Champions Tour Schedule Released for 2005
The 2005 schedule will be highlighted by several events commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Champions Tour, as well as a few changes from 2004.
'As we conclude a very successful 2004 season, we have a lot to look forward to in 2005,' said Champions Tour President Rick George. 'With one new tournament in Seattle, the Turtle Bay event moving into January after a 2004 hiatus and the continuity of 26 other tournaments from 2004, some committed as far out as 2008, the Champions Tour has a firm foundation in its lineup of tournaments and title sponsors. In addition, the 25th anniversary celebration will honor and thank the many players and other people who helped build the tour, and promises to give us more memories as we reflect on our past and look to the future.'
The 2005 schedule kicks off in January with a pair of events in Hawaii, the MasterCard Championship and the Turtle Bay Championship. The Champions Tour heads to the mainland in February with The ACE Group Classic in Naples, Florida.
The first major of the 2005 season is the Senior PGA Championship at Laurel Valley Golf Club in Ligonier, Pennsylvania, from May 26-29. July features three major tournaments, the Ford Senior Players Championship, the Senior British Open Championship and the U.S. Senior Open Championship.
The inaugural Greater Seattle Champions Classic at TPC at Snoqualmie Ridge will be played from August 19-21 followed by the Tradition, the final major of the 2005 Champions Tour season.
The 2005 official schedule concludes with the Charles Schwab Cup Championship from October 27-30.
2005 Champions Tour Schedule
Note: x-unofficial event
Jan. 21-23 -- MasterCard Championship; Hualalai GC; Ka'upulehu-Kona, Hawaii
Jan. 28-30 -- Turtle Bay Championship; Palmer Course at Turtle Bay Resort; Kahuku, Hawaii
Feb. 5-6 -- x-Wendy's Champions Skins Game; Wailea (Hawaii) Resort (Gold Course)
Feb. 18-20 -- ACE Group Classic; TwinEagles GC; Naples, Fla.
Feb. 25-27 -- Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am; TPC of Tampa Bay; Lutz, Fla.
March 11-13 -- SBC Classic; Valencia (Calif.) CC
March 18-20 -- Toshiba Senior Classic; Newport Beach (Calif.) CC
April 22-24 -- Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf; Westin Savannah (Ga.) Harbor Golf Resort & Spa
April 29-May 1 -- FedEx Kinkos Classic; The Hills CC; Austin, Texas
May 13-15 -- Blue Angels Classic; The Moors GC; Milton, Fla.
May 20-22 -- Brunos Memorial Classic; Greystone G&CC; Hoover, Ala.
May 26-29 -- Senior PGA Championship; Laurel Valley GC; Ligonier, Pa.
June 3-5 -- Allianz Championship; Tournament Club of Iowa; Polk City, Iowa
June 10-12 -- Bayer Advantage Classic; Nicklaus GC at LionsGate; Overland Park, Kan.
June 24-26 -- Bank of America Championship; Nashawtuc CC; Concord, Mass.
July 1-3 -- Commerce Bank Championship; Red Course at Eisenhower Park; East Meadow, N.Y.
July 7-10 -- Ford Senior Players; TPC of Michigan; Dearborn, Mich.
July 21-24 -- Senior British Open; Royal Portrush (Northern Ireland) GC
July 28-31 -- U.S. Senior Open; NCR CC; Kettering, Ohio
Aug. 5-7 -- 3M Championship; TPC of the Twin Cities; Blaine, Minn.
Aug. 19-21 -- Greater Seattle Champions Classic; TPC at Snoqualmie (Wash.) Ridge
Aug. 25-28 -- JELD-WEN Tradition; The Reserve Vineyards & GC; Aloha, Ore.
Sept. 2-4 -- The First Tee Open at Pebble Beach; Pebble Beach (Calif.) GL/Bayonet GC
Sept. 16-18 -- Constellation Energy Classic; Hayfields CC; Hunt Valley, Md.
Sept. 30-Oct. 2 -- SAS Championship; Prestonwood CC; Cary, N.C.
Oct. 7-9 -- Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn; Rock Barn Golf & Spa; Conover, N.C.
Oct. 14-16 -- Administaff Small Business Classic; Augusta Pines GC; Spring, Texas
Oct. 21-23 -- SBC Championship; Oak Hills CC; San Antonio
Oct. 28-30 -- Charles Schwab Cup Championship; Sonoma (Calif.) GC
Nov. 19-20 -- x-UBS Cup; TBA
Nov. 16-21 -- x-Q-School (Final stage); PGA Southern California GC (Champions); Calimesa, Calif.
Dec. 2-4 -- x-Father/Son Challenge; ChampionsGate (Fla.) GC (International)
Dec. 17-18 -- x-Wendys 3-Tour Challenge; South Shore Course at Lake Las Vegas; Henderson, Nev.
Kelly beats Monty with two-shot swing on final hole
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – Jerry Kelly made an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole, Colin Montgomerie missed a 6-footer for par and Kelly turned a one-shot deficit into a victory Saturday in the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.
After Kelly drove it well right into lava rocks on the par-4 16th, leading to bogey and giving Montgomerie the lead, Montgomerie made a mistake with his tee shot on the last, finding a fairway bunker. Montgomerie's approach went over the green and after Kelly converted his birdie, the 54-year-old Scot jammed his par putt well past the hole.
It was the third win on the over-50 tour for the 51-year-old Kelly, who finished tied for 14th last week at the PGA Tour's Sony Open in Honolulu. That gave him confidence as he hopped over to the Big Island for his tournament debut at Hualalai. The limited-field event includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.
Kelly closed with a 6-under 66 for a three-day total of 18-under 198. Montgomerie shot 69. David Toms shot 67 and finished two shots back, and Miguel Angel Jimenez was another stroke behind after a 66.
Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, closed with a 70 to finish at 10 under.
Rahm manages frustration, two back at CareerBuilder
Jon Rahm managed the winds and his frustrations Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge to give himself a chance to win his fourth worldwide title in the last year.
Rahm’s 2-under-par 70 on the PGA West Stadium Course left him two shots off the lead going into the final round.
“I wasn’t really dealing with the wind that much,” Rahm said of his frustrations. “I was dealing with not being as fluid as I was the last two days.”
The world’s No. 3 ranked player opened with a 62 at La Quinta Country Club on Thursday and followed it up with a 67 on Friday at PGA West. He made six birdies and four bogeys on the Stadium Course on Saturday.
“The first day, everything was outstanding,” Rahm said. “Yesterday, my driver was a little shaky but my irons shots were perfect. Today, my driver was shaky and my irons shots were shaky. On a course like this, it’s punishing, but luckily on the holes where I found the fairway I was able to make birdies.”
Rahm is projected to move to No. 2 in the world rankings with a finish of sixth or better on Sunday.
Cook leads by one entering final round at CareerBuilder
LA QUINTA, Calif. – Austin Cook hit a hybrid into the fairway bunker on the par-4 18th on a breezy Saturday afternoon at La Quinta Country Club, then chunked a wedge and raced a chip 20 feet past the hole.
Kip Henley, the longtime PGA Tour caddie who guided Cook to a breakthrough victory at Sea Island in November, stepped in to give the 26-year-old former Arkansas star a quick pep talk.
''Kip said, 'Let's finish this like we did on the first day at the Nicklaus Course.' We made a big par putt on 18 there and he said, 'Let's just do the same thing. Let's get this line right and if you get the line right it's going in.'''
It did, giving Cook an 8-under 64 and a one-stroke lead in the CareerBuilder Challenge going into the final round on the Stadium Course at PGA West. Fellow former Razorback Andrew Landry and Martin Piller were tied for second, and Jon Rahm and Scott Piercy were a another stroke back after a tricky day in wind that didn't get close to the predicted gusts of 40 mph.
''I know that I wouldn't have wanted to play the Stadium today,'' Cook said. ''I think we got a great draw with the courses that we got to play on the days that we got to play them.''
Cook played the final six holes on the front nine in 6 under with an eagle and four birdies.
''Starting on my fourth hole, I was able to make a birdie and kind of get the ball rolling and it never really stopped rolling,'' Cook said. ''Kip and I were doing really good at seeing the line on the greens.''
After a bogey on 10, he birdied 11, 12 and 15 and parred the final three to get to 19-under 197.
''I think that tonight the nerves, the butterflies, all that will kind of be a little less,'' Cook said. ''I've been in the situation before and I was able to finish the job on Sunday. I think it would be a little different if I didn't play like I did on Sunday at Sea Island.''
He's making his first start in the event.
''I came in from Hawaii on Monday, so I only had two days to prepare for three courses,'' Cook said.
Landry, the second-round leader, had a 70 at the Stadium. Piller, the husband of LPGA tour player Gerina Piller, shot a 67 at La Quinta. Winless on the PGA Tour, they will join Cook in the final threesome.
''Piller's a good guy and we have played a lot together and same with Cookie,'' said Landry, the only player without a bogey after 54 holes. ''Hope the Hogs are going to come out on top.''
Rahm had a 70 at the Stadium to reach 17 under. The third-ranked Rahm beat up the par 5s again, but had four bogeys – three on par 3s. He has played the 12 par 5s in 13 under with an eagle and 11 birdies.
''A little bit of a survival day,'' Rahm said.
The wind was more of a factor on the more exposed and tighter Stadium Course.
''The course is firming up,'' Rahm said. ''I know if we have similar wind to today, if we shoot something under par, you'll be way up there contesting it over the last few holes.''
Piercy had a 66 at the Stadium.
''I controlled my ball really well today,'' he said.
Adam Hadwin had a 67 at La Quinta a year after shooting a third-round 59 on the course. The Canadian was 16 under along with Grayson Murray and Brandon Harkins. Murray had a 67 on the Nicklaus Course, and Harkins shot 68 at the Stadium.
Phil Mickelson missed the cut in his first tournament of the year for the second time in his career, shooting a 74 on the Stadium to finish at 4 under – four strokes from a Sunday tee time. The 47-year-old Hall of Famer was playing for the first time since late October. He also missed the cut in the Phoenix Open in his 2009 opener.
Charlie Reiter, the Palm Desert High School senior playing on the first sponsor exemption the event has given to an amateur, also missed the cut. He had three early straight double bogeys in a 77 on the Stadium that left him 1 over.
John Daly had an 80 at La Quinta. He opened with a triple bogey and had six bogeys – four in a row to start his second nine - and only one birdie. The 51-year-old Daly opened with a 69 on the Nicklaus layout and had a 71 on Friday at the Stadium.
Phil misses CareerBuilder cut for first time in 24 years
Phil Mickelson missed the cut Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge. It’s a rare occurrence in his Hall of Fame career.
He has played the event 15 times, going back to when it was known as the Bob Hope Classic. He has won it twice.
How rare is his missing the cut there?
The last time he did so, there was no such thing as a DVD, Wi-Fi, iPods, Xbox, DVR capability or YouTube.
The PGA Tour’s Jon Rahm didn’t exist, either.
The last time Mickelson missed a cut in this event was 1994, nine months before Rahm was born.
Mickelson struggled to a 2-over-par 74 in the heavy winds Saturday on the PGA West Stadium Course, missing the 54-hole cut by four shots. He hit just four of 14 fairways, just nine of 18 greens. He took a double bogey at the 15th after requiring two shots to escape the steep-walled bunker on the left side of the green.
Mickelson won’t have to wait long to try to get back in the hunt. He’s scheduled to play the Farmers Insurance Open next week at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif.