The Champions Tour is home to 11 past Masters Champions

April 3, 2009

There are currently 11 Masters Champions competing on the Champions Tour, with a collective 16 Masters victories. To put this into prospective, the PGA Tour has only eight Masters Champions, with a collective 13 Masters victories.

Each of the following golf legends, and potential Senior PGA Championship contenders, will attempt to add another green jacket to their already historic careers when the 2009 Masters Tournament tees off at August National on April 9.

  • Gary Player (1961, 1974, 1978)
  • Raymond Floyd (1976)
  • Tom Watson (1977, 1981)
  • Fuzzy Zoeller (1979)
  • Craig Stadler (1982)
  • Ben Crenshaw (1984, 1995)
  • Bernhard Langer (1985, 1993)
  • Larry Mize (1987)
  • Sandy Lyle (1988)
  • Ian Woosnam (1991)
  • Mark O’Meara (1998)

A word of warning to all PGA Tour golfers … these guys can still play! Last week at the Punta Espada Golf Club in Cap Cana, Dominican Republic, Mark O’Meara (T-2), Bernhard Langer (T-6) and Craig Stadler (T-15) finished a combined 26 under par.

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“Rookies” now eligible to play in the 2009 Senior PGA Championship

January 27, 2009

It’s been a while since they’ve been called rookies, but as soon as PGA professionals turn 50 years old they become eligible to start competing on the Champions Tour.

The following “rookies” are all turning 50 before the May 18 cut off of the 2009 Senior PGA Championship and are possible first-time contenders for senior golf’s most prestigious and historic prize — the Alfred S. Bourne Trophy.

Player and his most notable wins

  • Blaine McCallister – 1989 Honda Classic, 1993 B.C. Open
  • Jay Don Blake – 1991 Shearson Lehman Brothers Open
  • Russ Cochran – 1991 Central Western Open
  • Steve Jones – 1988 AT&T Pebble Beach, 1996 U.S. Open
  • Curt Byrum – 1989 Hardee’s Golf Classic
  • Tom Lehman – 1996 British Open, 1996 THE TOUR Championship
  • Olin Browne – 1999 Colonial, 2005 Deutsche Bank
  • Bob Tway – 1986 PGA Championship, 1989 Memorial
  • Larry Mize – 1983 Danny Thomas Memphis Classic, 1987 Masters Tournament, 1993 Northern Telecom Open, 1993 Buick Open.

For a full list of PGA professionals turning 50 through 2015, check out the link below:
http://www.pgatour.com/2008/s/10/03/futurelist.champions/index.html

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