September 27, 2007
Baltimore, MD - Fuzzy Zoeller, Mark O'Meara and Wayne Grady have all recently committed to play in the 2007 Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship, October 1-7, at Baltimore Country Club at Five Farms in Timonium, MD.
"Fuzzy Zoeller is always a crowd favorite, Mark O'Meara is a former PGA TOUR Player of the Year and Wayne Grady adds another major champion to our field," said Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship Executive Director Steve Schoenfeld.
Fuzzy Zoeller owns three major championship titles, including the 1979 Masters, the 1984 U.S. Open and the 2002 Senior PGA Championship. He recorded five runner-up finishes on the PGA TOUR in 1994 and surpassed the $1 million figure in earnings. He represented the U.S. in the Ryder Cup in 1979, 1983 and 1985. His best year on the Champions Tour was his rookie season of 2002 when he played in 21 events and earned $945,211, good for 20th place on the earnings list. Zoeller has played in 20 Champions Tour events this year and has three top-10 and 10 top-25 finishes.
Mark O'Meara is a member of the Champions Tour's rookie class of 2007. His best season on the PGA TOUR came in 1998 when at age 41 he became the oldest player to win two major championships in the same year, capturing the Masters Tournament and the British Open Championship. That year he was chosen by his peers as PGA TOUR Player of the Year and also named Player of the Year by the PGA of America and the Golf Writers Association of America. O'Meara played on five U.S. Ryder Cup Teams (1985, 1989, 1991, 1997 and 1999) as well as the 1996 and 1998 Presidents Cup Teams. He has played in 13 Champions Tour events this year, finishing second twice (Ginn Championship at Hammock Beach and at the U.S. Senior Open) and earning $809,199, good for 14th place on the Champions Tour.
Wayne Grady is best known for his victory at the 1990 PGA Championship. His only other victory on the PGA TOUR was the 1989 Manufacturers Hanover Westchester Classic, known today as The Barclays. Another Champions Tour rookie, Grady became eligible to compete on the Champions Tour this year when he turned 50 on July 26. The Australian native still lives in Queensland, Australia, and previously served as the chairman of the Australasian PGA Tour.
Zoeller, O'Meara and Grady join an impressive field that already includes World Golf Hall of Fame members Ben Crenshaw, Hale Irwin, Tom Kite, Bernhard Langer, Nick Price and Tom Watson, defending champion Bobby Wadkins, Maryland native Fred Funk, Chip Beck, Jay Haas, Scott Hoch, Gill Morgan, Don Pooley, Loren Roberts, Jeff Sluman, Craig Stadler, Curtis Strange, Jim Thorpe and Denis Watson.
Players in the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship will be competing for their share of the $2.6 million purse, which equals the largest purse on the Champions Tour this season. As the last of the Champions Tour majors, with $390,000 going to the winner, the double Charles Schwab Cup points awarded to the top-10 finishers will be a critical factor in deciding the Charles Schwab Cup points race.
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 2007 event are October 1-7. Beginning this year, 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 $2.6 million purse, the largest of the season. The final two rounds of the event will be broadcast on NBC - in high definition for the first time - and aired in more than 140 countries around the world (2-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday). For the first time, all five of the Champions Tour's majors will have network weekend coverage. The first and second rounds of this final major of the season will air on the GOLF CHANNEL (12:30-3 p.m. Thursday and Friday). Since the inception of both the Senior Players Championship and the former Constellation Energy Classic, more than $8 million has been raised for charities in the communities in which the tournaments were staged. To purchase tickets, for information about corporate sponsorship opportunities or to become a volunteer for the 2007 tournament, please visit the Official Tournament Website at www.ceseniorplayers.com or call the Tournament Office at 410-223-3033.
About Constellation Energy Group
Constellation Energy (http://www.constellation.com), a FORTUNE 200 company with 2006 revenues of $19.3 billion, is the nation's largest competitive supplier of electricity to large commercial and industrial customers and the nation's largest wholesale power seller. Constellation Energy also manages fuels and energy services on behalf of energy intensive industries and utilities. It owns a diversified fleet of 78 generating units located throughout the United States, totaling approximately 8,700 megawatts of generating capacity. The company delivers electricity and natural gas through the Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE), its regulated utility in Central Maryland.
About the Champions Tour
The Champions Tour is a division of the PGA TOUR, Inc., a tax-exempt membership organization of professional golfers. 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 29 official events offering $54.1 million in prize money in 2007 and its highest average purse ever of $1.86 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. Rick George is president of the Champions Tour. TOUR headquarters is in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.