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.
Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters
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.
Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational
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.
Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs
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.
Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump
Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.
Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.
None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.
Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.
An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.
In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.
Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.
Playing with the pros
Tiger, DJ and Faxon
President at the Presidents Cup
Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham
Cart on the green
Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open
Trump golf properties
Reportedly fake TIME covers
Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story
Pros comment on the president