Notebook: Masters to feature eight Champions Tour members

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March 25, 2013

By Champions Tour staff

RECENTLY

Michael Allen closed with a final-round 5-under 67 to finish one stroke better than Bernhard Langer to win the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic at Fallen Oak. With his victory, Allen has now won four Champions Tour titles, including three in the last 12 months.

Gene Sauers posted his best finish on the Champions Tour when he finished T3 at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic.

Corey Pavin’s six consecutive birdies to start his second round at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic is the best streak in that category on the Champions Tour in 2013.

Georgia golf fans will have the rare opportunity to watch Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player compete as a team at the Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf in Savannah, Ga. The World Golf Hall of Fame members will compete in the Demaret Division on Monday, April 22, and Tuesday, April 23.

Sean Van Kesteren was recently named as Tournament Director for the Shaw Charity Classic, a new Champions Tour event set for August in Calgary. Van Kesteren previously served as Golf Canada’s Tournament Director for the CN Canadian Women’s Open.

COMING UP

After a three-week break for the Champions Tour, the Greater Gwinnett Championship, a new Champions Tour event will take place the week following The Masters, at TPC Sugarloaf on April 15-21. Tom Watson will be one of 81 players in the field for the 54-hole tournament.

With the addition of two new teams to the Tavistock Cup, to be held March 25-26 at Isleworth G&CC in Orlando, Fla., three Champions Tour professional will compete in the event. Fred Couples and Jay Haas will play for the Primland team and Bob Tway will represent Oak Tree National. Scott Verplank, who turns 50 in July next year, will also represent Oak Tree National.

The Masters (April 8-14) will feature eight current Champions Tour professionals who are former champions at Augusta National – Fred Couples, Ben Crenshaw, Langer, Sandy Lyle, Larry Mize, Mark O’Meara, Craig Stadler, and Tom Watson.

CHARLES SCHWAB CUP

Allen earned 240 points in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race with his victory in Mississippi last week and moved into sixth place in the standings with 284 points. Despite finishing second to Allen, Langer moved back into first place 658 points. David Frost is now second with 619 points and Rocco Mediate is third with 461 points.

NUMBERS

4 – The number of players who made their Champions Tour debut at last week’s Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic (Brian Henninger/T44, John Inman/T48, Mark Bucek/T61, Gary Rusnak/T68).

ON THIS DATE

3/27/00 – “Be the right club today” shot by Hal Sutton on the final hole of Monday finish at THE PLAYERS Championship. He beats Tiger Woods by one shot.

DID YOU KNOW?

With his T6 finish at last week’s Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic, Frost has now posted eight consecutive top-10 finishes dating back to last year. During this stretch he has won twice and earned $1,008,000, an average of $126,000 per start. 

QUOTES TO NOTE

“Competition is healthy. It makes you work harder and strive for more and try to find that extra one or two percent in your game that you could possibly improve.” –Langer continues to seek improvement even after 40 years as a professional golfer.

“I've told a lot of people in business who make a lot more money than I do, that I wouldn't trade places with any of them. This is the greatest job on Earth. If you call it a job.'' – Mike Goodes is pretty happy with his life as a Champions Tour professional.

TWEET OF THE WEEK

Jim Gallagher Jr. ‏@GallagherJr  @MGRclassic Thank you for a wonderful week. It was a blast playing in front of my home state fans, the crowd singing Happy Birthday #special

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