Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Rookie Hall-of-Famers Commit to AT&T Championship

The Champions Tour AT&T Championship is played at Oak Hills Country Club in San Antonio, a course that many times hosted the PGA Tour Texas Open in the 1970s and 1980s. And the golfers love the course, which is why this end-of-the-season tournament on the Champions Tour has attracted some of the strongest fields on the senior circuit each year it's been played at Oak Hills.

Looks like this year will be no different, with Hall-of-Famers Nick Price and Bernhard Langer, each a rookie in 2007 on the Champions Tour, committing to play the tournament, along with fellow rookies John Cook and Jeff Sluman.

Here's the scoop:

The AT&T Championship Presented by Alcatel-Lucent, one of the most historic and longest running events on the Champions Tour, will welcome a superstar group of rookie players to its 2007 event, Oct. 19-21.

Tournament officials announced that four star Champions Tour rookies, Bernhard Langer, Nick Price, Jeff Sluman and John Cook have all committed to play this year’s tournament at Oak Hills Country Club.

Between them, there are six major championship victories with both Langer and Price already in the World Golf Hall of Fame

"We are absolutely thrilled that four of the top new rookies on the Champions Tour will be coming to San Antonio next month for the AT&T Championship," said tournament director Colby Callaway.

"Our fans and sponsors are in for a treat to see these champions of the PGA Tour making their first Alamo City Champions Tour appearance at Oak Hills."

Price turned pro at the beginning of the 2007 Champions Tour season and said he is always happy to be returning to San Antonio where he captured the 1992 Texas Open at Oak Hills.

"I always enjoy coming back to San Antonio, it reminds me of my home ( Zimbabwe ), plus I have great memories of my win there."

The other three champions will have only recently turn 50 and joined the Champions Tour this fall. Langer played in his first Champions Tour event earlier this month at the Wal-Mart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

Sluman, the assistant captain on the U.S. Presidents Cup team at Royal Montreal in Canada, turns 50 on Sept. 11 while Cook has his 50th birthday on Oct. 1.

Langer, who played in the Texas Open last year in San Antonio, said he was looking forward to a return this October against players his own age.

"I’ve been on the regular Tour for 32 years and have enjoyed my time out there, but I’m looking forward to having some fun against guys my own age instead of being out driven by 50 or 60 yards by these 20-year-olds," he said.

Langer nearly joined defending AT&T Champion Fred Funk by winning on the PGA Tour this year, falling in a playoff at Colonial in Fort Worth in May. He tied for 10th at Pebble Beach in his Champions Tour debut.

"A lot of people think it's going to be a push over this year, but I know these guys and know how competitive they are. I know it’s going to be a struggle, but I’m a very competitive person myself," he added.

Sluman won the 1988 PGA Championship at Oak Tree Golf Club in Edmond, Oklahoma. He has won six PGA Tour events and lives outside Chicago, not far from 2006 AT&T runner-up Chip Beck.

Cook has won 11 times on the PGA Tour, including the 2004 Byron Nelson Classic where he out-dueled his friend and Orlando, Florida neighbor Tiger Woods.

Along with the fab foursome of Champions Tour rookies, joining defending champion Funk, will be current superstars Jay Haas and Loren Roberts along with local favorites Lee Trevino, Ben Crenshaw and Tom Kite.

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  1. I love watching the senior tour players. We should all try to emulate their swings, as they are more controlled and within their own capabilities, unlike the young guys who swing out of their shoes!

  2. Haha, well, I'd phrase it as the good-senior swing is a consequence of being old, rather than a swing attained to by widsom. Because if they could be young for a day...they'd all be swinging out of their shoes!



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