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Jeff Maggert shoots -14 to becomes 2015 Dicks Open Champ


Jeff Maggert overcame a four-stroke deficit at the start of the day, shooting a bogey-free 6-under-par 66 on Sunday to eventually outpace Paul Goydos by two strokes at the ninth Dick’s Sporting Goods Open. Making his first appearance at En-Joie Golf Club since the 2003 B.C. Open on the PGA TOUR, Maggert started his day with three straight birdies to jump into contention and then had another run of three consecutive birdies midway through the round to separate himself from a pack of contenders. However, Goydos emerged to challenge Maggert on the back nine, getting within a stroke of the eventual winner with a two-putt birdie at the par-5 12th hole. Even after hitting his drive on the par-4 15th hole into the hazard, Goydos made a five-foot putt for a bogey to stay in the game. However, he could never get closer to Maggert than two strokes the rest of the way, missing makeable birdie putts on his last three holes from 15 feet or less.

With His Victory…Jeff Maggert

Maggert wins his second title in his last three starts and claims his fourth tournament overall in the 2015 Champions Tour season. Earlier this month, Maggert was victorious at the Shaw Charity Classic in Calgary, Canada.

Maggert notched his fifth career victory on the Champions Tour in his 28th overall start on the circuit. In addition to his win in Calgary, Maggert won a pair of major championships -- the Regions Tradition and the U.S. Senior Open.

Maggert becomes the ninth different champion of the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open and the seventh to win this event in his first appearance. Only Lonnie Nielsen (2009) and Bernhard Langer (2014) did not win the tournament in their first start at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open.

Maggert became the 17th Champions Tour player to win his debut when he captured the 2014 Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic.

Maggert earns 285 Charles Schwab Cup points and moves back atop the 2015 Schwab Cup standings for the first time since his victory at the Regions Tradition in mid-May. He now has 2,992 total points, 119 more than Colin Montgomerie.

Maggert collects a check for $285,000 and becomes the first player on the Champions Tour to eclipse the $2 million mark in single-season earnings with $2,094,976, the most he’s ever made in official money in his professional golf career. It’s the first time he’s been over the $2 million mark in single-season earnings since 1999 on the PGA TOUR when he earned $2,016,469.

Maggert is one of eight players to win on all the PGA Tour sponsored major tours (PGA TOUR, Web.com Tour, and Champions Tour).

Maggert was a three-time winner on the PGA TOUR, the most recent coming at the 2006 FedEx St. Jude Classic. His other wins came at the 1999 World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship and the 1993 Walt Disney World Oldsmobile Classic.

Maggert was the leading money-winner in the inaugural year of the Ben Hogan Tour in 1990 with $108,644 and was named as the Player of the Year on that circuit that season after a pair of victories.

Maggert played on the American Ryder Cup team in 1995, 1997, and 1999 and on the U.S. Presidents Cup team in 1994.

He is the only golfer to have more than one double eagle in a major championship (1994 Masters Tournament; 2001 Open Championship).

Maggert got as high as 13th in the Official World Golf Ranking in 1999.

His Dick’s Sporting Goods Open victory comes at age 51 years, 6 months and 10 days.

Miscellaneous Tournament Notes

Contenders Stats:

Player Driving Accuracy/Rank Greens In Regulation/Rank Putting/Rank

Jeff Maggert 30/42 – T3 42/54 – T7 85/T19

Paul Goydos 30/42 – T3 48/54 – 1 90/T54

Jeff Maggert’s 14-under 202 total is the second highest 54-hole score to win the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open. Only Willie Wood’s 13-under 203 score in 2012 was higher by a Dick’s champion.

For the second straight year, a player came from four strokes back to win the tournament. Last year, Bernhard Langer trailed by four strokes after two rounds and shot a final round 66 to win by a stroke. In 2010, Loren Roberts trailed by four strokes after 36 holes and shot a final-round 65 to win by a stroke.

Paul Goydos’ runner-up finish at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open was his best performance on the Champions Tour since winning the Allianz Championship near the start of the year. It marked the first time he’d finished second in a Champions Tour event.

David Frost equaled the low round of the tournament, posting an 8-under 64 on Sunday to jump 29 spots into a T3, his best performance at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open in six appearances. Frost’s round today was his best in this event. His previous best was 65 on the final day of the 2010 tournament.

Australia’s Peter Senior used a 7-under 65 to finish T3 this week, his best performance on the Champions Tour since the 2013 Charles Schwab Cup Championship. Senior earned a spot in the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach as the highest non-exempt finisher among the top 10.

Bob Friend, the Director of Golf at Pikewood National Golf Club, near Morgantown, West Virginia, who was playing on a sponsor exemption this week, used a final-round 69 to finish T8 at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open, his highest finish among eight career starts on the Champions Tour. Friend won the 1991 Ft. Wayne Open on the Web.com Tour.

Today’s stroke average was 71.000 compared to 70.797 on Saturday and 71.713 on Friday. There were 25 rounds in the 60s on Sunday versus 24 rounds in the 60s on Saturday and just 20 sub-70 scores on Friday. Overall, En-Joie Golf Club had a stroke average of 71.172 compared to 71.424 last year. .

Mike Goodes made just the second hole-in-one in Dick’s Sporting Goods Open history when he aced the 194-yard, par-3, 7th hole with a 5-iron shot. It was the first at En-Joie Golf Club since R. W. Eaks made a hole in one on the same hole in the second round of the 2007 event, the inaugural year of the tournament. Goodes’ ace today was his first on the Champions Tour and was the 10th hole-in-one on the 2015 Champions Tour. Before making the ace at No. 7, Goodes also eagled the par-5 third hole, becoming the fifth player to register two eagles in the same round.

(Courtesy: PGA Champions Tour)