September 16, 2013
- Bart Bryant, the 1,000th winner in Champions Tour history when he captured his first Champions Tour victory at last month’s Dick’s Sporting Goods Open, was the Champions Tour Player of the Month for August. Bryant also finished T12 the following week at the Boeing Classic and T10 at the Shaw Charity Classic to round out the month. He was a cumulative 36-under par for nine rounds and earned $356,000 in the three events.
- It was announced last week that C Spire, a wireless communications business on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, has signed a three-year deal to be the presenting sponsor for the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic at Fallen Oak in Biloxi.
- It was announced last week that World Golf Hall of Fame member Nick Faldo will compete in the Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn, Oct. 14-22, meaning Faldo will play consecutive weeks in North Carolina. Faldo had already committed to the SAS Championship which will be played the week before. Faldo has never played a Champions Tour event in America.
- Simon P. Brown claimed his first European Senior Tour victory with a win at last week’s Russian Senior Open. Brown posted 12-under 204 for the 54-hole tournament to be two shots clear of fellow Englishman Carl Mason and Australian Mike Harwood. Colin Montgomerie finished T4.
- The Pacific Links Hawaii Championship returns to Kapolei GC in Hawaii for its second year on Sept. 16-22 and World Golf Hall of Fame member Vijay Singh will make his Champions Tour debut at this event. Singh became eligible for the Champions Tour when he turned 50 on February 22. He has played 19 PGA TOUR events in 2013 with a best finish of T20 at the Sony Open in Hawaii.
- Bruce Summerhays, a three-time winner on the Champions Tour, returns to action for the first time since he was T52 at the 2010 Principal Charity Classic. The 69-year-old Salt Lake City native returns from a three-year stint as an LDS mission president in Tampa, Fla.
- World Golf Hall of Fame member Isao Aoki, a nine-time winner on the Champions Tour, makes his first appearance on Tour since last year’s Pacific Links Hawaii Championship. Aoki was forced to withdraw from last year’s event prior to the final round with a hip injury.
- John Cook defeated David Frost in a playoff at the season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai on the Big Island. He’ll attempt to win a second title in 2013 in the Aloha State when he tees it up at this week’s Pacific Links Hawaii Championship. Cook finished T16 last year at Kapolei.
CHARLES SCHWAB CUP
Kenny Perry is 857 points ahead of second-placed Bernhard Langer in the Charles Schwab Cup points standings. With 1,942 points available to winners on the remaining six events, and discounting the difference between first and last place in the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship, 15 players mathematically still have a chance to win the Cup.
3 – The number of players who average over 285 yards in the driving distance statistical category this season (Fred Couples/298.1, John Huston/295.7, Kenny Perry/288.4).
ON THIS DATE
9/16/84 – In his 130th career start on the PGA TOUR, Mark O’Meara breaks through for his first victory, winning the Greater Milwaukee Open by five strokes over Tom Watson.
9/18/94 – In the inaugural Presidents Cup at Robert Trent Jones GC in Virginia, playing captain Hale Irwin leads the U.S. to a 20-12 victory over the International squad. He finishes with a 2-1 record in his playing role.
9/19/99 – In just his second Champions Tour start, Tom Watson wins the Bank One Championship in Dallas by five strokes over Bruce Summerhays.
DID YOU KNOW?
Kirk Triplett rallied from an opening-round 78 at last year’s Pacific Links Hawaii Championship to post back-to-back rounds of 65. His 14-under total on the weekend was the lowest last 36 holes in relation to par on the 2012 Champions Tour. He finished T12 at Kapolei.
QUOTES TO NOTE
“By far, the greatest thing about Hawaii is football comes on at 7am.” – Mark Calcavecchia (via twitter) is looking forward to this week’s Pacific Links Hawaii Championship for more than one reason.
TWEET OF THE WEEK
@OlinBrowne Happy birthday to The King, Arnold Palmer, the one and only. Thank you for being the center piece stone in the foundation of golf #charisma