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Frost catches fire for 3M Championship title



Blaine, MN (Sports Network) - David Frost eagled the last hole on Sunday for an 11-under 61 and his first Champions Tour victory at the 3M Championship.

Frost finished at 25-under 191, which matched the Champions Tour record for lowest all-time 54-hole score and lowest score in relation to par. He won by seven shots, which matched the largest margin of victory this year on the elder circuit.

"Hopefully the chips fall where they may and you win the tournament," Frost said in a television interview. "You never know what can happen. Win one tournament and hopefully from there you can take some chances."

Mark Calcavecchia began the final round tied with Frost, but Calcavecchia's four-under 68 was only good for a distant second. Calcavecchia finished at 18- under 198 at the TPC Twin Cities.

Tommy Armour III (65), David Peoples (67) and Nick Price (64) shared third place at minus-17. Kirk Hanefeld (68) and Jeff Sluman (67) tied for sixth at 16-under 200.

Frost flew out of the gate on Sunday with a six-foot birdie putt at the first. He made it two in a row thanks to a 10-footer at the second, while a four-foot eagle at the par-five third gave him a three-shot cushion.

He landed in the bunker with his second at the par-five sixth, but blasted out to four feet and holed the birdie putt. Frost drained a nine-foot birdie putt at the seventh and was six strokes clear of the field.

At the ninth, Frost drove in the fairway and hit his approach to seven feet. He rolled in that birdie effort, ran home a long birdie putt at 10 and poured in a four-footer at 11 for three in row.

Frost was nine-under through 11 holes, so the magical 59 crept into his mind.

"I did think about it when I birdied 11," admitted Frost.

At the par-five 12th, Frost laid up off the tee with a three-wood and laid up with his second. He left himself 15 feet for birdie, but the putt stayed above ground. Frost had nine feet for birdie at the 13th, but pulled that putt to sputter his chances at 59.

Frost cooled considerably after the two missed chances. He parred his next four for six in a row, but had the tournament under control at the par-five 18th.

Frost reached the green in two and had 20 feet to put his name in the Champions Tour record books. He rattled in the eagle putt and now has a first victory and a spot in history.

"A lot of people expected me to do well from the start," said Frost, who pocketed $262,500 for the victory. "It's tough to win out here. It's not easy."

John Cook (69) and Olin Browne (65) tied for eighth at 15-under 201. James Mason (65), Michael Allen (67) and Mark O'Meara (68) shared 10th at 14-under 202.

NOTES: Frost matched Bruce Fleisher, Loren Roberts and Bernhard Langer with his 191...Langer and Roberts both posted 25-under par scores...Langer won the title last year and captured back-to-back majors at the Senior British Open and U.S. Senior Open. He shot a one-under 71 on Sunday and tied for 25th at eight-under par...The next Champions Tour event in two weeks is The Tradition, a major won last year by Mike Reid.

08/08 18:48:05 ET


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