|Hale Irwin, Gil Morgan, and Ben Crenshaw Commit|
Three Players Represent 117 Wins on PGA TOUR and Champions Tour
BALTIMORE, Md. - Hale Irwin, Gil Morgan and Ben Crenshaw have all recently committed to play in the 2007 Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship, Oct. 1-7, at Baltimore Country Club at Five Farms in Timonium, Md.
"Hale Irwin, Gil Morgan and Ben Crenshaw own 117 titles between them across both the PGA TOUR and Champions Tour," said Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship Executive Director Steve Schoenfeld. "They are a formidable threesome, and we are excited to have them compete at the final major championship of the season here in Baltimore."
Hale Irwin was victorious 20 times on the PGA TOUR between 1971 and 1994 and captured the U.S. Open in 1974, 1979 and 1990. His win over Mike Donald at the 1990 U.S. Open came on the 19th hole of a Monday playoff, and made him the oldest to win a U.S. Open at age 45. Irwin has amassed 45 titles since joining the Champions Tour in 1995, having won at least two events each year from 1995 to 2005. He won the MasterCard Championship at Hualalai earlier this year. Irwin won nine times in 1997 to tie Peter Thomson's 1985 record for most wins in one season. He represented the U.S. on five Ryder Cup teams (1975, 1977, 1979, 1981 and 1991), was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1992 and is the all-time earnings leader of all Champions Tour players with more than $30 million in his PGA TOUR and Champions Tour career.
In addition to his 25 Champions Tour wins, including this past weekend at the Wal-Mart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, Gil Morgan also won seven times on the PGA TOUR. He owns the second-longest streak behind Irwin with Champions Tour victories in nine consecutive seasons, from 1996 to 2004. His most productive seasons were in 1997 and 1998 when he won six times each year and totaled more than $2.1 million in earnings in both seasons. Morgan was victorious in three Champions Tour majors, the 1997 and 1998 Tradition and the 1998 Senior Players Championship. He was a member of the 1977 and 1983 U.S. Ryder Cup Teams and is second in career earnings of all Champions Tour players with more than $23 million in his PGA TOUR and Champions Tour career.
Ben Crenshaw owns 19 PGA TOUR victories, including the 1984 and 1995 Masters Tournaments. He finished second at this year's U.S. Senior Open at Whistling Straights, his best finish on the Champions Tour since joining the circuit in 2002. In 2006, he played in his 35th consecutive Masters Tournament and was the oldest player in the field to make the cut, his first made cut in that prestigious event since 1997. He remains one of the best putters the game has ever seen and ranks third in putting average on the Champions Tour to date this year. Crenshaw, inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2002, is a golf historian and renowned golf course designer, having created noted venues like The Plantation Course at Kapalua, site of the PGA TOUR's Mercedes-Benz Championship, and the newly-opened Bandon Trails Golf Course on the Oregon Coast. He was a member of the U.S. Ryder Cup Team in 1981, 1983, 1987 and 1995 and captained the victorious U.S. squad at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., in 1999 in the greatest comeback in Ryder Cup history.
Irwin, Morgan and Crenshaw join an impressive field that already includes defending champion Bobby Wadkins, World Golf Hall of Fame members Tom Kite, Bernhard Langer, Nick Price and Tom Watson, Maryland native Fred Funk, Craig Stadler, Jeff Sluman, Jay Haas, Scott Hoch, Denis Watson, Jim Thorpe and Chip Beck.
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. Tickets for the Championship are available on line at www.ceseniorplayers.com or by calling 410-223-3033.