Champions Tour update

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September 03, 2013
By Champions Tour staff

RECENTLY

After rounds of 63-64 to open the inaugural Shaw Charity Classic, Rocco Mediate closed with a 7-under-par 64 for an impressive seven-stroke victory at the Canyon Meadows G&CC in Calgary. It was Mediate’s second win of the year following victory at the Allianz Championship, his first start on the Champions Tour. Tom Byrum, who open-qualified earlier in the week, finished second. Mediate was the third rookie winner in a row on the Champions Tour, following Bart Bryant (Dick’s Sporting Goods Open) and John Riegger (Boeing Classic). He is also the fourth multiple winner this year, joining Bernhard Langer, David Frost and Kenny Perry.

-- Rocco Mediate’s 36-hole score of 15-under-par 127 is the lowest first 36 holes score on the Champions Tour this year.

-- The course record at Canyon Meadows G&CC was broken four times last week. The original mark was 66 which J.K. Kim broke with a 65 in the qualifier. Four players shot 64s on Friday before Rocco Mediate surpassed that score later that day with a 63. Mike Goodes matched Mediate’s 63 on Saturday, before Bill Glasson broke the record when he closed with a 9-under-par 62 on Sunday. Glasson’s round included nine birdies and it helped him finish T10.

-- Sixty-eight-year-old Hale Irwin bettered his age by four strokes when he posted a final-round 64 at last week’s Shaw Charity Classic.

-- Jay Don Blake tied a Champions Tour record when he made three eagles in Round 2 of the Shaw Charity Classic. He became the seventh player to accomplish the feat and the first since Tom Kite did so in the second round of the 2011 Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn.

 -- Six-time major champion Nick Faldo committed to the SAS Championship in Cary, NC in October. It will be Faldo’s first Champions Tour start in the United States. He previously contested the Senior British Open in 2007 and 2009.

 -- Colin Montgomerie won the Travis Perkins Senior Masters on the European Senior Tour last week, shooting 10-under 206 to win by six shots at Woburn GC.

 COMING UP

 -- The Montreal Championship presented by Desjardins is being conducted on the historic Rouville Course at Richelieu Valley Golf Club in Sainte-Julie, Quebec. The 7,092 yard, par-72 Rouville course reopened for play last July after it underwent extensive renovations, including the re-design of all 18 greens, under the direction of Canadian golf course architect Neil Haworth.

 -- The PGA TOUR’s Canadian Open has been played at Royal Montreal Golf Club several times over the years, and its list of winners includes two current members of the Champions Tour: Bob Gilder (1980) and Steve Jones (1997). Jones also claimed the Canadian Open in 1989. The 2013 Montreal Championship field will include a number of players who own a Canadian Open win. In addition to Gilder and Jones, other former champions in the field include John Cook (1983), Wayne Levi (1990), David Frost (1993), Bob Tway (2003), Steve Jones (1989, ’97) and Mark Calcavecchia (2005). Calcavecchia was also a runner-up in 1989 and 2004 and set a new PGA TOUR record for consecutive birdies when he ran off nine in a row in 2009 at Glen Abbey in the second round.

 -- By virtue of his top-10 finish (solo second) at last week’s Shaw Charity Classic Tom Byrum earned a berth in this week’s Montreal Championship. It was his best finish in a Champions Tour event and his best showing in a Tour event since he finished second at the 1999 Michelob Championship, losing in a playoff with Notah Begay.

 CHARLES SCHWAB CUP

 -- With Kenny Perry and Bernhard Langer absent from last week’s Shaw Charity Classic, Rocco Mediate picked up 300 points in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race and moves into seventh place with 1,073 points. Perry continues to lead with 2,619 points followed by Langer with 1,830. David Frost is third (1,657).

NUMBERS

1,000 - There were 1,000 birdies during last week’s Shaw Charity Classic, the fourth most in Champions Tour history for a 54-hole event. The all-time record was 1,147 at the 2011 Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn, while there were 1,059 at the 2011 Montreal Championship and 1,012 at the 2010 Allianz Championship.

ON THIS DATE

9/2/07 – Gil Morgan claims his 25th career title on the Champions Tour. Morgan’s victory at the Wal-Mart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach moved him into third place on the all-time list for career wins on the Champions Tour.

9/3/78 – John Cook defeats Scott Hoch to win the U.S. Amateur title.

DID YOU KNOW?

Fred Couples registered a 360-yard drive during last week’s Shaw Charity Classic. It is the longest measured drive on the Champions Tour in 2013.

QUOTES TO NOTE

“Good for the rookies.” – Rocco Mediate shares his delight when told his win at last week’s Shaw Charity Classic made him the third rookie winner in a row, the first time that’s happened since 2004.

“There's not many jobs where you can be a professional sports athlete at 56 with an opportunity to possibly win a million dollars.” – Mark O’Meara appreciates life on the Champions Tour.

"This is the first time I've entertained thoughts of committing myself and playing again."  - Sir Nick Faldo comments on committing to the SAS Championship, which will be his third Champions Tour start but first in America.

TWEET OF THE WEEK

chris condon ‏@chris_condon@ChampionsTour: Your 2013 Shaw Charity Classic champion -- @RoccoMediate pic.twitter.com/kAJjsWIj5F” big trophy!

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