By Mark Williams, Champions Tour staff
News and notes from around the Champions Tour for the week of Feb. 25, 2013
• Bernhard Langer is the Champions Tour Player of the Month for January/February, marking the sixth time he has earned the recognition during his Champions Tour career. Langer began the 2013 season shooting 16-under at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai to miss the John Cook/David Frost playoff by a stroke. He finished T2 at the Allianz Championship, two strokes behind winner Rocco Mediate before producing a win at The ACE Group Classic, shooting 12-under for a one-stroke victory over Jay Don Blake. Langer averaged $172,333 per event and was a combined total of 43-under for the three events.
• The PGA of America recently announced that eight PGA Professionals have completed the requirements to achieve certification through the advanced PGA Certified Professional Program 2.0 (CPP 2.0). Among this list is Champions Tour professional Bobby Clampett, who became the first Tour player to ever achieve advanced certification from the CPP 2.0 program, with a career path in Instruction. Clampett is the founder of Impact Zone Golf in Bonita Springs, Fla.
• Former PGA champion and winning Ryder Cup captain Paul Azinger has been selected to receive the 2013 Gold Tee Award from the Metropolitan Golf Writers Association. The award, the MGWA’s highest honor awarded to an individual whose career achievements exemplify the best spirit and traditions of the sport of golf, will be presented at a function in June in New York.
• World Golf Hall of Fame member Lanny Wadkins was a guest of the Encompass Championship, signing autographs for fans at the tournament’s booth during the Chicago Golf Show last week. The Encompass Championship is at North Shore CC on June 17-23.
• Loren Roberts will attempt to defend the Toshiba Classic title he won last year at Newport Beach CC. Last year’s win was the 13th career Champions Tour victory for Roberts. The 2013 Toshiba Classic is set for March 11-17.
• World Golf Hall of Fame member Hale Irwin, the all-time record holder with 45 Champions Tour victories, takes his game to the southern hemisphere to compete in this week’s New Zealand PGA Championship at The Hills in Queenstown. Fellow World Golf Hall of Fame member Bob Charles will also compete in the event in his native country.
CHARLES SCHWAB CUP
With 263 Charles Schwab Cup points available to the winner of the Toshiba Classic, it’s possible that John Cook (58 points behind), Rocco Mediate (177 points behind) or David Frost (215 points behind) could take over Bernhard Langer’s lead in the season-long race for the Charles Schwab Cup.
83.33 – The percentage of fairways hit by Champions Tour rookie Bart Bryant in his first two events. Bryant leads this statistical category ahead of Fred Funk (80.16).
ON THIS DATE
2/26/06 – Canadian Jim Rutledge comes from nine strokes back in the final round to win the ING New Zealand PGA Championship. Rutledge fires an 8-under 64 and waits more than 90 minutes before winning by one stroke over Brett Rumford.
DID YOU KNOW?
On a cool and windy day, the final round scoring average of 73.089 at last year’s Toshiba Classic was the highest average for any round in Toshiba Classic history. The previous high was 72.974 in the first round in 2000.
QUOTES TO NOTE
“You don't get that success without just a lot of things. You have to have great character, you have to have a great work ethic, you have to have talent, you have to have good perspective, and (Langer) has all those things. He’s a perfect example of a guy who just always works hard, always gives his best, always has the right perspective and keeps things in balance. He’s just a remarkable person, quite frankly.” – Tom Lehman shows a lot of admiration and respect for fellow Champions Tour competitor Bernhard Langer.
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