August 26, 2009
August 26, 2009, Baltimore, MD - With just over a month remaining before the Champions Tour's best return to Baltimore for the 2009 Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship, a threesome of players with one very special garment in their respective wardrobe's announced their intentions to compete. Former Masters champions Mark O'Meara, Bernhard Langer and Craig Stadler have all committed to the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship, tournament officials today announced. Baltimore Country Club's Five Farms course will again host the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship, September 28-October 4.
In addition to the four green jackets this group has collected, they've also accounted for 32 PGA TOUR victories, 16 Champions Tour victories and participated in a combined 17 Ryder Cups.
"We couldn't be happier to have Mark, Bernhard and Craig competing here in Baltimore again this year at the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship," said Tournament Executive Director Steve Schoenfeld. "Their credentials speak for themselves and they will put on quite a show for Baltimore area golf fans come October."
A 16-time winner on the PGA TOUR, O'Meara claimed his first major championship at the 1998 Masters when he birdied the 71st and 72nd holes to claim a one-shot victory over Fred Couples and David Duval. In his third full season on the Champions Tour after turning 50 in January of 2007, O'Meara has yet to post a victory but has compiled seven runner-up finishes, most recently at the Triton Financial Classic in June. His best finish in two previous appearances at the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship was a T31 in 2007.
Inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2002, Langer won 61 times around the world before joining the Champions Tour, highlighted by victories at Augusta National in 1985 and 1993. A member of 10 European Ryder Cup teams with an overall record of 21-15-6, Langer joined the Champions Tour in August of 2007 and hasn't missed a beat, winning eight times. Four of those victories have come in 2009 to go along with six other top 10's as Langer currently ranks second on the Charles Schwab Cup points list. He finished T7 last year at the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship.
One of the most recognizable personalities in golf since turning professional in 1975, Craig Stadler won 13 times on the PGA TOUR, highlighted by his victory at the 1982 Masters. A native of San Diego, CA, Stadler has eight victories on the Champions Tour since turning 50 in June of 2003, including a triumph in the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship that same year.
The Champions Tour is in Seattle, WA, this week for the Boeing Classic, the second leg of the Tour's "West Coast Swing".
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. Since Constellation Energy became the host sponsor of Champions Tour-affiliated tournaments in 2003, more than $3 million has been raised for Maryland charitable organizations. 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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