Three players make Champions debuts at season's first full-field event

February 04, 2013

By Champions Tour staff

News and notes from around the Champions Tour for the week of Feb. 4.


• A unique fundraising pro-am was held Feb. 3 at The Floridian Golf & Yacht Club in Palm City, Fla. with funds assisting the recovery of Devon Quigley, son of Champions Tour professional Dana Quigley, who was left near death in a 2011 car accident. The professional participants were required to be members of the World Golf Hall of Fame or major championship winners and the field included Lee Trevino, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, along with many other legends of the game. An estimated $1 million was raised during the day.

• It was announced last week that ten-time PGA TOUR winner Mark McCumber will be among ten sports stars inducted into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame during a ceremony in Jacksonville, Fla. on April 27. McCumber also earned seven top-10 finishes during his Champions Tour career, four of which came in 2003.

• Six-time major champion Lee Trevino has been named the 2013 recipient of the PGA Distinguished Service Award. A member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, Trevino, 73, will receive the Association's highest annual honor in conjunction with the PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y. on Aug. 7.

• American Robert Thompson earned a fully exempt card for the European Senior Tour by finishing fourth at the Qualifying School Finals in Portugal last week. Thompson has two top-10 finishes in 36 starts on the Champions Tour with his best result a T4 at the 2008 Turtle Bay Championship. Following the 2008 season, Thompson won the Champions Tour National Qualifying Tournament.

• Champions Tour professional Mark O’Meara finished T59 at last week’s European Tour event – the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.


• The Allianz Championship is the first full-field event of the 2013 season and three players will make their debuts on the Champions Tour. Former PGA TOUR winners Rocco Mediate and Bart Bryant will be joined by Taiwan’s Chie-Hsiang Lin, a product of last fall’s Champions Tour National Qualifying Tournament. 

• Three players who underwent surgery in recent months are scheduled to compete in the Allianz Championship -- Scott Hoch, Hal Sutton and Joey Sindelar. Hoch was sidelined for all of 2012 after undergoing left-hand surgery, Sutton underwent left-hip replacement surgery last October, while Sindelar had back surgery last November. 

• Bart Bryant makes his debut at the Allianz Championship and joins his brother, Brad, in the field. The Bryants will become one of several brother duos that have played on the Champions Tour. When John Inman, another Champions Tour newcomer, makes his debut later this year, it will be another pair of brothers (Joe) who have competed on Tour. The Wadkins brothers (Lanny and Bobby) and the Hills (Mike and Dave) are the only pairs to have each won on the Champions Tour.

• World Golf Hall of Fame member Annika Sorenstam will headline a women’s clinic and pro-am slated for Tuesday of the Allianz Championship. The Women’s Executive Pro-Am offers women a golf and business networking experience along with the opportunity to play nine holes with a Champions Tour player followed by a Q&A session and private group clinic with Sorenstam.


• John Cook leads the Charles Schwab Cup with 309 points after winning the season-opening event. Cook is a combined total of 52 under for 15 rounds at the Allianz Championship and has never shot higher than 71 at the Old Course at Broken Sound. He has earned $344,381 in five starts in Boca Raton. Here’s a look at his previous results at the Allianz Championship:

Year                 Result
2012                 T5
2011                 T17
2010                 2
2009                 T12
2008                 T6


0 - None of the 80 players who played all three rounds of the Allianz Championship last year posted three consecutive rounds in the 60s, and only one player did it the previous year -- Tom Lehman in 2011.


2/6/83 – Jack Nicklaus finishes 6th at the Bing Crosby Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and becomes first player to top $4 million in career earnings.


Since the Champions Tour began for players aged 50 and over in 1980, 51-year-old players have the highest winning percentage with victories 19.02% of the time.


“Don’t ask these guys to kneel because half of them won’t be able to get up.” -- Hollis Cavner’s instructions to the photographer ready to shoot pictures of the many World Golf Hall of Fame members and major champions who participated in last week’s fundraising pro-am. Cavner organized the outing to assist Devon Quigley, son of Champions Tour professional Dana, who was injured after a 2011 car accident.


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