Then and Now: Champions Tour in 1980, 2013

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Hale Irwin has 45 victories on the Champions Tour, the most of any player.
August 07, 2013

The Champions Tour will crown its 1,000th winner at this week's Dick's Sporting Goods Open at En-Joie Golf Course in Endicott, N.Y. How will this week compare to the first Champions Tour event 33 years ago, the Atlantic City Senior International? The Champions Tour media staff compiled some interesting comparisons:

  Atlantic City Dick's Sporting Goods Open
The course 6,526 yards, par 71 6,974, par 72
Purse $125,000 ($20,000 to the winner) $1.8 million ($270,000 and 270 Schwab Cup points to the winner)
Hall of Famers Tommy Bolt, Julius Boros, Doug Ford, Charlie Sifford, Sam Snead Hale Irwin, Tom Kite, Bernhard Langer, Colin Montgomerie, Larry Nelson, Nick Price
Major champions in the field
13 18
Career PGA TOUR wins 322 (82 by Snead) 393
Notable back injuries Snead, withdrew during first round Fred Couples, not in the field
Low score 63, by Sifford in final round 65 in 2012, by Langer, John Huston, Kenny Perry and Bob Gilder
Rounds in 60s 10 for the week 68 for the week in 2012
Pro-am One, with a $5,000 purse Two, $5,000 each with $5,000 overall donated to a local junior golf foundation
Winner Don January ???


What about elsewhere in the world of golf, sports and pop culture?

  1980 2013
Champions Tour schedule
Four events
26 events
Total purse $475,000 $50,750,000, plus $2.1 million in Schwab Cup bonus money
Senior PGA champion Arnold Palmer Kohki Idoki
U.S. Senior Open champion
Roberto De Vicenzo Kenny Perry
Masters champion
Seve Ballesteros
Adam Scott
U.S. Open champion
Jack Nicklaus
Justin Rose
No. 1 TV show
"60 Minutes", CBS
No. 1 pop song
"Funkytown", Lipps Inc
"Blurred Lines", Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell
Top-selling car
Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme
Toyota Camry (2012)
Cost of a stamp
15 cents
46 cents
Super Bowl champion
Pittsburgh Steelers
Baltimore Ravens
Best Picture Oscar "Ordinary People" "Argo" (2012)