September 22, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008 - The Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship today announced that Nick Price, John Cook and Fuzzy Zoeller have all committed to play in the final major championship of the 2008 Champions Tour season this October 6 - 12, at Baltimore Country Club at Five Farms in Timonium, MD.
"The addition of these three golfers adds even more talent to the competitive field that has been assembled for this season's final major," said Tournament Executive Director Steve Schoenfeld. "We are gearing up to welcome this year's field of competitors and we are looking forward to seeing the top 78 players ply their trade on the East Course at Baltimore Country Club in just a few weeks."
World Golf Hall of Fame member Nick Price has won an extraordinary 43 tournaments over his career, including three major championships on the PGA TOUR, including the 1992 and 1994 PGA Championship as well as the 1994 British Open. Considered one of the top golfers in the 1990s, Price spent 43 straight weeks atop the World Golf Rankings and topped the PGA TOUR money list in both 1993 and 1994. Price is a native of Zimbabwe and joined the PGA TOUR in 1977.
John Cook won 11 tournaments on the PGA TOUR as well the U.S. Amateur Championship in 1978. In addition to his success on the PGA TOUR, Cook won the 2007 AT&T Championship on the Champions Tour in only his second event on the Tour. Cook is a native of Ohio and joined the PGA TOUR in 1979.
Fuzzy Zoeller won 10 tournaments on the PGA TOUR during his career, including the 1979 Masters Tournament and 1984 U.S. Open. In addition to his successful career on the PGA TOUR, Zoeller has won two tournaments since joining the Champions Tour in 2002, including the Senior PGA Championship in 2002 and the 2004 MasterCard Championship. Zoeller is a native of Indiana and joined the PGA TOUR in 1973.
Price, Cook and Zoeller join a playing field that includes World Golf Hall of Fame members Hale Irwin, Ben Crenshaw, Tom Kite and Bernhard Langer as well as defending champion Loren Roberts, Maryland native Fred Funk, Sandy Lyle, Larry Mize, Joey Sindelar, Jay Haas, Craig Stadler, Mark O'Meara, Jeff Sluman, Jim Thorpe and Denis Watson.
The Senior Players Championship also announced today that Tom Watson, who had previously committed to play in this year's tournament, has withdrawn, as he is scheduled to have hip replacement surgery. The procedure on his left hip will take place October 2 and be performed by Dr. Joel Matta at Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, CA.
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 2008 event are October 6-12. 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 and aired in more than 140 countries around the world (4-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday). The first and second rounds of this final major of the season will air on the GOLF CHANNEL (1:30-4 p.m. Thursday and Friday). To purchase tickets, for information about corporate sponsorship opportunities or to become a volunteer for the 2008 tournament, please visit the Official Tournament Website at www.ceseniorplayers.com or call the Tournament Office at 410-470-3033.
About Constellation Energy Group
Constellation Energy (www.constellation.com), a FORTUNE 125 company with 2007 revenues of $21 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, a division of the PGA TOUR, Inc., 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 feature a minimum of 29 official events offering $55.6 million in prize money in 2008 and its highest average purse ever, $1.92 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, FL.
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