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    • David Frost beat Fred Couples by one shot in the 2013 Regions Tradition. (Erza Shaw/Getty Images) David Frost beat Fred Couples by one shot in the 2013 Regions Tradition. (Erza Shaw/Getty Images)

    By Mark Williams, Champions Tour staff

    RECENTLY

    Jeff Maggert finished T48 at last week’s THE PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass, shooting a bogey-free 70 in the final round for a 287 (-1) total. Kenny Perry, who earned a spot in the field following his 2013 Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS victory, missed the 36-hole cut. Woody Austin, the only other over-50 player in the field, also missed the cut.

    COMING UP

    Last year, David Frost edged Fred Couples by one stroke for his first senior major championship, capturing the Regions Tradition at Shoal Creek after both players carded 68s in the final round.

    In the field at the 2014 Regions Tradition this week:

    -- 63 of the 81 players in the field have won a total of 471 PGA TOUR events
    -- 54 players have won 356 titles on the Champions Tour
    -- 23 players have won 40 major championships on the PGA TOUR and 28 players have won 56 major championships on the Champions Tour
    -- 28 of the top-30 finishers on the 2013 money list are entered
    -- There are nine former and one current Ryder Cup captains in the field
    -- There are 10 World Golf Hall of Famers in the field.

    The following players in this week’s Regions Tradition field made the cut in both the 1984 and 1990 PGA Championships at Shoal Creek. When it was last held at Shoal Creek in 1990, Fred Couples (second), Gil Morgan (third), Chip Beck (tied for fifth), Loren Roberts (tied for fifth), and Mark McNulty (tied for eighth) all posted top-10 finishes.

    NAME 1984 1990
    Fred Couples
    T20 2
    Bob Gilder T37 T57
    Hale Irwin
    T25 T12
    Peter Jacobsen
    T18 T26
    Tom Kite T34 T40
    Mark O'Meara T25 T19
    Corey Pavin T20 T14
    Nick Price
    T54 T63
    Mike Reid T14 T45
    Scott Simpson
    T6 T66
    Hal Sutton T6 T49

    The Regions Tradition will stay in Birmingham at least until 2018. The major championship will be staged at Shoal Creek this year and again in 2015, but will move to Greystone Golf and Country Club in 2016 where it will remain through 2018.

    CHARLES SCHWAB CUP

    The Regions Tradition is the first event of the season with double Charles Schwab Cup points being awarded to all top-10 finishers. The winner will earn 660 points based on the first-place check for $330,000. World Golf Hall of Fame members currently occupy three of the top four positions on the Charles Schwab Cup standings. Check out the complete standings here.

     

    NUMBERS

    19 - Hale Irwin will be making his 19th consecutive start in the Regions Tradition and will be the oldest competitor in this field, at 68 years, 11 months, 10 days when the event begins.

    ON THIS DATE

    5/16/71 – Hubert Green wins his first PGA TOUR title when he birdies the first playoff hole to defeat Don January at the Houston Champions International.

    DID YOU KNOW?

    Michael Allen is the only player to post top-10 finishes in each of the three Regions Traditions that have been played at Shoal Creek. He was T5 a year ago, fourth in 2011 and T9 in 2012 in Birmingham.

    QUOTE TO NOTE

    “I’ve been drinking too much out of the Charles Schwab Cup. I’ve got the Charles Schwab Cup hangover going on right now.” – Kenny Perry’s response when asked why his form in 2014 has not been quite as good as 2013 when he claimed the Charles Schwab Cup.

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