Editor's note: Vartan Kupelian is the Champions Tour Insider and a PGATOUR.COM Contributor. Each week, Kupelian will size up the field and provide his top 5 players going into the tournament, based on factors such as the player's strengths, the course setup, recent performances, etc.
The Champions Tour returns to the Atlanta area for the first time in 13 years with this week’s inaugural Greater Gwinnett Championship.
The TPC Sugarloaf, designed by Greg Norman, previously was the venue for the PGA TOUR’s BellSouth Classic from 1997-2008. TPC Sugarloaf is a 7,259-yard, par 72 layout accented by tree-lined Bermuda fairways, streams, lakes and hills. It offers a little bit of everything and interesting elevation changes.
The Champions Tour last visited the Atlanta market for the Nationwide Championship in Alpharetta from 1991-2000. The Pepsi Senior Challenge was a regular stop on the Champions Tour from 1986-1988.
The Champions Tour’s all-time winningest player, Hale Irwin, holds the distinction of being the most recent winner in the Atlanta area. He made a five-foot par putt on the last hole to win the 2000 Nationwide Championship at The Golf Club of Georgia by one shot over Vicente Fernandez. Irwin also became that event’s first repeat winner.
|Power Rankings: Greater Gwinnett Championship|