Notebook: En-Joie draws another strong field

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August 13, 2012
PGA TOUR staff

The Champions Tour heads to Endicott, N.Y., for the Dick's Sporting Goods Open at En-Joie Golf Course. The purse is $1.8 million and the winner will receive $270,000 and 270 Charles Schwab Cup points. Last year, John Huston cruised to a three-stroke victory in just his third Champions Tour start. World Golf Hall of Fame member Nick Price was runner-up.

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RECENTLY

Both Champions Tour professionals in the field at last week's PGA Championship, Roger Chapman, who won the recent Senior PGA Championship, and former PGA Championship winner Mark Brooks, missed the cut.

Last week's PGA Championship at Kiawah Island's Ocean Course had a scoring average of 74.566 for the tournament, the highest overall average on the PGA TOUR this year. When the 2007 Senior PGA Championship was played at Kiawah, only nine of the 458 completed rounds were in the 60s and the overall scoring average for the week was 75.512.

World Golf Hall of Fame member Roberto De Vicenzo will be recognized by PGA TOUR Latinoamerica with the announcement that the winner of the order of merit on the newly established tour will be awarded the Roberto De Vicenzo Trophy.

Scott Verplank and Champions Tour professional Jeff Sluman were named by U.S. Ryder Cup team captain Davis Love III as assistant captains to join previously named Fred Couples and Mike Hulbert.

Fred Funk's son, Taylor, who caddied for his dad when he won the Insperity Championship earlier this year, shot 6-under 138 to win the overall boys title at the 50th annual Ponte Vedra Inn and Club Back to School tournament last week. Larry Mize will be in Denver, Colo., this week to watch his son, Robert, in action at the U.S. Amateur Championship.

Charles Schwab is conducting a second "Oh, Chuck! I Blew my Cash" contest to run through Aug. 31, 2012, with a grand prize of $10,000 in a Schwab brokerage account. Winners of the second contest will have the option to donate their winnings to charity. To enter, and for complete contest details and official rules, visit http://www.ohchuckiblewmycash.com. Dan Lamoureux of Thornton, Ill., the grand prize winner of the first "Oh, Chuck! I Blew my Cash" contest, was awarded $10,000 in a Schwab brokerage account for sharing his story of a regrettable impulse purchase: a castle bounce house. Dan thought the $600 bounce house would be a hit at family parties for years to come, but the novelty wore off quickly and now the mammoth deflated castle is stored in his grandmother's garage.

COMING UP

This year's Dick's Sporting Goods Open, normally played in late June-early July, was moved to mid-August due to major flooding when Tropical Storm Lee caused the Susquehanna River to overflow in early Sept. 2011. The change in dates is for this year only and has allowed En-Joie Golf Course to recover. The course re-opened June 22.

The Dick's Sporting Goods Open will feature seven World Golf Hall of Fame members, 19 PGA TOUR major winners and every winner on the Champions Tour this season.

In 2003, Craig Stadler made history at En-Joie Golf Course when he became the first Champions Tour player to win a PGA TOUR event, a one-stroke victory at the old B.C. Open. Stadler's victory in upstate New York made him just the second of three players in history to win a PGA TOUR and Champions Tour event in the same year (Raymond Floyd, Fred Funk).

Huston is seeking to join Tom Lehman (Regions Tradition) as the second player to defend a title on the 2012 Champions Tour. The closest a player has come to defending at the Dick's Sporting Goods Open was 2009 when Eduardo Romero finished T15 the year after claiming the Dick's title. Loren Roberts was unable to defend at last year's event due to injury.

Champions Tour professional Michael Allen, one of three multiple winners this year, will be featured on the TODAY show on Sept. 17 between 8:30-9 a.m. ET on NBC. Allen will appear on the "Your Life Calling" segment with host Jane Pauley sponsored by the AARP, a series featuring people age 50+ who are reinventing themselves in new and different ways. For more information about the series, visit aarp.org/jane.

CHARLES SCHWAB CUP

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The top five players on the Charles Schwab Cup standings have accumulated eight victories from 17 tournaments played on the Champions Tour this season (Tom Lehman/1, Bernhard Langer/1, Roger Chapman/2, Fred Couples/2, Michael Allen/2).

John Cook, at No. 6 in the Charles Schwab Cup standings, is the only player in the top-12 without a victory this year.

NUMBERS

7 -- The number of times a score of 62 has been recorded on the Champions Tour this season (Olin Browne, Kirk Triplett, Kenny Perry (twice), Bernhard Langer, David Peoples, Larry Mize).

31,840 -- The number of dollars required for Kirk Triplett to surpass $15 million in career earnings. To do so, he will need a top-15 finish at this week's Dick's Sporting Goods Open.

DID YOU KNOW??

The Champions Tour tracks 10 statistical categories during the season and Bernhard Langer currently ranks in the top-4 in eight of those categories, including No. 1 in the Putting Average and the All-Around Ranking. He is 6th in Birdie Average and T28 in Driving Distance.

The last five Champions Tour tournaments have been won by a two-stroke margin of victory.

ON THIS DATE

8/14/77 -- For the first time ever, a major championship was decided in sudden death when Lanny Wadkins made a six-foot par putt to defeat Gene Littler on the third extra hole at the PGA Championship at Pebble Beach.

8/15/03 -- Dave Stockton ties a 54-hole Champions Tour record for largest margin of victory when he cruises to a nine-stroke win at the Franklin Quest Championship in Park City, UT. Stockton closes with a 9-under-par 63 in the win.

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.

8/19/84 -- Lee Trevino won the PGA Championship at Shoal Creek CC in Birmingham, Ala., using a putter he had purchased earlier in the year in Holland. It would be the last of 29 career titles for Trevino.

QUOTES TO NOTE

"I think it did three things for me that week. One, after working out, trying to get in better shape, it just kind of told me that it had paid off. Two, winning there got me in the Ryder Cup that year, in '87. That was the only way I was going to make the team was by winning the PGA. And then the third was it was ten days before I turned 40, so that meant I was exempt until ten days before I turned 50. So I think career-wise, it really meant a lot." -- Larry Nelson's comments on the importance of his 1987 PGA Championship victory.

"It's kind of like Tiger winning on the PGA TOUR. When he comes out, he moves the needle. On any given week, he can blitz people." -- Jay Haas comments on Champions Tour fan favorite Fred Couples, who won the recent Senior British Open.

"I think players are looking at where they are in the Charles Schwab Cup race and I think it's intriguing a couple more players to potentially play this time of year than in June when it's the beginning of summer so really this date has helped us when it comes to player recruitment." -- Dick's Sporting Goods Open tournament director John Karedes comments on the strength of the field at this week's event which is traditionally played in June.

TWEET OF THE WEEK

John Cook @johncookgolf Congrats to @McIlroyRory on another impressive Major Championship. He is #theRealDeal. Length, distance control and a short game. Early TW

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