Major Champions Sutton, Tway join Senior Players field
September 03, 2009
BALTIMORE, MD, September 3, 2009 - Tournament officials today announced that major champions Hal Sutton and Bob Tway will make their first-ever appearance at the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship when the Champions Tour's final major of the season returns to Baltimore Country Club's East Course on September 28-October 4.
Sutton is a 14-time PGA TOUR winner over a career that stretched from 1982-2006. At the 2000 PLAYERS Championship, Sutton went head-to-head with Tiger Woods and came away with a one-stroke, wire-to-wire victory. The win came 17 years after his first PLAYERS win in 1983. Sutton earned a major title at the 1983 PGA Championship after defeating Jack Nicklaus by one stroke at Riviera Country Club. Sutton was a member of four U.S. Ryder Cup teams and captained the 2004 team. He also competed on the U.S. Presidents Cup team in 2000.
The Louisiana native became eligible for the Champions Tour in 2008 and made his debut at the Administaff Small Business Classic in October. Through 16 Champions Tour starts, Sutton's best finish is T3 at the 2009 Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am.
Tway is an eight-time PGA TOUR winner who made his Champions Tour debut a week after celebrating his 50th birthday at the Regions Charity Classic earlier this year. A lifelong resident of Oklahoma, Tway has been a fixture on TOUR for over 25 years, making nearly 700 starts during that period. His best year came in 1986 when he collected four titles and finished second on the money list. Perhaps the highlight of that year was his memorable hole out from a greenside bunker on the 18th hole at the Inverness Club to beat Greg Norman by two strokes at the PGA Championship, earning his first and only major title.
Tway has bounced between the PGA TOUR and Champions Tour this season, making 12 and four starts on each Tour, respectively.
The Champions Tour caps a three-week stretch out West with this week's Walmart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach.
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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