CHAMPIONS TOUR UPDATE – FEB.24.14
Bernhard Langer was Player of the Month for January/February following his win at the season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship, a T7 finish at the Allianz Championship and a T2 finish at the ACE Group Classic. Langer has shot under par in each of his nine rounds this year and is a total of 51-under in that stretch. He has averaged just under $160,000 in earnings per event. It is the eighth Player of the Month award for Langer since joining the Champions Tour in 2007.
The World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum announced a partnership with PING. Visitors to the Hall of Fame will be able to use the latest in PING equipment throughout the St. Augustine, Fla., facility, including its Golf Simulator, the 18-hole, natural-grass putting course and its 132-yard Challenge Hole.
Miguel Angel Jimenez was defeated 4 and 3 by Bill Haas in the first round at the PGA TOUR’s WGC-Accenture Match Play last week.
Former Detroit News golf writer and current Champions Tour insider for PGATOUR.COM Vartan Kupelian will be inducted into the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame on June 8.
The Toshiba Classic celebrates the 20th playing of the tournament on March 10-16. Last year, David Frost won by five strokes over Fred Couples.
Bobby Clampett is opening a golf teaching academy in Bonita Springs. He will open his first Impact Zone Golf Teaching Academy at the Gateway Golf and Country Club on March 1. Clampett recently became the first PGA TOUR professional to earn his certification as PGA Master Professional of Teaching and Coaching, which is the PGA of America’s highest educational honor.
CHARLES SCHWAB CUP
Bernhard Langer (478 points/1st) and Jay Haas (257 points/4th) are the only two players to have earned Charles Schwab Cup points in each of the first three events of the season by posting top-10 finishes at each tournament.
27,182 – John Cook requires $27,182 to surpass $10,000,000 in Champions Tour career earnings. In five starts at the upcoming Toshiba Classic, Cook has averaged $30,877 per tournament.
ON THIS DATE
2/25/07 – Fred Funk becomes the third player to win a Champions Tour and PGA Tour event in the same year when he wins the Mayakoba Golf Classic at Riviera Maya with a birdie on the second playoff hole to defeat Jose Coceres. Funk set a new course record with a first-round 62.
3/1/96 – The Stockton family makes history when Dave (Champions Tour), Dave, Jr. (PGA TOUR/Doral Ryder Open) and Ron (Nike Inland Empire Open) all compete the same day in PGA TOUR sanctioned events.
DID YOU KNOW?
Fred Couples leads the driving distance statistic after three events of the 2014 season with an average of 308.2 yards, more than 15 yards ahead of second-ranked Kenny Perry (292.6). The Champions Tour average is 267 yards.
QUOTE TO NOTE
“I used to be quite good at it 25 years ago but now it's taking longer.” – Colin Montgomerie shares his thoughts on the difficulties of getting over jet lag as he ages.