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07.08.2017 - PGA Tour Champions, 3M Championship, TPC Twin Cities/Blaine, Minnesota/August 4-6, 2017. Final report. Paul Goydos Claims Playoff Victory

Paul Goydos birdied the first playoff hole to defeat Gene Sauers for his fifth career victory on PGA TOUR Champions. He is now a five-time winner on PGA TOUR Champions, including a pair of wins in 2016 at DICK’S Sporting Goods Open and the Charles Schwab Cup Championship. He needed just 73 putts for the tournament, including 20 on Saturday.

Paul Goydos, 70-60-66 – 196 (-20)

  • Birdied the first playoff hole to defeat Gene Sauers for his fifth career victory on PGA TOUR Champions.
  • Has now won at least one event all four years since he joined the Tour in 2014.
  • Set a new tournament 18-hole record in the second round with his 12-under-par 60, breaking the previous mark of 61 set by David Frost in 2010 and later matched by Kenny Perry in 2015. Both went on to win the event as well.
  • Did not make a bogey in his final two rounds and finished with 16 birdies and an eagle in those two rounds. Had a string 38 holes without a bogey, dating back to Friday’s opening round.
  • Needed just 73 putts for the tournament, including 20 on Saturday.
  • Made his PGA TOUR Champions debut in this event in 2014, finishing T9.
  • Finished second with partner Kevin Sutherland at this year’s Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf.
  • Is now a five-time winner on PGA TOUR Champions, including a pair of wins in 2016 at DICK’S Sporting Goods Open and the Charles Schwab Cup Championship.
  • A product of Cal State, Long Beach, he won twice on the PGA TOUR.

Gene Sauers, 66-64-66 – 196 (-20)

  • Closed with a 6-under-par 66 and finished second, losing in a one-hole playoff with Paul Goydos. Suffered a critical error when his second shot in the playoffs found water in front of the 18th green.
  • This was his second runner-up finish in 2017. He also lost in a playoff to Miguel Angel Jimenez at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic.
  • Hit all 36 greens in regulation to lead all players in the first two rounds and hit 53 of 54 for the tournament, tying the PGA TOUR Champions mark by Brad Bryant at the 2006 Regions Charity Classic.
  • Now has six top-10 finishes in 2017, the most since 2013 when he had seven.
  • Won the 2016 U.S. Senior Open at Scioto CC in Columbus.