Champions Tour updateJuly 01, 2013
Kenny Perry (71-63-63-64—261) birdied two of his final three holes to pull away from Fred Couples and Duffy Waldorf and win the 2013 Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship. Perry’s victory avenged his final-round collapse at the Senior PGA Championship just over a month earlier when Kohki Idoki won. Perry now has three career wins in 40 starts on the Champions Tour.
Perry is the 10th different winner in the 12 official stroke-play events on the 2013 Champions Tour and joins Kohki Idoki (Senior PGA Championship) and David Frost (Regions Tradition) as the third different major winner this year.
With his victory at Fox Chapel, Perry earned an exemption into next year’s THE PLAYERS on the PGA TOUR at TPC Sawgrass, where his previous-best finish in 23 career appearances is T3 in 2004 (4 strokes back of Adam Scott).
Perry is the first player to win the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS with an opening-round above par (+1/71).
With Couples’ runner-up finish at the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS, it marked the first time since 2008 that a player finished second in three straight starts. Brad Bryant had three consecutive runner-up finishes in 2008.
World Golf Hall of Fame member Colin Montgomerie was T9 in his Champions Tour debut at the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS.
Waldorf is the only player to finish among the top 10 in the first three majors in 2013 (T6/Senior PGA Championship, T5/Regions Tradition, T2/Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS).
Over the last couple of weeks the USGA conducted sectional qualifying across the country for players to gain access into the U.S. Senior Open at Omaha CC, in Omaha, Neb. on July 11-14. Of the 56 players who qualified at 33 different sites, 17 are regular competitors on the Champions Tour.
The Champions Tour is idle for the week before resuming with the U.S. Senior Open at Omaha CC on July 11-14.
Tom Watson, Perry and Vijay Singh are the over-50 players in the field at The Greenbrier Classic this week on the PGA TOUR.
CHARLES SCHWAB CUP
Perry earned 810 Charles Schwab Cup points with his major victory at the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship last week and vaulted from ninth place into the lead in the Schwab Cup standings at the halfway point in the season (1,508). Frost, the previous leader, is now second in the Schwab Cup standings with 1,417 points and Fred Couples is now third with 1,301 points.
9 – The number of Champions Tour events (including pre-tournament pro-ams) that have experienced a weather-related delay in 2013. Thirteen tournaments from the 26-tournament schedule this year have been completed.
ON THIS DATE
7/1/90 – Lee Trevino wins his first major crown on the Champions Tour, claiming the U.S. Senior Open at Ridgewood CC over Jack Nicklaus in New Jersey.
7/3/59 – At age 23, Gary Player claims the first of nine major titles on the PGA TOUR when he wins the British Open by two strokes at Muirfield.
DID YOU KNOW?
ESPN The magazine announced last week that Gary Player, 77, will be featured with other athletes in their annual “Body Issue”, to be released on July 12. Player will be the oldest athlete in the feature’s five-year history.
QUOTES TO NOTE
“It's neat to have the lead, something I can tell my grandkids I actually led it at some point in my life.” – Perry comments on taking the No. 1 position in the Charles Schwab Cup following last week’s victory at the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship.
“One of the things I discovered in my later years is that naps are very much underrated.” – 63-year-old Tom Watson continues to learn as the years go by.
TWEET OF THE WEEK (tweeted following Kenny Perry’s win at Fox Chapel on Sunday)
Kenny Perry @KennyPerryGolf Congrats to my son @JJPerry85 on winning his Club Championship today back home at Olde Stone. Incredible day!