My Favorite Things: What Tour players loveSeptember 13, 2012
Champions Tour media officials Dave Senko and Phil Stambaugh have caught up with players over the last few seasons to ask them about everything from their favorite athletes growing up to favorite road food to bucket-list golf courses. Some of the answers may surprise you.
My Favorite ThingsJOHN RIEGGER: The Las Vegas resident's sports allegiances range from the Los Angeles Lakers to the St. Louis Cardinals -- good discussion fodder while on a deer hunt or enjoying a ribeye steak. MoreANDREW MAGEE: He'll always lay claim to being the first man to ace a par 4 on the PGA TOUR, but what else makes him tick? A lobster dinner and some college football conversation are a good start. MoreJOE DALEY: The surprise major winner of 2012 loves his putter and is a devotee of Ben Hogan. He also knows "The Natural" by heart and marks his ball with a rare wheat-tailed dime. MoreBART BRYANT: The younger brother of Champions Tour winner Brad Bryant loves his country fried steak and long rides on his Harley -- and will never forget the winning putt at Jack's tournament. MoreRICK FEHR: The Seattle native loved Ben Crenshaw as a teenager and was a big Dallas Cowboys fan before the Seahawks came along. Give him one meal and he'll take the wife's southwestern chicken. MoreDUFFY WALDORF: Yes, Duffy has Lady Gaga on the iPod. Another part of the UCLA pipeline on the Champions Tour, he also would love to play in Scotland. He'll also drink (or talk) wine anytime. MoreGENE SAUERS: No surprise that the pride of Savannah, Ga., loves his college football. Gene is also a huge fan of the water -- if he can't be on a boat, he'll be on the computer checking them out. MoreKIRK TRIPLETT: You know about his bucket hats, but did you know Kirk was a part of Fernando-mania? He also loves "Jeopardy", Tom Brady and has fond memories of an ace at Augusta National. As he should. MoreSTEVE JONES: See what book the 1996 U.S. Open champion credited for helping him bag the major. When he's not playing in a tournament, you're likely to find him in cargo shorts finding hotspots around town. MoreLEE RINKER: The Rinker family is full of golfers, and Lee's history includes a runner-up to Tiger Woods. He's a bit of a shoe nut and loves Chicago and ice cream, but he'll avoid liver at all costs. MoreJIM GALLAGHER JR.: He's part of a golf family and would love a little more time with his grandfather. Like any good Mississippian, he loves SEC football, and he also loves ribeyes and hunting. MoreSTEVE PATE: Did you know Pate's grandfather pitched in the major leagues? The oldest winner on the Web.com Tour is an avid reader and ice cream aficionado; he also appreciates the great "Animal House." MoreROGER CHAPMAN: The two-time major champion of 2012 (both in Michigan) is from England but loves Madrid. If he's not playing golf, you'll find him fishing. What you won't find is him eating Brussels sprouts. MoreRUSS COCHRAN: One of Kentucky's own loves Big Blue basketball (no surprise); he also loves Drew Brees and classic Westerns. His bucket list includes a trip to the U.S. Open -- of tennis, that is. MoreJOHN HUSTON: A winner in just his third Champions start, Johnny Ray is a longtime Floridian but loves Beaver Creek, Colo. He watches a lot of television on the road, especially football games. MoreROD SPITTLE: The Canada native played with Champions pros Joey Sindelar and John Cook at Ohio State, and still supports the Special Olympics in Columbus. Not surprisingly, he's a hockey nut. MoreBRAD FAXON: One of the all-time greats with the putter, Fax lists four cities as his favorites and loves to collect old golf books. Find out what piece of major championship history he owns. MorePETER SENIOR: He has played golf around the world but would really love to be able to play a musical instrument (as many players also said). He also holed out with a 1-iron -- it can be done. MoreCHIP BECK: The second man to shoot 59 on the PGA TOUR, Beck loves all kinds of music -- he even has "Don't Stop Believing" on his cell phone. Find out what his first job was in Fayetteville, N.C. MoreJEFF HART: The collegiate star at USC loves classic rock, "Jeopardy!" and football. Sounds like the average guy, right? Check out his bucket list and favorite charity, then get back to us. MoreJIM CARTER: A winner on the PGA TOUR and Web.com Tour, Carter appreciates the classics -- the Utah Stars of the ABA was his favorite team as a kid. Now he enjoys spending time with the family and ESPN. MoreJAY DON BLAKE: The 1980 NCAA champion at Utah State once aced a par 4 in his college days. Today, he enjoys the outdoors, his family, and a good steak dinner with chocolate cake for dessert. More