Dispatches from the TPC Twin Cities:
Birdies there for the taking
It isn’t easy holding off Schwab Cup leader Bernhard Langer on the Champions Tour. But Kenny Perry drained a 15-foot birdie putt on the last hole to post a 23-under score for the tournament and claim a one-shot victory over Langer, who shot 9 under in a fantastic final round of golf. Perry, ahead of Langer by three to start the day, was 6 under through 12 holes Sunday and put things into cruise control for much of the back nine. His birdie at 18 came after six consecutive pars. Just about everyone in the 81-player field got in on the action. The scoring average of 69.609 was the lowest in tournament history.
HOLE OF THE DAY
No. 7, 318 yards, par 4
Bernhard Langer’s chunked bunker shot there led to a bogey while for Kenny Perry it marked the middle of three straight birdies to get him to 20-under par at the turn on Sunday. Langer’s bogey on the fourth-easiest hole of the day was one of just five blemishes there all day.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“It was a good lie. Poor swing.”
— Langer, on his bunker shot at No. 7.
FOUR QUESTIONS: UP AND DOWN WITH BRAD FAXON
The wispy-haired New Englander celebrated his 53rd birthday this week with the announcement that Fox Sports has hired him as a studio analyst for the USGA events they will televise in 2015.
Q: When you made your Champions Tour debut here you said it was a “rebirth of your career.” Still feel that way?
A: Absolutely. Fifty is not so old anymore. I probably underestimated when I started out here the quality of golf on the Champions Tour. The guys are playing better than I thought possible. Look at what’s happening here, 20-whatever under par. That’s averaging 7 under per round. Think about that.
Q: Hazeltine is hosting the Ryder Cup in 2016, what are your memories of that course playing majors?
|Kansas City - J. Vargas||5:10 PM|
|Cleveland - C. Kluber|
|Chicago WSox - H. Noesi||6:05 PM|
|Baltimore - U. Jimenez|
|Tampa Bay - N. Karns||6:05 PM|
|NY Yankees - A. Warren|
|Washington - D. Fister||6:10 PM|
|Atlanta - E. Stults|
|NY Mets - D. Gee||6:10 PM|
|Miami - J. Cosart|
|Milwaukee - J. Nelson||6:10 PM|
|Cincinnati - J. Marquis|
|Pittsburgh - V. Worley||7:05 PM|
|Chicago Cubs - J. Hammel|
|Seattle - T. Walker||7:05 PM|
|Texas - Y. Gallardo|
|Detroit - D. Price||7:10 PM|
|Minnesota - T. Milone|
|Philadelphia - C. Hamels||7:15 PM|
|St. Louis - J. Lackey|
|Colorado - T. Matzek||8:40 PM|
|Arizona - C. Anderson|
|Houston - C. McHugh||9:10 PM|
|San Diego - J. Shields|
|San Francisco - T. Lincecum||9:10 PM|
|Los Angeles - B. Anderson|
|Tampa Bay||6:00 PM|
|NY Islanders||6:30 PM|