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PowerShares QQQ Championship 2016

Round 3 - Tom Pernice Jr wins by a shot

October 30, 2016

Tom Pernice Jr. won the first playoff event in PGA Tour Champions history, beating Colin Montgomerie by a stroke Sunday at Sherwood in the PowerShares QQQ Championship.

The 57-year-old Tom Pernice Jr. closed with a 2-under 70 in breezy and rainy conditions, breaking a tie for the lead with Montgomerie with an 8-foot birdie putt on the par-4 14th and adding a 15-footer on the par-3 15th.

''I hit two beautiful irons,'' Pernice said. ''I hit a beautiful 7-iron on 15 and it just worked out perfect. And then I couldn't have drawn it up any better, I just cut a 6-iron back against the wind beautifully on 15 and man, it turned out beautiful.''

Pernice bogeyed the par-3 17th and two-putted for par from 15 feet on the par-4 18th.

''I kind of got a little careless there at 17,'' Pernice said. ''Made it a little interesting.''

The former UCLA player overcame a bogey-double bogey start Friday to win for the fifth time on the 50-and-over tour, ending a drought that stretched to the 2014 Charles Schwab Cup Championship. The two-time PGA Tour winner had a 13-under 203 total. He had a 69 on Friday, and shot 64 on Saturday for a share of the lead with Brandt Jobe.

''To be able to come back and shoot 13 to win was very special,'' Pernice said.

Montgomerie parred the final five holes for a 70. The 53-year-old Scot won a month ago in British Columbia for his fourth tour title.

''Especially the start it got very breezy,'' Montgomerie said. ''First nine was very, very difficult. Just miserable.''

Pernice had a different take on the conditions.

''Whenever you get a little moisture in southern California, you'd better take it,'' he said.

Scott Dunlap was third at 10 under after a 67.

The top 72 on the money list earned spots at Sherwood, and the top 54 advanced to the Dominion Charity Classic next week in Richmond, Virginia. The field will be cut to 36 for the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Each dollar earned in the first two events is worth two points. At the Charles Schwab Championship, points will be reset so that the top five only have to win to capture the Charles Schwab Cup.

Pernice earned $305,000 - and 610 points - to jump from 32nd to ninth in the standings.

''It's been a little bit of an up and down year, but I just kept telling myself, 'Keep working hard and keep plugging away.''' Pernice said ''It's not always how you start but if you finish well you can have a great year.''

Lee Janzen got the final spot in Richmond, edging Brad Bryant by 331 points. Janzen tied for 25th at 2 under, and shot a 66 to tie for 45th at 3 over.

Charles Schwab Cup leader Bernhard Langer withdrew before the start Friday because of a left knee injury. The 59-year-old German star also leads with four victories and has wrapped up the season money title with $2,697,459.

Montgomerie moved into second place in the standings.

Jobe tied for 10th at 6 under after a 77.

Fred Couples had a 77 to tie for 37th at 1 over in his first tournament in eight months. The 57-year-old Couples was sidelined by a chronic back injury. He opened with rounds of 68 and 72.

Round 2 - Brandt Jobe & Tom Pernice share lead

October 30, 2016

Tom Pernice Jr. had four straight birdies and shot an 8-under 64 on Saturday for a share of the PowerShares QQQ Championship lead with fellow former UCLA player Brandt Jobe.

Jobe had a 66 to match Pernice at 11-under 133 at Sherwood in the PGA Tour Champions' playoff opener.

Pernice began the run on the par-5 11th and also birdied the par-3 12th, par-5 13th and par-4 14th. The four-time tour winner birdied another par 5 on 16 and closed with two pars.

''Not as much wind today, so that made a little bit of difference,'' Pernice said. ''It stayed pretty warm once we got going and the ball was carrying well.''

Jobe had eight birdies and two bogeys.

''I'm kind of managing my game right now,'' Jobe said ''I have played the par 5s well, put the ball in the fairway, hit some good tee shots which sets up the hole, so that's kind of been the key this week.''

First-round leader Colin Montgomerie (69) was a stroke back along with Rocco Mediate (65) and Olin Browne (66).

''I'm ecstatic with how I played the last two day,'' Mediate said. ''I'm actually shocked a little. I haven't played in a while, back's been a little messy but it's better. Yeah, I can't wait to go tomorrow and see what happens.''

Mediate played alongside Pernice and Jay, and matched Pernice with birdies on Nos. 11-14.

''We had a great group,'' Pernice said. ''Rocco's personality when things are going good, the group just kind of continues on and he keeps everybody kind of loose and entertaining. Jay and I have been close friends for a long time and have had some battles and to have him and then Rocco and everybody playing well, it was a lot of fun.''

Fred Couples was tied for 22nd at 4 under after a 72 in in his first tournament in eight months. The 57-year-old Couples was sidelined by a chronic back injury.

Tour leader Bernhard Langer withdrew before the start Friday because of a left knee injury.

Langer leads the tour with four victories and has wrapped up the season money title with $2,697,459. The 59-year-old German star tops the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs standings, and has a big enough advantage over second-place Miguel Angel Jimenez that he will keep the No. 1 spot without playing this week.

The top 72 players on the money list earned spots at Sherwood. The playoff field will be cut to 54 for the Dominion Charity Classic next week in Richmond, Virginia, and to 36 for the Charles Schwab Cup Championship the follow week in Scottsdale, Arizona. Each dollar earned in the first two events is worth two points and will be added to the regular-season total. At the Charles Schwab Championship, points will be reset so that the top five only have to win to capture the Charles Schwab Cup.

Jimenez was 4 under after a 69.

John Daly had a 76 to drop into a tie for 53rd at 3 over. He qualified 70th and has five top-25 finishes in 14 starts since turning 50.

Round 1 - Fred Couples returns with a 68

October 30, 2016

Fred Couples shot a 4-under 68 in his first competitive round in eight months, while Bernhard Langer withdrew without hitting a shot Friday in the PowerShares QQQ Championship.

Returning from a chronic back injury, the 57-year-old Couples had three straight birdies on the back nine at rain-softened Sherwood in the PGA Tour Champions' playoff opener. He was tied for eighth, three strokes behind leader Colin Montgomerie.

''Honestly, I could have shot 80 and been OK with it because my goals were just to be able to swing and play,'' Couples said. ''Today was just a very nice day. Just to get out of the house and walk around and see if I've made any progress in the last seven months.''

Langer re-aggravated a left knee injury at home in Florida doing routine spinning, had an MRI on Monday and wasn't able to play a practice round. ''I can't transfer my weight,'' Langer said Thursday. ''I can't put any pressure on my left knee.''

Montgomerie shot a 65, closing with a birdie after nearly holing his approach on the par-4 18th. The Scot birdied the first three holes, and had four more on the back nine. He won in Canada this season for his fourth tour title and is fourth in the Charles Schwab Cup standings.

''Even Ben Hogan allowed himself two mistakes a round of golf, so no bogeys around here is good, very good and that was key today,'' Montgomerie said. ''Hit the fairways, hit the greens. Fairways and greens, that's what this course is all about.''

Fred Funk was two strokes back at 67 along with Scott McCarron, Jim Carter, Joey Sindelar, Jerry Smith and Brandt Jobe.

Couples played the rainy front nine in 1 under with a birdie on the par-5 fifth. He birdied the par-4 10th, dropped a stroke on the par-5 11th, then birdied the par-3 12th, par-5 13th and par-4 14th.

''Playing in that rain early, it just kind of made the course maybe, I hate to say, easier,'' Couples said. ''But it was really hard, the greens were rock hard and that little rain I think helped us. There were a lot of good scores in the morning.''

In 1999 at Sherwood, Couples teamed with David Duval to win the final Shark Shootout at the course. Couples also won with Raymond Floyd in 1990 and Brad Faxon in 1994.

''I've played a hundred rounds here probably and I don't know how many guys can say that, or if they need to even worry about it,'' Couples said. ''But all the little nooks and crannies and that's what I did today. I didn't really hit many bad shots.''

Langer leads the tour with four victories and has wrapped up the season money title with $2,697,459. The 59-year-old German star tops the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs standings, and has a big enough advantage over second-place Miguel Angel Jimenez that he will keep the No. 1 spot without playing this week.

The top 72 players on the money list earned spots at Sherwood. The playoff field will be cut to 54 for the Dominion Charity Classic next week in Richmond, Virginia, and to 36 for the Charles Schwab Cup Championship the follow week in Scottsdale, Arizona. Each dollar earned in the first two events is worth two points and will be added to the regular-season total. At the Charles Schwab Championship, points will be reset so that the top five only have to win to capture the Charles Schwab Cup.

Jimenez shot a 71.

John Daly also had a 71, making bogeys on two of the last three holes. He qualified 70th and has five top-25 finishes in 14 starts since turning 50.

''I really kind of lost it there,'' Daly said. ''You can't bogey the last two out of three any day out here. I think 7 will be leading, so I'm pretty much out of it really. I would have to shoot really, really low on the weekend to even have a chance.''

Scores

1 - Tom Pernice Jr. -13 F -2 69 64 70 203
2 1 Colin Montgomerie -12 F -2 65 69 70 204
3 13 Scott Dunlap -10 F -5 72 67 67 206
4 1 Olin Browne -9 F +1 68 66 73 207
5 17 Ian Woosnam -8 F -4 74 66 68 208
T6 10 Joe Durant -7 F -2 70 69 70 209
T6 7 Marco Dawson -7 F -1 69 69 71 209
T6 1 Scott McCarron -7 F +1 67 69 73 209
T6 3 Rocco Mediate -7 F +3 69 65 75 209
T10 6 Scott Parel -6 F -1 69 70 71 210
T10 1 Jeff Maggert -6 F +1 68 69 73 210
T10 1 Doug Garwood -6 F +1 69 68 73 210
T10 9 Brandt Jobe -6 F +5 67 66 77 210
14 7 Jay Haas -5 F +3 69 67 75 211
T15 22 Jim Carter -4 F -3 67 76 69 212
T15 6 Joey Sindelar -4 F +3 67 70 75 212
T17 20 Mark O'Meara -3 F -2 69 74 70 213
T17 20 Kenny Perry -3 F -2 73 70 70 213
T17 15 Tommy Armour III -3 F -1 70 72 71 213
T17 1 Esteban Toledo -3 F +2 68 71 74 213
T17 1 Kevin Sutherland -3 F +2 71 68 74 213
T17 4 Fred Funk -3 F +3 67 71 75 213
T17 8 Jeff Hart -3 F +4 69 68 76 213
T17 11 Jerry Smith -3 F +6 67 68 78 213
T25 21 John Riegger -2 F -3 73 72 69 214
T25 12 Lee Janzen -2 F -1 72 71 71 214
T25 7 Michael Allen -2 F E 72 70 72 214
T25 3 Tom Byrum -2 F +1 72 69 73 214
T25 9 Larry Mize -2 F +3 71 68 75 214
T30 16 Carlos Franco -1 F -2 74 71 70 215
T30 13 Todd Hamilton -1 F -1 75 69 71 215
T30 7 Scott Verplank -1 F E 72 71 72 215
T30 2 Mike Goodes -1 F +2 72 69 74 215
T30 8 Miguel Angel Jimenez -1 F +3 71 69 75 215
T30 17 Willie Wood -1 F +5 70 68 77 215
36 10 Fran Quinn E F -1 71 74 71 216
37 15 Fred Couples +1 F +5 68 72 77 217
T38 26 Rod Spittle +2 F -3 75 74 69 218
T38 26 Roger Chapman +2 F -3 73 76 69 218
T38 15 Billy Andrade +2 F -1 72 75 71 218
T38 5 Greg Kraft +2 F +2 71 73 74 218
T38 1 Jesper Parnevik +2 F +3 73 70 75 218
T38 6 Paul Broadhurst +2 F +4 71 71 76 218
T38 10 Miguel Angel Martin +2 F +5 69 72 77 218
T45 14 Brad Bryant +3 F -1 74 74 71 219
T45 1 Duffy Waldorf +3 F +2 72 73 74 219
T45 23 Billy Mayfair +3 F +7 70 70 79 219
T48 11 Jay Don Blake +4 F E 69 79 72 220
T48 11 Mark Calcavecchia +4 F E 77 71 72 220
T48 16 Mark Brooks +4 F +6 73 69 78 220
T51 8 Steve Pate +5 F +1 76 72 73 221
T51 2 Jeff Sluman +5 F +2 76 71 74 221
T51 29 Stephen Ames +5 F +9 68 72 81 221
T54 3 Kirk Triplett +6 F +4 71 75 76 222
T54 1 Woody Austin +6 F +3 77 70 75 222
T54 8 Gary Hallberg +6 F +5 71 74 77 222
T54 3 Paul Goydos +6 F +4 74 72 76 222
T54 11 Jose Coceres +6 F +6 72 72 78 222
T54 26 Wes Short, Jr. +6 F +9 71 70 81 222
T60 7 Gene Sauers +7 F +4 74 73 76 223
T60 7 Grant Waite +7 F +4 75 72 76 223
T60 28 David Frost +7 F +9 69 73 81 223
T63 1 Loren Roberts +8 F +3 75 74 75 224
T63 4 Glen Day +8 F +4 74 74 76 224
65 2 Steve Lowery +9 F -1 78 76 71 225
66 13 John Daly +13 F +10 71 76 82 229
67 1 Brian Henninger +15 F +2 76 81 74 231
WD - Tom Lehman - - - - - - -

 





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