Five Champions Tour players made the cut at last week’s Open Championship at Muirfield with Fred Couples posting the best result -- T32 at 9-over 293. Other results of those who made the cut include Mark O’Meara (T58), Tom Lehman (T58), Peter Senior (T79) and Sandy Lyle (84).
Canadian Champions Tour professional Dave Barr, along with a star-studded crop of 12 Olympians and a selection of Calgary’s personalities, first responders and civilians affected by the recent floods, teamed up to applaud the Calgary residents who worked together to clean up the city and bring awareness to the inaugural Champions Tour event in Calgary that will take place August 26 to September 1. The Olympians competed head-to-head against Team Calgary at Canyon Meadows in a closest-to-the-pin contest coined “The Shootout at The Meadows.” The competition was won by Louis-Pierre Helie, a Canadian Olympian who specializes in Ski Cross.
Woody Austin, who will turn 50 on January 27th next year and become eligible for the Champions Tour, won the PGA TOUR’s Sanderson Farms Championship last week at the first hole of a sudden death playoff. Billy Andrade, who turns 50 two days before Austin, recorded a T5 finish at 17 under, three strokes out of the playoff.
Jay Sigel will be inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in October. Sigel won two U.S. Amateur titles and the 1979 British Amateur. He won eight times on the Champions Tour and recorded 101 top-10 finishes in 427 starts. Sigel was the Champions Tour Rookie of Year in 1994.
The Senior British Open presented by Rolex will be played at Royal Birkdale Golf Club on July 22-28.
When Fred Couples won the 2012 Senior British Open it marked the third consecutive year he had recorded multiple Champions Tour victories. Couples is yet to win on the Champions Tour this year.
Gary Hallberg’s second-round 7-under 63 at last year’s Senior British Open was one stroke shy of the championship’s 18-hole scoring record set at Turnberry in 2003 by Jim Colbert. Since that round, Hallberg has posted 13 rounds in the 60s with his best, a 65, coming in the opening round of the 2012 Charles Schwab Cup Championship.
Since the Senior British Open became an official Champions Tour event in 2003, Tom Watson is the only player to have made the cut in all 10 championships, with three wins, and his worst finish a T24 in 2010.
Royal Birkdale has never hosted the Senior British Open. Royal Birkdale will be the 11th different championship venue in the 27-year history of the Senior British Open. The most recent Open Championship contested at Royal Birkdale was in 2008 when Padraig Harrington was the winner.
CHARLES SCHWAB CUP
Kenny Perry is at the top of the Charles Schwab Cup standings with a 1,091-point lead over David Frost. Fred Couples, yet to win in 2013, is No. 3 on the standings. Couples, Duffy Waldorf (No.5) and Fred Funk (No.7) are the only players in the top 13 without a victory this year.
281 -- The number of yards Chie-Hsiang Lin averages with his tee shots to be leading the Driving Distance category this season, 1.7 yards ahead of Russ Cochran in second.
ON THIS DATE
July 25, 2004 -- Long-time club pro Pete Oakley posts his lone Champions Tour victory, sinking a 10-foot par putt on the final hole to defeat Tom Kite and Eduardo Romero by one stroke to claim the Senior British Open at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland.
July 25, 2009 -- Mark Calcavecchia reels off a PGA TOUR record nine straight birdies in the second round (Holes 12-2) of the RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey.
July 27, 2006 -- Corey Pavin sets a new PGA TOUR 9-hole scoring mark when he birdies eight of his first nine holes and shoots an 8-under-par 26 on the front nine in the opening round of the U.S. Bank Championship on his way to a 9-under-par 61.
DID YOU KNOW?
Tom Watson is bidding to win a third Senior British Open title on a course where he previously won a Claret Jug, having already completed ‘The Open-Senior Open double’ at both Turnberry (1977/2003) and Muirfield (1980/2007). Watson won the last of his five Open Championships at Royal Birkdale in 1983.
QUOTES TO NOTE
“I didn’t recognize you with your clothes on.” -- Peter Allis upon greeting Gary Player at last week’s British Open following Player’s nude pictorial in ESPN The Magazine.
TWEET OF THE WEEK
Mark Calcavecchia (@MarkCalc): Playing my 27th Open!! Played practice rd today with 2 guys who've only been alive 23 years. Lol