Faxon wins rain-shortened Insperity Championship
Sunday, October 9, 2011
THE WOODLANDS, Texas — Brad Faxon won the Insperity Championship without hitting a shot on Sunday when heavy rain washed out the final round of the Champions Tour's event.
Faxon, an eight-time winner on the PGA Tour who turned 50 on Aug. 1, shot a 7-under 65 in windy conditions Saturday to take a one-stroke lead at 10-under at The Woodlands Country Club.
Tommy Armour III was second, and Eduardo Romero finished two strokes back. Jay Haas, Olin Browne and Schwab Cup points leader Tom Lehman (70) followed at 7 under, and winner Fred Couples was 4 under.
Faxon won his first title on the 50-and-over circuit in his sixth start.
"I had passed all my goals this week, was hitting my irons a lot better and made a 4-footer on 18 on Saturday, which turned out to be the winning stroke," he said about the victory that he learned about when he received a text message while standing in the clubhouse.
The round was washed out after two morning delays, Faxon was asked if had ever won a tournament as a pro or amateur, without hitting a shot because of weather on the final day.
"Nope, never. Not one, definitely never," Faxon said. "I can't say I was hoping for a rainout because of what a win means out here, but I wanted to play. I was playing really good."
Champions Tour official Brian Claar said tour regulations do not allow for a Monday finish.
"There was no place to push the water it was came down so fast and we had already had so much rain today," Claar said.
Armour remained winless on the tour, but did move into top 30 in the money standings to possible qualify for the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup.
"Sure I wanted to play, but there was nothing we could," Armour said. "It's just what we have here. I am ready to go, but there nothing you can do about this."
Lehman retained his large lead in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup points standing headed to the final two events of the season.