Notes: Constellation Energy Senior Players Champ.September 29, 2008
PGA TOUR staff
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THE SCHEDULE: The 26th Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship is the 26th of 29 Charles Schwab Cup events on the 2008 Champions Tour and the last of five major championships on this year's schedule. This year's official Champions Tour season concludes with the Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Sonoma, CA, October 30-November 2. DATES: October 6-12, 2008 PURSE: $2,600,000 ($390,000 to the winner) SITE: Baltimore Country Club/Five Farms (East Course); Timonium, Md.
PAR: 35-35 -- 70 YARDS: 7,037
COURSE DESIGNER: A.W. Tillinghast (1922); re-design by Keith Foster (2006)
FORMAT: 78 professionals, 72-hole stroke-play event with no cut.
TELEVISION: This championship will be televised live on GOLF CHANNEL and NBC. GOLF CHANNEL's coverage will air from 1:30-4:00 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, while NBC will televise the weekend's play from 4:00-6:00 p.m. (All times are local).
CHARITABLE PROCEEDS: Since the inception of the Senior Players Championship in 1983, almost $7 million has been generated for charity. The former Constellation Energy Classic, also in the Greater Baltimore area, generated in excess of $2 million for charity from 1998-2006. The combined total from the two events is nearly $8.5 million.
ELIGIBILITY: There are three ways to gain entrance into this year's Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship:
1. At the option of the Commissioner, up to five professionals selected by the Commissioner and the Constellation Energy Championship Charities, Inc. These exemptions shall be restricted to exempt players having a minimum of 30 combined (PGA TOUR/Champions Tour) career victories.
2. Any player not otherwise eligible turning age 50 from the prior year's Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship date of eligibility through this year's date of minimum eligibility who has won the following: THE PLAYERS Championship, the Masters, U.S. Open, British Open or PGA Championship (one-time exemption).
3. The top players available from the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship points list through the SAS Championship in order from such list as necessary to complete a field of 78.
HISTORY: The Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship was first played in 1983 at Canterbury Golf Club outside of Cleveland, Ohio, before moving to Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., in 1987 where the tournament remained for three years. It moved to Dearborn Country Club in 1990 before moving to the TPC Michigan in 1991. The tournament remained there until 2006 before relocating to Baltimore Country Club last year. The purse has grown from $250,000 in 1983 to $2.6 million in 2008.
CHARLES SCHWAB CUP: This is the 26th of 29 events in the season-long competition, with a whopping 780 Charles Schwab Cup points going to the winner, along with additional points being doubled for top-10 finishers based on a per-thousand-dollars-won basis (ex. $180,000 = 360 points). The winner of the season-long competition receives a $1-million payout, with additional prizes awarded to the next four players. Double points will also be awarded at the season's final official event, the Charles Schwab Cup Championship. Loren Roberts earned the Charles Schwab Cup last year, beating out Jay Haas, the 2006 Schwab Cup winner, by 165 points.
ABOUT THE EAST COURSE AT FIVE FARMS: The par-70 East Course, with back-to-front pitched greens, limited water hazards and 96 bunkers, has received many honors, including the No. 31 ranking in Golfweek's March 2007 list of "America's Top 100 Classic Courses (pre-1960)" and the No. 93 ranking in GOLF Magazine's September 2007 list of "Top 100 Courses in U.S." The USGA lists Baltimore Country Club as one of the first 100 clubs established in the United States. The East Course at Five Farms has hosted several major championships including the 1928 PGA Championship (Leo Diegel), the 1932 U.S. Amateur Championship (C. Ross Somerville), the 1965 Walker Cup Matches (U.S. vs. Great Britain, tie 11-11), the 1988 U.S. Women's Open Championship (Liselotte Neuman) and last year's Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship (Loren Roberts).
2007 CONSTELLATION ENERGY SENIOR PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP RECAP: Loren Roberts redeemed himself with a six-stroke triumph last year, the third biggest margin in event history. At the 2006 Senior Players, Roberts blew the lead with two double bogeys down the final nine. Last year, Roberts took the lead in the second round and never looked back. Roberts started the final round with a three-stroke advantage over Fred Funk and expanded his lead early with four straight birdies from No. 2 -- a tap-in, and putts of seven, eight and six feet, and then a tap-in at No. 9. It was his second win of the season and seventh overall on the Champions Tour. Roberts became the first Constellation Energy Senior Players champion since Gil Morgan in 1998 to record four straight rounds in the 60s.
THE TITLE SPONSOR: Constellation Energy (www.constellation.com), a FORTUNE 125 company with 2007 revenues of $21 billion, is the nation's largest competitive supplier of electricity to large commercial and industrial customers and the nation's largest wholesale power seller. Constellation Energy also manages fuels and energy services on behalf of energy intensive industries and utilities. It owns a diversified fleet of 78 generating units located throughout the United States, totaling approximately 8,700 megawatts of generating capacity. The company delivers electricity and natural gas through the Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE), its regulated utility in Central Maryland.
SEASON'S FINAL MAJOR WILL HAVE SCHWAB CUP IMPLICATIONS: With 780 Charles Schwab Cup points going to the winner of the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship, as well as a check for $390,000, the outcome of the season's final major championship in 2008 will certainly have a major impact on this year's season-long race. Last year's Charles Schwab Cup winner, Loren Roberts, was in third place in the Schwab Cup race coming into the Senior Players Championship. However, his victory in Baltimore earned him 780 Schwab Cup points and vaulted him into first place, 161 points ahead of Jay Haas. Robert went on to claim the 2008 Schwab Cup, besting Haas by 165 points.
ROBERTS DEFENDS: Loren Roberts will defend an event for the sixth time in his Champions Tour career. He didn't have the opportunity to defend his 2007 Boeing Championship at Sandestin crown as the event was cancelled prior to the start of the 2008 season. Before this year's Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship, Roberts was the defending champion at the 2007 Senior British Open and finished T4. This is also his last shot at winning a major title on the Champions Tour for a fourth year in a row. If he's successful in defending at Baltimore Country Club, he would move out of a tie with Gary Player and Raymond Floyd who won majors in three consecutive seasons. Both Miller Barber and Hale Irwin won at least one major title in five straight years. On the PGA TOUR, Roberts won back-to-back Nestle Invitational crowns in 1994-95.
WHO'S HOT?: Eduardo Romero comes into this year's Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship having won three events in his last five starts. In addition to his recent victory at the SAS Championship, Romero claimed the Dick's Sporting Goods Open in July and added the U.S. Senior Open in early August. During Romero's current run, he has earned $1,176,111, an average of $235,222 per start.during this period. He's also 51-under-par during the stretch...Mark McNulty has posted five top-10 finishes in his last six starts. He is a combined 44-under-par and he's been under par in 16 of his last 20 rounds.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR/ROOKIE OF THE YEAR HONORS UP FOR GRABS: Eduardo Romero's recent victory at the SAS Championship made him the first three-time winner on the Champions Tour this year. However, eight other players have a pair of victories, the most multiple winners on the circuit since 2000. As a result, the Champions Tour Player of the Year race as well as the Rookie of the Year battle is wide open. This year's Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship could be a determining factor for post-season honors in both categories. Romero's three wins include the U.S. Senior Open Championship while Jay Haas and Fred Funk are two of those other eight professionals with a pair of 2008 titles and each has already won a major championship this year (Haas-Senior PGA Championship, Funk-JELD-WEN Tradition). All three, along with Bruce Vaughan (Senior British Open) are trying to become the first player since Tom Watson in 2003 to claim a pair of majors in the same season. Watson won both the Senior British Open and JELD-WEN Tradition that year. Haas is also bidding for an unprecedented third straight Player of the Year honor on the Champions Tour. Four players are battling for Rookie of the Year honors at the present time. Both Bernhard Langer and Jeff Sluman have won a pair of events this year but Mark Wiebe, a winner early in the season at the Cap Cana Championship, and John Cook (13 top-10s) are also having standout rookie campaigns.
NEW FACES IN BALTIMORE: Since the Champions Tour was in Baltimore last fall, there have been quite a few new additions to the ranks. Larry Mize, the 1987 Masters champion, is the newest face on the Champions Tour and he will be joined in the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship field by a number of other PGA TOUR winners. Among those scheduled to compete in this event for the first time are: John Cook (11 wins), Joey Sindelar (7 wins), Sandy Lyle (6 wins), Fulton Allem (3 wins), Phil Blackmar (3 wins), Gary Hallberg (3 wins), Mike Hulbert (3 wins), Ronnie Black (2 wins) and John Morse (1 win).
GOODES AND JONES PLAY THEIR WAY IN: Among the players facing the most difficult road to get into this year's event were North Carolina natives Mike Goodes and Gene Jones. The pair each went through the Champions Tour's National Qualifying Tournament in 2007 and earned the right to open qualify at Champions Tour events this year. Jones has eight top-10s in 18 events and Goodes has four top-10s in 17 tournaments. Both are currently among the top-30 on the 2008 money list and are in good position to earn fully-exempt status for the 2009 season.
CLOCK TICKING: Jim Thorpe, Gil Morgan and Hale Irwin will need to pick up the pace if they hope to extend significant streaks on the Champions Tour. Thorpe, the 2007 Charles Schwab Cup Championship winner, is attempting to win a tournament for the ninth consecutive year. Thorpe currently has the longest active streak of years with at least one victory on the circuit and if he's successful this fall, his run of nine straight seasons with at least one title would tie Miller Barber and Gil Morgan for the second-longest streak in Champions Tour annals. Hale Irwin tops the Champions Tour with 11 straight seasons with at least one title. Morgan is hoping to extend a run of years with seven figures in official earnings. He came into the 2008 season having put together 11 straight million-dollar seasons, an all-time Champions Tour record. Morgan currently sits in 33rd place on the 2008 money list with $511,526. Irwin's record run of 13 straight years among the top-30 money-winners will come to an end unless he makes a big move soon. Irwin is 63rd on the current money list with $217,670. Should Morgan vault into the top-30 and stay there through the AT&T Championship, it would extend to 12, his streak of years in the Charles Schwab Championship. Thorpe is trying to extend his streak of years in the season-ending event to 10 straight seasons.
PLAYERS EYEING SPOTS AT CHARLES SCHWAB CUP CHAMPIONSHIP: With only three events remaining before the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, there are a number of players battling for a berth in the season-ending event (top-30 money winners after the AT&T Championship) in Sonoma, CA. A year ago, the 30th spot went to Jim Thorpe with $605,038 and two years ago Mark McNulty claimed the last spot into the Sonoma event with $614,459. A total of 26 players have already exceeded the $600,000 figure this year. D.A. Weibring currently sits on the bubble with $525,794 and Bob Gilder is 31st with $522,256.
VAUGHAN EXPERIENCING BITTERSWEET SEASON: Bruce Vaughan, this year's Senior British Open Championship winner, is enjoying his finest season of his professional career but has also dealt with some health issues and a personal tragedy earlier in the year. Vaughan, a two-time winner on the Nationwide Tour in 1994 who was partially-exempt on the Champions Tour at the start of the year, has already earned over $250,000 more than all of last year. A product of Hutchinson, Kan., Vaughan learned the fundamentals of the game from Ralph Terry, the former pitcher for the New York Yankees who played the Champions Tour in the late '80s/early '90s. Vaughan had several knee surgeries early in the year and then tragically lost his mother, Maxine, in a car accident in early June.
WHO'S NEXT TO BREAK THROUGH?: Andy North, Jeff Sluman and Bruce Vaughan have been the only first-time winners on the Champions Tour thus far in 2008, the fewest number of first-timers since 1996 when there were only two. A total of six players won their first events on the Champions Tour at the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship. Mark James was the last first-time champion at the 2004 championship. Is this the year for another first-time winner?
HOMECOMING FOR FUNK AND HAMMOND: Two players who should feel right at home this week are Fred Funk and Donnie Hammond, both of whom are Maryland natives. A native of Takoma Park, Funk attended the University of Maryland and later served as the golf coach at his alma mater from 1982-88. Funk won his first major championship in mid-August at the JELD-WEN Tradition in Oregon and is bidding to become the first player since Tom Watson (2003 JELD-WEN Tradition, JELD-WEN Tradition) to claim consecutive majors. Hammond grew up in Frederick and played high school golf in the city before attending Jacksonville University. Hammond started honing his game as a child when he would attend Baltimore Colts practices at nearby Westminster College and then join his father with nine holes of golf at the college course.
PLAYERS BERTH ON THE LINE: The winner of this year's Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship receives an invitation to next May's PLAYERS Championship on the PGA TOUR. Two years ago, Bobby Wadkins teed it up at the TPC Sawgrass and missed the cut. Last year, Loren Roberts did not take advantage of his exemption into THE PLAYERS due to scheduling issues. Jack Nicklaus and Raymond Floyd are the only two players to have claimed a PLAYERS Championship and a Constellation Energy Senior Players title. There are four players in this year's Senior Players field who have won THE PLAYERS (Sandy Lyle/1987, Tom Kite/1989, Nick Price/1993, Fred Funk/2005). CONSTELLATION ENERGY SENIOR PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP RECORDS...
Lowest first 36 holes -- 131 (13-under) by J.C. Snead (1992)
Lowest last 36 holes -- 128 (16-under) by Jack Nicklaus (1990)
Lowest 54 holes -- 197 (19-under) by Jack Nicklaus (1990)
Lowest 72 holes -- 261 (27-under) by Jack Nicklaus (1990)
Lowest final-round score -- 63 (9-under) by Tom Kite (2003)
Lowest finish by a winner -- 64 (8-under) by Jack Nicklaus (1990)
Highest finish by a winner -- 73 (1-over) by Ray Floyd (1996), Mark James (2004)
Lowest start by a winner -- 65 (7-under) by Jack Nicklaus (1990)
Highest start by a winner -- 72 (even) by Arnold Palmer (1984)
Largest 1st-round lead -- 3 strokes by Gil Morgan (2004)
Largest 2nd-round lead -- 5 strokes by J.C. Snead (1992)
Largest 3rd-round lead -- 6 strokes by Orville Moody (1989)
Largest margin of victory -- 11 strokes by Arnold Palmer (1985)
Best come-from-behind-win -- 6 strokes by Ray Floyd (2000)
Wire-to-wire winners -- Arnold Palmer (1985)
Holes-in-one (11) -- Bob Erickson (Rd. 4/1985), Bob Betley (Rd. 4/1992), J.C. Goosie (Rd. 4/1992), Ben Smith (Rd. 2/1992), Tom Shaw (Rd. 1/1995), Dan Wood (Rd. 3/1998), John Jacobs (Rd. 3/2000), David Graham (Rd. 4/2002), Tom Wargo (Rd. 1/2002), Larry Nelson (Rd. 3/2006), Des Smyth (Rd. 3/2006)
A RICH HISTORY: The Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship is the fifth-oldest event on the Champions Tour, and this year's championship marks the 26th playing of this event. Only the Senior PGA Championship (69 years), Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf (31 years), U.S. Senior Open (29 years) and Bank of America Championship (28 years) are older events on the Champions Tour.
A BIG PURSE: At $2.6 million, the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship purse equals the largest on the Champions Tour. This year's Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf as well as both the U.S. Senior Open and JELD-WEN Tradition also feature purses of $2.6 million.
LOREN'S ACHIEVEMENT: Loren Roberts' win last year at the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship gave him victories in three different major championships (2005 JELD-WEN Tradition, 2006 Senior British Open) and made him one of just nine players on the Champions Tour with three different senior majors. Jack Nicklaus is the only player with four different senior majors on the Champions Tour.
JACOBSEN'S WIN WAS SIGNIFICANT: When he won the 2005 Senior Players, Peter Jacobsen joined Jack Nicklaus (The Tradition at Desert Mountain, Mazda Senior Tournament Players Championship) and Arnold Palmer (Senior PGA Championship, U.S. Senior Open) as just the third player whose first two victories on the Champions Tour came in majors.
Event Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Rd. 3 Rd. 4 All Senior PGA Championship/Oak Hill (East)/par-70* 76.858 75.647 76.274 74.750 75.994 Senior British Open/Royal Troon/par-71** 76.563 76.713 72.423 72.592 75.270 U.S. Senior Open/The Broadmoor (East)/par-70* 74.994 75.730 72.000 73.148 74.565 JELD-WEN Tradition/Crosswater Club/par-72 71.254 71.090 70.746 71.507 71.149
SCORING AVERAGES FOR THE 2008 MAJORS: Here's a breakdown by round of the scoring averages for each of the four major championships that have already been played this year:
OLDEST/YOUNGEST: In the previous 25 Constellation Energy Senior Players Championships, six winners have been 50 years of age. Three winners have been 51, five have been 52, two have been 53, six have been 54, one has been 55, one has been 56 and one has been 57. Raymond Floyd was 57 years, 10 months and 12 days of age when he claimed his second Senior Players event in 2000, the oldest winner in championship history. Craig Stadler is the event's youngest winner at 50 years, 1 month and 11 days of age.
HALE IRWIN TOPS MONEY LIST: With 10 top-10 finishes in 12 starts, including a win in 1999, Hale Irwin has won more money than any other player in tournament history -- $1,469,125. Ray Floyd, a two-time winner (1996, 2000) is second with $1,028,559.
FAST START REQUIRED: In the 25-year history of the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship, only six players have opened with a round in the 70s and gone on to win, the most recent being Peter Jacobsen who carded a 70 (T26) on Thursday in 2005. Arnold Palmer, the 1984 champion, remains the only winner who didn't post a sub-par first round. Palmer opened with an even-par 72 (T11) that year and then followed with three consecutive sub-70 scores to defeat Peter Thomson by three strokes. Raymond Floyd, the 2000 champion, was T29 after he shot a 71 in the opening round, the furthest back an eventual champion has ever been after the first round.
SUB-PAR ROUNDS NEEDED: In the previous 25 Constellation Energy Senior Players Championships, the winner has posted an over-par score just six times en route to victory. Gary Player, the 1987 champion, had a 73 in the second round at Sawgrass CC. Billy Casper, the 1988 winner, carded a 74 on the Valley Course at TPC Sawgrass during the third round. Jim Albus, the 1991 champion, rebounded from a 74 in the second round, while Ray Floyd won the 1996 event despite a 73 in the final round. In 2003, Craig Stadler became the fifth when he posted a second-round 73 only to come back with rounds of 65-66 on the weekend. Mark James was the last to do so in 2004 when he closed with a 73 but still won by one stroke over Jose Maria Canizares.
ROUND BY ROUND: Since 1990, the first-round leader/co-leader of this championship has gone on to win the event just five times with Loren Roberts being the first to do so last year since Allen Doyle triumphed in 2001. Second-round leaders/co-leaders have claimed seven of the last 18 Constellation Energy Senior Players Championships, including four of the last 11 events. 54-hole leaders/co-leaders have won the event 11 of 18 times since 1990.
JACK'S EFFORT IS STILL A RECORD: Jack Nicklaus set the all-time 72-hole scoring record on the Champions Tour at the 1990 Ford Senior Players Championship at Dearborn Country Club. Nicklaus' four-day total of 27-under-par 261 easily defeated Lee Trevino by six strokes. Trevino's four-day total is the best 72-hole score ever recorded that didn't win.
Major Championship Course Scoring Eagles Birdies Pars Bogeys Double Bogey + 2007 Senior British Open* Muirfield 75.643 (+4.643) 20 921 4444 2077 404 2007 U.S. Senior Open** Whistling Straits (Straits) 75.830 (+3.830) 24 1061 4476 1886 401 2007 Senior PGA Champ.** Kiawah Island (Ocean) 75.493 (+3.493) 18 1111 4869 1906 376 2007 Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship Baltimore CC (Five Farms/East) 71.016 (+1.016) 9 866 3656 947 120 2007 JELD-WEN Tradition Crosswater Club at Sunriver Resort 72.857 (+0.857) 10 909 3704 921 126 Year Rank Course Scoring Eagles Birdies Pars Bogeys Double-Bogey + 2007 6th Baltimore CC (Five Farms/East) 71.016 (+1.016) 9 866 3656 947 120 2006 22nd TPC Michigan 71.312 (-0.688) 17 1240 3455 740 146
THE FIRST TEST AT FIVE FARMS: Baltimore Country Club's East Course at Five Farms proved to be the second easiest among the five venues for Champions Tour majors last year. Here's a breakdown of where it ranked in difficulty among the four other major championships on the schedule in 2007 and also how it stacked up against the last Senior Players event held at the TPC Michigan in 2006:
SENIOR PLAYERS STATS TIDBITS: D.A. Weibring comes in with a run of nine consecutive sub-par rounds at this championship while Hale Irwin has reeled off 10 consecutive par/better rounds at this event. Fred Funk has a streak of eight straight par/better rounds in this championship...After making 22 birdies in the 2006 event (T1 with T.Watson, M. Reid, B. Wadkins), Loren Roberts made 19 birdies last year, the most by any player in the field. In two appearances in this championship, Roberts still has yet to have a three-putt green, a streak of 144 holes without a 3-putt...Jack Nicklaus made a championship-record 28 birdies in 1990 and Allen Doyle had 26 birdies in the 2001 event...Last year, Tom Watson became the first player since Hale Irwin in 1998 to post four consecutive rounds in the 60s at this event and not win...Bernhard Langer's T7 finish at the JELD-WEN Tradition made him the only player on the Champions Tour this year to record a top-10 in the four major championships that have been played thus far. Langer was second at the Senior PGA Championship, T4 at the Senior British Open at Royal Troon and T6 at the U.S. Senior Open.
GILDER STREAK CONTINUES: Bob Gilder is the only Champions Tour player to tee it up in every event thus far in 2008. His appearance at the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship will be his 119th consecutive event, a streak that began at the 2004 JELD-WEN Tradition and is the longest current run on the circuit. Dana Quigley holds the all-time record with 264 consecutive events played and 278 straight for which he's been eligible.
Year Winner Score Eagles Birdies Pars Bogeys D/Bog. Par 3s Par 4s Par 5s Front Back 2003 Craig Stadler -17 0 24 42 5 1 -4 -5 -8 -9 -8 2004 Mark James -13 0 19 47 6 0 -4 -7 -2 -9 -4 2005 Peter Jacobsen -15 1 21 44 4 2 -2 -3 -10 -3 -12 2006 Bobby Wadkins -14 0 22 43 6 1 -3 -4 -7 -4 -10 2007 Loren Roberts -13 0 19 47 6 6 -4 -7 -2 -10 -3
BREAKING DOWN THE LAST FIVE FORMER CHAMPIONS...
Year Winner Driving Accuracy Greens in Regulation Putts Sand Saves Driving Distance 2003 Stadler 38/56 (T37) 54/72 (T4) 110 (3) 3/6 (T20) 281.0 (10) 2004 James 48/56 (T4) 62/72 (1) 121 (T59) 2/2 (T1) 275.0 (25) 2005 Jacobsen 49/56 (T4) 59/72 (1) 117 (T43) 1/2 (T27) 280.0 (T9) 2006 Wadkins 46/56 (T13) 60/72 (1) 120 (T64) 2/5 (T48) 277.0 (3) 2007 Roberts 37/56 (T53) 52/72 (T22) 110 (1) 3/5 (T19) 264.0 (61)
ADDITIONAL STATISTICAL BREAKDOWNS OF LAST FIVE CHAMPIONS
ON THIS DATE...
10/6/96 -- Just 11 days after turning 50, Gil Morgan becomes at the time the youngest winner in Champions Tour history when he captures the Ralphs Senior Classic in Los Angeles by one stroke over Chi Chi Rodriguez and Jim Colbert.
10/6/85 -- After firing consecutive rounds of 64 to open the tournament, Tim Simpson adds to more rounds in the 60s to go on to a two-stroke win over Clarence Rose in Columbus, GA, to win the Southern Open for his first PGA TOUR crown.
10/6/02 -- Hale Irwin birdies the first playoff hole to defeat Gary McCord and earn his fourth successive Turtle Bay Championship title. The win also allows him to tie Jack Nicklaus for most victories in the same event.
10/7/01 -- Hale Irwin wins the second of what would be six straight Turtle Bay Championships when he finishes three strokes ahead of John Jacobs in Hawaii.
10/8/00 -- A closing-round 7-under-par 65 gives Jim Thorpe his first Champions Tour title, a three-stroke win over Bruce Fleisher at The Transamerica in Napa, CA. Win ends a victory drought of 14 years.
10/8/89 -- Donnie Hammond shoots rounds of 65-64-65-64 at Oak Hills CC to defeat Paul Azinger by seven strokes to win the Texas Open. His 72-hole total of 258 was just one shy of the TOUR scoring mark at the time.
10/9/83 -- Ronnie Black earns his first PGA TOUR victory when he wins the Buick Challenge by making a birdie on the fourth playoff hole to defeat Sam Torrance.
10/10/04 -- Larry Nelson matched the largest come-from-behind win of the 2004 season when he came from seven strokes back with a final-round 64 to win the Administaff Small Business Classic near Houston. Nelson's round included 10 birdies and an 11th birdie on the first playoff hole gave him the win over Hale Irwin.
10/11/91 -- Chip Beck ties a PGA TOUR record when he shoots a 13-under-par 59 in the third round of the Las Vegas Invitational.
10/11/92 -- Thanks to a course record 10-under-par 62 in the third round, John Cook wins the Las Vegas Invitational by two strokes over David Frost.
10/12/01 -- In just his third start on the Champions Tour, Bruce Lietzke won the 3M Championship by two strokes over Doug Tewell. Highlight of his appearance was a second round ace on No. 4 at the TPC Twin Cities.