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Champions Tour 2009 schedule announced

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Champions TourThe PGA TOURs Champions Tour today announced its 2009 tournament schedule (click for complete 2009 schedule), which features 26 official Charles Schwab Cup events and $51.4 million in official prize money, with the highest average tournament purse ever at $1.98 million.
 
The Champions Tour will play in 15 states plus the Dominican Republic and England.
 
As the Champions Tour enters its 30th season were fortunate to have such committed partners enabling us to provide compelling competition and engaging entertainment to legions of fans by some of the most recognizable and accomplished players in the game, said Champions Tour President Mike Stevens.
 
Mitsubishi Electric and Triton Financial were recently announced as new title sponsors on the Champions Tour, so for the 13th consecutive year, the Champions Tours season begins in January on the Big Island of Hawaii with the
Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai (Jan. 19-25). The Triton Financial Classic will be held June 1-7 in Austin, Texas.
 
The season will come to a close in late October at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship (Oct. 26-Nov. 1) at Sonoma (CA) Golf Club.
 
The Champions Tours year-long competition, the Charles Schwab Cup, will offer $2.5 million in annuities to its five leading point-earners. In 2008, Jay Haas beat Fred Funk by a mere 12 points in the closest race in its nine-year history to form an elite trifecta of two-time Cup winners including Hale Irwin and Tom Watson.
 
The major championship schedule features a distinguished list of venues. The Senior PGA Championship will be played in May at Canterbury Golf Club; Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Ind. will host the U.S. Senior Open on its Pete Dye course at the end of July; Sunningdale Golf Club in Berkshire, England will welcome the Senior British Open to its links July 20-26; and both the JELD-WEN Tradition (Crosswater Club at Sunriver Resort) and Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship (Baltimore Country Club) will return to their respective host venues for a third straight year, in August and October respectively.
 
The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa in Savannah, GA will once again serve as host to the Champions Tours longest running event, the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf, which enters its 32nd year. After the success of last years return to an all-team format, the Legends Division will remain a two-man better ball event counting for official prize money and as an official win for both each team members.
 
For the sixth straight year, junior golfers and Champions Tour players will compete side-by-side in one of the most popular and unique events in golf, the Walmart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, held once again at the renowned
Pebble Beach Golf Links and Del Monte Golf Course over Labor Day weekend.
 
All 26 events will be televised nationally in the United States, with 19 receiving complete coverage on the GOLF CHANNEL, the Tours exclusive cable television partner.