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    • Craig Stadler edged Fred Couples by one shot at the 2013 Encompass Championship. (Stan Badz/PGA TOUR) Craig Stadler edged Fred Couples by one shot at the 2013 Encompass Championship. (Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)

    RECENTLY

    Champions Tour member and current Charles Schwab Cup champion Kenny Perry finished T28 at last week's U.S. Open marking his 10th made cut in 13 U.S. Open starts. Perry got plenty of TV exposure when he holed a 220-yard shot for eagle at the par-4 14th hole in the third round. In the final round, Perry was paired with Zach Johnson who aced the 9th hole. Coincidentally, Perry was paired with Peter Jacobsen in the 2005 U.S. Open at Pinehurst when Jacobsen made an ace at the same hole. Fellow Champions Tour winners Jeff Maggert and Miguel Angel Jimenez missed the 36-hole cut at last week’s major championship.

    Last week, the Champions Tour announced today a new event to be played in Tucson, Ariz., from March 16-22, 2015, on the Catalina Course at Omni Tucson National Resort. The Tucson Classic will be operated by the Tucson Conquistadores and will feature an 81-player field competing for a $1.7 million purse as well as 255 Charles Schwab cup points for the winner. The no-cut format features three days of competition (Friday-Sunday) with players participating in Pro-Am events on March 18 and 19.

    COMING UP

    Craig Stadler will attempt to defend a title on the Champions Tour for the first time since 2005 when he tees it up this year at the Encompass Championship. He successfully defended his Kemper Open title on the PGA TOUR in 1981-82.

    World Golf Hall of Fame member Colin Montgomerie will make his first appearance in Chicago since the 2006 PGA Championship at Medinah where he missed the cut. The Encompass Championship will be his first Champions Tour start in the Windy City. Montgomerie debuted on the Champions Tour in early July last year at the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS, the event immediately following the Encompass Championship both last year and this year.

    Jeff Sluman of nearby Hinsdale, Ill., comes into this week’s Encompass Championship, a tournament where he finished T3 last year, on a roll. Sluman teamed with Fred Funk to win the recent Big Cedar Lodge Legends of Golf.

    The celebrity portion of the field at the Encompass Championship will include some of the area’s popular athletes as well as those nationally. Currently, Roger Clemens, Chris Collins, Mike Eruzione, Toni Kukoc, Jeremy Roenick and Brian Urlacher are scheduled to compete.

    CHARLES SCHWAB CUP

    Bernhard Langer leads the Charles Schwab Cup standings by 240 points over Jay Haas. Colin Montgomerie, Kenny Perry, Fred Couples and Tom Watson round out the current top six in that order. Of the leading six, only Couples and Montgomerie have yet to win the Charles Schwab Cup. Haas (2006, 2008) and Watson (2003, 2005) have each claimed the Cup twice.

    NUMBERS

    3,192 - Craig Stadler’s win at the 2013 Encompass Championship was his ninth career title on the Champions Tour and first in 8 years, 8 months and 28 days (or 3,192 days), breaking the Champions Tour’s all-time mark for longest time between victories.

    ON THIS DATE

    6/16/06 – Jay Haas sets a new PGA TOUR record for career cuts made when he makes his 591st career cut at the U.S. Open. He would eventually finish T37 at Winged Foot. Tom Kite held the previous mark at 590.

    6/18/62 – Jack Nicklaus wins the first of 73 PGA TOUR titles when he defeats Arnold Palmer (71-74) in an 18-hole playoff at the U.S. Open at Oakmont.

    6/21/65 – Gary Player completes the career Grand Slam at age 29 when he wins the U.S. Open in an 18-hole playoff with Kel Nagle. Player shoots a 71, three better than Nagle at Bellerive CC in St. Louis.

    6/22/80 – Don January captures the first Champions Tour event when he finishes two strokes in front of Mike Souchak at the Atlantic City CC.

    DID YOU KNOW?

    Corey Pavin teamed with Duffy Waldorf at the recent Big Cedar Lodge Legends of Golf to finish T7 and earn $40,833, allowing Pavin to cross the $20 million mark in combined career earnings on the PGA TOUR/Champions Tour.

    QUOTES TO NOTE

    “If everything lines up correctly, I’ve still got a great shot at winning golf tournaments out here (on the PGA TOUR). It’s funny how I look at it. Maybe I’m crazy – I don’t know – but once you’ve won you always think you can win.” Charles Schwab Cup champion Kenny Perry comments at last week’s U.S. Open Championship where he finished T28.

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