Champions Tour update

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August 05, 2013
By Mark Williams, Champions Tour staff

RECENTLY

Kenny Perry, who last month shot 67-73-64-63—267 to win the U.S. Senior Open and claim back-to-back major championships, is the Champions Tour Player of the Month for July. Perry was also the Player of the Month in June. Willie Wood was the most recent player to claim back-to-back Player of the Month awards, in August/September last year.

Tom Pernice, Jr., birdied his final two holes to hold off a pair of final-round charges by Corey Pavin and Jeff Sluman to claim the 3M Championship last week. It was Pernice’s second victory on the Champions Tour and the first since he won the 2009 SAS Championship.

Jeff Sluman shot a final-round 10-under 62 which began with seven consecutive birdies, the most birdies in a row since Joe Ozaki tied a Champions Tour mark with eight straight at the 2006 Ford Senior Players Championship (2nd rd.). The last time a player made seven birdies to start a round was at the 2002 Senior PGA Championship when Seiji Ebihara started his final round with seven in a row.

In the 10th Annual Greats of Golf Challenge, held Saturday afternoon at the 3M Championship, Team Majors shot a 16-under-par 56 to claim the Miller Barber Cup by two strokes over Team USA and Team LPGA. Team Majors was captained by Don January and included Lee Trevino, David Graham and Fuzzy Zoeller.

French Lick Resort’s Pete Dye Course was announced last week as the host venue of the 2015 Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid. It will mark the event’s first visit to Indiana. The Resort’s Donald Ross Course hosted the 1924 PGA Championship, won by Walter Hagen.

Denmark’s Steen Tinning shot 9-under 207 to beat Bernhard Langer by a stroke at last week’s Berenberg Masters on the European Senior Tour. Langer was the host of the event in his native Germany.

COMING UP

Willie Wood will attempt to defend the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open (Aug. 16-18) title he won last year after gaining access as a Monday qualifier. Wood had played 309 professional events between his previous victory (1996 Deposit Guaranty Classic) and last year’s win in En-Joie GC. Ironically, Wood won again just two weeks later, at the Pacific Links Hawaii Championship.

On August 11, Fuzzy Zoeller will host Lee Trevino, Craig Stadler and Nancy Lopez at the 16th and final Wolf Challenge at his Covered Bridge course in Southern Indiana. The Wolf Challenge allows the players to pick their partner at each hole. Over the past 17 years, the Wolf Challenge has raised more than $2 million for ‘Fuzzy’s Kids’, a charitable organization benefiting children of Indiana and Kentucky.

CHARLES SCHWAB CUP

Last week’s 3M Championship victory earned Tom Pernice, Jr. 263 Charles Schwab Cup points, jumping to seventh in the season-long race with 922 points. Kenny Perry continues to lead with 2, 261 points. Bernhard Langer remains in second place with 1,713 points, 848 points behind Perry. David Frost is third with 1,613 points.

NUMBERS

1,000 – The winner of the next Champions Tour event, the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open in Endicott, N.Y., will be the 1,000th official winner in Champions Tour history. Don January won the 1980 Atlantic City Senior International to claim the first official event.

ON THIS DATE

8/5/01 – Ten days after turning 50, Bobby Wadkins becomes the youngest winner of a Champions Tour event when he captures the Lightpath Long Island Classic in New York. Note: Mark Wiebe, recent winner of the Senior British Open, joined Wadkins as the youngest winner in 2007 after winning the SAS Championship at 50 years, 10 days.

8/7/03 – Chip Beck records the first par-4 ace in Web.com Tour history during the first round of the 2003 Omaha Classic (No. 9).

8/10/86 -- Bob Tway holes a bunker shot on the final hole to win the PGA Championship at Inverness after a tense duel with Greg Norman. Tway’s major championship is his fourth title of the season and he goes on to be named the PGA Player of the Year.

DID YOU KNOW?

When Mark Wiebe won the Senior British Open he earned a spot in next year’s Open Championship at Royal Liverpool. If Wiebe does not play in an official PGA TOUR event before then, The Open Championship will mark his 500th PGA TOUR appearance.

QUOTES TO NOTE

“The standard out here is very good and I'm delighted that it is very, very good, because it means when you do well, you know it's meaningful.” – Colin Montgomerie comments on the quality of play on the Champions Tour following the Senior British Open Championship where he finished T21.

TWEET OF THE WEEK

Adam Schupak ‏@GolfweekSchupak Joey Sindelar, Brad Faxon and Nick Price make coming to a Champions Tour event a delight for a journalist. David Frost too. #ClassGuys

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