CHAMPIONS TOUR UPDATE – 7.28.14
Bernhard Langer created Champions Tour history last week, completing a record 13-stroke victory over Colin Montgomerie at the Senior Open Championship at Royal Porthcawl. Langer birdied the final hole to post a championship record score in relation to par of 18-under 266. With his win, Langer earned a spot in the 144th Open Championship in 2015 at St. Andrews.
Bernhard Langer earned his 22nd career title on the Champions Tour and moved into a tie with Chi Chi Rodriguez and Don January for sixth place on the all-time victory list.
Bernhard Langer is the only player to finish among the top 10 in all five major championships on the Champions Tour this season. Along with wins at the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS and the Senior Open, Langer was T9 at the Regions Tradition, T3 at the Senior PGA and T9 at the U.S. Senior Open.
Fred Couples finished T13 at the Senior Open in his first start on the Champions Tour in two months (Regions Tradition). Couples had been out of action with back issues since playing at Shoal Creek in Birmingham.
Joe Durant posted a T12 finish at the RBC Canadian Open, the best finish of the Champions Tour professionals who played the PGA TOUR event last week.
Robert Mize, son of 1987 Masters champion Larry Mize, won the Georgia Amateur earlier this month, shooting one-under 279 at Idle Hour CC in Macon to claim the title.
The dates for next year’s Regions Tradition, a major championship on the Champions Tour, were announced last week. The tournament will be played May 13-17 at Shoal Creek in Birmingham, Ala.
Tom Pernice, Jr., the defending champion at this week’s 3M Championship at TPC Twin Cities, was the leading American at last week’s Senior Open Championship, finishing T3.
Paul Goydos, whose career includes two PGA TOUR victories (1996 Bay Hill Invitational and 2007 Sony Open of Hawaii) as well as over 500 starts on TOUR, will make his Champions Tour debut at this week’s 3M Championship. Goydos turned 50 on June 20.
There are seven members of the World Golf Hall of Fame in this week’s 3M Championship field. They are Hale Irwin, Colin Montgomerie, Bernhard Langer, Larry Nelson, Tom Kite, Vijay Singh and Nick Price. A further nine World Golf Hall of Fame members will be present at the Greats of Golf Challenge, an 18-hole exhibition that will take place on Saturday. The four groups will begin play after the final groups have teed off. The marquee group will include Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Lee Trevino, all members of the World Golf Hall of Fame. Arnold Palmer will captain one team comprised of LPGA greats and Hall of Famers Annika Sorenstam, Nancy Lopez and Pat Bradley, while Don January’s team will be made up of Andy North, David Graham and Fuzzy Zoeller. The fourth team will include World Golf Hall of Famers Johnny Miller and Tony Jacklin as well as Dave Stockton.
In 2013, the 3M Championship tournament surpassed $21 million in charitable proceeds over its' 21-year history.
The ‘Snoqualmie Showdown’, a two-man, best-ball competition, will take place at TPC Snoqualmie on August 4 to promote the 2014 Boeing Classic. Sports Radio 950 KJR AM’s morning host Mitch Levy will team with Rick Neuheisel, the Huskies’ Head Football Coach from 1999-2003, to take on World Golf Hall of Fame member and Seattle native Fred Couples, partnering with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Tickets will be limited to the first 500 spectators who purchase a $100 pass at BoeingClassic.com. All event proceeds will benefit the Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason, the Boeing Classic beneficiary, and A PLUS Youth Program, a local organization that promotes sports as a vehicle to provide the educational resources and character development necessary for student-athletes to succeed in life.
CHARLES SCHWAB CUP
Bernhard Langer reclaimed the lead (by 259 points over Colin Montgomerie) in the Charles Schwab Cup standings with his win at the Senior Open Championship. With the five major championships completed for the season, the only remaining event to offer double Charles Schwab Cup points is the season-finale Charles Schwab Cup Championship at Desert Mountain Club in November where all 30 competitors receive double points. Here’s a comparison of where the top five players stand following the final major championship of the year and where the top five players were at the same point last year, as well as their eventual finish in the Charles Schwab Cup;
Current 2014 CSC Points 2013 Points after 5th major/Eventual CSC Finish
Bernhard Langer – 3,366 Kenny Perry – 2,508/1st
Colin Montgomerie – 3,107 Bernhard Langer – 1,713/2nd
Jay Haas – 1,480 David Frost – 1,613/4th
Jeff Sluman – 1,313 Fred Couples – 1,301/3rd
Kenny Perry – 1,232 Duffy Waldorf – 1,104/5th
13 – Bernhard Langer’s margin of victory at last week’s Senior Open Championship is a Champions Tour record, one better than Hale Irwin’s 12-stroke margin of victory at the 1997 Senior PGA Championship.
ON THIS DATE
7/30/06 – Corey Pavin ends a 10-year drought (10 years, two months, 11 days) as he goes wire-to-wire to win the U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee for the second time. Pavin set or tied several TOUR records in the process, including an 8-under-par 26 on the front nine in his opening round. His opening-round 61 matched the Brown Deer Park course record and his 36-hole total of 61-64—125 matched the best first 36-hole mark in Tour history.
8/2/92 – Lanny Wadkins wins the last of 21 PGA TOUR titles when he comes from five strokes behind in the final round at the Canon Greater Hartford Open at TPC River Highlands.
DID YOU KNOW?
The winning score at the 3M Championship has been at least 15-under-par in each of the last seven years, including two winning totals of better than 20-under. Interestingly, no player has ever successfully defended a title at the 3M Championship.
QUOTES TO NOTE
"Certainly my wins in the majors, with double points, have really helped me in the Charles Schwab Cup race. Bernhard Langer is still the guy to beat. He's Mr. Consistency. In that Germanic way of his, he's very clinical and has a patient way of getting the job done. He's set new standards on the Champions Tour, even at his age. The number of top-10s he's had is quite extraordinary.” – Colin Montgomerie comments on the race for the Charles Schwab Cup before last week’s Senior Open Championship, the final major of the season.
“If Langer and I were paired together in the foursomes, we’d feel we could bring a point home for Europe. We’d need to sit out the fourballs though – we’d be knackered.” – Colin Montgomerie shares his opinion on the upcoming Ryder Cup.
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