PITTSBURGH, Pa. and PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- The Constellation Senior Players Championship and the PGA TOUR's Champions Tour announced today that the tournament will move to Fox Chapel Golf Club in Pittsburgh in 2012. After five years of being played in the fall, the tournament moves to a mid-summer date on the 2012 Champions Tour schedule (June 28-July 1). Fred Couples captured the 2011 Constellation Senior Players Championship at Westchester Country Club for his first Champions Tour major when he defeated John Cook in a sudden-death playoff last August.
"We're extremely excited about the move to Fox Chapel and we anticipate an exceptional tournament this summer in Western Pennsylvania," said Mayo A. Shattuck III, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Constellation Energy. "We look forward to hosting a premier tournament in the Greater Pittsburgh community, which will benefit a number of worthy non-profit organizations with funds generated by the event, including The First Tee. We're confident the tournament will be embraced by customers, supporters and fans eager to see the stars of the Champions Tour."
"It is with great pride that Fox Chapel Golf Club welcomes championship golf back to the Pittsburgh area," said Club President Arthur Scully. "We are honored and excited to host the Constellation Senior Players Championship and to welcome many of the games greatest champions. We are also pleased that local charities will benefit from what we know will be a very well-received major golf tournament for the entire region."
The Constellation Senior Players Championship attracts one of the best fields of the Champions Tour season, including such names as defending champion Fred Couples, 2011 Champions Tour Player of the Year Tom Lehman, Bernhard Langer, Tom Watson and Mark Calcavecchia.
Next year marks the 30th playing of the Senior Players, making it one of the longest-running events in the history of the Champions Tour. The field will be comprised of 78 players, and the format will be a 72-hole (four rounds) medal-play event. As one of five Champions Tour majors, double Charles Schwab Cup points will be awarded to the top-10 finishers making the tournament a critical component in deciding the Champions Tour's season-long Charles Schwab Cup points race.
"We look forward to bringing the Constellation Senior Players Championship to Western Pennsylvania and Fox Chapel Golf Club," said Champions Tour President Mike Stevens. "We're very excited to bring the Champions Tour to Pittsburgh where the Nationwide Tour has proven success in operating the Mylan Classic, with Arnold Palmer as the Honorary Chairman. We are confident Fox Chapel will provide a great test for our professionals and an exciting event for the fans."
Fox Chapel Golf Club was designed by Seth Raynor and opened in 1923.