More News & Notes from Thursday

May 22, 2009

Scott Hoch (Photo: PGA of America)

Scott Hoch (Photo: PGA of America)

Live Scoring available at www.SeniorPGA2009.com.

Steady as He Goes

John Jacobs, the 2003 Senior PGA Champion, was the model of consistency in the opening round of the 70th Senior PGA Championship. Jacobs parred every hole for a round of 70, hit 12 of 14 fairways, and 16 of 18 greens in regulation. And he was 1-for-1 in sand saves.

Tracking the Senior PGA Champions

Jacobs and three other past Senior PGA Champions — Hale Irwin, Dave Stockton and Denis Watson — shot 70 in the first round. Two-time and Defending Champion Jay Haas had 71, while Tom Watson, Allen Doyle and Fuzzy Zoeller each shot 72. Tom Wargo and Mike Reid carded 74s.

Norman’s Driving Woes

Greg Norman struggled off the tee in the opening round, hitting just five of 14 fairways. He finished with 73.

The Boys from the ’79 Amateur Final

Mark O’Meara, the winner of the 1979 U.S. Amateur at Canterbury, and John Cook, who lost to O’Meara in that final match, never got much going in the first round today. O’Meara, starting his round on No. 10, made double-bogey on 15 and triple-bogey on 16. He shot 76 for the round.

Meanwhile, Cook bogeyed three straight holes (4, 5 and 6) and shot 73.

How the Course Played

Statistically, the back nine played considerably harder than the front nine in the opening round. With par being 36 on the back, the field averaged 38.432 strokes on that side.

On the par-34 front nine, the field played to a stroke average of 35.781.

Stockton at “Home” in Cleveland

It should have come as little surprise that Dave Stockton opened with a 70 — his best score in the Senior PGA Championship since 2003 — considering his fondess for the Cleveland area.

Stockton, now 67, won the 1996 U.S. Senior Open at Canterbury, captured the 1968 Cleveland Open and even called suburban Cleveland his “summer home” in the late ’60s and early ’70s. Back then, before Stockton had enough money to fly back to his native California during a break from the PGA Tour, he and his wife, Cathy, would often stay with a local friend and play Chagrin Valley Country Club in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

Not Much Red

There were only 10 players under par in the first round and 22 players at par or better.

Tough 12th, Easy 15th

The par-4 12th, measuring 461 yards, played as the toughest hole in the opening round, with a stroke average of 4.626. Only eight birdies were made on 12, while there were 48 bogeys, 24 double bogeys and three “others” (triple bogey or worse).

The 18th and 17th holes ranked second and third, respectively, in difficulty. There were only five birdies on each hole among the 156-player field.

Conversely, the 549-yard, par-5 15th hole yielded 39 birdies and just 27 bogeys and three double bogeys. It ranked as the easiest hole on the course, with a scoring average of 4.961.

Flying Under the Radar

There were no eagles or holes-in-one recorded in the opening round today.

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Pro-Am Results, News & Notes

May 19, 2009

Tom Kite walks with his Pro-Am Teammates (photo: The PGA of America)

Tom Kite walks with his Pro-Am Teammates (photo: The PGA of America)

THE PRO-AM’s TOP PRO

Tom Watson, the 2001 Senior PGA Champion, posted the low professional round in the Pro-Am held today at the Senior PGA Championship. Watson offset two bogeys with four birdies for a 2-under-par 68 to edge Ohio native John Cook by one stroke. Defending Senior PGA Champion Jay Haas and Wayne Grady, the 1990 PGA Champion, each shot even-par 70.

THE PRO-AM’s TOP TEAM

In the team competition, 1997 U.S. Ryder Cup Team Captain Tom Kite led his group to victory.  Kite and amateurs David Biscan, Bob Morris, Bob Nakasone and Jonathan Vassil shot 13-under-par 57 to win by one stroke over the team paced by two-time PGA Champion Nick Price (Jim Brown, Mac McLaughlin, Jerry Draga and Greg Bumbu).

For photos of the Pro-Am visit www.SeniorPGA2009.com.

PLAYER QUOTES

“These fairways [at Canterbury Golf Club] are better than a lot of greens I’ve putted on.” — PGA Club Professional Mike San Filippo, competing this week in his seventh consecutive Senior PGA Professional.

“There are two things you must do this week to be successful here [at Canterbury]: You must drive the ball in the fairway and you must keep the ball below the hole. This is probably the toughest set of greens I have ever played on one golf course.” — Kirk Hanefeld, the 2008 Senior PGA Professional National Champion, who is making his fourth consecutive appearance in the Senior PGA Championship.

A GATHERING OF CHAMPIONS

One of the great traditions of Senior PGA Championship week is the annual gathering of both Senior PGA Champions and PGA Champions for dinner and camaraderie. On Tuesday night, Defending Senior PGA Champion Jay Haas hosted the Champions’ Dinner at Canterbury Golf Club. He was joined by 14 other Champions, including:

  • Allen Doyle (1999 Senior PGA Champion)
  • Hale Irwin (1996, 1997, 1998, 2004 Senior PGA Champion)
  • John Jacobs (2003 Senior PGA Champion)
  • Mike Reid (2005 Senior PGA Champion)
  • Charlie Sifford (1975 Senior PGA Champion)
  • Jeff Sluman (1988 PGA Champion)
  • Dave Stockton (1970 and 1976 PGA Champion)
  • Hal Sutton (1983 PGA Champion)
  • Bob Tway (1986 PGA Champion)
  • Lanny Wadkins (1977 PGA Champion)
  • Tom Wargo (1993 Senior PGA Champion)
  • Denis Watson (2007 Senior PGA Champion)
  • Tom Watson (2001 Senior PGA Champion)
  • Fuzzy Zoeller (2002 Senior PGA Champion)

They dined on a menu chosen by Haas and his wife, Jan, which included:

  • Baby mixed greens with warm brie in puff pastry
  • Petit filet mignon with rosemary-infused reduction
  • Lobster tail with scallion-lemon zest buerre blanc
  • Whipped potato croquette
  • Grilled asparagus
  • White chocolate banana cream pie (a favorite of Jay and Jan Haas and a recipe from Winnie Palmer, the late wife of Arnold Palmer)

As a gift to the assembled Champions, Haas selected a Match Pewter pitcher.

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Media Day Quotables

April 30, 2009
From left to right: Bill Townsend, Jay Haas, Jim Remy and Doug Grabert

From left to right: Bill Townsend, Jay Haas, Jim Remy and Doug Grabert

On April 27th Canterbury Golf Club hosted the Senior PGA Championship Media Day. On stage, in front of a room full of local media outlets, Defending Champion Jay Haas was joined by Jim Remy, president of the PGA of America; Doug Grabert, NBC Sports golf director; and Bill Townsend, general chairman of the 70th Senior PGA Championship.

These gentlemen discussed details about the Championship, relived past Senior PGA moments and shared their memories of Canterbury.

The following are some of their quotes from the press conference. To read the full transcript, visit www.SeniorPGA2009.com.

Bill Townsend – General Chair for the 70th Senior PGA Championship

General Chairman of the 70th Senior PGA Championship Bill Townsend

“I want to roll out the red carpet for the thousands of spectators, the people that really care and want to see great golfers like Jay, here to my left, play up close and personal. The red carpet is out for you, and I hope to see you in the end of May.”

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Jim Remy – President of the PGA of America
picture-18Explaining one of his duties as the new president of the PGA of America:

“I want to take the opportunity to tell you that one of the great honors I have as president of the PGA of America is to make phone calls to recipients of awards and tell them they have won an award. And one of my most exciting days was the day I got to call Mr. Powell, Bill Powell, to let him know that he is the Distinguished Service Award winner for 2009.” Mr. Powell was on-hand at the press conference with his daughter, World Golf Hall of Fame member, Renee Powell.

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Doug Grabert — NBC Sports Golf Director and Cleveland native who got his start with local NBC affiliate WKYC
picture-19Regarding the weather last fall when NBC came out to scout the course for the best camera locations:

“When we came out in October, it was so cold, they had to go out and find gloves in the lost and found at Canterbury. It was 30 degrees, no golf to be played, straw on the greens and fairways, but we really appreciated getting the gloves.”

Discussing his memories of Canterbury:

“… the biggest memory I have from Canterbury is as a high school boy back in the early ‘70s. The PGA of America had a rule at that point … that (professionals) had to use local caddies at the PGA Championship. I remember 10 days before the event sitting out on the patio on an evening, nervous as I am right now, and they started pulling names out of a hat. As they are going along, there are players, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, and then they called my name and out of the hat they pulled Raymond Floyd. So that ended up being something for a high school boy. A memory I’ll never forget.”

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Jay Haas – Defending Senior PGA Champion
haas_480x288Referencing his celebratory pose after winning the 2008 Senior PGA Championship:

“If any of you can take that trophy with one arm and lift it above your head, we’ll give you an exemption into the tournament in May.”

Regarding his defeat during the 1995 Ryder Cup at Oak Hill Country Club. With three holes to play, Haas was down three strokes. If he could tie his match the U.S. would have won the Ryder Cup.:

“And I happened to win 16 and then won 17 with a par, so now I got on 18 tee, and it’s a very difficult hole. If you’ve been to Oak Hill, it’s quite challenging. But I almost choked my guts out basically, but as you can see (referencing video highlighting his career) I was using one of those wooden drivers. Today, we have these big heads, you can’t hardly miss one. I hit a terrible drive.”

On being the defending champion of the Senior PGA Championship:

“To have my name on that trophy a couple times, is, like I said, the crown achievement of my career. To be here as a defender is really special.“

When asked if technology improvements have helped the seniors more than the regular TOUR player?:

“For me, I tell people all the time, in the early 80s when they first started doing the statistics, and my first year, I was about 252, 253 was my average driving distance. And for the last six or eight years, it’s been about anywhere from 275 to 278, somewhere in there. So, 25 yards longer, 25 years older, that doesn’t compute.”

To read the full media day transcript, visit www.SeniorPGA2009.com

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Pictures for the Senior PGA Championship Media Day

April 30, 2009

On April 27th, The PGA of America welcomed the local media, PGA of America, NBC and tournament officials, and defending champion Jay Haas to Canterbury Golf Club for the Senior PGA Championship Media Day. The day consisted of a press conference, one-on-one interview session, golf outing and Indians game.

We created an album on Flickr with all the behind-the-scenes pictures from the day. Be sure to click through till the end to see who won the chipping contest between Jay Haas and Indians Color Commentator Rick Manning, and to find out who tried to steal the Alfred S. Bourne Trophy, senior golf’s most coveted prize.

Jay Haas Interview during Media Day

Click the image to view the entire Media Day photo album.

For a recap of the Senior PGA Championship Media Day, be sure to visit the event’s official Website www.SeniorPGA2009.com.

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Senior PGA Championship Trophy will be at the Greater Cleveland Golf Show

February 13, 2009
The Alfred S. Bourne Trophy

The Alfred S. Bourne Trophy

Golf fans visiting the Greater Cleveland Golf Show next weekend (Feb. 19-21) will have the chance to get an up-close look at senior golf’s most coveted prize – The Alfred S. Bourne Trophy, which goes to the winner of the Senior PGA Championship. The Trophy will be on display all weekend located just inside to the Main Entrance of the IX Center.

The 2009 Greater Cleveland Golf Show is set for Friday, Feb. 20 (2 p.m.-8 p.m.); Saturday, Feb. 21 (9 a.m.-6 p.m.); and Sunday, Feb. 22 (10 a.m.-5p.m.). PGA of America staff members will also be on hand at the expo to answer any questions regarding the 70th Senior PGA Championship, including tickets sales and volunteer opportunities.

The Alfred S. Bourne Trophy
In 1937, Alfred S. Bourne, one of the original members of Augusta (Ga.) National Golf Club and a longtime friend of The PGA of America, donated $1,500 for the creation of the Trophy that is awarded each year to the winner of the Senior PGA Championship.

The Bourne Trophy stands 40 inches tall, is 18 inches wide and weighs 30.5 pounds.  It is one of the largest prizes in golf.  Among the legends that have their names engraved on the trophy are: Gene Sarazen, Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer, Chi Chi Rodriguez, Gary Player, Lee Trevino, Jack Nicklaus, Hale Irwin, Tom Watson and Jay Haas.

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CHAMPIONS TOUR PLAYER SUPER BOWL PICKS

January 31, 2009

Jay Haas
“I think Pittsburgh will win. I would like to see Arizona win because they’ve never done it before, but I think Pittsburgh’s defense is very good. I think they are probably the better team. I think overall its going to be hard to contain Arizona’s receivers, but I think Pittsburgh’s defense will stop their running game and make it hard for them.”

John Cook
“My mom will hate me, but I like a lot of offense so I can see the Cardinals shocking the world a little bit and winning. It’s such a great underdog story and I like to see that.”

Hale Irwin
“My heart wants to say the Cardinals. You know I think the Steelers are very sound. I think you’ve got great quarterback play on both teams; the Steelers defense is awesome but the Cardinals have seemingly beat two other defensive-minded teams the last two weeks. If the Cardinals come and play their best game they can win but they’re going to have to play their best game.If I was a betting guy I’d probably take the Cardinals and the points because they got it done on that last drive last week when they had to.”

Keith Fergus
“ It ought to be a really great game and the Cardinals have really started playing well, especially those wide receivers and Warner is playing good and they’ve got good running backs. I think they’ll give Pittsburgh all they can handle. I just hope it’s a good game. I don’t really care who wins but I’d like to sit there and watch it. I think Pittsburgh might have a slight edge in the game.”

D.A. Weibring
“It looks like Pittsburgh has the best team, but I’m going to pull for the Arizona Cardinals. I think it’s a nice story.”

Curtis Strange
“I like Pittsburgh. They’re playing well and have a good young coach and have a heckuva team.”

Jeff Sluman
“Have to go with Pittsburgh. I think they’re probably the best defense Arizona’s faced and I think they are a much more powerful team on the offensive and defensive lines.”

Loren Roberts
“The betting money says Pittsburgh is going to win probably by a couple of touchdowns, but for some reason emotionally I’d love to see Arizona win because of Kurt Warner. You know after winning the Super Bowl he kind of got lambasted a little bit as being over the hill, but it’s nice to see him back again. I think Pittsburgh will win but I’m pulling for Arizona.”

Andy Bean
“Pittsburgh is my pick. I just think they have a better defense and that is usually what ends up working in championship games.”

Ben Crenshaw
“I think a lot of people are pulling for Kurt Warner because he’s been through a lot in his career. I’m kind of pulling for the Cardinals and think they might pull it out.”

Tom Watson
“My pick is the Steelers. I always go with the AFC team.”

Tom Kite
“I’m going to go with Pittsburgh. Everybody else seems to think they’re the best and they’ve got a better defense so I’m going to go with defense.”

Allen Doyle
“Your heart maybe wants Arizona, but if you’re betting money, you’ve got to go with Pittsburgh because of that defense.”

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Langer wins first tournament of 2009 Champions Tour

January 27, 2009

The 2009 Senior PGA Championship would like to congratulate Bernhard Langer for his winning performance this past weekend at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship. He kicked off his sophomore season on the Champions Tour by shooting 18-under over the three-day tournament, edging out Andy Bean by one stroke and defending Senior PGA Champion, Jay Haas, by three strokes. Click here for the full article.

Langer could be the one to watch this May at Canterbury Golf Club. Last year, at the 2008 Senior PGA Championship, he finished second to Jay Haas by only 1 stroke, and finished in the top 10 in 14 of the 20 Champions Tour events he competed in, winning three of them.

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