July 28, 2009
July 27, 2009 - Baltimore, MD - After collecting a second Senior British Open victory in a playoff over the weekend, Loren Roberts will look to add a second Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship title this October. The 2007 Constellation Energy Senior Players Champion committed to this year's event, along with Mark McNulty, who Roberts defeated with a par on the third playoff hole Sunday, tournament officials today announced. Two of the Champions Tour's five major championships are in the books and the fifth, the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship, returns to Baltimore Country Club September 28-October 4.
Roberts entered the final round one shot off the 54-hole lead held by Greg Norman, but following a final round 3-under-par 67, finished regulation tied with McNulty and Takoma Park native Fred Funk at 12-under-par 268. Roberts and McNulty matched birdies on the first hole of sudden death, eliminating Funk, who committed to the 2009 Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship last month. Following two pars on the second playoff hole, Roberts claimed victory with a par on the third after McNulty made bogey.
"Loren and Mark played great last week at the Senior British and we are thrilled they will both be in the field here for the season's final major championship," said Tournament Executive Director Steve Schoenfeld. "Loren was a wonderful champion for us to have in 2007 and Mark has a Champions Tour major to his credit as well. They certainly help strengthen what should be one of the deepest fields of the Champions Tour season."
A 10-time winner on the Champions Tour since turning 50 in June of 2005, Roberts cruised to a six-shot victory at the 2007 Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship, the first year it was contested at Baltimore Country Club. In addition to his two victories in the Senior British Open and his Senior Players triumph, Roberts has a fourth Champions Tour major championship with a victory at the 2005 JELD-WEN Tradition. He also claimed the season-long Charles Schwab Cup points race in 2007. Known as the "Boss of the Moss" because of his putting prowess, Roberts won eight times on the PGA TOUR, most recently at the 2002 Valero Texas Open. He finished T24 earlier this month at the PGA TOUR's U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee.
In his sixth season on the Champions Tour, McNulty has seven-career victories, including a win earlier this year at the Principal Charity Classic in May. The winner of 55 events worldwide, McNulty consistently performs well on the largest stages, posting nine top-10 finishes in 24 Champions Tour major championship appearances, highlighted by a victory in the 2007 JELD-WEN Tradition.
The Champions Tour travels to Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, IN this week for the U.S. Senior Open Championship, the second of three major championships contested in a five-week stretch.
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. 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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