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Insperity Invitational 2016

Round 3 - Jesper Parnevik claims first senior win

May 9, 2016

Jesper Parnevik won the Insperity Invitational for his first PGA Tour Champions title, shooting a 5-under 67 for a four-stroke victory Sunday.

The 51-year-old Swede won in his 23rd career start on the 50-and-over tour. The five-time PGA Tour winner finished at 12-under 204 at The Woodlands Country Club.

''It feels fantastic, actually,'' Parnevik said after his first victory since the PGA Tour's 2001 Honda Classic. ''I'm still in shock, because when it's been this long, you don't even remember how it is.''

He fought a series of injuries in his 40s.

''I thought I was never going to win again,'' Parnevik said. ''I pretty much thought not play again, because a lot of times if I hit 15 balls, I could not get out of bed the next day, it was that bad. So I was not even contemplating winning.''

John Daly tied for 17th at 2 under in his PGA Tour Champions debut. The two-time major champion closed with a 71 after opening with rounds of 70 and 73. He turned 50 on April 28.

''I hit a lot of fairways this week,'' Daly said. ''The irons weren't all that great. I was really close to being good. But for not playing, I'm pretty pleased.''

He will return to play the next tour event, the major Regions Tradition in Alabama in two weeks.

Local favorite Jeff Maggert, first-round leader Mike Goodes and South Africa's David Frost tied for second. Maggert, a Woodlands resident and former Texas A&M player, had a 71.

''Jesper played well,'' Maggert said. ''I thought he struggled a little bit yesterday coming in down the stretch, but he -really hit the ball well all day. He never kind of let go. He putted well, too. ... It was a game of two putts today for me. I made a lot of two putts. Really, all week. The 10- and 15-footers just got me all week long. I just didn't make very many of those.''

Parnevik made three birdies on the front nine, added two more on the par-4 11th and 12th, bogeyed the par-3 14th, rebounded with a birdie on the par-5 15th and closed with three pars. He opened with rounds of 69 and 68 for a share the second-round lead with Maggert.

All the injuries left the Swede motivated to play the senior tour.

''That was a blessing in disguise in a sense,'' Parnevik said. ''I don't know if I would have been as keen or eager to play right now if I would have played those eight years full-time. ... I was really looking forward to playing on this tour because I've had so many injuries and I haven't played much. My form wasn't that great, but I was still looking forward to coming out here and compete, and I think that's the key that kept me practicing so much.''

He earned a spot next year in the season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship in Hawaii.

''My family, I think that's what they are the most happy about, is actually the Hawaii trip,'' Parnevik said. ''They don't care if I win or lose or whatever. They don't even watch me play or whatever. Going to Hawaii is huge for them and it's just going to be a lot of fun.''

Frost shot 69, and the 59-year-old Goodes had a double bogey on the par-3 16th in 70.

''I just hit a terrible shot at the wrong time,'' Goodes said. ''I was trying to get, kind of knock down, squeeze the 5-iron in there and I just open face and hit it out to the right, and then hit a poor bunker shot and just a short putt. It added up to 5. I played really good, though.''

Billy Andrade (66) and Olin Browne (69) tied for fifth at 7 under.

Round 2 - Jeff Maggert and Jesper Parnevik share lead

May 8, 2016

Local favorite Jeff Maggert and Jesper Parnevik shared the Insperity Invitational lead at 7 under Saturday, leaving John Daly six strokes back in his PGA Tour Champions debut.

Maggert birdied the par-4 18th for a 3-under 69, and playing partner Parnevik had a bogey on the par-4 17th in a 68 at The Woodlands Country Club.

Daly followed his opening 70 with a 73 to drop into a tie for 21st at 1 under.

''I just have to get some confidence with the putter. That's the thing,'' Daly said. ''My chipping wasn't very good today, but I'm under par and I think seven is leading, you never know what can happen tomorrow. Maybe try to get maybe a little more aggressive with the driver, hit it a little bit more, get some more wedges in the holes and give myself a chance.''

The two-time major champion made four straight bogeys in the middle of the round and rebounded with birdies on 15 and 18. He turned 50 on April 28.

''Just bad execution, bad chips, bad putts,'' Daly said about the bogey run on Nos. 8-11. ''I actually thought I had a good shot on 9. I hit a 9-iron and it went over the back and you're dead. But all in all, I hung in there. ... I didn't hit it real close today. The wind was a little tricky on the back nine.''

Maggert had four birdies and a bogey.

''Up and down today,'' Maggert said. ''I think the golf course played a couple shots harder today. I hit the ball great. I didn't even struggle with the ball-striking. ... I was trying to press a little bit on the back nine, trying to make up a little ground. But it was good. Gusty wind, and also the direction was shifting quite a bit, so that made shot selection harder.''

The Woodlands resident and former Texas A&M player led the tour with four victories last year, including major wins at the U.S. Senior Open and Regions Tradition. He won three times on the PGA Tour.

''I had a great career, and it's different now,'' Maggert said. ''I think the difference is, when you're younger, we're all out here trying to prove things to ourselves and now, it's more like there's not a lot left to prove. I'd like to play well here tomorrow, but just going to enjoy the day and really looking forward to this week to jump-start my summer.''

Parnevik eagled the par-5 13th and had four birdies and two bogeys.

''The game didn't feel good today, but putting felt a little bit better, even though I seemed to miss every short one,'' Parnevik said. ''Then, I holed two monsters, to sort of kind of even it out.''

The 51-year-old Swede is winless on the 50-and-over tour. He won five times on the PGA Tour.

''It's great to feel the butterflies come alive,'' Parnevik said. ''All of a sudden you go, ''Oh, I have to focus on these shots.' It's different and it's going to be fun tomorrow, just to be able to have a chance to win.''

First-round leader Mike Goodes was 6 under after a 72. Glen Day (68), Michael Allen (69), Grant Waite (69) and David Frost (70) were 5 under.

Round 1 - John Daly shoots 70 on senior debut

May 7, 2016

John Daly shot a 2-under 70 on Friday in his PGA Tour Champions debut, leaving him four strokes behind leader Mike Goodes in the Insperity Invitational.

Daly had four birdies and two bogeys at The Woodlands Country Club, playing alongside friend Fuzzy Zoeller and Peter Jacobsen. The two-time major champion turned 50 on April 28.

''It was like starting all over,'' Daly said. ''The nerves were good, but it's cool coming out here and having positive nerves, and I just fed off Fuzzy and Jake. You know, I couldn't have asked to play with two better people. For my first round on the Champions Tour, we just had a blast.''

Daly was in a nine-man tie for 12th. He hit 13 of 14 fairways, 16 of 18 greens in regulation and topped the field with a driving average of 317.5 yards on the two measuring holes.

''I was surprised how good I hit the ball,'' Daly said. ''I mean, I hit a lot of fairways, and that 1-iron was a blessing today for me. Even when I didn't hit it good, it was going in the fairway, and I gave myself a lot of chances, a lot of chances to hit greens and a lot of opportunities.''

Daly parred the first six holes, bogeyed the par-4 seventh and rebounded with birdies on the par-3 eighth and par-4 ninth. He added birdies on the par-4 11th and par-5 13th, had a bogey on the par-3 14th and closed with four pars.

''I just couldn't get the putter to make anything,'' Daly said. ''But I rolled it good, and for me that's what mattered today, is just hitting the ball solid and getting it around, and I didn't shoot myself out of the tournament.''

The 59-year-old Goodes bogeyed the par-4 18th for a 66. He made four straight birdies on Nos. 13-16.

''The key in my game is keep giving myself opportunities,'' Goodes said. ''You make some putts and you go around, it looks like you're not making much, and all of a sudden I make four in a row and that's just the way this game is. You have to be patient, keep giving yourself opportunities.''

Canada's Stephen Ames had a 67, and area resident Jeff Maggert and Duffy Waldorf shot 68.

''Struggling a little bit with my golf swing right now, but I've put a lot of work on my putting the last couple weeks when I haven't been playing,'' Ames said. ''I haven't put a lot of work into my golf swing so it's showing now for me. Made some nice putts and a lot of birdies.''

Defending champion Ian Woosnam opened with a 73.

Zoeller and Jacobsen each shot 76.

Scores

1 - Jesper Parnevik -12 F -5 69 68 67 204
T2 2 David Frost -8 F -3 69 70 69 208
T2 1 Jeff Maggert -8 F -1 68 69 71 208
T2 1 Mike Goodes -8 F -2 66 72 70 208
T5 16 Billy Andrade -7 F -6 73 70 66 209
T5 3 Olin Browne -7 F -3 71 69 69 209
T7 19 Kirk Triplett -6 F -6 75 69 66 210
T7 6 Duffy Waldorf -6 F -3 68 73 69 210
T7 1 Kevin Sutherland -6 F -2 71 69 70 210
T7 1 Tommy Armour III -6 F -2 72 68 70 210
11 4 Joe Durant -4 F -2 70 72 70 212
T12 31 Gene Sauers -3 F -5 73 73 67 213
T12 3 Tom Lehman -3 F -1 70 72 71 213
T12 4 Scott McCarron -3 F +1 71 69 73 213
T12 4 Stephen Ames -3 F +1 67 73 73 213
T12 8 Michael Allen -3 F +2 70 69 74 213
T17 35 John Huston -2 F -6 72 76 66 214
T17 20 Rod Spittle -2 F -3 73 72 69 214
T17 9 John Cook -2 F -2 72 72 70 214
T17 4 Loren Roberts -2 F -1 69 74 71 214
T17 9 Peter Senior -2 F -2 75 69 70 214
T17 4 John Daly -2 F -1 70 73 71 214
T17 13 Grant Waite -2 F +3 70 69 75 214
T24 19 Jerry Smith -1 F -3 73 73 69 215
T24 2 Paul Goydos -1 F -1 72 72 71 215
T24 3 Kenny Perry -1 F E 74 69 72 215
T24 9 Todd Hamilton -1 F +1 72 70 73 215
T24 20 Glen Day -1 F +4 71 68 76 215
T29 8 Jay Haas E F -1 74 71 71 216
T29 8 Brad Faxon E F -1 74 71 71 216
T29 3 Tom Byrum E F E 74 70 72 216
T32 14 Colin Montgomerie +1 F -2 72 75 70 217
T32 5 Guy Boros +1 F E 75 70 72 217
T32 6 Larry Nelson +1 F +1 75 69 73 217
T32 6 Scott Dunlap +1 F +1 74 70 73 217
T32 11 Mark O'Meara +1 F +2 73 70 74 217
T32 19 Larry Mize +1 F +4 69 72 76 217
T32 17 Craig Stadler +1 F +3 73 69 75 217
T39 13 Rocco Mediate +2 F -2 75 73 70 218
T39 13 Fred Funk +2 F +2 70 74 74 218
41 4 Gary Hallberg +3 F +2 75 70 74 219
42 17 Marco Dawson +4 F -1 73 76 71 220
T43 9 Joey Sindelar +5 F +1 76 72 73 221
T43 3 Bob Tway +5 F +2 73 74 74 221
T43 - Mark Brooks +5 F +3 75 71 75 221
T43 17 Roger Chapman +5 F +5 70 74 77 221
T43 28 Dan Forsman +5 F +7 69 73 79 221
T48 2 Guna Periasamy +6 F +3 72 75 75 222
T48 2 Jay Don Blake +6 F +3 74 73 75 222
T50 17 Sandy Lyle +7 F -2 77 76 70 223
T50 11 Jeff Hart +7 F +1 79 71 73 223
T50 9 Steve Lowery +7 F +2 72 77 74 223
T50 2 Ian Woosnam +7 F +3 73 75 75 223
T50 2 Mark Wiebe +7 F +3 77 71 75 223
T50 4 Brad Bryant +7 F +4 70 77 76 223
T56 4 Willie Wood +8 F +4 72 76 76 224
T56 10 Brandt Jobe +8 F +5 74 73 77 224
T56 30 Wes Short, Jr. +8 F +8 69 75 80 224
T59 8 Jim Rutledge +9 F E 77 76 72 225
T59 5 Tom Kite +9 F +1 71 81 73 225
T59 7 Esteban Toledo +9 F +5 70 78 77 225
T59 22 Bob Gilder +9 F +8 71 74 80 225
63 1 Blaine McCallister +10 F +3 76 75 75 226
64 6 Gil Morgan +11 F +1 75 79 73 227
65 10 Woody Austin +12 F E 84 72 72 228
T66 7 Scott Hoch +13 F +2 78 77 74 229
T66 4 Joe Daley +13 F +3 81 73 75 229
T66 1 Jim Carter +13 F +4 78 75 76 229
T66 4 Steve Pate +13 F +6 76 75 78 229
70 6 Tom Purtzer +14 F +6 78 74 78 230
71 2 Jim Thorpe +15 F +4 82 73 76 231
72 2 John Harris +16 F +6 78 76 78 232
73 9 Fuzzy Zoeller +17 F +9 76 76 81 233
74 2 Mike Harwood +18 F +3 81 78 75 234
75 2 Scott Simpson +26 F +7 76 87 79 242

 





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