By Ward Clayton, PGATOUR.COM
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Here’s one for the old(er) guys. Early in their first rounds on Thursday, Champions Tour players Corey Pavin and Mark O’Meara are under par.
Pavin, 51, earned his spot in this year’s field by finishing 115 th on the 2010 PGA TOUR Money List. He birdied his first hole of the day, the par-4 10 th, and is 1 under through three holes.
O’Meara, the oldest player in the field at age 54, earned his spot by winning the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship last year. He made the turn in 2-under 34 with birdies on the par-3 eighth and par-5 ninth and parred the 10 th. It is his first PLAYERS start since 2003.
The oldest player to make the cut in a PLAYERS was Julius Boros at age 55 years, 174 days in 1975. The oldest winner was Fred Funk, at age 48, in 2005.