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Wiebe dominates in Champions debut

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CARY, N.C. – Mark Wiebe became the 12th Champions Tour player to win in his debut on the 50-and-over circuit, leading wire-to-wire in a record-setting victory Sunday in the SAS Championship.

Wiebe, a two-time winner on the PGA Tour, closed with a 5-under 67 for a tournament-record 18-under 198 total at Prestonwood Country Club. He beat Dana Quigley by four strokes to take the $300,000 first-place check.

“Setting a record blows me away,” said Wiebe, who broke the mark of 17 under set by Craig Stadler in 2004. “It’s been 21 years and that’s a long time. That’s three kids worth. I have a great feeling of accomplishment.”

Wiebe matched Bobby Wadkins as the tour’s youngest winner at 50 years, 10 days. He also became the first player to win on a sponsor exemption since Christy O’Connor Jr. in the 1999 State Farm Senior Classic.

“I’ve been hitting the ball well the past couple of months,” Wiebe said. “I didn’t think I’d score 18 under. I had quite a week.”

Mark McNulty was the last player to win in his first Champions Tour start, taking the 2004 Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am. Wiebe also became the second player to win the SAS Championship in his tour debut. D.A. Weibring accomplished the fear in 2003.

Wiebe, who made only $20,535 in 11 Nationwide Tour events this year, qualified for the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship in Baltimore on Oct. 5-7.

Quigley shot a 69. Two-time SAS champion Bruce Lietzke and Keith Fergus had 67s to tie for third at 13 under, and McNulty (67) followed at 12 under.

Wiebe started the day one shot ahead of Quigley at 13 under, but dropped a stroke on the opening hole – his first bogey of the week. Wiebe countered with a 25-foot birdie putt on the par-3 third hole.

Quigley, who played in the final group with Wiebe, bogeyed the par-4 fourth and could do little to make a serious run at the winner.

“Mark hit the ball well and putted great. That’s a good combination,” Quigley said. “To shoot 18 under on this course is unbelievable.”

Final scores with earnings and relation to par from the SAS Championship, played Sept. 21-23 at the par-72,7,137-yard Prestonwood Country Club in Cary, N.C.:

1. Mark Wiebe $300,000
65-66-67–198

-18 2. Dana Quigley 176,000
66-66-69–201

-15 3. Bruce Lietzke 132,000
68-68-67–203

-13 3. Keith Fergus 132,000
69-67-67–203

-13 5. Mark McNulty 96,000
70-67-67–204

-12 6. Gil Morgan 72,000
69-69-67–205

-11 6. Don Pooley 72,000
70-66-69–205

-11 6. Dick Mast 72,000
67-65-73–205

-11 9. Massy Kuramoto 54,000
68-67-71–206

-10 9. Jay Haas 54,000
68-67-71–206

-10 11. Bernhard Langer 42,500
72-69-66–207

-9 11. Curtis Strange 42,500
71-68-68–207

-9 11. Des Smyth 42,500
69-67-71–207

-9 11. D.A. Weibring 42,500
68-68-71–207

-9 15. R.W. Eaks 32,040
69-70-69–208

-8 15. Tom Purtzer 32,040
67-71-70–208

-8 15. Tom Jenkins 32,040
72-66-70–208

-8 15. Tim Simpson 32,040
72-65-71–208

-8 15. David Eger 32,040
70-68-70–208

-8 20. Jeff Sluman 23,480
68-73-68–209

-7 20. James Mason 23,480
69-72-68–209

-7 20. John Harris 23,480
69-70-70–209

-7 20. Jerry Pate 23,480
69-70-70–209

-7 20. Tom Kite 23,480
70-68-71–209

-7 25. Loren Roberts 18,650
74-68-68–210

-6 25. Mike Reid 18,650
71-69-70–210

-6 25. Jim Thorpe 18,650
71-69-70–210

-6 25. Tom McKnight 18,650
71-68-71–210

-6 29. Bruce Vaughan 15,800
71-70-70–211

-5 29. David Edwards 15,800
67-71-73–211

-5 29. Boonchu Ruangkit 15,800
65-71-75–211

-5 32. Scott Simpson 13,500
71-71-70–212

-4 32. Mark James 13,500
68-72-72–212

-4 32. Wayne Levi 13,500
70-69-73–212

-4 32. Joe Ozaki 13,500
68-69-75–212

-4 36. Fulton Allem 11,250
69-72-72–213

-3 36. Tim Conley 11,250
75-68-70–213

-3 36. Lonnie Nielsen 11,250
71-73-69–213

-3 36. Nick Price 11,250
74-71-68–213

-3 40. Allen Doyle 9,000
69-72-73–214

-2 40. Mitch Adcock 9,000
77-64-73–214

-2 40. Bruce Summerhays 9,000
70-72-72–214

-2 40. Mitch Adams 9,000
74-68-72–214

-2 40. Bobby Wadkins 9,000
71-73-70–214

-2 40. Donnie Hammond 9,000
72-72-70–214

-2 40. Brad Bryant 9,000
73-71-70–214

-2 47. Harry Taylor 6,600
73-68-74–215

-1 47. Dave Eichelberger 6,600
72-70-73–215

-1 47. Bob Gilder 6,600
70-71-74–215

-1 47. John Jacobs 6,600
70-70-75–215

-1 47. Wayne Grady 6,600
72-73-70–215

-1 52. Joe Inman 4,840
72-70-74–216

E 52. Denis Watson 4,840
67-75-74–216

E 52. Larry Nelson 4,840
70-73-73–216

E 52. Walter Hall 4,840
74-69-73–216

E 52. Scott Hoch 4,840
71-74-71–216

E 57. Jon Fiedler 4,100
69-75-73–217
+ 1 57. Mark Johnson 4,100
76-69-72–217
+ 1 59. Isao Aoki 3,700
72-71-75–218
+ 2 59. Hale Irwin 3,700
73-72-73–218
+ 2 61. Rod Spittle 3,400
73-73-73–219
+ 3 62. Lanny Wadkins 3,100
75-72-73–220
+ 4 62. Ed Dougherty 3,100
73-77-70–220
+ 4 64. Vance Heafner 2,800
73-76-72–221
+ 5 65. Ron Streck 2,600
75-74-73–222
+ 6 66. Mike McCullough 2,400
79-76-68–223
+ 7 67. Chip Beck 2,100
73-74-77–224
+ 8 67. Jim Dent 2,100
75-78-71–224
+ 8 69. Buddy Harston 1,820
74-75-76–225
+ 9 69. Vicente Fernandez 1,820
76-74-75–225
+ 9 71. Jim Albus 1,520
72-77-77–226
+ 10 71. Jim Colbert 1,520
76-74-76–226
+ 10 71. Kenny Knox 1,520
73-78-75–226
+ 10 74. Lee Trevino 1,320
75-76-77–228
+ 12 75. Jay Sigel 1,240
72-79-78–229
+ 13 76. Danny Edwards 1,160
78-76-76–230
+ 14 77. Larry Rinker 1,080
87-74-85–246
+ 30 WD. Andy Bean 0
69-69–WD

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