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2018/2019 TOURNAMENT OVERVIEW

October 11-13, 2019

October 18-20, 2019

SAS Championship

Dominion Energy Charity Classic

7,237; par 72

Tournament Record 194, Bernhard Langer (2018)

Tournament 18-hole Record 61, Tom Kite (2003)

Media Coverage Golf Channel

More Information www. saschampionship.com

Course Insight The SAS Championship is played at a hybrid of the Highlands and Meadows courses at the 54-hole Prestonwood Country Club. The Meadows Course opened in 1988 and Highlands in 1993, both designed by Tom Jackson. Recent work has been done by Jack Nicklaus protégé Rick Robbins, including renovated green complexes planted with Championship Bermuda grass. 214

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Bernhard Langer and Gene Sauers both opened with scores of 62-67 to share the lead after each of the first two rounds, but Langer took full control with a final-round 65 for a five-stroke victory. “I just played very solid all day long. Putted well, hit the ball where I was looking and did everything exceptionally well,” said Langer, who finished with a tournament record 22-under 194 total. Langer had an 8-under 29 on the back nine in his opening 62 with two streaks of four straight birdies. He made only one bogey all week, that in the second round, as he scored his 38th career PGA TOUR Champions victory and made it seven straight multiple-win seasons, second all-time to Hale Irwin (11). Scott Parel claimed second with a final-round 65 and Jerry Kelly third with a 68, while Sauers dropped to T5 with a 75.

CHARITY BENEFIT

The host charity of the SAS Championship is the YMCA of the Triangle. Since the tournament began supporting the YMCA’s academic programs more than 8,000 students have taken part, and the tournament annually contributes the largest donation to the Y Learning Program.

PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2018/2019, Part 1

Yardage 7,025; par 72

Tournament Record 200, Bernhard Langer (2017)

Tournament 18-hole Record 63, Kevin Sutherland (2016), Bernhard Langer, Vijay Singh (2017)

Media Coverage Golf Channel

More Information www.pgatour.com/champions/ tournaments/dominionenergy-charity-classic.html

Course Insight The Country Club of Virginia’s James River Course, one of three courses at the club, was designed in 1928 by renowned architect William Flynn. The front nine is more low lying, and the back nine goes into the hills and has more undulation. The course hosted the U.S. Amateur in 1955 and 1975. Architect Lester George oversaw a restoration in 2003-04, bringing back strategic elements of the original design and redoing fairway bunkers to bring them back into play. At the same time, new fourth, sixth and 18th holes were built.

HOW WOODY AUSTIN WON

18 20

Yardage

18 20

Location Prestonwood Country Club, Cary, N.C.

HOW BERNHARD LANGER WON

Woody Austin birdied the par-5 18th hole after his chip hit the flagstick and stopped six feet away, earning a one-stroke victory over Bernhard Langer. Austin and Langer both began the final round three strokes behind leader Jay Haas, who at age 64 was seeking to become the oldest winner in PGA TOUR Champions history. Haas slipped to T3 with a 74 and several other contenders also struggled in windy and cool conditions. “I really enjoy a difficult test,” said Austin, who shot a closing 69. “I enjoy even par meaning something. That’s my game.” Austin was 3-under on the front nine and after two bogeys on the back nine finished with birdies on Nos. 15 and 18. Langer shot a final-round 70, making eight straight pars on the back nine before a birdie on 18 that left him one behind.

CHARITY BENEFIT

Virginia Values Veterans, which creates employment opportunities for transitioning military service members, and the Richmond Fisher House, which provides free onsite housing for families of hospitalized veterans, are the tournament’s primary beneficiaries. Other local charities benefit from the Birdies for Charity program.

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Location The Country Club of Virginia (James River Course), Richmond, Va.

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