Champions notes: Year's fourth major, top quotestext sizeAugust 17, 2010
Mark Williams, PGA TOUR Staff
The Champions Tour visits The Crosswater Club at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Ore. for the JELD-WEN Tradition, the fourth major of the season. The tournament is the 17th of 26 Charles Schwab Cup events. The purse is $2.6 million with the winner set to earn $390,000 and 780 Charles Schwab Cup points. Last year, Mike Reid claimed his second major title in a playoff with John Cook after Cook had bogeyed the 72nd hole.
• 2010 Senior PGA Champion Tom Lehman was the only Champions Tour player to make the cut at the PGA Championship, finishing T55 at 2 over. The 51-year-old gave the crowd something to cheer about when he made the first hole-in-one of the tournament. Lehman holed a 4-iron from 217 yards at the par-three 17th hole in Round 3. Newly minted 50-year-old Kenny Perry missed the cut by a stroke. Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin also failed to advance to the weekend.
• Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson and Johnny Miller shared a few of their greatest moments during a roundtable discussion in Benton Township, MI. last Tuesday. The discussion was part of the Harbor Shores Champions for Change event, celebrating the opening of the Nicklaus-designed golf course which the four World Golf Hall of Fame members played earlier that day. All funds raised from the event will be donated to charity.
• The Hot Stuff Foods Challenge, a fund-raiser for Children's Home Society featuring eight Champions Tour professionals, scored a coup with David Frost in the field. It was the first time in the 15-year history of the Sioux Falls charity event that the winner of the Champions Tour tournament the week before (3M Championship) appeared at Westward Ho C.C.
• Kirk Hanefeld posted his best result of the season on the Champions Tour at the 3M Championship. Hanefeld tied for sixth, earning $66,500, which pushed him to 61st on the money list.
• Maybe it was good karma that helped David Frost win the 3M Championship. Frost, who owns a 300-acre vineyard in South Africa, placed a bottle of his 1999, 2000 and 2001 vintages in the lockers of each player before the tournament began.
• The Greats of Golf was a hit with the gallery at TPC Twin Cities. Chi Chi Rodriguez, Lee Trevino and David Graham comprised Team International to win the exhibition best-ball tournament with a 33-under par score over the weekend.
• Something new this year is a reciprocal agreement between the Wyndham Championship on the PGA TOUR and the Champions Tour's Ensure Classic at Rock Barn in Conover, NC. Volunteers at each event will receive free admission to both tournaments.
• In the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race Bernhard Langer is in first place with 2,390 points followed by Fred Couples with 1,993. Tom Lehman (1,134), Nick Price (1,079) and John Cook (960) round out the top five.
• Bernhard Langer will attempt to become the second Champions Tour player to win three successive major championships when he competes at the JELD-WEN Tradition. Gary Player accomplished that feat in 1987-88 when he won the Mazda Senior Tournament Players Championship and U.S. Senior Open in 1987 and the General Foods PGA Seniors' Championship in 1988.
• David Eger, who has been sidelined for more than two months, is expected to compete in the JELD-WEN Tradition. Eger won the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic in early May before breaking his right ankle in a fall in June.
• So far this year, all three major championships have been won by the third round leader/co-leader� Tom Lehman (Senior PGA Championship/T1) and Bernhard Langer (Senior British Open/1; U.S. Senior Open/T1)
• Caddies FORE Charity is a program that will include student athletes and teams from Central Oregon who will volunteer as pro-am caddies. In lieu of tips, pro-am participants will be encouraged to make a donation directly to the caddie's athletic program or team.
• Two Oregon high school students will be NIKE Golf Junior Reporters during the tournament. They will have behind-the-scenes access and will have their reports published on the tournament website.
• On Monday, August 16, Fuzzy Zoeller hosts the Wolf Challenge, an 18-hole exhibition utilizing the "wolf" format, at Brickyard Crossing GC. Zoeller will be joined by fellow Champions Tour star Nick Price, along with Vijay Singh and Boo Weekley.
• The inaugural Champions Tour Pick 'Em Challenge begins this month. This fantasy-style contest encourages fans of the Champions Tour to visit www.championstourchallenge.com and compete for weekly prizes, including the grand prize of an "Ultimate Fan Experience" for two at the 2010 Charles Schwab Cup Championship at Harding Park GC in San Francisco (Nov. 1-7). The challenge will kick-off the week of the Boeing Classic and go through the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship.
ON THIS DATE
• 8/16/03 -- Jim Thorpe ties a Champions Tour record when he shoots a 10-under-par 60 in the second round of the Long Island Classic. Thorpe would follow up with a 67 on Sunday
• 8/19/84 -- Lee Trevino held off all challengers on his way to the PGA Championship crown at Shoal Creek C.C. in Birmingham. It would be the last of 29 career PGA TOUR titles for Trevino.
QUOTES TO NOTE
• "You've heard about the fire that burns? I don't know if I'm trying to show myself, or show everyone else, that you don't have to be washed up at 63 after two major surgeries." -- Dana Quigley, who finished T34 at the 3M Championship, explains his continued desire after being sidelined for five months due to shoulder surgery.
• "The quality of play out here is outstanding. There are so many players who are capable of being successful on both Tours." -- Tom Lehman shares his thoughts on players who bounce between the PGA TOUR and the Champions Tour.