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Tucson Conquistadores Classic 2016

Round 3 - Woody Austin claims first senior title

March 21,2016

Woody Austin holed out for eagle from a greenside bunker on the par-5 15th and held on to win the Tucson Conquistadores Classic on Sunday for his first PGA Tour Champions title.



"The greatest bunker week of my career, no question," Austin said.

The 52-year-old Austin bogeyed the par-4 final hole after driving left into the water and ended up beating Jim Carter by a stroke on Omni Tucson National's Catalina Course.

Making his 28th start of the 50-and-over tour, Austin finished with a 7-under 65 for a 16-under 200 total. His son Peyton caddied for him after son Parker fell ill.

"Parker wanted to caddie this week and that was the prelude to the whole thing," Austin said. "We all went on a really nice golf vacation at the start of their spring break week. We played Pebble last Sunday, we played Spyglass on Monday and Spanish Bay on Tuesday. So, I finally got in some golf, got to work on my game a little bit.

"Then we flew in here on Wednesday and unfortunately Parker got real sick and unfortunately couldn't caddie. But since we had done all that we did, we got the young one to pop in here and he took me right down the street."

Austin was 5 under on the four par-5 holes with the eagle and three birdies. He won the 2013 Sanderson Farms Championship at age 49 for the last of his four PGA Tour titles.

Playing in the group behind Austin, Carter birdied the 18th for a 68. The 54-year-old Carter, playing on a sponsor exemption, won the 2000 PGA Tour event at Tucson National for his lone title.

"Brokenhearted and happy at the same time," said Carter, a former Arizona State player who lives in Scottsdale. "I did a lot of good things. I just got a little, maybe just a little bit tight."

Bernhard Langer was third at 14 under bogeying the final two holes for a 67. Playing alongside Austin, Langer three-putted the par-3 17th and drove into the right-side water on 18.

"That just killed the whole momentum," Langer said about the three-putt bogey. "I just made four birdies in a row. My goal was to birdie in, and to make that three-putt was just a killer."

The German star was coming off a victory Feb. 14 in Naples, Florida.

Stephen Ames (69) and 2015 winner Marco Dawson (70) tied for fourth at 11 under. Scott Verplank, the second-round leader after his second straight 66, shot a 74 to drop into a tie for sixth at 10 under.

Round 2 - Scott Verplank takes over lead with second 66

March 20,2016

Scott Verplank shot his second straight 6-under 66 on Saturday to take the second-round lead in the PGA Tour Champions' Tucson Conquistadores Classic.

The 51-year-old Verplank birdied five of the first six holes and seven of the first 10 in perfect conditions on Omni Tucson National's Catalina Course. He bogeyed the par-3 12th, failing to get up-and-down from a greenside bunker, and closed with six consecutive pars.

"I was really good or really bad with my shots," Verplank said. "I'm still not hitting it as good as I would like or kind of the way I want to, but I'm hitting enough good ones to overcome it. ... Shooting scores, making birdies, always helps your attitude."

Winless on the senior tour, the five-time PGA Tour champion has fought a series of injuries, and he had a cortisone shot in his shoulder last week. He is diabetic and wears an insulin pump on the course.

"Trying to get committed to playing this tour full time," Verplank said. "I'm just happy to shoot some good scores. I haven't been shooting that many good scores in the last several years after all these different surgeries and injuries. It's always good to make birdies and shoot good scores."

Jim Carter and Wes Short Jr. were a stroke back.

The 54-year-old Carter shot a 63. He birdied nine of the first 13 holes, making six straight on Nos. 8-13. A former Arizona State player, he won the 2000 PGA Tour event at Tucson National for his lone title.

"I just hit some good shots, kept it in play, made some putts," Carter said. "I tried not to think too much, at least for me. I try not to think at all. I seem to do better when I'm not thinking."

The 52-year-old Short tied the tour record for eagles in a round with three in his 65. After birdieing 16 and 17 to reach 13 under, he drove into the water on the par-4 18th and made a double bogey,

"It's a tough driving hole," Short said. "I probably should hit 3-wood off that tee. Driver, if I hit it any left, I'm going to go in the water. I should just take my medicine and play it from a little farther back, but sometimes I'm hard-headed."

Bernhard Langer, defending champion Marco Dawson and first-round leader Woody Austin were tied for fourth at 9 under. Langer, coming off a victory Feb. 14 in Naples, Florida, in the last tour event, had a 66.

"I have to play aggressive and play well and, hopefully, make a bunch of putts," Langer said about the final round Sunday. "That's what it comes down to. I feel like I'm swinging well enough to put myself in contention, it's just a matter of the putts dropping."

Dawson had a 67, and Austin followed his opening 65 with a 70.

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Round 1 - Woody Austin leads with opening 65

March 19 2016

Woody Austin had six birdies in a seven-hole stretch and shot a 7-under 65 on Friday to take the first-round lead in the PGA Tour Champions' Tucson Conquistadores Classic.

Playing his final nine holes after opening on No. 10, the 52-year-old Austin birdied Nos. 2-5 and 7-8 on Omni Tucson National's Catalina Course.

Scott Verplank and Billy Andrade were a stroke back.

Andrade closed with a bogey on the par-4 18th after hitting within a foot of the water. With both feet in the water, he was able to blast out with a sand wedge.

Mark Calcavecchia and Gene Sauers shot 67, and defending champion Marco Dawson was in the group at 68.

Scores

1 3 Woody Austin -16 F -7 65 70 65 200
2 - Jim Carter -15 F -4 70 63 68 201
3 1 Bernhard Langer -14 F -5 69 66 67 202
T4 3 Stephen Ames -11 F -3 69 67 69 205
T4 - Marco Dawson -11 F -2 68 67 70 205
T6 29 Mark Calcavecchia -10 F* -7 67 74 65 206
T6 3 Duffy Waldorf -10 F -3 69 68 69 206
T6 3 Tommy Armour III -10 F -3 70 67 69 206
T6 3 Loren Roberts -10 F -3 71 66 69 206
T6 5 Scott Verplank -10 F +2 66 66 74 206
T11 18 Jeff Sluman -9 F -5 74 66 67 207
T11 37 Jeff Maggert -9 F* -8 72 71 64 207
T11 6 Kevin Sutherland -9 F -3 70 68 69 207
T11 6 Mike Goodes -9 F -3 70 68 69 207
T11 2 Bart Bryant -9 F -2 71 66 70 207
T11 9 Wes Short, Jr. -9 F +2 68 65 74 207
T17 18 Joe Durant -8 F -5 69 72 67 208
T17 12 Scott McCarron -8 F -4 70 70 68 208
T17 - Bob Tway -8 F -2 71 67 70 208
T17 10 Billy Andrade -8 F E 66 70 72 208
T21 14 Michael Allen -7 F -4 68 73 68 209
T21 14 Joey Sindelar -7 F -4 71 70 68 209
T21 23 Steve Lowery -7 F* -5 68 74 67 209
T21 8 Corey Pavin -7 F -3 71 69 69 209
T21 4 Tom Byrum -7 F -1 70 68 71 209
T21 4 Miguel Angel Martin -7 F -1 70 68 71 209
T21 12 Peter Senior -7 F E 69 68 72 209
T28 20 Scott Dunlap -6 F* -5 70 73 67 210
T28 6 Paul Goydos -6 F -1 68 71 71 210
T28 1 Scott Parel -6 F -2 69 71 70 210
T28 20 Greg Kraft -6 F* -5 73 70 67 210
T28 6 Fred Funk -6 F -1 73 66 71 210
T28 6 Glen Day -6 F -1 70 69 71 210
T34 1 Kirk Triplett -5 F -2 72 69 70 211
T34 1 Jeff Hart -5 F -2 71 70 70 211
T34 5 Ian Woosnam -5 F -1 73 67 71 211
T34 23 Rod Spittle -5 F* -5 72 72 67 211
T34 12 Jesper Parnevik -5 F E 69 70 72 211
T34 12 Mark Brooks -5 F E 69 70 72 211
T40 5 Todd Hamilton -4 F -1 72 69 71 212
T40 5 Willie Wood -4 F -1 71 70 71 212
T40 8 Jerry Smith -4 F* -3 70 73 69 212
T40 11 Mike Grob -4 F E 69 71 72 212
T40 8 John Inman -4 F* -3 69 74 69 212
T40 18 Doug Garwood -4 F +1 72 67 73 212
T40 18 Lee Janzen -4 F +1 73 66 73 212
T40 31 Gene Sauers -4 F +3 67 70 75 212
48 4 Jose Coceres -3 F* -1 72 70 71 213
T49 5 John Huston -2 F* E 71 71 72 214
T49 1 Carlos Franco -2 F* -1 71 72 71 214
T49 1 Scott Hoch -2 F* -1 72 71 71 214
T49 1 Rocco Mediate -2 F* -1 72 71 71 214
T49 8 Kenny Perry -2 F* -2 72 72 70 214
T49 8 Stan Utley -2 F* -2 76 68 70 214
T49 15 Brandt Jobe -2 F* -3 70 75 69 214
T49 15 John Riegger -2 F* -3 75 70 69 214
T49 40 Jay Don Blake -2 F +5 70 67 77 214
T58 10 Don Pooley -1 F* -3 72 74 69 215
T58 49 Jeff Gallagher -1 F +6 70 67 78 215
T60 25 Ronnie Black E F +3 71 70 75 216
T60 8 Scott Simpson E F* -2 72 74 70 216
T60 11 Tom Lehman E F* -3 74 73 69 216
T63 6 Tom Pernice Jr. +1 F* +1 72 72 73 217
T63 1 Brad Faxon +1 F* E 72 73 72 217
T63 1 Larry Mize +1 F* E 69 76 72 217
T66 22 Mark O'Meara +2 F* +4 72 70 76 218
T66 9 Colin Montgomerie +2 F* +2 74 70 74 218
68 11 Hale Irwin +3 F* +3 69 75 75 219
69 2 Bob Gilder +4 F* +1 73 74 73 220
70 5 David Frost +5 F* -1 76 74 71 221
T71 23 Mike Springer +6 F* +7 73 70 79 222
T71 14 Mark Wiebe +6 F* +6 69 75 78 222
T71 3 Esteban Toledo +6 F* +4 72 74 76 222
T71 2 Brad Bryant +6 F* +1 75 74 73 222
T75 2 John Cook +7 F* +2 75 74 74 223
T75 - Tom Kite +7 F* +1 75 75 73 223
77 2 Bobby Wadkins +9 F* -1 76 78 71 225
78 1 Gil Morgan +11 F* +2 72 81 74 227
79 2 Craig Parry +13 F* E 77 80 72 229
80 - Dan Forsman +14 F* +3 78 77 75 230
81 4 Tom Purtzer +16 F* +7 78 75 79 232

 





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