Roberts wins Toshiba Classic by 2 shots|
Newport Beach, CA (Sports Network) - Despite three bogeys down the stretch,
Loren Roberts walked off with the title in a windy final round Sunday at the
Roberts birdied the final hole for a two-under 69 and finished his 13th
Champions Tour title at eight-under-par 205.
"I had a couple of chances last year, but really didn't play good enough to
really warrant a win," Roberts said. "This really was huge for me today. And I
think probably I got a little bit lucky having the weather scenario we had
today because that kind of played into my hand."
Second-round leader Mark Calcavecchia fought back from a terrible start to
shoot two-over 73, leaving him tied for second at minus-six with Tom Kite (69)
and 2008 champion Bernhard Langer (70).
Joey Sindelar (70), Mark McNulty (71) and David Eger (71) shared fifth place
at five-under 208 at Newport Beach Country Club.
Calcavecchia led by two entering the final round but the advantage was gone
after two holes. He bogeyed the second to slide one behind Roberts, who had
birdied the first and second. Calcavecchia then faltered to a double-bogey on
the fourth and a bogey at No. 5 to fall five back.
Roberts made par on the par-five third, but came back with an 18-foot birdie
putt on the fourth to move to minus-nine. He parred the next two holes and was
two clear of McNulty, who had a pair of early birdies.
"I got off to a really good start. The start you could have dreamed about
today," Roberts said.
At the par-four seventh, Roberts stumbled to a bogey to fall back to minus-
eight, but he was still two clear as McNulty also bogeyed the seventh.
Around the turn, Roberts birdied the 11th and 13th to get to 10-under, where
he was three ahead of Kite and McNulty.
The closing stretch featured plenty of twists and turns. Luckily for Roberts,
his opponents struggled as badly as he did.
Roberts struggled to three bogeys in a four-hole span from the 14th to fall
back to minus-seven. McNulty dropped shots at 12 and 16 to slip to minus-five.
Kite, who had four birdies between the eighth and 15th to move to minus-seven,
tripped to bogeys on 16 and 17. He got one back with a birdie at the last to
help him share second place.
Langer, who was lurking at seven-under after a birdie on the 15th, faltered to
a double-bogey on 17. He also birdied the par-five closing hole to end at
"I played very well today. I drove the ball a lot better, chipped the ball
better, putted a little bit better and just hit one really bad shot on 17,"
Langer said. "It was just very difficult with the wind."
Thanks to those struggles, Roberts still led by one heading to the last. The
56-year-old birdied the final hole from five feet out to seal the two-stroke
"You are going to have to make some putts for pars on a tough day like today,"
Roberts said. "If we would have had a hot, sunny day, Freddie and Calc would
have been busted all of the par-fives up. I think the weather conditions kind
of worked in my favor a little bit today."
Calcavecchia got back three of the four strokes he lost early on with birdies
at seven, 12 and 15. However, he also stumbled down the stretch with bogeys on
16 and 17. He managed a birdie at the last to share second.
NOTES: Roberts earned $262,500 for the win...Jay Haas had been the only player
with a top-10 finish in each of the tour's first three events, but that streak
ended as he tied for 12th after closing with a one-over 72...The tour heads to
Biloxi next week for the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic, where Tom Lehman won
by four shots last year.
03/18 22:34:16 ET