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Franco/Singh team wins Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf

RIDGEDALE, Mo. (AP) -- Carlos Franco and Vijay Singh teamed to shoot a course-record 12-under par on Sunday to rally from seven shots behind and win the PGA TOUR Champions' Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge.

Franco and Singh finished at 15 under overall over the rain-shortened 36-hole tournament at the par-3 Top of the Rock course, holding off a trio of teams that finished a stroke back.

The win is the first on the PGA TOUR Champions for Singh, and it's the second for Franco.

Among those who finished at 14 under were first-round leaders Jeff Sluman and Fred Funk, the winners of the tournament in 2014. The duo opened the tournament with a then-course record 10 under on Saturday and finished tied for second with the teams of Paul Goydos and Kevin Sutherland and Corey Pavin and Duffy Waldorf.

After heavy rain washed out Friday's opening round and cold and misty conditions plagued Saturday, the weather cleared on Sunday -- much to the delight of Franco and Singh.

Playing nine holes of modified alternate shot and nine of better ball, the two began the day seven shots behind Sluman and Funk. However, they opened with seven birdies on their opening nine and finished the course-record 42 with birdies on four of their final five holes, including the 18th.

"I love playing with Carlos," Singh said. "I've known him for a long time, and if it wasn't for him, I wouldn't be here, so I'd like to thank Carlos."

Pavin had a 15-foot putt on the 18th that would have tied for the lead, but it stayed left of the hole.

Sluman birdied the 17th for a fifth birdie in a row for him and Funk to close within a shot of the lead. However, Funk narrowly missed a lengthy birdie putt on the 18th, and Sluman's shot from just off the green came up well short to secure the victory for Franco and Singh.

"I (came) in prepared this week, because I know my partner is a strong player," Franco said. "He gave me big help this week, and I gave him a bit of help, too, and I'm so happy."

 

WINNER'S NOTES

 Carlos Franco

  • Wins his second PGA TOUR Champions title in the last eight months. He won the 2016 Shaw Charity Classic last September. Posted rounds of 63-63 and his 14-under-par score of 126 on the weekend was the lowest final two rounds on Tour in 2016
  • Was a four-time winner on the PGA TOUR, including two wins in New Orleans and two wins in Milwaukee
  • Member of two Presidents Cup teams in 1998 and 2000
  • Was the PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year in 1999. Is one of two players to have won Rookie of the Year honors and claim a PGA TOUR Champions title, joining Woody Austin

Vijay Singh

  • Claims his first victory on PGA TOUR Champions in his 13th start
  • His best previous finish was a T3 at the 2015 Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach
  • Wins a PGA TOUR event for the first time since claiming the Deutsche Bank Championship in September, 2008, a span of 8 years, 7 months, 22 days
  • The World Golf Hall of Famer was a 34-time winner on PGA TOUR, including the 2000 Masters Tournament and the 2004 PGA Championship
  • The Fiji native was an eight-time member of the International Team in the Presidents Cup
  • With his victory, he earns a two-year exemption into the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai
  • He becomes the sixth player to win his first Tour event in this tournament, joining Andy North (2008), Tom Lehman (2009), Mark O’Meara (2010), Billy Andrade (2015), Joe Durant (2015)

 Tournament Notes

  • The winning score by Carlos Franco and Vijay Singh of 12-under-par 42 was the lowest 18-hole score in tournament history. Fred Funk and Jeff Sluman had broken the previous record of 9-under-par 45 by Billy Andrade and Joe Durant in 2015 a day earlier with a 10-under-par 44
  • Carlos Franco and Vijay Singh also set a new mark for the lowest front nine score with a 7-under-par 20 on the front nine, breaking the previous mark of 5-under-par 22 by four teams with Tom Watson and Andy North being the most recent on Saturday
  • Carlos Franco and Vijay Singh also had 12 birdies en route to their 42. That was a new tournament record. Fred Funk and Jeff Sluman posted a record 10 birdies on Saturday
  • Kenny Perry and Scott Hoch fired a 6-under-par 21 on the back nine on Sunday, tying the best back nine score set in 2016 by Tom Jenkins and Jerry Smith. Hoch and Perry had birdies on five of their final six holes
  • First-round leaders Fred Funk and Jeff Sluman made a spirited run on the back nine, but fell one short. After finishing one-over-par on the front nine, the pair climbed within one shot of Carlos Franco and Vijay Singh with five consecutive birdies on Nos. 13-17, but were unable to convert birdie opportunities at No. 18, finishing tied for second
  • Carlos Franco and Vijay Singh shared honors for the most birdies in the event with Fred Funk and Jeff Sluman. Each team had 16
  • Miguel Angel Jimenez and partner Jose Maria Olazabal turned in a nice performance in their first appearance in the tournament. The pair finished T8 helped by a final-round 8-under-par 46
  • Michael Allen, who won the 2016 Champions Division title with Woody Austin, finished T13. He and partner John Daly rebounded from a 2-under-par 52 on Saturday with an 8-under-par 46 on Sunday
  • Jack Nicklaus and Kid Rock won The Legends of Golf Skins Shootout

 

Tournament History

Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge

End Date Purse

Winner
*Indicates Playoff

Score Runners Up Score Winnings Course Location Par/Yardage

4/24/2016

2,800,000

Champions Division:      

Michael Allen

Woody Austin

156 | -23   

David Frost

Roger Chapman    

157 | -22     

230,000

Top of the Rock LD


Buffalo Ridge LD

Ridgedale, Mo


Ridgedale, Mo

54/2430


71/5845

4/24/2016

401,500

Legends Division:

Bruce Fleisher

Larry Nelson

116 | -19

John Bland

Graham Marsh

118 | -17        

 60,000

Top of the Rock LD


Buffalo Ridge LD

Ridgedale, Mo


Ridgedale, Mo

54/2430


71/5845

4/26/2015

2,400,000

Champions Division:

Billy Andrade

Joe Durant

159 | -19

Sandy Lyle

Ian Woosnam

162 | -16

230,000

Top of the Rock LD


Buffalo Ridge LD

Ridgedale, Mo


Ridgedale, Mo

54/2430


71/5845

4/26/2015

401,500

Legends Division:

Bruce Fleisher

Larry Nelson

139 | -12

Jack Nicklaus

Gary Player

142 | -9

 

Top of the Rock LD


Buffalo Ridge LD

Ridgedale, Mo


Ridgedale, Mo

54/2430


71/5845

 

Big Cedar Lodge Legends of Golf Presented by Bass Pro Shops

End Date Purse Winner* Indicates Playoff Score Runners Up Score Winnings Course Location Par/Yardage

6/08/2014

2,400,000

Fred Funk

Jeff Sluman

159 | -20

Jay Hass

Peter Jacobsen

160 | -19

230,000

Top of the Rock-LD


Buffalo Ridge-LD

Ridgedale, Mo


Ridgedale, Mo

54 / 2430


71 / 5845

Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf

End Date Purse Winner* Indicates Playoff Score Runners Up Score Winnings Course Location Par/Yardage

4/28/2013

2,700,000

Brad Faxon

Jeff Sluman

193 | -23

Fred Funk

Mike Goodes

Kenny Perry

Gene Sauers

194 | -22

230,000

The Club at Savannah Harbor

Savannah, GA

72 / 7087

4/22/2012

2,700,000

Michael Allen

David Frost

187 | -29

John Cook

Joey Sindelar

188 | -28

230,000

Savannah Harbor Golf Resort

Savannah, GA

72 / 7087

Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf

4/24/2011

2,700,000

David Eger*

Mark McNulty*

189 | -27

Scott Hoch

Kenny Perry

189 | -27

230,000

Savannah Harbor Golf Resort

Savannah, GA

72 / 7087

4/25/2010

2,700,000

Mark O'Meara*

Nick Price*

188 | -28

John Cook

Joey Sindelar

188 | -28

230,000

Savannah Harbor Golf Resort

Savannah, GA

72 / 7087

4/26/2009

2,600,000

Bernhard Langer*

Tom Lehman*

189 | NA

Jeff Sluman

Craig Stradler

189 | N/A

225,000

Savannah Harbor Golf Resort

Savannah, GA

72 / 7087

4/27/2008

2,600,000

Andy North

Tom Watson

185 | -31

Jeff Sluman

Craig Stradler

186 | -30

225,000

Savannah Harbor Golf Resort

Savannah, GA

72 / 7087

4/22/2007

2,500,000

Jay Haas*

207 | -9

Tom Kite

207 | -9

395,000

Savannah Harbor Golf Resort

Savannah, GA

72 / 7087

4/23/2006

2,500,000

Jay Haas

201 | -15

Peter Jacobsen

Craig Stradler

206 | -10

395,000

Savannah Harbor Golf Resort

Savannah, GA

72 / 7087

4/24/2005

2,400,000

Des Smyth

208 | -8

Tom Jenkins

210 | -6

382,000

Savannah Harbor Golf Resort

Savannah, GA

72 / 7087

4/25/2004

2,300,000

Hale Irwin

205 | -11

Gary Koch

Gil Morgan

206 | -10

364,000

Savannah Harbor Golf Resort

Savannah, GA

72 / 7087

4/27/2003

2,250,000

Bruce Lietzke

206 | -10

David Eger

Dana Quigley

207 | -9

354,000

Savannah Harbor Golf Resort

Savannah, GA

72 / 7087

4/07/2002

2,000,000

Doug Tewell

205 | -11

Bobby Wadkins

206 | -10

306,000

The King & The Bear

St. Augustine, FL

72 / 7048

4/01/2001

1,400,000

Jim Colbert

Andy North

124 | -20

Bruce Fleisher

127 | -17

170,000

The King & The Bear

St. Augustine, FL

72 / 7048

3/19/2000

1,340,000

Jim Colbert

Andy North

192 | -24

Bruce Fleisher

David Graham

127 | -17

161,000

Slammer & Squire at World GV

St. Augustine, FL

72 / 7048

3/21/1999

1,275,000

Hubert Green

Gil Morgan

194 | -22

John Mahaffey

Tom Wargo

197 | -19

158,000

Slammer & Squire at World GV

St. Augustine, FL

72 / 6940

3/22/1998

1,105,000

Charles Coody*

Dale Douglass*

192 | -24

Hugh Baiocchi

David Graham

192 | -24

150,000

Golf Club of Amelia Island

Amelia Island, FL

72 / 6692

3/23/1997

1,105,000

John Bland

Graham Marsh

192 | -24

Hubert Green

Gil Morgan

195 | -21

100,000

PGA WEST (Palmer Course)

La Quinta, CA

72 / 6763

3/24/1996

850,000

Mike Hill

Lee Trevino

198 | -18

Harold Henning

Orville Moody

Jack Nicklaus

Gary Player

Jimmy Powell

Chi Chi Rodriguez

195 | -21

100,000

PGA WEST (Palmer Course)

La Quinta, CA

72 / 6843

4/23/1995

1,115,000

Mike Hill

Lee Trevino

195 | -21

Gibby Gilbert

J.C. Snead

197 | -19

100,000

PGA WEST (Palmer Course)

La Quinta, CA

72 / 6843

5/08/1994

1,105,000

Charles Coody

Dale Douglass

188 | -28

Jim Colbert

Jim Dent

Bob Murphy

Chi Chi Rodriguez

189 | -27

100,000

Barton Creek CC

Austin, TX

72 / 6777

5/09/1993

1,105,000

Harold Henning*

204 | -12

Don January

Tom Weiskopf

204 | -12

250,000

Barton Creek CC

Austin, TX

72 / 6777

4/26/1992

770,000

Mike Hill

Lee Trevino

251 | -37

Tommy Aaron

Jim Colbert

254 | -34

140,000

Barton Creek CC

Austin, TX

72 / 6516

5/19/1991

770,000

Mike Hill

Lee Trevino

252 | -36

Al Geiberger

Harold Henning

254 | -34

70,000

Barton Creek CC

Austin, TX

72 / 6769

4/22/1990

750,000

Charles Coody

Dale Douglass

249 | -39

Al Geiberger

Harold Henning

256 | -32

70,000

Barton Creek CC

Austin, TX

72 / 6608

4/30/1989

650,000

Al Geiberger

Harold Henning

251 | -29

Bob Charles

Bruce Devlin

252 | -28

60,000

Onion Creek CC

Austin, TX

72 / 6367

5/01/1988

660,000

Bruce Crampton*

Orville Moody*

254 | -26

Tommy Aaron

Lou Graham

254 | -26

60,000

Onion Creek CC

Austin, TX

72 / 6367

4/26/1987

600,000

Bruce Crampton

Orville Moody

251 | -29

Butch Baird

Bobby Nichols

255 | -25

60,000

Onion Creek CC

Austin, TX

72 / 6367

4/27/1986

500,000

Don January

Gene Littler

255 | -25

Jim Ferree

Charles Sifford

257 | -23

50,000

Onion Creek CC

Austin, TX

72 / 6367

4/28/1985

500,000

Don January

Gene Littler

257 | -23

Miller Barber

Gay Brewer

Billy Casper

Lee Elder

Bob Goalby

Sam Snead

258 | -22

50,000

Onion Creek CC

Austin, TX

72 / 6367

4/29/1984

500,000

Gay Brewer

Billy Casper

258 | -22

Miller Barber

Julius Boros

261 | -19

50,000

Onion Creek CC

Austin, TX

72 / 6367

5/01/1983

485,000

Roberto De Vicenzo

Rod Funseth

258 | -26

Jack Burke Jr.

Paul Harney

260 | -24

50,000

Onion Creek CC

Austin, TX

72 / 6367

4/25/1982

450,000

Don January

Sam Snead

183 | -27

Roberto De Vicenzo

Bob Goalby

Gene Littler

Chin Sei-Ha

Bob Toski

195 | -15

50,000

Onion Creek CC

Austin, TX

72 / 6367

4/26/1981

410,000

Gene Littler

Bob Rosburg

257 | -23

Kel Nagle

Peter Thompson

258 | -22

35,000

Onion Creek CC

Austin, TX

72 / 6367

4/27/1980

375,000

Tommy Bolt

Art Wall

187 | -23

Don January

Sam Snead

189 | -21

35,000

Onion Creek CC

Austin, TX

72 / 6367

4/29/1979

300,000

Julius Boros

Roberto De Vicenzo

195 | -15

Tommy Bolt

Art Wall

195 | -15

35,000

Onion Creek CC

Austin, TX

72 / 6367

4/30/1978

400,000

Gardner Dickinson

Sam Snead

193 | -17

Kel Nagle

Peter Thomson

194 | -16

50,000

Onion Creek CC

Austin, TX

72 / 6367