News and notes from around the Champions Tour for the week of July 8, 2013:
• Kenny Perry got the nod for Champions Tour Player of the Month in June, claiming his first major championship victory, the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS, shooting 71-63-63-64 -- 261 to win by two strokes. Perry also finished T15 at the Regions Tradition, won by David Frost, and posted a T3 finish at the Encompass Championship, where Craig Stadler was victorious. Fred Couples finished runner-up in each of the three Champions Tour events in June.
• Three of the four players age 50 or older who played at last week’s PGA TOUR event, The Greenbrier Classic, made the 36-hole cut: Tom Watson (tied for 38th), Kenny Perry (tied for 41st), and Neal Lancaster (made cut, did not finish). Only Vijay Singh, who turned 50 in February, didn’t play on the weekend.
• U.S. Ryder cup captain Tom Watson announced two-time U.S. Open champion Andy North as his assistant captain for the matches to be played in Scotland next year. Watson and North paired to win three unofficial Raphael Division titles at the Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf in 2005, 2006 and 2007. In 2008, the pair won the official Legends Division of the tournament in wire-to-wire fashion after an opening-round 59. The duo has teamed for each subsequent event since, except for 2012, when North teamed with Bobby Clampett after Watson withdrew with an arm injury prior to the competition.
• The Calgary-based team responsible for bringing the Shaw Charity Classic (Aug. 26-Sept. 1) to the city donated $250,000 to the Southern Alberta Emergency Relief Fund, established to support organizations helping to rebuild following last month’s devastating floods. The donation comes on the heels of the June 18th announcement that Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta was selected as the first charitable partner of the Shaw Charity Classic. To-date, the Shaw Charity Classic has committed $1.25 million in donations to local charities.
• Paul Wesselingh picked up his second win of the season after a playoff victory over Kevin Spurgeon at the Bad Ragaz PGA Seniors Open on the European Senior Tour in Switzerland last week.
• On the newest episode of Golf Channel’s Feherty at 10 p.m. ET, on Monday July 8, World Golf Hall of Fame member Raymond Floyd is David Feherty’s guest.
• The Champions Tour heads to Omaha, Neb. for the U.S. Senior Open at Omaha CC this week, where the course will be set up at 6,711 yards and will play to a par of 35-35 -- 70.
• The U.S. Senior Open will be the third USGA championship conducted in Nebraska and the Champions Tour’s first foray into the Cornhusker State. It marks the 38th different state to host a Champions Tour event.
• Both Loren Roberts and Tom Watson will be bidding to claim their fourth different major title on the Champions Tour. With a U.S. Senior Open victory this week, Roberts or Watson would join Jack Nicklaus as the only other player to claim four different senior majors.
• When he won the 1998 U.S. Senior Open at Riviera Country Club, Hale Irwin became the seventh and last man to claim both the U.S. Open and the U.S. Senior Open in his career. Here’s a chart detailing these multiple winners:
|Winners of both the U.S. Open and the U.S. Senior Open|
CHARLES SCHWAB CUP
• Fred Couples is third in the Charles Schwab Cup standings with 1,301 points. Duffy Waldorf is fifth with 982 points. Neither player has won a tournament this season. They are the only players in the top 10 of the standings without a win. Kenny Perry leads the standings with 1,508 points. David Frost (2nd) and Bernhard Langer (4th) are both two-time winners this year.
62 - Loren Roberts’ 8-under score on Saturday at the 2006 U.S. Senior Open at Prairie Dunes is the lowest round ever posted in U.S. Senior Open history.
ON THIS DATE
7/9/77 – In one of the great British Opens, Tom Watson wins his second British Open title, nipping Jack Nicklaus by one stroke at Turnberry. Watson shoots 65-65 on the weekend, while Nicklaus shoots 65-66. Third-place finisher Hubert Green finishes 11 strokes behind Watson and 10 behind Nicklaus.
DID YOU KNOW?
Bob Gilder will be competing in his all-time record 62nd consecutive major championship on the Champions Tour when he tees it up at this week’s U.S. Senior Open. Gilder has played in every Champions Tour major championship since joining the Champions Tour in 2001.
QUOTES TO NOTE
“You have old Freddy right there. Who knows, even Freddy may be on the Ryder Cup team.” – Tom Watson gives Fred Couples a glimmer of hope while discussing possible team candidates during the announcement of Andy North as his assistant captain for the U.S. Ryder Cup team last week.
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