Faxon wins rain-shortened Insperity Championship|
The Woodlands, TX (Sports Network) - Brad Faxon was declared the winner of the
Insperity Championship on Sunday when heavy rain forced the cancellation of
the final round.
The tournament was shortened to 36 holes and Faxon, the second-round leader,
earned his first Champions Tour victory in only his sixth start on the over-50
Faxon's seven-under 65 Saturday was enough to give him the title at 10-under
"When I got here, you know, everybody was: 'Oh, you're going to win your first
tournament.' I thought, I've got to get out of here," Faxon said. "I left the
clubhouse and went straight to the fitness van where I was hoping there would
be no players because that's the last thing you want to do is start listening
to all of this stuff.
"Then I felt the buzz on my cell phone and saw that play had been canceled.
Then I kind of knew."
Several players teed off on Sunday, but heavy rain forced officials to suspend
play. Golfers went back to The Woodlands Country Club, but the course was
unplayable and the decision was made to cancel the round.
Many of the last 10 groups on Sunday didn't hit a shot and no one got past the
"The greens are puddling in and we can't even squeegee them because there's
nowhere to squeegee the water if it's coming down this hard. With sunset at
6:57, we had no wiggle room," said Champions Tour official Brian Claar. "We
had to bring them in and we just couldn't have time to get them out and get
the course ready and to finish before darkness.
"So, Brad Faxon is the winner."
Faxon turned 50 on August 1 and didn't post a top-10 in his first five
Champions Tour starts. He won eight times in his PGA Tour career, but not
Tommy Armour III finished second at nine-under 135, while Eduardo Romero took
third at eight-under par.
Champions Tour money leader Tom Lehman, Jay Haas and reigning U.S. Senior Open
champion Olin Browne shared fourth place at seven-under 137.
Mark Calcavecchia took seventh at minus-six, followed by Chien Soon Lu and
Peter Senior, who tied for eighth at five-under 139.
NOTES: Faxon pocketed $255,000 for the victory...This was the first tournament
since last year's Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am to be shortened to 36
holes...Faxon became the first Champions Tour player to earn his maiden
victory in a rain-shortened event since Leonard Thompson in 1998...The
Champions Tour completes its two-week stay in Texas next week in San Antonio
for the AT&T Championship, where Rod Spittle won last season.
10/09 17:10:02 ET