News and notes from around the Champions Tour for the week of Sept. 23.
• Mark Wiebe birdied the final hole of regulation to get into a playoff and eventually defeated Corey Pavin on the second extra hole to claim his second win of the season at last week’s Pacific Links Hawaii Championship. The win marked the first time in Wiebe’s career that he was a multiple winner in a season, having won the Senior British Open Championship earlier this year. He is also the sixth player with a pair of titles on the Champions Tour this year, joining Bernhard Langer, David Frost, Kenny Perry, Rocco Mediate and Esteban Toledo.
• Vijay Singh was tied for the lead after 11 holes of the final round of the Pacific Links Hawaii Championship, but he played his final seven holes in 2-over par to drop into a T6 finish in his debut on the Champions Tour.
• Corey Pavin’s final-round 69 at the Pacific Links Hawaii Championship was his 11th straight round in the 60s on the 2013 Champions Tour, a streak that started with a 69 on Saturday of the Senior British Open at Royal Birkdale.
• Peter Jacobsen was named the 2013 winner of the Payne Stewart Award, presented annually to a professional golfer who best exemplifies the values of character, charity and sportsmanship. Stewart, an 11-time winner on the PGA TOUR and World Golf Hall of Fame member, died tragically the week of the TOUR Championship in 1999.
• Australian Peter Fowler claimed a win at last week’s European Senior Tour event, shooting 11-under for a three-stroke win at the French Riviera Masters.
• Kirk Triplett, who won the 2012 Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, was the only rookie winner on the Champions Tour last year. In 2013, five rookies have won seven events. Esteban Toledo and Rocco Mediate have won twice while Kohki Idoki, Bart Bryant and John Riegger are the other rookie winners this year.
• There are nine members of the World Golf Hall of Fame in the field at the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach (Ben Crenshaw, Fred Couples, Colin Montgomerie, Hale Irwin, Nick Price, Tom Kite, Larry Nelson, Bernhard Langer and Sandy Lyle).
• When you have Clint Eastwood (tournament chairman) and Arnold Palmer (Trustee of The First Tee and tournament co-chair) involved in the Nature Valley First Tee Open, and you're at iconic Pebble Beach and have the chance to meet or play with Fred Couples and other Champions Tour stars, this event might be the coolest ever.
• Five of this year’s seven Presidents Cup captains/co-captains are scheduled to compete at this week’s Nature Valley First Tee Open before heading to Muirfield Village for the Presidents Cup the following week. U.S. Team captain Fred Couples will be joined by co-captain Jay Haas. International Team captain Nick Price and co-captain’s Mark McNulty and Tony Johnstone with also compete. Davis Love III and Shigeki Maruyama are not yet 50 and therefore not eligible. Last year, McNulty teamed with Tyler Broach (The First Tee of Richmond & Chesterfield in Virginia) to win the pro-junior portion of the event.
• Each year at the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach guest speakers address the junior participants about The First Tee’s Nine Core Values. Here are the confirmed speakers for the “Legends & Leaders” event which is slated for Thursday evening of tournament week.
CHARLES SCHWAB CUP
Bernhard Langer earned 130 Charles Schwab Cup points at last week’s Pacific Links Hawaii Championship and increased his yearly Schwab Cup total to 2,033. He now trails Kenny Perry by 727 points in the season-long race with five events remaining.
17 – The number of eagles made during last year’s Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, 11 at Pebble Beach Golf Links and six at Del Monte GC.
ON THIS DATE
9/27/97 – Isao Aoki sets a new Champions Tour scoring record when he shoots a 10-under 60 in the second round at the Emerald Coast Classic.
DID YOU KNOW?
Kirk Triplett, the defending champion at this week’s Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, holds the record as the oldest player to win on the Web.com Tour. Triplett was 49 years, 4 months, 25 days when he won the 2011 News Sentinel Open in Knoxville, Tenn.
QUOTES TO NOTE
“Payne taught us all the meaning of sportsmanship and integrity, and I can only hope to pass that on to younger generations the way he did.” – Peter Jacobsen comments on being the recipient of the 2013 Payne Stewart Award.
“I just want to learn all I can from the Champions Tour players. I’m going to try to soak it all in.” – Sam Wimbrow will be the first competitor from The First Tee of Charlotte chapter to compete in the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach.
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