed a shot with a sand wedge from 103 yards at Pebble Beach’s par-3 7th hole in the final round. Allen Doyle and Jeff Sluman had made aces at No. 5 in the third round of the 2009 event.
The SAS Championship will be contested for the 14th consecutive year at Prestonwood CC in Cary, NC on October 6-12. Russ Cochran is the defending champion and the European pair of Bernhard Langer and Colin Montgomerie, Nos. 1 and 2 on the Charles Schwab Cup standings, are both scheduled to play.
It was announced Monday that the YMCA of the Triangle is now the host charity for the SAS Championship and the tournament contract was extended through 2017. The event will culminate with a donation to the YMCA’s Annual Campaign, We Build People. Funds will be directed to the standardized Y Learning program which serves students in grades K-8 who struggle to reach school system benchmarks.
2015 Presidents Cup U.S. Team captain Jay Haas will be joined in the Wake Forest University Sports Hall of Fame by his son Bill, the 2011 FedExCup champion, when Bill is one of eight inductees in the Class of 2014 on October 17. The class will be presented the following day at halftime of Wake Forest’s home football game with
LES SCHWAB CUP
There are only two players who can now win the Charles Schwab Cup this year – Bernhard Langer, who has led this year’s race every week but one, and Colin Montgomerie, who led for one week immediately after winning the U.S. Senior Open. Montgomerie is 633 points behind Langer with a maximum 1,728 points remaining this season. Third-placed Jay Haas earned 44 points after a T10 finish at last week’s Nature Valley First Tee Open but he needed victory to stay in the race for the Schwab Cup.
350 – Fred Funk’s hole-in-one at Hole No. 16 during the final round of the recent Pacific Links Hawaii Championship was the 350th ace on the Champions Tour since records began in 1984.
ON THIS DATE
10/2/05 – Two weeks after winning the Wal-Mart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, Hale Irwin wins the SAS Championship near Raleigh and becomes the first player to claim multiple titles in a season after turning 60.
10/3/04 – Fred Funk ends a winless drought of 196 events when he claims his second Southern Farm Bureau Classic title (he also won in 1998). His 22-under total of 266 ties a tournament record and he wins by one stroke over Ryan Palmer in Mississippi
DID YOU KNOW?
Jeff Sluman played his 100th consecutive Champions Tour event at last week’s Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, where he finished T24.
QUOTE TO NOTE
“Gary Payer was on and he was teaching bunker shots. He said it’s kind of like lighting a match. You can’t light a match moving slowly. You have to accelerate through the sand, like striking a match. It made so much sense to me. It really helped me big time with my bunker play.” – Ben Clarke from The First Tee of South Dakota, a participant in last week’s Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, watches the Champions Tour Learning Center every week on Golf Channel.