Tom Kite, Bernhard Langer, Mark O'Meara Commit
September 14, 2008
Three Players Represent 65 Combined Wins on PGA TOUR and Champions Tour
AUGUST 26, 2008, Baltimore, MD - The Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship today announced that Tom Kite, Bernhard Langer and Mark O'Meara 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.
"We are thrilled to have these three legendary players compete in the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship," said Tournament Executive Director Steve Schoenfeld. "Tom Kite, Bernhard Langer and Mark O'Meara have 65 combined wins in their storied careers on the PGA TOUR and Champions Tour and will provide some exciting golf for our area fans to enjoy."
Tom Kite has claimed 19 championships on the PGA TOUR during his legendary career including THE PLAYERS Championship in 1989 and U.S. Open Championship in 1992. Kite has ten victories on the Champions Tour including the 2008 Boeing Classic this past weekend, the 2007 AT&T Classic, and 2002 MasterCard Championship. Kite was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2002 and served as captain of the U.S. Rider Cup team in 1997. Kite is a native of Texas and joined the PGA TOUR in 1972.
Bernhard Langer currently holds the top spot on the Champions Tour money list for 2008 and was named the Champions Tour player of the month in March 2008. Langer's Champions Tour victories include this year's Toshiba Classic and Ginn Championship Hammock Beach Resort, as well as the 2007 Administaff Small Business Classic. Langer holds three wins on the PGA TOUR including the 1985 and 1993 Masters Tournaments. Langer has also claimed numerous victories on the European Tour. Langer is a native of Germany and joined the PGA TOUR in 1984 after competing on the European Tour.
Mark O'Meara has won 16 times on the PGA TOUR including the 1998 Masters Tournament and British Open Championship. He also holds numerous other international titles including the 1986 Australian Masters, 1992 Tokai Classic, 1998 Cisco World Match Play Championship, and the 2004 Dubai Desert Classic. During his 2007 rookie season on the Champions Tour, O'Meara was a runner-up four times and holds two top ten finishes on the this year's Champions Tour at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf and FedEx Kinko's Classic. O'Meara joined the PGA TOUR in 1980. He is a native of North Carolina and grew up in Southern California.
Kite, Langer and O'Meara join an impressive field that includes previously announced commitments from defending champion Loren Roberts, Jeff Sluman 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.
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, Florida.
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