Regions Tradition final field released
May 09, 2014
- World Golf Hall of Famer Tom Watson is in the field at Shoal Creek in Birmingham, Ala. (Tyler Lecka/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Regions Tradition announced the full field of professionals who will compete for $2.2 million in prize money at the Champions Tour’s first major championship of the season, the Regions Tradition, to be held May 14-18 at Shoal Creek in Birmingham, Ala.
The field is comprised of 81 players, in which 63 of those players have a combined total of 470 PGA TOUR wins. Fifty-five of those players have won 360 titles on the Champions Tour. In addition to having ten World Golf Hall of Fame Members, including Tom Watson, Bernhard Langer, Sandy Lyle, Curtis Strange, Larry Nelson, Hale Irwin, Tom Kite, Nick Price, and 2013 inductees Fred Couples and Colin Montgomerie, the field also includes nine former and one current Ryder Cup captain, as Watson will lead this year’s Ryder Cup team. Twenty-three players in the field have won 40 major championships on the PGA TOUR and 28 players have won 55 major championships on the Champions Tour. Additionally, 28 of the top-30 finishers on the 2013 money list are entered.
“This year’s field is one of the strongest Shoal Creek has seen since the championship moved to Birmingham in 2011,” stated Matthew Dent, tournament general chairman. “Fans will see some of the greatest golfers compete for this prestigious title, and we are honored to host these players, fans and volunteers at Shoal Creek.”
World Golf Hall of Fame member Montgomerie will be making his first appearance at the Regions Tradition. An eight-time European Tour order of merit winner with 40+ titles worldwide, Montgomerie has finished in the top-10 in all six starts this year and seven straight dating back to his final event in 2013. He comes into this tournament with a string of 21 par/better rounds.
This year’s edition of the Regions Tradition will include eight players making their debut in the tournament. In addition to Montgomerie, other newcomers include Jeff Maggert, who won his initial start on the Champions Tour in the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic in March, John Riegger, Joe Durant, Scott Dunlap, Wes Short, Jr., Anders Forsbrand and Ian Woosnam. However, Woosnam has competed at Shoal Creek previously. He finished T31 at the 1990 PGA Championship, held at Shoal Creek.
The Regions Tradition entry list includes seven players who competed at Southeastern Conference schools. They are Steve Lowery (Alabama), Mark Calcavecchia (Florida), Jerry Pate (Alabama), Scott Dunlap (Florida), Jeff Maggert (Texas A&M), Russ Cochran (Kentucky), and Jim Gallagher, Jr. (Tennessee).
The format will be a 72-hole stroke-play event, as David Frost defends his title. Last year, Frost edged Couples by one stroke for his first senior major championship.
As one of the Champions Tour majors, the double Charles Schwab Cup points awarded to the top-10 finishers in the Regions Tradition will be a critical factor in determining the Charles Schwab Cup champion at the end of the season. Through seven events, Langer is the early leader, with 1,169 points, followed by Couples (781), Jay Haas (580), Montgomerie (471) and Michael Allen (365).
Shoal Creek previously hosted the 1984 and 1990 PGA Championship, the 1986 U.S. Amateur Championship, the 2008 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship and the 2011, 2012 and 2013 Regions Tradition.
The 7,231-yard, par 72, Jack Nicklaus designed layout will again provide a stern test to the world’s best. Some of the biggest names in golf, including World Golf Hall of Fame members Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Raymond Floyd, Kite and Watson, are past champions of The Tradition.
The Golf Channel will televise the tournament live exclusively each of the four days with a worldwide distribution to more than 185 countries and territories, reaching more than 115 million households.