September 02, 2007
FOR RELEASE: Monday, June 18, 2007
Baltimore, MD - Three recent winners on the Champions Tour have committed to play in the 2007 Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship. Jay Haas, a three-time winner already this year and the leader in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup points race; Scott Hoch, the winner of the FedEx Kinko's Classic; and Denis Watson, Senior PGA Championship winner; will all be in Baltimore Oct. 1-7 for the final major of the season.
"Jay Haas, Scott Hoch and Denis Watson are well-known champions, tremendous competitors and excellent additions to our field," said Steve Schoenfeld, executive director of the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship. "Jay is the season's only multiple winner and is terrific with entertaining the fans. Scott Hoch is eighth in career earnings on the PGA TOUR and Champions Tour with more than $19 million, and Denis Watson will come to Baltimore looking to collect another major championship trophy. All three are talented players and entertaining personalities, and their presence will only add to what is sure to be an exciting Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship."
Haas, Hoch and Denis Watson join an impressive field that includes defending champion Bobby Wadkins, Craig Stadler, Jeff Sluman and World Golf Hall of Fame members Bernhard Langer and Tom Watson.
Jay Haas, the Champions Tour's leading money winner in 2007 with already more than $1.5 million, has won three events this season - the Toshiba Classic, Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf and the Principal Charity Classic. He also leads the season-long Charles Schwab Cup points race. Haas was the Champions Tour's Rookie of the Year in 2005, Player of the Year in 2006 and has already won nine times since joining the senior circuit. In 2006 he became the first player since Hale Irwin in 2002 to claim both the Arnold Palmer Award as the leading money winner and the season-long Charles Schwab Cup crown. The Greenville, SC, resident is sixth in all-time earnings on the PGA TOUR and Champions Tour with nearly $20 million.
To go along with his 11 victories on the PGA TOUR, Scott Hoch captured his first Champions Tour victory in May at the FedEx Kinko's Classic in Austin, TX. Hoch made his Champions Tour debut at last year's Constellation Energy Classic and shot 72-70-69 to T27 at Hayfields Country Club. He currently ranks 11th in earnings on the Champions Tour in 2007 and is eighth in career earnings on the PGA TOUR and Champions Tour with more than $19 million.
Having won the 2007 Senior PGA Championship title last month at the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, SC, Denis Watson is second only to Haas in Charles Schwab Cup points. The South African missed a good portion of the 2006 season while recovering from right-shoulder surgery. This year's Senior PGA was his first Champions Tour victory and his first win since 1984, when he won three PGA TOUR titles and was fourth in earnings for the year.
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.
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