CHAMPIONS TOUR UPDATE – 8.25.14
Scott Dunlap outlasted Mark Brooks at the Boeing Classic, eventually winning at the first hole of sudden-death for his first career victory on the Champions Tour. Dunlap played 204 PGA TOUR events without a victory.
Marco Dawson continues his good stretch of play with a T5 at the Boeing Classic and earned a spot in the field at this week’s Shaw Charity Classic. Dawson had finished T4 and T3 at his previous two Champions Tour events.
Robin Freeman kept alive a streak of 10 straight years that at least one eagle has been made at the drivable par-4 14th hole at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge when he recorded a ‘2’ on the hole in the final round of the Boeing Classic.
For the first time in Champions Tour history, three players who shot 59s played together in the same grouping. Chip Beck, the second player in PGA TOUR history to shoot 59, Paul Goydos, the fifth player to shoot 59 on the PGA TOUR, and Kevin Sutherland, the first player in Champions Tour history to shoot 59, teed off together in round one at last week’s Boeing Classic.
Argentina’s Cesar Monasterio posted a five-stroke win over Andrew Oldcorn and Barry Lane at the English Senior Open on the European Senior Tour last week.
Bruce Devlin will be inducted into the Texas Golf Hall of Fame on October 20 at the San Antonio CC. Devlin won 27 professional events worldwide and is known for his golf course designs and architecture and as a TV commentator.
The Shaw Charity Classic enjoyed a highly-successful inaugural event in 2013 featuring large crowds and a standout performance by Rocco Mediate, who blitzed the field for a seven-shot victory at Canyon Meadows Golf & Country Club. Led by a philanthropic Patron Group, including Tournament Chairman Clay Riddell, Vice Chairmen Allan Markin, Keith MacPhail, Jim Riddell, Guy Turcotte and PGA TOUR Professional and Calgary resident Stephen Ames, along with title sponsor, Shaw Communications, the Shaw Charity Classic will remain true to the Champions Tour’s goal of supporting the community.
Stephen Ames, who turned 50 in April, will compete in this year’s Shaw Charity Classic following his induction into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame on Tuesday morning in a ceremony at Canyon Meadows. In addition to four wins on the PGA TOUR, he also claimed wins on the European Tour and the Web.com Tour.
Four members of the World Golf Hall of Fame are in the Shaw Charity Classic field. They are Hale Irwin, Fred Couples, Sandy Lyle, and Bernhard Langer.
CHARLES SCHWAB CUP
Scott Dunlap earned 300 Charles Schwab Cup points with his Boeing Classic victory and moved up to 17th in the season-long race. Charles Schwab Cup leader Bernhard Langer finished T15 at the Boeing Classic, marking the second time this year that he has not earned points (T20 – Encompass Championship). With eight events left in the season, Langer maintains a 633-point lead over Colin Montgomerie in the season-long race.
19 – After shooting a 14-over-86 to begin the Boeing Classic, Jeff Brehaut followed with a 5-under-par 67 the very next round, a 19-stroke swing, the largest improvement in scores in tournament history.
ON THIS DATE
8/31/03 – Playing in an unprecedented ninth major championship for the season and the first player to do so, Tom Watson wins the JELD-WEN Tradition near Portland when he is one better than Gil Morgan, Isao Aoki and Tom Kite. Watson’s up and down birdie from a greenside bunker was the difference as he claimed back-to-back major titles.
DID YOU KNOW?
Canyon Meadows Golf & CC was the easiest course utilized on the Champions Tour in 2013 with an average score of 69.004 for the event. The par-5, 15th hole yielded 21 eagles and 141 birdies for the three rounds and will be changed to a par-4 this year meaning the course will play to a par of 70.
QUOTES TO NOTE
"I know I can, it's just will I?" – After taking the 36-hole lead at the Boeing Classic, Scott Dunlap was asked if he could win.
"I couldn't beat all of them in any one tournament until this week." – Scott Dunlap played 204 PGATOUR events without victory before winning the Champions Tour’s Boeing Classic.
“Has anybody shot 59 out here on the Champions Tour?” – Kevin Sutherland asked the question to Paul Goydos, who shot 59 on the PGA TOUR, when they were paired together at the 3M Championship. The very next week, Sutherland became the first player in Champions Tour history to shoot the magic number at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open.
“You're living the dream. It's a fantasy almost to get to come places like this and the way people treat us to come and play in a tournament and every town's the same way and you've got a thousand plus volunteers that help put on a tournament out of the goodness of their heart to help raise money for charities in the local area. To be a small part of it is a true thrill. When you don't play good it's not a lot of fun, but if you take a step back and you look at what you're involved in, it's incredible.” – Mike Goodes explains what the Champions Tour is like for him after shooting 64 to hold the first-round lead at the Boeing Classic.
TWEET OF THE WEEK
Bobby Clampett @BClampett · 1h Annual 11th hole roll w/ the kids from @BoeingClassic @ChampionsTour Great time but I can't roll like I used to! pic.twitter.com/S9r8WuDWXZ