As his scorecard shows, Jay Don Blake had a wild ride through the middle holes of his final round on Sunday. (Montana Pritchard/The PGA of America)
Notebook: Lehman joins rare list of Senior PGA Championship playoff winners
Tom Lehman puts his name next to Jay Haas and Mike Reid as the recent winner of the Alfred S. Bourne Trophy in sudden death. Plus, Jay Don Blake rides a scorecard roller-coaster, and more.
By The PGA of America Communications Staff
PARKER, Colo. – Sunday’s playoff among Tom Lehman, Fred Couples and David Frost was the first playoff in the Senior PGA Championship since 2006, when Jay Haas defeated Brad Bryant on third playoff hole at Oak Tree Golf Club in Edmond, Okla. The last time three players went to a playoff at the Senior PGA Championship occurred in 2005, when Mike Reid topped Jerry Pate and Dana Quigley at Laurel Valley Golf Club in Ligonier, Pa. Reid birdied the first hole of that playoff to capture the title.
BACK-TO-BACK EAGLES: With eagles at the par-5 15th and 16th holes Sunday, Fred Couples is the first player to record consecutive eagles on the Champions Tour since Denis Watson did it in the first round of the 2008 FedEx Kinko's Classic.
PARTING WORDS: That Ben Crenshaw finished the 71st Senior PGA Championship at 8 over par was secondary to the pride he felt about the performance of Colorado Golf Club, which he co-designed with Bill Coore.
"I thought the course played beautifully and it played tough," said the two-time Masters Champion. "It's in great condition and the greens were just marvelous. The golf course is still very young and we had some tough conditions this week. I'm just pleased, and I really heard some nice comments from some of the players. This is a strong test of golf."
WHAT A STRETCH: From holes 6 through 11 Sunday, Jay Don Blake went bogey, eagle, double bogey, birdie, bogey, bogey. That last bogey dropped him out of the lead for good.
BY THE NUMBERS:
- 2: Number of putts Tom Lehman needed on the first hole of sudden death to win the 71st Senior PGA Championship
- 5: The hardest hole this week. Only 22 birdies were made at the par-4 fifth, which played to a stroke average of 4.489
- 14: Number of players under par at the end of regulation
- 23: Number of eagles made this week, with Fred Couples having three, and Bruce Fleisher and Bob Gilder each with two
- 31: Low nine-hole score of the week, set by Jay Don Blake on the front nine of the second round
- 65: Low 18-hole score of the week, shot by David Frost in the third round
- 68: Final-round score by Tom Watson, the lowest today of all Senior PGA Champions who made the cut
- 159: Number of birdies made this week at the par-5 16th hole, which ranked as the easiest hole for the Championship. There were also 12 eagles there
- 281: Finishing score in regulation by Tom Lehman, Fred Couples and David Frost
- 292: 72-hole score posted by Lindy Miller, the low PGA Club Professional this week