13 to watch for 2013: No. 7 Steve Elkington

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Steve Elkington is rested and charged for the Champions Tour in 2013.
January 05, 2013
Vartan Kupelian

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Steve Elkington is ready for the Champions Tour.

“If you would have said to me 10 years ago would you play the Champions Tour, I would have said no,” said Elkington, who celebrated his 50th birthday on Dec. 8.

“Old Father Time has caught up to me and now I’m looking forward to it.”

He is so looking forward to it that Elkington took the 2012 season off from the PGA TOUR to spend time with his family and gear up. He said the mission has been accomplished.

“I’m really fresh, I’m ready to go back out and play,” Elkington said. “I’ve heard that they run it extremely well. Guys tell me it’s fun. There’s not much stress. We’ll enjoy it. They play some cool events.

“I think it’s one of the neatest things any profession can have would be to have an opportunity for all the years of good work you’ve done to have a bridge to do some more good things.”

Elkington said he has discussed the Champions Tour with the likes of John Cook, Mark Calcavecchia, Peter Senior, Mark O’Meara and even Lee Trevino. “Trevino gave me an earful,” Elkington said. “It’s all been good.”

Elkington said that he and Greg Norman already have had discussions – “a year ago” – about teaming up for the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf.

Elkington’s 10 PGA TOUR wins included the 1995 PGA Championship. He spent 50 weeks on the Official World Golf Ranking top 10 between 1995 and 1998. Elkington won the ’95 PGA Championship at Riviera Country Club in a playoff over Colin Montgomerie. He was runner-up in the same event 10 years later to Phil Mickelson at Baltusrol. Elkington has 10 top 10 finishes in major championships.