Tournament field features Langer, Irwin and Price
CARY, N.C. (SEPTEMBER 13, 2012) – Seven World Golf Hall of Famers have committed to the SAS Championship presented by Bloomberg Businessweek and will be among the legends of the PGA TOUR, when the official Champions Tour event returns to Prestonwood Country Club Oct. 5-7. Past SAS Champion Hale Irwin will be joined by other Hall of Famers including Bernhard Langer, Tom Kite, Nick Price, Larry Nelson, Curtis Strange and Sandy Lyle.
“To have these impressive and well-known Hall of Famers in the field is exciting for the area and for the fans,” said Tournament Director Jeff Kleiber. “The SAS Championship has become a prestigious stop on the Champions Tour. It’s a testament to the area and to Prestonwood that these legends keep coming back and we have several options that will make watching this field even better with skybox seating and unlimited food and drink in the Eagles’ Nest and the Michelob Ultra 19th Hole which is free to all spectators.”
The seven Hall of Famers have accumulated 93 Champions Tour victories, 93 PGA TOUR wins and 16 PGA TOUR Major Championships. 2005 SAS Championship winner Hale Irwin accounts for almost half of the Champions Tour victories, with 45, and holds the all-time Champions Tour record for most victories. He won three PGA TOUR majors, all at the U.S. Open (1974, 1979, 1990) and seven Champions Tour majors.
Langer, a two-time Masters champion (1985, 1993), was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2001. He’ll have momentum of a strong 2012 season when he arrives at Prestonwood, with one win and 13 top-10 finishes. Langer has found success in Champions Tour Majors, winning the Senior Open Championship in 2010, followed by the US Senior Open a week later.
Tom Kite, Curtis Strange and Larry Nelson have each found success at the U.S. Open. Strange won back-to-back in 1988 and 1989, Nelson won in 1983 and Kite in 1992. Nelson also earned two PGA Championships (1981, 1987). All three have been inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame; Kite in 2004, Nelson in 2006 and Strange in 2007.
A 2003 World Golf Hall of Fame inductee, Nick Price has had steady success on the Champions Tour after dominating the PGA TOUR. While on the PGA TOUR, Price captured 18 victories, including three major championships – the 1992 PGA Championship, the 1994 PGA Championship and the 1994 British Open. In his Champions Tour career, he’s had four victories, with the most recent at the 2011 Toshiba Classic.
Sandy Lyle earned two Major Championships during his PGA TOUR career. He won the British Open in 1985 and the Masters in 1988. Lyle is one of the most recent members of the World Golf Hall of Fame, being inducted in May 2012.
The final field will be set at 5 p.m. on Friday, September 30 and additional commitment announcements will be made in the coming weeks.
Tickets are currently on sale for the 2012 SAS Championship presented by Bloomberg Business, including the Eagles’ Nest. Situated on the pivotal par-5 17th hole, where past champions have often clinched victory, these day-specific tickets are $89, and each ticket includes catered lunch, open bar and snacks. Other ticket options include the SAS Championship Golf & Leisure Book weekly grounds passes and daily tickets. All ticket options can be purchased now online at saschampionship.com or by calling (919) 531-4653.