News and notes from around the Champions Tour for the week of May 27, 2013:
Kohki Idoki’s first trip to the United States will always be a memorable one. A long-time player on the Japan Golf Tour, Idoki surprised a star-studded field with a two-stroke victory over Jay Haas and Kenny Perry to win last week’s 74th Senior PGA Championship.
Kohki Idoki, who resides in Osaka, becomes the first Asian player to win a major championship on the Champions Tour and he earns a full one-year exemption (thru May 26, 2014) on Tour as well as a five-year exemption into the season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai. Idoki also earns a berth in the 2013 PGA Championship at Oak Hill CC in Rochester, NY.
Esteban Toledo (Insperity Championship) and Kohki Idoki (Senior PGA Championship) are the first two rookies to win back-to-back on the Champions Tour since Bernhard Langer (Administaff Small Business Classic) and John Cook (AT&T Championship) did so in 2008.
Kohki Idoki is the second player this year to win his debut (Rocco Mediate/Allianz Championship) and is the 17th player to win his debut.
David Frost finished T46 at the Crowne Plaza Colonial Invitational on the PGA TOUR last week. Tom Lehman and Corey Pavin both missed the 36-hole cut by a stroke.
CHARLES SCHWAB CUP
The Senior PGA victory moved Kohki Idoki into second place in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race with 756 points. Bernhard Langer continues to lead with 928 points followed by David Frost (676), Jay Haas (656) and Kenny Perry (617).
108 – The fewest number of putts taken by three players, all Japanese, in last week’s Senior PGA Championship, including winner Kohki Idoki. The others were Joe Ozaki and Kazuhiro Takami.
ON THIS DATE
6/2/00 – Dave Eichelberger makes his 1,000th combined start (PGA TOUR/Champions Tour) when he competes at the BellSouth Senior Classic at Opryland.
6/2/96 – After a nine-year absence, Tom Watson returns to the winner’s circle with a victory at the Memorial Tournament in Ohio where he holds off a furious charge by David Duval, who plays the final five holes in five-under-par. A birdie at No. 18 by Watson leaves Duval two behind.
DID YOU KNOW?
In the previous 12 years, no player has made The Principal Charity Classic his first career title on
the Champions Tour.
QUOTES TO NOTE
“This state does begin with an MI, doesn’t it?” – Roger Chapman refers to Missouri hosting last week’s Senior PGA Championship, where he liked his chances of winning a third Champions Tour major. Chapman won the Senior PGA and the US Senior Open in Michigan last year.
“I can’t believe I am the champion.” – Kohki Idoki was as surprised as anyone after winning last week’s Senior PGA Championship in his first trip to the United States.
TWEET OF THE WEEK