Jeff Sluman and Brad Faxon capture the 2013 Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf title in Savannah. Savannah's Gene Sauers finishes tied for 2nd.
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Release from the Champions Tour:
2013 Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf
(the seventh of 26 official
events on the 2013 Champions Tour)
Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa
April 26-28, 2013
36-36—72/7,087; 6,742 (Raphael)
Charles Schwab Cup
A mix of sun and clouds with high temperatures in the mid-to-upper-70s. Winds
from the SE from 10-15 mph with occasional higher gusts.
1) Brad Faxon/Jeff
Sluman/62-66-65—193 (-23); T2) Fred Funk/Mike Goodes/66-65-63—194 (-22),
Gene Sauers/Kenny Perry/66-66-62—194
(-22); T4) 8 teams tied at 21-under-par 195.
and Jeff Sluman fired a final-round 7-under-par 65 to post a one-stroke victory
over the teams of Fred Funk/Mike Goodes and Kenny Perry/Gene Sauers. The
leaderboard changed several times during the final round but Faxon and Sluman
prevailed with their bogey-free final round. Their decisive birdie came
at No. 14 when Sluman made an eight-foot putt. Sluman had been a two-time
runner-up previously when he teamed with Craig Stadler in 2008 and 2009. They
lost in a two-hole playoff with Bernhard Langer and Tom Lehman in 2009. Sluman
and Faxon were also T3 a year ago.
The win was
the fifth of Jeff Sluman's career, while Faxon won for the second time.
Sluman's last victory came in 2011 when he won the Nature Valley First Tee Open
at Pebble Beach. Faxon's only previous win on the Champions Tour came in 2011
at the Insperity Championship which will be the next stop on the 2013 Champions
Faxon and Jeff Sluman each won $230,000 with the victory as well as 230 points
in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race. The pair also earned a two-year
exemption to the season-opening event in Hawaii – Mitsubishi Electric
Championship at Hualalai.
his winner's check for $230,000, Jeff Sluman has now surpassed the $25 million
mark in career earnings in PGA TOUR events ($25,080,658).
A day after
Bart Bryant tasted success after starting the week as an alternate, Savannah
native Gene Sauers had some success as well on Sunday, finishing T2 with his
partner Kenny Perry. Sauers was an alternate at the start of the week and was
slated to play in the Raphael Division with Ian Baker-Finch but when Russ
Cochran was a DQ for missing his pro-am time, Sauers he slid over to play with
Perry. The result was a check for Perry and Sauers of $123,000 apiece. Their
10-under 62 was the day's low round.
Joe Daley made the third hole-in-one of the campaign and 10th in
tournament history when he aced No. 8 from 178 yards with a 7-iron.
With Jay Don
Blake and Roger Chapman finishing T16, it marked the fifth consecutive year the
second-round leaders have failed to go on to win the event. The last team to
lead after two rounds and win the event was Andy North and Tom Watson in 2008.
champions Michael Allen and David Frost finished T4.
Hole No. 18
proved to be the most difficult on Sunday as none of the 33 teams made a
birdie. Birdies were also scarce on Nos. 6 and 7 as there were just three on
each. No. 11 was the easiest in the event.
and Jeff Sluman shared the distinction of making the most birdies in the event
with Mark Calcavecchia and Peter Senior and Andy North and Tom Watson. Each of
those three teams made 24 during the event.
Langer remained atop the leaderboard in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race
with 928 points, but David Frost closed the gap a bit by finishing T4 and
earning 57 points. He is currently second with 676 points.
Toledo, who was a late add to the field when Nick Price withdrew, picked up
$57,125 by teaming with Mark O'Meara. Toledo is now 18th on
the money list with $233,379.
finished T4 with his partner Hal Sutton. It was his best finish in a Champions
Tour event since he was T2 last June at the Principal Charity Classic. Sutton's
showing was his best since finishing T3 at the 2009 Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am.
Stadler and teammate Kirk Triplett finished T4 in their debut as a team in this
event. The T4 finish marked Stadler's best finish in a Champions Tour event
since he was a runner-up here in 2009 with Jeff Sluman.