Jason Schultz (L) & Russell Williams (TGA)
Russell Williams and Jason Schultz took it to the Bentwater Yacht & Country Club’s Weiskopf Course over the weekend.
The duo picked apart the track en route to a 26-under total which featured rounds of 60-64-66 as they picked up a 3-stroke victory.
“It was very nerve-racking,” Williams told the TGA. “I’d never been in that position. But I’ll tell you what, I had the best partner in the field. He was solid all week and I’m just glad that the two or three times a round he needed a little pick up I was able to do that and contribute.”
Tallying 26 birdies and an eagle over 54 holes of golf, the pair meshed together nicely as they only birdied the same hole three times and had five holes where one player birdied while the other bogeyed making it a true team win.
“It was a fun environment from start to finish,” Schultz said. “We kind of just built from day one and kept going from there.”
Playing one more round, Williams and Schultz may have been able to catch Dustin Johnson’s remarkable 30-under performance at the Northern Trust at TPC Boston this past weekend.
In the senior division, Mike Peck and Steve Love snagged the win in dramatic fashion.
On the ninth (their closing hole) the team needed a birdie to avoid a playoff with clubhouse leaders Lewis Stephenson and John Pierce who were at 19-under. Love struck his approach to just 12-feet above the hole, giving the team a great look at birdie. As Peck cleaned up a lagged birdie attempt for par, the stage was set for Love.
“It’s exciting for me because I don’t get to do this as much as Mike,” Love said. “Mike held us together the whole back nine. It was amazing the putts he was making for par. We kind of teamed it up and got through it, so it was really exciting.”
Love knocked home their 23rd and most important birdie of the championship to claim the victory.
“Anytime you win one of the TGA’s major tournaments it’s truly an honor,” Peck said.“It’s fantastic to do it with a great friend. It was a team victory and couldn’t have been any better.”
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