CHAMPIONS TOUR UPDATE – 10.6.14
The Champions Tour Player of the Month for September is Wes Short, Jr., who advanced as medalist from the National Qualifying Tournament at the end of last year to earn exempt status before claiming his first victory at last month’s Quebec Championship. Short finished birdie-birdie-eagle to shoot 64 in the final round in Canada and win by a stroke over Scott Dunlap. After a sixth-place finish the following week at the Pacific Links Hawaii Championship he rounded out the month with a T14 result at the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach.
Champions Tour rookie Scott Verplank will use the one-time top-50 career money exemption to play on the PGA Tour for the 2014-2015 season. Kenny Perry, a seven-time Champions Tour winner, is using a one-time top-25 career money exemption for the upcoming season.
Five-time Champions Tour winner Mark Wiebe is among the 2014 inductees into the San Jose State University Sports Hall of Fame. The ceremony will take place on November 14.
Tyler McCumber, son of former THE PLAYERS Championship winner Mark McCumber, captured his first victory on the PGA TOUR Latinoamerica recently in the Ecuador Open.
The French Riviera Masters on the European Senior Tour was won by England’s Phil Golding last week.
The SAS Championship will be contested for the 14th consecutive year at Prestonwood CC in Cary, NC this week. Russ Cochran is the defending champion and the European pair of Bernhard Langer and Colin Montgomerie, Nos. 1 and 2 on the Charles Schwab Cup standings, are both scheduled to play.
Bernhard Langer will make his first appearance on the Champions Tour in over a month when he plays in this week’s SAS Championship. Langer, who won the 2012 SAS Championship, is seeking his sixth title of the season. The last Champions Tour player to win six times in a season was Larry Nelson in 2000.
Colin Montgomerie last appeared on the Champions Tour at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open in mid-August. Montgomerie returns at the SAS Championship where he finished T18 last year. Both Montgomerie and Sir Nick Faldo, also in this week’s SAS Championship field, missed the cut at last week’s European Tour’s Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Faldo made his first appearance on American soil on the Champions Tour at last year’s SAS Championship, but he had to withdraw after 12 holes in the opening round with an elbow injury.
Kenny Perry, a multiple winner on the Champions Tour this year, has not played in a tournament since the PGA Championship in early August. Perry won the 2011 SAS Championship and is shooting to equal his win total of a year ago when he tries for a third title in 2014.
There has never been a playoff at the SAS Championship—the only current event that has played the first 10 years without an overtime session.
With 17-year-old Chris Meyers from The First Tee of Tucson holing out for an albatross on the 18th hole at Pebble Beach to win the Nature Valley First Tee Open pro-junior section with partner Lee Janzen, it should be noted the last official albatross on the Champions Tour was scored by Keith Fergus at the par-5 17th hole in the second round of the 2010 SAS Championship. Fergus holed a 3-iron shot from 210 yards. It was at the time the 35th double eagle in Champions Tour history and led to a second-round 64.
Carey Lohrenz, the Navy’s first female F14 fighter pilot, will speak at Astellas presents Executive Women’s Day, a highly-successful business forum being hosted at PGA TOUR events across the country, on Tuesday, Oct. 7 as a part of the SAS Championship tournament week.
Corey Pavin, 2012 Allianz Championship winner, will be featured over the course of five episodes on Golf Channel Academy this fall, beginning Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. ET. Each episode will highlight a different aspect of the golf swing.
CHARLES SCHWAB CUP
With a maximum 1,728 points available to the winner of the four remaining events, the race for the Charles Schwab Cup this season is now down to two players. Bernhard Langer, with 3,624 points, holds a 633-point lead over Colin Montgomerie. The top 30 players on the money list following the AT&T Championship qualify for the Charles Schwab Cup Championship. Any top-10 finish earns points for a player and all 30 players at the season finale at Desert Mountain Club will earn double points – 880 for the winner and 48 for 30th place. Here’s a look at the points available to the winner of the four remaining events;
Tournament Charles Schwab Cup Points to Winner
SAS Championship 315
Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn 240
AT&T Championship 293
Charles Schwab Cup Championship 880
9 – There are nine rookies currently in the top 35 on the money list (Scott Dunlap/7, Wes Short, Jr./16, Billy Andrade/18, Marco Dawson/23, Doug Garwood/25, Woody Austin/26, Jeff Maggert/27, Paul Goydos/33, Joe Durant/34). Miguel Angel Jimenez, who won his first Champions Tour start at the Greater Gwinnett Championship, is currently No. 47 on the money list.
ON THIS DATE
10/6/02 – Hale Irwin birdies the first playoff hole to defeat Gary McCord and earn his fourth successive Turtle Bay Championship title. The win also allows him to tie Jack Nicklaus for most victories in the same event.
10/11/91 – Chip Beck ties a PGA TOUR record when he shoots a 13-under-par 59 in the third round of the Las Vegas Invitational.
DID YOU KNOW?
John Cook’s win at the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach was the seventh tournament to be won by a 56-year-old player this season. Bernhard Langer has won five tournaments this season while aged 56. Jeff Sluman was 56 when he teamed with Fred Funk to claim the Big Cedar Lodge Legends of Golf.
QUOTE TO NOTE
“These kids have so much enthusiasm, and that enthusiasm is infectious. This is the most fun tournament of the year.” – Olin Browne explains why the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, where Champions Tour professionals team with junior golfers from The First Tee chapters around the country, is one of the most popular events on Tour.
TWEETS OF THE WEEK
Champions Tour @ChampionsTour This guy is defending the @SchwabCupFinale but has yet to win the Charles Schwab Cup trophy. #FredCouples pic.twitter.com/IXrvG2DtPZ