Former Masters Champions Crenshaw, Lyle, Mize and Zoeller join Senior Players field
September 23, 2009
Baltimore, MD, September 23, 2009 - With the less than one week remaining until the Champions Tour returns to Charm City for the final major of the season, tournament officials today announced that the number of former Masters champions in the field has swelled from five to nine after the latest wave of player commitments. Ben Crenshaw, Sandy Lyle, Larry Mize and Fuzzy Zoeller have joined the line up of players ready to take on Baltimore Country Club's historic Five Farms at the Constellation Energy Senior Player Championship, September 28-October 4.
"We are delighted that this decorated foursome will be competing at next week's Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship," said Tournament Executive Director Steve Schoenfeld. "The field is shaping up to be the strongest in tournament history, which should make for a thrilling week for both players and fans alike."
World Golf Hall of Fame member Crenshaw, a two-time Masters champion (1984 & 1995), joined the Champions Tour in 2002 after a long and successful career on the PGA TOUR 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 a spirited run at last year's Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship, leading after 36-holes, but fell two strokes short of champion D.A. Weibring.
Lyle, a native of Scotland with 29 worldwide titles, is a two-time major champion after adding his name to the record books at the 1985 British Open and 1988 Masters. He is a European Ryder Cup veteran with five appearances to his credit and served as one of Ian Woosnam's Assistant Captains in 2006 at the K Club in Ireland. Lyle joined the Champions Tour in 2008 and finished T65 in his first appearance at Baltimore Country Club.
Augusta, GA native Larry Mize was a mainstay on the PGA TOUR from 1982-2007, logging four victories and 85 top-10 finishes. The biggest victory of his career came at the 1987 Masters, after he landed an incredible 140-foot chip-in on the second playoff hole to beat Greg Norman and earn a green jacket in his hometown. Mize, a member of the Champions Tour since last fall, finished T27 in his debut at the 2008 Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship.
With his 1979 Masters victory, Zoeller joined an elite trio of players to earn a green jacket in their first appearance at Augusta National. The 10-time PGA TOUR winner claimed a second major title at the 1984 U.S. Open after besting Greg Norman in an 18-hole playoff at Winged Foot GC in New York. Through seven seasons on the Champions Tour, Zoeller has added another two victories to his resume, including one major at the 2002 Senior PGA Championship. The 57-year-old showman from Indiana continues to draw large galleries as he regularly interacts with fans throughout his round. Zoeller will make his third appearance at Baltimore Country Club and logged his best performance of T7 at the 2007 event.
Crenshaw, Lyle, Mize and Zoeller join a playing field that includes World Golf Hall of Fame members Tom Kite, Hale Irwin, Bernhard Langer, Nick Price and Tom Watson as well as John Cook, Maryland's own Fred Funk, Jay Haas, Gil Morgan, Mark McNulty, Mark O'Meara, 2007 Champion Loren Roberts, Jeff Sluman, Craig Stadler, Hal Sutton, Jim Thorpe, Bob Tway and 2008 Champion D.A. Weibring.
Players have until 5 p.m. on Friday, September 25 to commit to the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship. The final field list will be distributed to media outlets shortly thereafter.
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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