Champions Tour announces 2014 Tournament ScheduleKenny Perry will return to Fox Chapel to defend his first major at the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS.December 13, 2013
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Following a year filled with milestones such as crowning its 1,000th winner, recognizing its 1,000th event and celebrating record charitable contributions, the Champions Tour announced the tournament schedule for the 2014 Champions Tour season.
The official 2014 season will begin on the Big Island of Hawaii at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai (Jan. 13-19), where the Champions Tour’s version of the Tournament of Champions will feature recent tournament champions and other notable players. The first full-field event, the Allianz Championship, will be played in Boca Raton, Fla. the week of Feb. 3-9.
Notable changes for the 2014 schedule include the introduction of the Tour’s first Invitational format. The Insperity Championship will introduce new eligibility to determine the 81-player field and become the Insperity Invitational. The event will continue to be played at The Woodlands Country Club in its traditional May date (Apr. 28 - May 4) and will have a purse increase from $1.8 million to $2 million. Also, the Montreal Championship will move further north in Canada, to Quebec City, and now be known as the Quebec Championship (Sept. 1-7). The event will be played at La Tempete Golf Club.
The first major of the 2014 season, the Regions Tradition (May 12-18) held annually at Shoal Creek, returns to May after being played in June the past two years.
Kenny Perry, the 2013 Champions Tour Player of the Year, will return to Fox Chapel Golf Club to defend his first major championship title when the club hosts the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship for a third consecutive year.
The host venues for all five major championships in 2014 are:
- Shoal Creek, Birmingham, Ala. Regions Tradition (May 12-18)The Golf Club at Harbor Shores, Benton Harbor, Mich. Senior PGA Championship (May 19-25)
- Fox Chapel GC, Pittsburgh, Pa. Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship (June 23-29).
- Oak Tree National, Edmond, Okla. U.S. Senior Open (July 7-13)
- Royal Porthcawl GC, Bridgend, Wales. Senior Open Championship (July 21-27)
Several milestones were achieved during the Champions Tour's 2013 season. A record five tournaments surpassed $1 million in charitable donations in a season, led by the Shaw Charity Classic with $2.27 million distributed to youth-related charities throughout Calgary in the event’s inaugural year. The Champions Tour also crowned its 1,000th winner, Bart Bryant, at the DICK’S Sporting Goods Open and played its 1,000th event at the Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn. Bryant was one of five rookies to win in 2013, matching the all-time Champions Tour record for the number of rookie winners in a season. Rocco Mediate, who posted two victories, was voted Champions Tour Rookie of the Year, while Bernhard Langer, the leading money winner, and Fred Couples, with a 68.64 scoring average, also claimed year-end awards.
The 2014 season will conclude with the Charles Schwab Cup Championship (Oct. 27-2) which returns to the Cochise Course at Desert Mountain Club in Scottsdale, Ariz. where it was contested in 2012.
The Charles Schwab Cup, won for the first time by Kenny Perry in 2013, enters its 14th year as the successful season-long, points-based competition to determine the Champions Tour’s leading player. The program rewards consistency and awards points for top-10 finishes at all official tournaments. Double points are awarded at the five major championships and to all 30 players at the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship.
All official events will be televised nationally in the United States, with most receiving complete coverage on Golf Channel, the Tour’s exclusive cable-television partner that reaches some 84 million homes in the United States. Three events will have network coverage on the weekend (NBC: Senior PGA Championship, Senior U.S. Open; ESPN: Senior Open Championship). Champions Tour telecasts are distributed internationally in Canada, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Australasia, and Latin America through various distribution partners. The events air live, tape-delayed or in a highlights-package format in excess of 205 countries and territories, reaching more than 145 million households.
The Champions Tour National Qualifying Tournament-Final Stage (Nov. 17-23) will be conducted at Orange County National in Orlando, Fla. at the conclusion of the 2014 season.
One week (June 2-8) remains open on the 2014 tournament schedule and Tour officials hope to make the announcement of a new event in the coming weeks.