ENDICOTT N.Y. - The Dick's Sporting Goods Open is proud to announce that World Golf Hall of Fame Member Tom Watson has formally committed to play in the 2012 Dick's Sporting Goods Open at En-Joie Golf Course in Endicott, N.Y.
"The addition of a true golf icon to our already stellar field further justifies the way the players perceive the Dick's Sporting Goods Open as a premiere Champions Tour event.", said Tournament Director John Karedes. "This is now truly a Champions Tour Major Field!"
The 62-year-old Watson has 39 victories on the PGA TOUR including eight major championships (five British Opens, two Masters and one U.S. Open). Upon moving to the Champions Tour he accumulated an additional 12 victories, including three Senior British Open titles. Watson nearly pulled off one of the all-time great stories in sports by almost winning the 2009 British Open a few months shy of his 60th birthday. Tom also played on four U.S. Ryder Cup teams and captained the 1993 team to victory. He led the PGA TOUR in earnings five times.
The addition of Watson has created an unprecedented field as the Top 60 players on the current Money List have all committed to the 2012 Dick's Sporting Goods Open. Due to various circumstances, not even the 2012 Champions Tour majors have fields that encompassed last year's top 30, who are all slated to be at En-Joie next week.
"This is an unbelievable field," Karedes said. "This is a testament to Dick's Sporting Goods commitment to the event and Superintendent Rocco Greco's passion for providing the best possible playing conditions on TOUR.
The members of the 2012 Dick's Sporting Goods Open Field have encompassed 444 PGA TOUR victories, 351 Champions Tour wins and 20 players have won major championships on the PGA TOUR.
Remaining tickets are limited! Weekly Ticket Booklets are $70 and include admission to the Dick's Sporting Goods Open including the Friday evening concert featuring 3-Time Grammy Award Winner TRAIN. Tickets are available at the Broome County Arena Box Office, Ticketmaster.com, the Tournament Office at En-Joie Golf Course and a Dick's Sporting Goods Store near you. For additional information please call 607-205-1500.
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