No big deal for Archer, however. He is taking his years in stride. In a day when the Senior Tour is being invaded by young 50 year old studs, Archer just goes about his business and every now and then gets a little lucky.
'I wanted to retire two years ago, but I won in Michigan,' the 1969 Masters champion said last year after taking the Mastercard title for the second time in ten years.
And so it was, that the tall man with the extra long driver did not retire following his 2000 season either.
For the week last season, Archer shot a combined total score of 9-under-par 207 and won by two strokes over four tough competitors in Graham Marsh, Lee Trevino, Hale Irwin and Dana Quigley. The victory was his 19th on the Senior Tour and he collected $199,000 for it.
This year, the total purse for the event is up to $1.4 million, $200,000 more than the previous season. A win for any of the participants would make for a nice start to the season.