Cologuard Classic - R3

Mark O'Meara wins by 4 shots

March 01-03
Omni Tucson National,  Tucson, Arizona
$1,700,000

Round 1, Round 2


Mark O’Meara seized control with five birdies on the front nine and closed with a 7-under 66 for a four-shot victory Sunday in the Cologuard Classic, his first victory on the PGA Tour Champions in more than eight years.


At 62 years, 1 month, 17 days, he’s the fourth-oldest winner in the history of the 50-and-over tour.

”I knew there was going to be a lot of pressure,” O’Meara said. ”To play the front nine the way I did, I’m really happy.”

O’Meara had a one-shot lead going into the final round and stretched it to four going to the back nine. He was never seriously challenged the rest of the way to pick up his first victory since the Senior Players Championship toward the end of the 2010 season. The Hall of Famer went 8 years, 4 months, 20 days between victories, the second-longest gap on the tour.

”It’s nice to finally come back out on top, especially today,” O’Meara said. ”Starting the day at 10 under and having the lead, a lot of guys that are very good players right behind me, to get up and shoot 7-under par with one bogey is a very special day for me.”

O’Meara finished at 17-under 202 on Omni Tucson National’s Catalina Course. He matched the tour record with eight straight birdies in an opening 66 and shot 70 in breezy conditions Saturday.

”I’ve had like 15 or 16 seconds, so that’s been pretty disappointing,” O’Meara said. ”A lot of times when I finish second, it wasn’t because I shot 71, 2, or 3. Guys just, they go low, and you just can’t take your foot off the pedal out here because somebody’s going to shoot a good score and come up from behind you.”

Darren Clarke holed a 50-foot birdie putt on the 18th for a 68 to tie for second with Willie Wood, Kirk Triplett and Scott McCarron, who each had 69. Defending champion Steve Stricker had a 70 to tie for sixth at 11 under.

”Making that on the last, it’s great,” Clarke said. ”I’m having a blast out here. I’m really enjoying myself. Working hard at it and at the same time enjoying myself, so it’s all pretty good at the moment.”

Former baseball star John Smoltz tied for 53rd at 1 over in his tour debut, closing with a 73. The 51-year-old Hall of Fame pitcher got into the field on a sponsor exemption.

”I fell prey to a couple holes that got to me, but I learned a lot and I’m overall really thrilled with some parts of my game, and the other parts, I’ve got to work on,” Smoltz said. ”My strength coming in was driver and it became my weakness, so that’s a little bit of a bummer, but I learned again a lot of things. I felt comfortable the second and third day. Very close to putting up some pretty good numbers.”


O’Meara has three PGA Tour Champions victories, also winning the 2010 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf. He won 16 times on the PGA Tour, the last two in 1998 at the Masters and British Open.

Mike Fetchick is the tour’s oldest winner at 63 years to the day in the 1985 Hilton Head Seniors. Jay Haas is second at 62 years, 10 months, 7 days in the 2016 Toshiba Classic, and Gary Player third at 62 years, 9 months, 22 days in the 1998 Northville Long Island Classic. Craig Stadler holds the record for longest gap between victories at 8 years, 8 months, 28 days.


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Mark O’Meara
-17
66
70
66
202
T2
Willie Wood
-13
66
71
69
206
T2
Darren Clarke
-13
70
68
68
206
T2
Kirk Triplett
-13
68
69
69
206
T2
Scott McCarron
-13
67
70
69
206
T6
David Toms
-11
71
70
67
208
T6
Brandt Jobe
-11
68
71
69
208
T6
Kevin Sutherland
-11
73
67
68
208
T6
Steve Stricker
-11
66
72
70
208
10
Lee Janzen
-10
73
66
70
209
T11
Scott Parel
-9
73
69
68
210
T11
Kenny Perry
-9
65
73
72
210
T13
Stephen Ames
-8
71
72
68
211
T13
Colin Montgomerie
-8
70
72
69
211
T15
Mark Calcavecchia
-7
72
72
68
212
T15
Duffy Waldorf
-7
71
73
68
212
T15
Tim Petrovic
-7
72
71
69
212
T15
Billy Mayfair
-7
68
74
70
212
T15
Tom Lehman
-7
70
70
72
212
T20
Fred Couples
-6
73
70
70
213
T20
Ken Tanigawa
-6
72
74
67
213
T20
Kent Jones
-6
72
71
70
213
T20
Miguel Angel Jiménez
-6
66
75
72
213
T24
Tom Byrum
-5
68
75
71
214
T24
Doug Garwood
-5
73
70
71
214
T24
Gibby Gilbert III
-5
71
68
75
214
T27
Jerry Smith
-4
72
73
70
215
T27
Wes Short, Jr.
-4
72
71
72
215
T27
Bob Estes
-4
74
68
73
215
T27
Dudley Hart
-4
71
70
74
215
T31
Jerry Kelly
-3
70
74
72
216
T31
Michael Allen
-3
74
73
69
216
T33
Paul Broadhurst
-2
73
71
73
217
T33
Larry Mize
-2
74
70
73
217
T33
Tom Gillis
-2
76
68
73
217
T33
Bart Bryant
-2
71
74
72
217
T33
Robert Gamez
-2
73
72
72
217
T33
John Riegger
-2
76
69
72
217
T33
José María Olazábal
-2
75
71
71
217
T33
Jeff Maggert
-2
66
76
75
217
T33
Gene Sauers
-2
76
70
71
217
T33
David Berganio, Jr.
-2
71
71
75
217
T33
Joey Sindelar
-2
69
72
76
217
T44
Jesper Parnevik
-1
72
72
74
218
T44
Jeff Hart
-1
69
74
75
218
T44
Woody Austin
-1
70
75
73
218
T47
Jeff Sluman
E
71
74
74
219
T47
Fran Quinn
E
73
70
76
219
T47
Joe Durant
E
71
76
72
219
T47
Marco Dawson
E
70
77
72
219
T47
Olin Browne
E
72
70
77
219
T47
Scott Hoch
E
75
75
69
219
T53
Tom Pernice Jr.
1
72
73
75
220
T53
Carlos Franco
1
70
76
74
220
T53
John Smoltz
1
73
74
73
220
T53
Billy Andrade
1
71
77
72
220
T53
Chris DiMarco
1
78
71
71
220
58
Paul Goydos
2
76
71
74
221
T59
Loren Roberts
3
70
72
80
222
T59
Greg Kraft
3
72
76
74
222
T59
Scott Verplank
3
74
75
73
222
T59
Glen Day
3
76
76
70
222
T63
Cliff Kresge
4
73
71
79
223
T63
Steve Flesch
4
75
72
76
223
T63
Russ Cochran
4
70
78
75
223
T66
Rocco Mediate
5
73
72
79
224
T66
David McKenzie
5
77
71
76
224
T68
Hal Sutton
6
73
73
79
225
T68
Dan Forsman
6
71
75
79
225
T68
David Frost
6
72
76
77
225
T68
Craig Kanada
6
77
76
72
225
T72
Tom Kite
8
73
78
76
227
T72
Skip Kendall
8
75
77
75
227
T72
Sandy Lyle
8
77
75
75
227
75
Corey Pavin
9
73
75
80
228
76
John Daly
11
72
77
81
230
WD
Retief Goosen
75
75
WD
Tommy Armour III
76
56
132