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    July 27, 2011

    Senior Players Championship Adds Crenshaw, Lehman, Sluman, Sutton

    HARRISON, N.Y. - The Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship has added four PGA TOUR major champions to the field list.  Ben Crenshaw, Tom Lehman, Jeff Sluman and Hal Sutton will each participate in the championship to be held at Westchester Country Club on August 17-21.

    World Golf Hall of Fame member Crenshaw is a two-time Masters champion who joined the Champions Tour in 2002 after a successful PGA TOUR career highlighted by 19 victories.  The Texan nicknamed "Gentle Ben" was a member of three U.S. Ryder Cup teams and captained the 1999 squad to the greatest comeback in event history- winning 8 1/2 points in singles matches on the final day to come from four points back and steal the victory.  Crenshaw made 22 starts at Westchester Country Club during his days on the PGA TOUR. His best performance was T2 to David Graham in 1976.

    A longtime fixture on the PGA TOUR, Lehman earned five titles during his career including the 1996 British Open.  He's played on three U.S. Presidents Cup squads, three U.S. Ryder Cup teams and served as captain of the 2006 U.S. Ryder Cup team at The K Club in Ireland.  Success followed Lehman to the Champions Tour in 2009, where he's gone on to collect another five titles.  Three of those titles have come this year, making him a strong contender for 2011 Champions Tour Player of the Year.  Should he accomplish the feat, Lehman would become the first player in history to earn Player of the Year titles on all three U.S Tours (Nationwide Tour, PGA TOUR and Champions Tour).

    Lehman has competed at Westchester Country Club 14 times and finished T2 to Ernie Els in 1996. "It's always been one of my very favorite courses," said Lehman. "I am absolutely thrilled to be going back."

    Sluman made history by earning the first of his six PGA TOUR titles at the 1988 PGA Championship at Oak Tree Golf Club in Edmond, OK.  Since his arrival on the Champions Tour in 2007, he's added four wins to his resume, most recently at the 2011 Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach. 

    The Rochester, NY native is also no stranger to Westchester Country Club, having played at the venue 19 times while on the PGA TOUR. "It's one of my all-time favorite courses," said Sluman, who logged two top-10 finishes there over the years. "It's an old-style golf course and just a neat course; I really like everything about the place. I loved it.  It's not an overly long course but it's challenging because of the green complexes. But it's fantastic just being in New York with the New York fans. It will be a wonderful place for the event."

    Sutton is a 14-time PGA TOUR winner over a career that stretched from 1982-2006.  A native of Louisiana, Sutton earned a major title at the 1983 PGA Championship after defeating Jack Nicklaus by one stroke at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, CA.  He is also a two-time PLAYERS Championship winner.  Sutton joined the Champions Tour in late 2008 and has had eight top-10 finishes.  He's made 13 starts at Westchester Country Club and had two top-25 finishes.

    Other players announced to date include defending champion Mark O'Meara, Mark Calcavecchia, David Frost, Bob Gilder, Jay Haas, Hale Irwin, Tom Kite, Corey Pavin, Nick Price, Loren Roberts, Scott Simpson, Bob Tway, Bobby Wadkins, Tom Watson and D.A. Weibring.  More player announcements will come as additional commitments are received leading up to the Championship.

    Individual daily and weekly tickets to the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship are now on sale.  Those wishing to purchase tickets to the Championship may do so by logging on to the official tournament website, www.ceseniorplayers.com, or by calling the championship office at 914-481-5900.  A single-day grounds ticket is just $20 plus tax and fees.  This ticket is valid for grounds admission, good any one day, from August 17-21.  A weekly clubhouse-access ticket is available for $125 plus tax and fees and offers admission to the grounds and to the clubhouse every day during the competition rounds, August 18-21.  Food and beverage is available in the clubhouse for additional purchase.  Children 18 and under and active, retired and reserve military personnel are admitted to the grounds at no charge. 

    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.  The 2011 event is scheduled for August 17-21 at Westchester Country Club in Harrison, NY.  Mark O'Meara won the 2010 Championship at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm in Potomac, MD against one of the strongest fields of the season on the Champions Tour.  The tournament has generated more than $8 million for charity since 1992.  The 2011 event marks the 29th playing of the Senior Players Championship, making it one of the longest running events on the Champions Tour.  For corporate sponsorship or volunteer information or to purchase tickets please visit the Official Tournament Website at www.ceseniorplayers.com or call the Tournament Office at 914-481-5900.  Area golf fans can also follow the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship on Facebook®.

    About Constellation Energy
    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 in the United States and Canada, totaling approximately 9,000 megawatts of generating capacity, and is among the leading advocates for 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 $15.6 billion in 2009.

    About the Champions Tour
    Collectively, the Champions Tour has the most recognizable and accomplished players in the game with many of its 29 members of the World Golf Hall of Fame competing regularly in its events and numerous other major championship winners among its members. The Champions Tour is a 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. Points earned in official Charles Schwab Cup events in 2011 will determine the Charles Schwab Cup champion, the season-long competition designed to recognize the Champions Tour's leading player. The Champions Tour's primary purpose is to provide financial opportunities for its players, entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back, protect the integrity of the game and generate significant charitable and economic impact in communities in which it plays. In 2010, tournaments on all three Tours (PGA TOUR, Champions Tour and Nationwide Tour) generated $120 million for local charitable organizations, bringing the TOUR's all-time total of charitable contributions to more than $1.6 billion. The Commissioner of the PGA TOUR is Tim Finchem. Mike Stevens is President of the Champions Tour. The PGA TOUR's website is www.pgatour.com, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.
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