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    • Notebook: First event of 2014 shines

    Bernhard Langer used a run of five straight birdies over the last six holes to pull away from a crowded leaderboard and win last week’s season-opening event, the 2014 Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai. Jeff Sluman and Fred Couples finished three strokes behind Langer who shot 22-under 194.

    A winner at Hualalai in 2009, Langer became the seventh player to win multiple times at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, joining Miller Barber, Al Geiberger, George Archer, Dana Quigley, Hale Irwin and John Cook.

    Hualalai has been good to Bernhard Langer. His career earnings in seven appearances at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai now total $991,500.

    Here’s a list of firsts of the year on the 2014 Champions Tour:

    • First Eagle – Roger Chapman
    • First Birdie – Roger Chapman
    • First Eagle on a par-4 – Bart Bryant
    • First Sub-70 Round – Roger Chapman
    • First Sub-Par Round – Roger Chapman
    • First to Score Two Eagles in a Round – Fred Couples

    World Golf Hall of Fame member Fred Couples is to receive one of golf’s most prestigious honors – the Gold Tee Award – from the Metropolitan Golf Writers Association at the 63rd National Awards Dinner on Monday, June 23 in New York. The Gold Tee is the MGWA’s highest honor – awarded to an individual whose career achievements exemplify the best spirit and traditions of the sport of golf.

    Harold Varner III is the recipient of the Northern Trust Open Exemption, which is given to a top golfer who represents the advancement of diversity in golf and wouldn't otherwise be eligible to compete in the PGA TOUR event. Varner has a connection with the Champions Tour, having won the 2007 Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach as a junior, with Morris Hatalsky as his partner.

    The Bayview Place Island Savings Open presented by Times Colonist, a PGA TOUR Canada event, recently announced that Champions Tour professional Jim Rutledge will act as the tournament’s honorary chairman.

    Miguel Angel Jimenez, who recently turned 50, finished T10 at last week’s European Tour event in Abu Dhabi. Colin Montgomerie was T45.

    The next two Champions Tour events will be played in February in Florida. Rocco Mediate will defend his title at the Allianz Championship in Boca Raton while Bernhard Langer is the defending champion at the ACE Group Classic in Naples.

    Bernhard Langer leads the Charles Schwab Cup with 307 points following his win last week at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship. Last year, Langer finished second in the Charles Schwab Cup race, 412 points behind winner Kenny Perry.

    19 – The number of Champions Tour titles won by Bernhard Langer in 127 career starts.

    1/21/01 – Brad Faxon makes an eagle in each round and goes on to win the Sony Open in Hawaii by four strokes over Tom Lehman.

    1/25/87 – Paul Azinger wins the first of 12 PGA TOUR victories when he prevails by one stroke over Hal Sutton at the Phoenix Open.

    Bernhard Langer has now claimed at least one Champions Tour title in a season for an eighth straight year.

    “Golf is the passport to the world. It takes you places and lets you meet people.” – Gary Player comments during the PGA TOUR’s Humana Challenge.

    "It's a new year and my goal was to get over the hurdle and win as soon as possible." - Bernhard Langer after his win at the season-opening event.

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