Savannah, GA – Brad Faxon and Jeff Sluman shot 7-under 65 on Sunday to win the Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf by one stroke.
Faxon and Sluman finished at 23-under-par 193 at The Westin Savannah Harbor Resort and Spa. Both players won this event for the first time. The win was Faxon's second on the Champions Tour and Sluman's fifth tour title.
"I just have to say it's great to play with a friend like Brad. I'm sure all the guys that played this week played with buddies, but we've gone back since 1983 on the regular tour, we've had a lot of laughs," Sluman said.
"We've probably had some powerful type of conversations when our games were in the dumps. So it's a dream come true to win with Brad for me."
Gene Sauers and Kenny Perry fired a 10-under 62, the low round of the day, to grab a share of second place at minus-22. They were joined there by Fred Funk and Mike Goodes, who combined for a 9-under 63 on Sunday.
Eight teams shared fourth place at 21-under-par 195, including 2008 winners Andy North and Tom Watson (67) and last year's champs Michael Allen and David Frost (66).
Second-round leaders Jay Don Blake and Roger Chapman managed just two birdies and one bogey in a round of 71. That dropped them into a tie for 16th at minus-18.
The leaderboard was crowded all day with as many as 20 teams within three strokes of the lead at one point. Faxon and Sluman did their scoring in bunches to move in front.
Sluman hit his tee shot at the par-3 third to 25 feet and rolled that in for the team's first birdie. He missed the green at the par-5 fourth, but got up and down for another birdie.
Faxon's birdie try on No. 8 fell in the left side of the cup, then he knocked in a 3-footer for birdie on the ninth as they made the turn at 20-under.
Sluman got up and down for birdie on the par-5 11th. He came right back with a 35-foot birdie putt at the 12th. Sluman made it three in a row as he rolled in a 7-footer for birdie at No. 14 to push the squad to 23-under.
That gave them the lead and they parred the next three holes to remain atop the leaderboard.
At the last, Faxon had a chance extend their lead to two, but his birdie effort horse-shoed the hole. He tapped in for another par and when Craig Stadler failed to hole a birdie chip at the last, Faxon and Sluman were the winners.
"I think yesterday when we played with Bernhard (Langer) and Tom (Lehman) we kind of watched them a little bit instead of playing our own games and we kind of got away yesterday with our worst day," Faxon admitted. "It was tough to shoot 7-under today, it was hard.
"The wind blew hard and out of a different direction. The hole locations, especially on the back nine, were very difficult. Hats off to Slu today because he held us together when I was falling apart and made some clutch, clutch putts. He putted like a champion. His back's going to be a little sore tomorrow, but I'm glad I was your partner, Slu."
NOTES: Faxon and Sluman split $460,000 ... Sluman was a runner-up twice with Craig Stadler in 2008 and 2009 ... Sluman went over the $25 million mark for career earnings in PGA Tour sanctioned events ... Joe Daley had a hole-in-one on the eighth ... The tour heads to Texas next week for the Insperity Championship, where Fred Funk beat Lehman by one last year.