September 18, 2008
SEPTEMBER 15, 2008 - The Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship today announced that Sandy Lyle, Larry Mize and Joey Sindelar have all committed to play in the final major championship of the 2008 Champions Tour season, October 6-12, at Baltimore Country Club at Five Farms in Timonium, MD.
"We are thrilled that these distinguished members of the Champions Tour's Class of 2008 have committed to compete in the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship," said Tournament Executive Director Steve Schoenfeld. "Sandy Lyle, Larry Mize and Joey Sindelar all bring impressive resumes to this championship and further justify why we will have the Champions Tour's strongest field of the season."
Sandy Lyle has won 27 professional tournaments over his memorable career, including two major championships on the PGA TOUR. Spending 167 straight weeks in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Ranking, Lyle was considered one of Britain's best golfers throughout the 1980s. Many remember Lyle for his bunker shot at the 18th hole at Augusta National Golf Club, where he captured the Green Jacket by winning The Masters in 1988. Lyle also won the British Open in 1985 and the 1987 PLAYERS Championship. He is a native of Scotland and joined the PGA TOUR in 1977.
Larry Mize becomes eligible to compete on the Champions Tour when he turns 50 next week. He is the winner of nine professional tournaments, most memorably the 1987 Masters. He earned his Green Jacket when he chipped in from off of the 11th green on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff against Greg Norman. Over the course of his career, Mize finished in the top-125 on the money list 20 straight seasons. Mize is a native of Augusta, GA, and joined the PGA TOUR in 1980.
Joey Sindelar has won eight professional tournaments on throughout his golf career including the 2004 Wachovia Championship. During his career, Sindelar has been considered one of the most consistent golfers on the PGA TOUR, with more than 80 top-10 finishes. Sindelar is a native of Fort Knox, KY, and joined the PGA TOUR in 1981.
Lyle, Mize and Sindelar join a playing field that includes World Golf Hall of Fame members Hale Irwin, Ben Crenshaw, Tom Kite, Bernhard Langer as well as Craig Stadler, defending champion Loren Roberts, Maryland native Fred Funk, Jay Haas, Mark O'Meara, Jeff Sluman, Jim Thorpe and Denis Watson.
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 which culminates at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Sonoma, CA, October 30 - November 2. Last year Loren Roberts' Senior Players Championship victory vaulted him into the Charles Schwab Cup points lead that he never relinquished in capturing the 2007 Charles Schwab Cup.
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, $1.91 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, FL.
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