Champions Tour notebook: Regulars make up big part of Masters field
April 07, 2014
- Ben Crenshaw (and longtime Masters caddie Carl Jackson) mark the 30th anniversary of their 1984 win. (Mark Ehrmann/Getty Images)
By Mark Williams, Champions Tour staff
Houston resident Jeff Maggert played a record-tying 26th Shell Houston Open on the PGA TOUR last week. John Mahaffey also played in 26 Shell Houston Opens. Maggert finished T43, while Davis Love III (T61) and Stephen Ames (T74), both turning 50 this month, also played all four rounds in Houston.
-- Mark Mouland captured the 2014 Grey Goose World Par 3 Championship at the Turtle Hill Golf Club in Bermuda last week. Mouland's two-day total of 1-under par 107 [51-56] was one shot better than Michael Sims and Camiko Smith, both of Bermuda and earned him $20,000, the largest first-place check in the championship's five-year history.
-- The Big Cedar Lodge Legends of Golf presented by Bass Pro Shops recently announced a Tournament Director and his name is Kirk Elmquist. Kirk is well established in the Ozarks area and has been heavily involved in sports, sports events and sales and marketing including working with the St. Louis Cardinals and PGA TOUR events.
Eleven-time PGA TOUR winner and nine-time Champions Tour winner John Cook, is one of four golfers to be inducted into the Ohio Golf Hall of Fame on August 4.
This week's Masters field will feature the following over-50 past champions at Augusta National; Fred Couples (1992), Ben Crenshaw (1984, 1995), Bernhard Langer (1985, 1993), Sandy Lyle (1988), Larry Mize (1987), Mark O'Meara (1998), Craig Stadler (1982), Tom Watson (1977, 1981) and Ian Woosnam (1991) as well as Champions Tour rookies Vijay Singh (2000) and Miguel Angel Jimenez.
CHARLES SCHWAB CUP
Many Charles Schwab Cup champions have donated funds to charitable causes following their year-long achievement. Allen Doyle was the first to do so when he claimed the inaugural Charles Schwab Cup in 2001 by 216 points over Bruce Fleisher -- and donated his entire $1 million annuity to six different charities.
4 - There have only been four wire-to-wire winners in the history of The Masters – Craig Wood (1941), Arnold Palmer (1960), Jack Nicklaus (1972) and Raymond Floyd (1976).
ON THIS DATE
4/10/88 – Sandy Lyle became the first British winner of the Masters with a one-stroke win over Mark Calcavecchia at Augusta National.
4/12/86 – Nick Price sets an Augusta National course record when he fires a 9-under-par 63 in the third round at the Masters.
4/12/81 – In the first Masters played on bentgrass greens, Tom Watson won his second title in the event, holding off Johnny Miller and Jack Nicklaus by two strokes.
DID YOU KNOW?
Miguel Angel Jimenez became the oldest winner in European Tour history when he won the 2012 UBS Hong Kong Open at 48 years 318 days.
QUOTES TO NOTE
"The more old you get, the more hard you need to work, because the older we get, the more stronger we get but not if you are lazy and sitting on the couch, you are getting old quickly. Just pushing things, moving, stretch, walking, running, doing things, keep you alive and keep you happy.” – Miguel Angel Jimenez shares his thoughts on aging.
"Besides starting this tournament 80 years ago, this is the best thing Augusta's done in a long time." - Fred Couples comments on the inaugural Drive, Chip & Putt Championship for juniors staged at Augusta National last weekend.
TWEET OF THE WEEK
Tony Johnstone @TonyJohnstone56 Smart man!! "Players need to remember they didn't make golf. Golf made them.” - Arnold Palmer