Champions Tour to Encourage Walking


PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - Champions Tour players will be encouraged to walk to promote interaction between themselves and fans, it was decided at a meeting of the Champions Tour board.
Walking is just one difference between the coming year and years past. Changes include:
Golf Cart Policy
Players are encouraged to walk during all official tournament count
Players choosing to take a cart are required to do so for the entire
18 holes;
Caddies are not permitted to ride at anytime during an official
round, except 1) when traveling from a green to the next tee, and 2) as
determined and announced by the Champions Tour tournament director. Both
players and caddies may drive/ride during practice and pro-am rounds;
Cart weather covers and heaters will not be permitted;
There will be a no cart policy in effect at Champions Tour
cosponsored majors, the Ford Senior Players Championship and the
Jeld-Wen Tradition, and the season-ending Champions Tour Championship -
unless medical evidence is presented to the commissioner's office
which indicates a disability that necessitates a cart in competition.
Senior British Open
The Senior British Open becomes an official Champions Tour event and the
fifth major championship in 2003 joining the Ford Senior PPlayers
Championship, Jeld-Wen Tradition, Senior PGA Championship and U.S. Senior
Open. The Senior British Open will be played July 24-27 on the Ailsa
Course at the Westin Turnberry Resort in Turnberry, Scotland.
Standard Champions Tour Eligibility
The field size at the standard 54-hole stroke-play Champions Tour event
will increase from 78 players to 81 and eligibility requirements will be
modified as follows:
1) 31 players - Top 31 available from final 2002 official money list (floor of 50)
2) 31 players - Top 31 available from the all-time money list (not exempt in No. 1 above; floor of net 70)
3) Two players - PGA Tour career victory category (not exempt in Nos. 1 or 2 above)
4) Eight players - Top eight available players from the qualifying tournament (floor of net 16)
5) Five players invited by the tournament::
One spot restricted to players age 50 and 51 with a minimum of two PGA Tour victories;
Two spots restricted to players with one PGA Tour win or two Champions Tour wins and Veteran Member status
Two spots unrestricted
6) Four players in open qualifying
The PGA Tour career victory category provides Champions Tour eligibility to a maximum of two players per tournament who have won two or more PGA Tour
events and are not otherwise exempt. The one-year exemption will apply for a 12-month period to eligible players ages 50 and 51. 'Veteran member' is defined as someone who has a combined minimum of 150 cuts made on the PGA Tour and/or top-48 finishes on the Champions Tour.
Charles Schwab Cup Points Modification
The following will be new features of the Charles Schwab Cup points system
in 2003:
At Champions Tour majors and the Champions Tour Championship, points will be worth three times those offered at all other official events;
Quarterly bonus points will be awarded to players who are among the top 10 point earners each quarter. The bonus points, which will be added to a player's cumulative total for the year, will be equivalent to a $1.6 million purse, which was the approximate average tournament purse in 2002.
The quarterly bonus segments will conclude at the Emerald Coast Classic, Farmers Charity Classic, Allianz Championship and Champions Tour Championship.
Points will continue to be awarded to top-10 finishers and ties at all 31
official Champions Tour events.
Georgia-Pacific Grand Champions
The Georgia-Pacific Super Seniors program, for players age 60 and up, will now be known as the Georgia-Pacific Grand Champions program. Weekly purses will be $175,000 and first prize $30,000. There will be 12 events, including the $400,000 Georgia-Pacific Grand Champions Championship at year's end.