Senior Open Brings Golf Back to Colorado

By Associated PressMay 14, 2007, 4:00 pm
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Hale Irwin stood on a makeshift tee box on a third-floor balcony of The Broadmoor clubhouse on Monday, staring at a pin some 76 yards away.
Wearing dress shoes and no glove and swinging a borrowed a 56-degree wedge, he promptly lofted a shot to within 5 feet of the pin.
With that shot, Colorado was back on the clock for a return of professional golf. Irwin and his band of senior players will return to the state -- at least for a year -- with the 2008 U.S. Senior Open next July.
The state has been left with a void since the loss of The International earlier this year.
'Colorado's naked with professional golf now,' Irwin said. 'Colorado deserves professional golf.'
Irwin still can't believe The International is no longer around. The tournament began in 1986 and featured a unique scoring system that rewarded aggressive play. But the tournament needed $8.5 million in sponsorships and Jack Vickers, the founder and president of Castle Pines Golf Club, wasn't going to cut corners.
'I'm either going to do it right or I'm not going to do it,' Vickers said in February, and withdrew The International from the TOUR.
'I was saddened by it,' Irwin said. 'I loved the whole idea behind The International. I think it was very popular. It's beyond me to say why it went on its way.'
The 2008 Senior Open is already benefiting by the defunct tournament. The Senior Open has 1,700 volunteers lined up, most of whom used to work at The International.
'It's truly a shame we're not going to have an International this summer,' Senior Open championship director Douglas Habgood said. 'We're hoping that (fans) will be real hungry for golf in 2008. We're going to do our best to take care of those people.'
This will be the sixth United States Golf Association event staged at The Broadmoor, and the first since the 1995 U.S. Women's Open, which was won by an up-and-coming golfer named Annika Sorenstam. Jack Nicklaus won the 1959 U.S. Amateur at this course.
Although the tournament is still more than a year away, some of the golfers expected to show include Mark O'Meara, Greg Norman, Nick Faldo, Tom Watson and Craig Stadler. Irwin is the honorary chairman of the event that will be held July 28 to Aug. 3, 2008.
'This is a wonderful spot,' Irwin said. 'I think the players who come here for the 2008 Senior Open will be extremely pleased with what they find. It's unbelievable.'
The purse for the Senior Open is expected to be $2.5 million with the winner getting around $470,000.
'It's never enough,' Irwin said as media relations manager Pete Kowalski announced the winner's cut of the earnings.
Irwin would love nothing more than to be in contention on the final day at the Senior Open.
'That would be another one of those dreams,' said Irwin, who was a defensive back for the Buffaloes before focusing on golf. 'Just give me a chance. That's all I've ever said. Give me a chance going into the last nine holes, then it's up to me.'
Related Links:
  • Full Coverage - U.S. Senior Open
  • Getty Images

    Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

    Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

    Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

    Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

    Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

    The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

    Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

    By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

    JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

    Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

    Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

    Getty Images

    Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

    Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

    The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

    Getty Images

    Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

    By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

    JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

    Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

    The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

    Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

    Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.