All-star contingent added to field
September 10, 2009
Baltimore, MD, September 9, 2009 - Tournament officials today announced that four players among the season's top-20 money leaders on the Champions Tour have joined the deep field expected to compete at Baltimore Country Club's historic Five Farms course when the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship returns September 28-October 4.
Topping the list of recent players to commit include John Cook, Jay Haas, Nick Price and last week's Walmart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach winner Jeff Sluman. The decorated superfecta, who all finished in the top ten at last year's Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship, collectively own 44 PGA TOUR victories and 18 Champions Tour titles.
"We are thrilled to have players of this caliber committed to play in the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship," commented Tournament Director Steven Schoenfeld. "We will arguably have the Champions Tour's best field of the season assembled right here in Baltimore once again this year, which should make for an exciting and rigorous week of competition at the final major in 2009."
Cook is an 11-time PGA TOUR winner who joined the Champions Tour in October of 2007. Just 19 days after celebrating his 50th birthday, Cook claimed his first Champions Tour victory at the AT&T Championship after besting good friend Mark O'Meara by two strokes. A year later, the Ohio State Buckeye returned to Oak Hills Country Club in San Antonio, TX and successfully defended his title to add a second career title under his belt. In his first appearance at Baltimore Country Club, Cook carded four straight rounds of par or better to finish T7 at last year's event.
Since his 2004 debut, Haas has dominated the Champions Tour capturing twelve wins including two majors at the 2006 and '08 Senior PGA Championship. The Greenville, SC resident with nine PGA TOUR career titles, has earned two Champions Tour Player of the Year awards and two Charles Schwab Cup trophies for winning the Champions Tour's season-long points race in 2006 and 08. He finished sixth in the 2008 Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship. Immediately following his third appearance at Baltimore Country Club, Haas will head to San Francisco's famed Harding Park Golf Course to serve as Co-Captain of the U.S. Presidents Cup team alongside Captain Fred Couples, October 6-11.
World Golf Hall of Fame member Price enjoyed a long and distinguished career on the PGA TOUR where he collected 18 titles, including the 1994 British Open Championship and a pair of PGA Championship wins (1992 & '94), before joining the Champions Tour. The South African native was a two-time Player of the Year on the PGA TOUR, earned back-to-back money titles in 1993-94 and was a five-time member of the International Presidents Cup team. Price has earned one victory and logged an impressive 21 top-10 finishes since joining the Champions Tour in 2007. He was the 54-hole leader at last year's Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship, but eventually finished T3, two strokes back of winner D.A Weibring.
Sluman made history by earning his first PGA TOUR title at the 1988 PGA Championship at Oak Tree Golf Club in Edmond, OK. He went on to earn a total of six career titles and served as Captain's Assistant to Jack Nicklaus on the winning United States team at the 2005 & 2007 Presidents Cup. After successfully defending his title at last week's Walmart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, Sluman has now added a total of three wins to his resume since his 2007 Champions Tour debut. He finished T3 in last year's event.
Cook, Haas, Price and Sluman join previously announced players including Maryland's own Fred Funk, Mark O'Meara, Bernhard Langer, Mark McNulty, 2007 Champion Loren Roberts, Craig Stadler, Hal Sutton, Bob Tway, Tom Watson and 2008 Champion D.A. Weibring.
About the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship
The Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship is one of five major championships on the PGA TOUR's Champions Tour for eligible professionals age 50 and over. Dates for the 2009 event are September 28 - October 4. The event will be played on the East Course at Baltimore Country Club in Timonium, MD, with a field of 78 Champions Tour players competing for a share of the $2.7 million purse, the largest of the season. The final two rounds of the event will be broadcast on NBC in high definition and aired in more than 140 countries around the world (1:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday, 4-6 p.m. Sunday). The first and second rounds of this final major of the season will air on the GOLF CHANNEL (1:00-3:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday). Since the inception of both the Senior Players Championship and the former Constellation Energy Classic, nearly $9 million has been raised for charities in the communities in which the tournaments were staged. Since Constellation Energy became the host sponsor of Champions Tour-affiliated tournaments in 2003, more than $3 million has been raised for Maryland charitable organizations. To purchase tickets, for information about corporate sponsorship opportunities or to become a volunteer for the 2009 tournament, please visit the Official Tournament Website at www.ceseniorplayers.com or call the Tournament Office at 410-853-7064.
About Constellation Energy Group
Constellation Energy (www.constellation.com) is a leading supplier of energy products and services to wholesale and retail electric and natural gas customers. It owns a diversified fleet of generating units located throughout the United States, totaling approximately 9,000 megawatts of generating capacity, and is among the leaders pursuing the development of new nuclear plants in the United States. The company delivers electricity and natural gas through the Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE), its regulated utility in Central Maryland. A FORTUNE 500 company headquartered in Baltimore, Constellation Energy had revenues of $19.8 billion in 2008.
About the Champions Tour
The Champions Tour is a division of the PGA TOUR, Inc., a tax-exempt membership organization of professional golfers age 50 and older. Conceived in 1980 as the Senior PGA Tour, it started with just four events and purses totaling $475,000. The Champions Tour will feature a minimum of 25 official events offering $55.6 million in prize money in 2009 and its highest average purse ever, $1.91 million. The Champions Tour operates under the umbrella of the PGA TOUR which includes the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour and Nationwide Tour. The Champions Tour's primary purpose as an entity of the PGA TOUR is to provide significant competitive and earnings opportunities for players age 50 and older; to protect the integrity of the game; and to help grow the reach of the game in the U.S. and around the world. In addition to providing competitive opportunities for its membership, Champions Tour events also generate significant sums of money for charity. The commissioner of the PGA TOUR is Tim Finchem. Mike Stevens is president of the Champions Tour. TOUR headquarters is in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.
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