July 13, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Last competed at Westchester Country Club in 1994
HARRISON, N.Y., July 13, 2011 - World Golf Hall of Fame member Tom Watson is the latest major champion to join the field at the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship, to be held August 18-21 at Westchester Country Club.
Watson, who is competing in his 34th British Open this week, has won 14 times since joining the Champions Tour in 1999. A native of Kansas City, MO, Watson collected 39 career wins while on the PGA TOUR including five British Open victories (1975, '77, '80, '82 and '83), the 1977 and 1981 Masters and the 1982 U.S. Open. A four-time Ryder Cup competitor and 1993 Ryder Cup captain, Watson earned player of the year honors on the PGA TOUR six times during his career(1977-'80, '82 and '84).
Watson is one of 78 players who will tee it up at next month's Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship, the final major of the season on the Champions Tour. Though it's been 17 years since he last competed at Westchester Country Club, he is excited to return. "It's terrific we are going back there to play and I'm really looking forward to it."
Watson had eight top-10s, including a runner-up finish to David Graham in 1976, when the venue previously hosted the PGA TOUR's Westchester Classic (now known as The Barclays).
"I like Westchester because the greens have an elevation and you had a few blind shots. It's really a good golf course because of the variety of shots you have to hit," Watson recalls. Some of the venue's off the course treats left a lasting impression on him as well. "I remember they had the best hot dogs in the world down the right side of No. 5."
Previously announced players including defending champion Mark O'Meara, David Frost, Bob Gilder, Jay Haas, Hale Irwin, Tom Kite, Loren Roberts, Scott Simpson, Bob Tway, Bobby Wadkins and D.A. Weibring. More player announcements will come as additional commitments are received leading up to the Championship
Individual daily and weekly tickets to the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship are now on sale. Those wishing to purchase tickets to the Championship may do so by logging on to the official tournament website, www.ceseniorplayers.com, or by calling the championship office at 914-481-5900. A single-day grounds ticket is just $20 plus tax and fees. This ticket is valid for grounds admission, good any one day, from August 17-21. A weekly clubhouse-access ticket is available for $125 plus tax and fees and offers admission to the grounds and to the clubhouse every day during the competition rounds, August 18-21. Food and beverage is available in the clubhouse for additional purchase. Children 18 and under and active, retired and reserve military personnel are admitted to the grounds at no charge.
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. The 2011 event is scheduled for August 17-21 at Westchester Country Club in Harrison, NY. Mark O'Meara won the 2010 Championship at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm in Potomac, MD against one of the strongest fields of the season on the Champions Tour. The tournament has generated more than $8 million for charity since 1992. The 2011 event marks the 29th playing of the Senior Players Championship, making it one of the longest running events on the Champions Tour. For corporate sponsorship or volunteer information or to purchase tickets please visit the Official Tournament Website at www.ceseniorplayers.com or call the Tournament Office at 914-481-5900. Area golf fans can also follow the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship on Facebook®.
About Constellation Energy
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 in the United States and Canada, totaling approximately 9,000 megawatts of generating capacity, and is among the leading advocates for 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 $15.6 billion in 2009.
About the Champions Tour
Collectively, the Champions Tour has the most recognizable and accomplished players in the game with many of its 29 members of the World Golf Hall of Fame competing regularly in its events and numerous other major championship winners among its members. The Champions Tour is a 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. Points earned in official Charles Schwab Cup events in 2011 will determine the Charles Schwab Cup champion, the season-long competition designed to recognize the Champions Tour's leading player. The Champions Tour's primary purpose is to provide financial opportunities for its players, entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back, protect the integrity of the game and generate significant charitable and economic impact in communities in which it plays. In 2010, tournaments on all three Tours (PGA TOUR, Champions Tour and Nationwide Tour) generated $120 million for local charitable organizations, bringing the TOUR's all-time total of charitable contributions to more than $1.6 billion. The Commissioner of the PGA TOUR is Tim Finchem. Mike Stevens is President of the Champions Tour. The PGA TOUR's website is www.pgatour.com, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.
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