Talking travel on the Champions Tour
February 17, 2014
By Phil Stambaugh, PGATOUR.COM
- UNITED STATES - MARCH 02: Atmosphere during the first round of the Ford Championship at Doral Golf Resort and Spa in Miami, Florida on March 2, 2006. (Photo by Michael Cohen/Getty Images)
The Champions Tour will once again stage events throughout the United States and beyond the mainland. Events will be held from Hawaii to Florida, from Texas to Calgary. A sampling of players were asked a series of questions ranging from their travel habits to their must-have travel items. Here are their answers ...
How many days a year do you spend on the road?
Corey Pavin 180 Steve Elkington 180 Curtis Strange 124 Jeff Sluman 200 Rocco Mediate 200 Russ Cochran 175 Olin Browne 180
How long does it take to pack for a tournament?
Corey Pavin I've got it down to a science, less than an hour if I have clean clothes. Steve Elkington Probably around two hours, one hour for clubs, one hour for clothes. Curtis Strange 10 minutes and it makes my wife mad. Jeff Sluman 10 minutes Rocco Mediate Less than an hour Russ Cochran Just over an hour: 45 minutes for clubs and 30 minutes for everything else. Olin Browne 15 minutes
I never travel to a tournament without...
Corey Pavin Underwear and my golf clubs Steve Elkington Allergy medicine Curtis Strange Stomach medicine Jeff Sluman My golf clubs. You can replace anything else. Rocco Mediate My golf clubs Russ Cochran Rain suit
Olin Browne My golf clubs
Biggest travel headache?
Corey Pavin Delayed flights or not being able to get home on Sunday. That’s bothersome. Steve Elkington It’s always the connecting flights. Curtis Strange The whole TSA experience. I don’t like undressing going through the radar detector. Jeff Sluman Losing your luggage and golf clubs in particular. I know I’m on vacation when I’m traveling without my golf clubs. Rocco Mediate Sitting in airports. Russ Cochran Delayed flights and making connections. Olin Browne All airports.
Least favorite airport?
Corey Pavin All of them
Steve Elkington New York LaGuardia
Curtis Strange All of them
Jeff Sluman All of them
Rocco Mediate Atlanta
Russ Cochran Ft. Lauderdale
Olin Browne Whichever one has the biggest delay of the year
Aisle or window?
Corey Pavin It depends on the length of the flight. Long flights I like the window so I can sleep. Steve Elkington Window
Curtis Strange Aisle every time
Jeff Sluman I don’t really care, as long as I’m not in a middle seat or a bulkhead seat. Rocco Mediate Window seat
Russ Cochran I like a window seat on the left side of the plane.
Olin Browne It depends on the length of the flight.
I pass the time on long flights by...
Corey Pavin I play games on my iPad or do some reading.
Steve Elkington Sleeping or reading a book
Curtis Strange Reading
Jeff Sluman I either read a good book or watch the entertainment on the plane.
Rocco Mediate I listen to music.
Russ Cochran I'm lucky. I can sleep anywhere, any time.
Olin Browne Reading
Favorite Champions Tour city to visit?
Corey Pavin Kailua-Kona, Hawaii Steve Elkington Des Moines was a real sleeper last year. I really enjoyed going there. Curtis Strange Kailua-Kona, Hawaii Jeff Sluman Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Rocco Mediate Calgary
Russ Cochran Calgary
Olin Browne Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Most underrated Champions Tour city?
Corey Pavin I don’t think any of our stops are really underrated.
Steve Elkington Omaha. There had to be 40,000 people there last year for the final day of the U.S. Senior Open. Curtis Strange None on the Champions Tour. On the PGA TOUR, it was always Columbus, Ohio. Jeff Sluman Des Moines, Iowa. I like everything about the place. Rocco Mediate Newport Beach Russ Cochran Birmingham, Alabama
Olin Browne Calgary
Most important hotel amenity?
Corey Pavin Cable television with ESPN and TNT when it’s basketball season. Steve Elkington I don’t stay in many hotels because I have my bus. Curtis Strange Room service
Jeff Sluman Room service Rocco Mediate Valet parking
Russ Cochran A light top cover on the bed. Heavy covers kill my legs. Olin Browne Free internet access