Tom Watson, Hale Irwin, Ben Crenshaw, Craig Stadler Commit
September 14, 2008
SEPTEMBER 9, 2008 - The Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship today announced that Tom Watson, Hale Irwin, Ben Crenshaw and Craig Stadler 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.
"It's wonderful to announce that these four major champions will compete in the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship this year," said Tournament Executive Director Steve Schoenfeld. "Tom Watson, Hale Irwin and Ben Crenshaw are all members of the World Golf Hall of Fame, and Craig Stadler not only captured the 1992 Maters Tournament, he is one of just two players to have won on both the PGA TOUR and Champions Tour in the same season."
Tom Watson has won a remarkable 64 tournaments over his illustrious career, including eight major championships on the PGA TOUR. Heading the PGA TOUR money list five times and holding the number one ranking in the world from 1978 through 1982, Watson is considered one of the greatest golfers of all time. Since joining the Champions Tour in 1999, Watson has 12 victories, including five senior majors. Watson is a native of Kansas and joined the PGA TOUR in 1971.
Hale Irwin currently holds the top spot on the all-time Champions Tour money list, winning a remarkable 45 Champions Tour titles, including the 1998 and 2000 U.S. Senior Open. In addition to his success on the Champions Tour, Irwin had 20 victories on the PGA TOUR, as he was one of the leading golfers in the world throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Irwin is one of the few players in PGA TOUR history to have won three U.S. Opens, which he won in 1974, 1979 and 1990. Irwin is a native of Kansas and joined the PGA TOUR in 1968.
Ben Crenshaw has won 19 tournaments on the PGA TOUR including the 1984 and 1995 Masters Tournaments. In addition to his success on the PGA TOUR, Crenshaw also won eight more tournaments in international play throughout his career, including the World Cup of Golf in 1988. Crenshaw joined the PGA TOUR in 1973 and became only the second player in history to win his first event of his career, capturing the San Antonio Texas Open. Crenshaw is a native of Texas.
Craig Stadler has won 13 tournaments over the course of his career on the PGA TOUR, as well as eight more tournaments while a member of the Champions Tour. Stadler made his presence felt in his first full year on the Champions Tour, as he was the leading money winner on in 2004. However, his finest moment may have come in 1982, when he won the Masters Tournament in an exciting playoff against Dan Pohl. Known as the "Walrus," Stadler is a native of California and joined the PGA TOUR in 1976.
Watson, Irwin, Crenshaw and Stadler join a field that already includes defending champion Loren Roberts, Maryland native Fred Funk, Tom Kite, Jay Haas, Bernhard Langer, 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. 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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