Jacobsen back on Champions Tour after long layoff


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Champions TourLAKEWAY, Texas ' Peter Jacobsen returns to the Champions Tour this week at the Triton Financial Classic, the first time hell play competitively since knee replacement surgery nearly a year ago.
Jacobsen will tee it up Friday in the $1.6 million event at The Hills Country Club, in the city that spawned the original Champions Tour event nearly 30 years ago.
Im not in pain, but there is a lot of rust, Jacobsen said Thursday.
Jacobsen has two victories on the Champions Tour, including the 2004 U.S. Senior Open. But he has been slowed by a series of surgeries over the last 18 months.
He hasnt played since the 2008 Senior Open last July because he was still battling the effects of right knee surgery that April.
In January, he had left rotator cuff surgery that kept him out until now. He played only seven times in 2008.
If I keep working at it, I hope Ill be ready by the end of the year, Jacobsen said after his pro-am round.
This years 54-hole tournament has drawn 12 of the top 14 money winners this season, missing only last years runner-up Nick Price and Andy Bean, who withdrew earlier in the week.
One player eager to return is defending champion Denis Watson, who scored one of the most unlikely victories of his career in 2008 when Price made two double bogeys in Sundays final round and Watson birdied the 18th hole.
Im always glad to come back and defend a title, Watson said. This is a great place. We had a great hotel room last year with great food. Thats pretty nice to return to.
Also back is 2007 winner Scott Hoch, who has finished first and second in two appearances.
This years field includes 13 players who either live in Texas or were born there. Among them are golf legend Lee Trevino, playing for the fifth time, and unofficial tournament co-hosts Ben Crenshaw and Tom Kite.
Perhaps no one is more eager than Kite to erase one of the most baffling records in golf. In a storied professional career of nearly 40 years, Kite has never won in his home st
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