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    • Andrade, Short Jr. set for Champions Tour debuts at Allianz

    • Wes Short Jr. won once on the PGA TOUR. Wes Short Jr. won once on the PGA TOUR.

    Mark Calcavecchia finished T55 at last week’s Farmers Insurance Open on the PGA TOUR. Rocco Mediate withdrew prior to the second round with discomfort in his left hip. Mediate had opened with a 2-over 74. The last time Calcavecchia made the cut in a non-major PGA TOUR event was at the 2011 Children’s Miracle Network event at Disney, finishing T59. Calcavecchia did finish T9 at the 2012 Open Championship.

    The PGA TOUR announced last week that it has surpassed $2 billion in all-time charitable giving. The TOUR and its more than 100 tournaments achieved the milestone just over eight years after announcing the first billion was reached in Oct. 2005, 67 years after the first $10,000 donation was recorded at the 1938 Palm Beach Invitational.

    The “Champions Course” at Rock Barn Golf & Spa will return for the 2014 Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn. Last year, after torrential July rain damaged the Jones Course and a vital bridge at Rock Barn Golf & Spa, the Greater Hickory Kia Classic utilized the “Champions Course,” an 18-hole layout blending portions of the Jackson Course and the Robert Trent Jones, Jr. Course at Rock Barn.

    World Golf Hall of Fame member Jack Burke, Jr. was honored in Houston last week by Commissioner R. Jack Cagle and the Cypress Creek Cultural District who dedicated Cypress Creek Bridge on Stuebner Airline Drive as the “Jack Burke, Jr. Bridge”. A new sign was unveiled during a reception.

    COMING UP

    The Allianz Championship begins in Boca Raton, Fla. Feb. 3-9, where four-time PGA TOUR winner Billy Andrade will make his Champions Tour debut. Also making his first Champions Tour start will be the 2013 National Qualifying Tournament winner Wes Short, Jr.

    A couple of unique charitable initiatives at the Allianz Championship include the #AllianzBirdies Twitter Challenge where every tweet during the tournament with the hashtag #AllianzBirdies will generate a $1 donation (up to $40,000) for Junior Achievement of South Florida. Also, the Moabery Family Foundation will donate $1,000 per birdie and $5,000 for each eagle (minimum of $10,000) scored by defending champion Rocco Mediate to benefit the Boca Raton Regional Hospital.
    The Senior Open Championship Presented by Rolex will return to Sunningdale Golf Club in 2015 followed by Carnoustie Golf Links in 2016. It will be the second time The Senior Open Championship has visited each of the venues, with Sunningdale’s Old Course having staged the 2009 Championship, when Loren Roberts won, and Bernhard Langer triumphing at Carnoustie in 2010.

     CHARLES SCHWAB CUP

    Bernhard Langer holds the lead in the Charles Schwab Cup race after winning the season-opening event in 2014. The last time Langer held the lead in the season-long points race was after the 2013 Principal Charity Classic, which was his sixth consecutive event holding the lead.

    NUMBERS

    218 – The total number of Champions Tour victories by World Golf Hall of Fame members.

     ON THIS DATE

    1/28/07 – Fred Funk sets a new Champions Tour record when he cruises to an 11-stroke win at the Turtle Bay Championship in Hawaii.

    2/2/92 – Mark O’Meara and Jeff Sluman each birdie the 72nd hole at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am to set up a playoff, but O’Meara’s par on the first playoff hole is the difference as he wins the event for the fourth time and the third time in the last four years.

     
    DID YOU KNOW?

    The last two Champions Tour tournaments have been won by World Golf Hall of Fame members (Fred Couples/2013 Charles Schwab Cup Championship, Bernhard Langer/2014 Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai). The last time tournaments were won back-to-back by Hall of Fame members was in 2010 when Bernhard Langer won the Senior Open Championship and followed up with the U.S. Senior Open title.
     
    QUOTE TO NOTE

    “My advice to anybody who is going to be on this team is that I hate to lose and I hope you hate to lose more than I hate to lose.” – U.S. Ryder Cup team captain Tom Watson explains the type of player he wants for this year’s team.
     

    TWEET OF THE WEEK (Jan. 25)

    Mark Calcavecchia ‏@MarkCalc I've thought back on my 33 year pro career and under perfect weather like this week this course is the hardest course I've played on Tour!!

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