Doug Garwood Wins 2016 SAS Championship
After one of the great final rounds in tournament history, Doug Garwood (65-71-64=200) beat out Bernhard Langer to win the SAS Championship presented by Bloomberg Media title. The win marks Garwood’s first victory at any level on the PGA Tour.
“It hasn't really settled in yet. Someone asked me last week when my last tournament win was and I blanked, I couldn't think of one, so now I won't have so much trouble. It feels great. It was a great day, I played well”.
Coming into the day two shots behind 2012 SAS Champion Bernhard Langer, Garwood played a nearly flawless round, finishing with an 8-under 64 – good for 16-under overall. Garwood posted nine birdies during his second round, while only giving up one bogey – on the 18th hole.
“The putter was obviously hot today” said Garwood. A 40-foot birdie on the third hole set the tone for the rest of the day and was the start of his dominant performance.
Bernhard Langer, leader after round two, shot a final-round 70 to finish solo second at twelve-under par – four strokes behind Garwood.
“Doug just played phenomenal. His putter was hot. He just hit it and went in, hit it and went in. He started walking after it and it dropped. He was like 9 under after 16 holes. That's pretty amazing golf,” Langer said.
Garwood’s stellar play the first two days positioned him in the final pairing with former Masters winner Larry Mize and World Golf Hall of Famer Bernhard Langer
“I made a conscious effort today to stay in the now. My mind started going towards the finish and this and that. I kept telling myself stay in the now, even left foot, right foot, left foot, right foot just to get me focused on staying there and in the moment,” Garwood said.
With the win, Garwood moved up eighteen places to No. 19 in the Charles Schwab Cup Standings and collected $315,000 in prize money.
Garwood’s victory capped of an incredible week at Prestonwood Country Club. In addition to the golf, the community was involved in a number of special events including Executives Women’s Day presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, Food Truck Friday, and the PNC Family Challenge Clinic, among others. Proceeds from the SAS Championship will be directed to the YMCA of the Triangle’s Annual Campaign with funds specifically benefitting the Y Learning Program – the YMCA’s after school, academic assistance programs.
Author: Jeff Mallory