Champions Tour updateAugust 12, 2013
By Mark Williams, Champions Tour staff
Mark Brooks withdrew before the start of last week’s PGA Championship while two other Champions Tour professionals, Tom Watson and Kohki Idoki, missed the cut at Oak Hill.
Last week, Jim Rutledge won his third PGA Seniors Championship of Canada – his second in a row – after overcoming a five-shot deficit with eight holes to go and then outlasting Rod Spittle in a four-hole playoff at Lookout Point CC in Ontario.
Russ Cochran’s nephew, Rick Cochran III, won the 94th Kentucky Open shooting 8-under 208 at The Club at Old Stone to claim the $10,000 winner’s check and become the first ‘Cochran’ to etch his name on the trophy. Kenny Perry’s son, Justin, finished T11.
The PGA of America bestowed its highest annual award on Lee Trevino during last week’s PGA Championship at Oak Hill. The PGA Distinguished Service Award, inaugurated in 1988, honors outstanding individuals who display leadership and humanitarian qualities, including integrity, sportsmanship and enthusiasm for the game of golf.
Craig Stadler was the winner of the 16th and final Wolf Challenge hosted by Fuzzy Zoeller at Covered Bridge GC in Indiana last week.
The winner of this week’s Champions Tour event, the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open in Endicott, N.Y., will be the 1,000th official winner in Champions Tour history. Hale Irwin holds the Champions Tour all-time record with 45 victories while 189 different players have combined for the previous 999 wins. Don January won the 1980 Atlantic City Senior International to claim the first official event. Here’s a look at players with 20 or more Champions Tour victories;
Player Wins: Hale Irwin (45), Lee Trevino (29), Gil Morgan (25), Miller Barber (24), Bob Charles (23), Don January (22), Chi Chi Rodriguez (22), Jim Colbert (20), Bruce Crampton (20).
Dick’s Sporting Goods Open defending champion Willie Wood is seeking to become the first player since Tom Lehman (2012 Regions Tradition) to defend a title on the Champions Tour.
World Golf Hall of Famer member Nick Price and former U.S. Senior Open champion Olin Brown return to action on the Champions Tour at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open. Price has played sparingly since having to withdraw from this tournament last year after the first round with left elbow issues. Browne has been out of action with lower back problems since last playing at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic in late March.
In the six-year history of the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open, R.W. Eaks has made the only hole-in-one, which came in 2007. Eaks went on to win the tournament. The last player to make an ace and go on to win a tournament was Jay Haas at the 2011 3M Championship.
CHARLES SCHWAB CUP
Brad Faxon, in 33rd position, is the only winner in 2013 outside the top 25 in the Charles Schwab Cup standings. Faxon teamed with Jeff Sluman to win the Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf in April. Encompass Championship winner Craig Stadler is No. 24 in the standings. Every other winner this season is inside the top 20 on the Charles Schwab Cup standings.
150 – The number of Champions Tour winners aged 53 since the Tour began in 1980, including the most recent winner, Tom Pernice, Jr. at the 3M Championship.
ON THIS DATE
8/13/00 – With birdies on two of his final three holes, including No. 18, Rocco Mediate earns a one-stroke victory over Chris Perry and surpasses the $1 million mark in season earnings for the first time in his career.
8/16/03 – Jim Thorpe ties a Champions Tour record when he shoots a 10-under-par 60 in the second round of the Long Island Classic.
DID YOU KNOW?
In 2003, Craig Stadler made history at En-Joie Golf Course when he became the first Champions Tour player to win a PGA TOUR event, a one-stroke victory at the old B.C. Open. Stadler’s victory in upstate New York made him just the second of three players in history to win a PGA TOUR and Champions Tour event in the same year (Raymond Floyd, Fred Funk). Earlier in the 2003 season, Stadler triumphed at the Ford Senior Players Championship, his initial victory on the Champions Tour.
QUOTES TO NOTE
“It would be special to be the 1,000th winner. To think that the Champions Tour has been around that long and survived and what it has evolved into is pretty impressive.” – Tom Pernice, Jr. comments on the longevity and growth of the Champions Tour, which will crown its 1,000th champion at this week’s Dick’s Sporting Goods Open in Endicott, N.Y.
“For the Champions Tour to be coming up on one thousand winners, that's a thousand weeks that we pleased the golfing public, that we raised funds for charity in each spot and it gave us a thousand times we could be together as competitors and friends." – Dave Stockton shares his thoughts on an historic milestone at this week’s Dick’s Sporting Goods Open.
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