Champions Tour to Encourage Walking

By Golf Channel NewsroomJanuary 14, 2003, 5:00 pm
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - Champions Tour players will be encouraged to walk to promote interaction between themselves and fans, it was decided at a meeting of the Champions Tour board.
Walking is just one difference between the coming year and years past. Changes include:
Golf Cart Policy
Players are encouraged to walk during all official tournament count
Players choosing to take a cart are required to do so for the entire
18 holes;
Caddies are not permitted to ride at anytime during an official
round, except 1) when traveling from a green to the next tee, and 2) as
determined and announced by the Champions Tour tournament director. Both
players and caddies may drive/ride during practice and pro-am rounds;
Cart weather covers and heaters will not be permitted;
There will be a no cart policy in effect at Champions Tour
cosponsored majors, the Ford Senior Players Championship and the
Jeld-Wen Tradition, and the season-ending Champions Tour Championship -
unless medical evidence is presented to the commissioner's office
which indicates a disability that necessitates a cart in competition.
Senior British Open
The Senior British Open becomes an official Champions Tour event and the
fifth major championship in 2003 joining the Ford Senior PPlayers
Championship, Jeld-Wen Tradition, Senior PGA Championship and U.S. Senior
Open. The Senior British Open will be played July 24-27 on the Ailsa
Course at the Westin Turnberry Resort in Turnberry, Scotland.
Standard Champions Tour Eligibility
The field size at the standard 54-hole stroke-play Champions Tour event
will increase from 78 players to 81 and eligibility requirements will be
modified as follows:
1) 31 players - Top 31 available from final 2002 official money list (floor of 50)
2) 31 players - Top 31 available from the all-time money list (not exempt in No. 1 above; floor of net 70)
3) Two players - PGA Tour career victory category (not exempt in Nos. 1 or 2 above)
4) Eight players - Top eight available players from the qualifying tournament (floor of net 16)
5) Five players invited by the tournament::
One spot restricted to players age 50 and 51 with a minimum of two PGA Tour victories;
Two spots restricted to players with one PGA Tour win or two Champions Tour wins and Veteran Member status
Two spots unrestricted
6) Four players in open qualifying
The PGA Tour career victory category provides Champions Tour eligibility to a maximum of two players per tournament who have won two or more PGA Tour
events and are not otherwise exempt. The one-year exemption will apply for a 12-month period to eligible players ages 50 and 51. 'Veteran member' is defined as someone who has a combined minimum of 150 cuts made on the PGA Tour and/or top-48 finishes on the Champions Tour.
Charles Schwab Cup Points Modification
The following will be new features of the Charles Schwab Cup points system
in 2003:
At Champions Tour majors and the Champions Tour Championship, points will be worth three times those offered at all other official events;
Quarterly bonus points will be awarded to players who are among the top 10 point earners each quarter. The bonus points, which will be added to a player's cumulative total for the year, will be equivalent to a $1.6 million purse, which was the approximate average tournament purse in 2002.
The quarterly bonus segments will conclude at the Emerald Coast Classic, Farmers Charity Classic, Allianz Championship and Champions Tour Championship.
Points will continue to be awarded to top-10 finishers and ties at all 31
official Champions Tour events.
Georgia-Pacific Grand Champions
The Georgia-Pacific Super Seniors program, for players age 60 and up, will now be known as the Georgia-Pacific Grand Champions program. Weekly purses will be $175,000 and first prize $30,000. There will be 12 events, including the $400,000 Georgia-Pacific Grand Champions Championship at year's end.

Trump playing 'quickly' with Tiger, DJ

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 24, 2017, 1:33 pm

Tiger Woods is scheduled to make his return to competition next week at his Hero World Challenge. But first, a (quick) round with the President.

President Donald Trump tweeted on Friday that he was going to play at Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Fla., alongside Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Woods and President Trump previously played last December. Trump, who, according to has played 75 rounds since taking over the presidency, has also played over the last year with Rory McIlroy, Ernie Els and Hideki Matsuyama.

Chawrasia leads major champs in Hong Kong

By Associated PressNovember 24, 2017, 1:19 pm

HONG KONG – S.S.P. Chawrasia extended his lead at the Hong Kong Open to two strokes Friday after a 4-under 66 in the second round.

Chawrasia, who had led by one at the Hong Kong Golf Club, is at 9-under 131 overall and took as much as a five-stroke lead at one point.

''Yesterday I was putting very well, and today, also I make some up and downs. I saved a couple of short putts. That's why I think I'm leading by two shots most probably,'' the Indian said. ''The next two days, I'm just looking forward.''

Full-field scores from the UBS Hong Kong Open

Thomas Aiken (64) is second, followed by Alexander Bjork (66), Joakim Lagergren (66), Poom Saksansin (68) and Julian Suri (67) at 5 under 135.

Aiken's round was the lowest of the tournament.

''It is tough out there. The greens are really firm. You've got to hit the fairway,'' Aiken said. ''If you get above the holes, putts can get away from you.''

Justin Rose (69) had six birdies, but three bogeys and a double-bogey at the par 3 12th kept him at 3 under for the tournament.

Masters champion Sergio Garcia (71), playing for the first time in Hong Kong, was at even par, as was defending champion Sam Brazel (71) and 2014 champion Scott Hend (67).

''I have to play better,'' Garcia said. ''The way I felt like I played, it's difficult. This kind of course, you need to play well to shoot a good score.''

Day (68) just one back at Australian Open

By Nick MentaNovember 24, 2017, 6:40 am

Jason Day posted a second-round 68 to move himself just one off the lead held by Lucas Herbert through two rounds at the Emirates Australian Open. Here’s where things stand after 36 holes in Sydney.

Leaderboard: Herbert (-9), Day (-8), Cameron Davis (-7), Anthony Quayle (-6), Matt Jones (-4), Cameron Smith (-4), Nick Cullen (-4), Richard Green (-4)

What it means: Day is in search of his first worldwide victory of 2017. The former world No. 1 last visited the winner’s circle in May 2016, when he won The Players at TPC Sawgrass. A win this week would close out a difficult year for the Aussie who struggled with his game while also helping his mother in her battle with cancer. Day’s last victory on his native soil came in 2013, when he partnered with Adam Scott to win the World Cup of Golf for Australia at Royal Melbourne.

Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open

Round of the day: Herbert followed an opening 67 with a round of 66 to vault himself into the lead at The Australian Golf Club. He made six birdies, including four on his second nine, against a lone bogey to take the outright lead. The 22-year-old, who held the lead at this event last year and captured low-amateur honors in 2014, is coming off a runner-up finish at the NSW Open Championship, which boosted him from 714th to 429th in the Official World Golf Ranking. His 5-under score was matched by Dale Brandt-Richards and Josh Cabban.

Best of the rest: Matt Jones, who won this event over Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott two years ago, turned in 4-under 67. Jones is best known to American audiences for his playoff victory at the 2014 Shell Houston Open and for holding the 36-hole lead at the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, which was eventually won by Day. Jones will start the weekend five shots off the lead, at 4 under par.

Biggest disappointment: Spieth has a lot of work to do this weekend if he expects to be in the title picture for the fourth year in a row. Rounds of 70-71 have him eight shots behind the lead held by Herbert. Spieth made a birdie and a bogey on each side Friday to turn in level par. The reigning champion golfer of the year has finished first, second and first at this event over the last three years.

Storyline to watch this weekend: The Australian Open is the first event of the 2018 Open Qualifying Series. The leading three players who finish in the top 10 and who are not otherwise exempt will receive invites into next summer’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.

Ogilvy urges distance rollback of ball

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 8:49 pm

Add Geoff Ogilvy to the chorus of voices calling for a distance rollback of the golf ball.

In an interview before the start of the Emirates Australian Open, Ogilvy said a "time-out" is needed for governing bodies to deal with the issue.

"It's complete nonsense," he said, according to an Australian website. "In my career, it’s gone from 300 yards was a massive hit to you’re a shorter hitter on tour now, legitimately short. It’s changed the way we play great golf courses and that is the crime. It isn’t that the ball goes 400, that’s neither here nor there. It’s the fact the ball going 400 doesn’t makes Augusta work properly, it functions completely wrong.’’

Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open

Ogilvy used an example from American baseball to help get his point across to an Australian audience.

“Major League Baseball in America, they use wooden bats, and everywhere else in baseball they use aluminium bats,’’ he said. “And when the major leaguers use aluminium bats they don’t even have to touch it and it completely destroys their stadiums. It’s just comedy.

“That’s kind of what’s happened to us at least with the drivers of these big hitters; We’ve completely outgrown the stadiums. So do you rebuild every stadium in the world? That’s expensive. Or make the ball go shorter? It seems relatively simple from that perspective.’’

Ogilvy, an Australian who won the 2006 U.S. Open, said he believes there will be a rollback, but admitted it would be a "challenge" for manufacturers to produce a ball that flies shorter for pros but does not lose distance when struck by recreational players.