IRWIN, SLUMAN, STADLER COMMIT
August 03, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 28, 2010
POTOMAC, Md. - Tournament officials today announced that major champions Hale Irwin, Jeff Sluman and Craig Stadler have joined the line up of legends ready to take on the newly renovated TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm when the Champions Tour's final major of the season, the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship, heads to Potomac, MD on October 4-10.
"We are delighted to receive commitments from this trio of world-class players," said the championship's Executive Director Steve Schoenfeld. "We look forward to hosting both players and fans at the redesigned TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm this fall."
World Golf Hall of Fame member Irwin, the most decorated player in Champions Tour history, has collected 45 wins, three Player of the Year titles and over $25 million in official prize money since joining the Tour in 1995. During his PGA TOUR career, Irwin won 20 times including three memorable U.S. Open victories in 1974, '79 and again 90 when he became the oldest player to win the event at the age of 45. The fan favorite has won seven major championships on the 50+ circuit, including the 1999 Senior Players Championship held at the TPC Michigan in Dearborn, MI, and claimed the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race in 2002 and 2004.
Sluman made history by winning the first of his six PGA TOUR titles at the 1988 PGA Championship at Oak Tree Golf Club in Edmond, OK. He finished inside the top 100 on the money list for 22 straight seasons before joining the Champions Tour in 2007, where he's earned three victories. A native of Rochester, NY, Sluman finished runner-up to Billy Andrade at the 1991 Kemper Open held at TPC Potomac. He will serve as one of Captain Corey Pavin's assistants at this year's Ryder Cup to be held October 1-3 at The Celtic Club Resort in Newport, Wales.
Stadler is a 13-time winner on the PGA TOUR, with his biggest triumph coming at the 1982 Masters where he recovered from an opening round 75 to outlast Dan Pohl in a playoff at Augusta National. One of golf's most colorful and popular personalities, "The Walrus" joined the Champions Tour in 2003 and has gone on to claim eight titles including a Senior Players Championship victory at TPC Michigan.
Irwin, Sluman and Stadler join previously announced players in the 2010 Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship field including defending champion Jay Haas and World Golf Hall of Fame members Nick Price and Tom Watson.
TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm, which hosted a PGA TOUR event from 1987-2004 and 2006, was recently named No. 12 on Golfweek's list of the "Best New Courses for 2009." Current Champions Tour stars who won a PGA TOUR event at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm include Bill Glasson (1992), Gil Morgan (1990), Morris Hatalsky (1988) and Tom Kite (1987).
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. Jay Haas won the 2009 event on the East Course at Baltimore Country Club in Timonium, MD, against a field of 78 Champions Tour players, one of the strongest of the year. The Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship has generated more than $7.5 million for charity since 1992. 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. For more information about the 2010 event, 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 in the United States and Canada, totaling approximately 8,900 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 $15.6 billion in 2009.
About the Champions Tour
Collectively, the Champions Tour has the most recognizable and accomplished players in the game with 16 World Golf Hall of Fame members actively competing in its events and numerous other major championship winners among its members. The Champions Tour is 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 conduct 26 official Charles Schwab Cup events in 2010 offering $51.5 million in official prize money, with the average tournament purse of $1.98 million. The Champions Tour's primary purpose is to provide significant competitive and earnings opportunities for its members, 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 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. The web site address is PGATOUR.com.
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