Crenshaw to Make Senior Debut in February


Ben Crenshaw, who turns 50 Friday, will make his Senior PGA Tour debut at the ACE Group Classic in Naples, Fla., Feb. 8-10.
Crensaw was originally to debut at the Royal Caribbean Classic in Key Biscayne, Fla., near Miami, Feb. 1-3. However, illness forced him to postpone his plans.
Crenshaw won 19 times on the PGA Tour, including a pair of Masters Tournaments (1984, 95). Crenshaw, a three-time NCAA champion at the University of Texas, also captained the victorious 1999 U.S. Ryder Cup team. Trailing by four points entering the Sunday singles matches, Crenshaw made this statement:
'I'm going to leave y'all with this thought,' he said, wagging his finger at reporters. 'I'm a big believer in fate. I have a good feeling about this. That's all I'm going to tell you.'
The U.S. then won 8 points on Sunday to win the Cup for the first time since 1993.
Fuzzy Zoeller will also make his debut at the Crandon Park Golf Club. Zoeller will, however, play in the unofficial Senior Skins Game the week prior in Maui, Hawaii.
In other Senior news, Arnold Palmer will play in the Verizon Classic in Lutz, Fla., Feb. 15-17.
Palmer, 72, did not play in the event last year; due to a scheduling conflict he played in the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.
Palmer is one of three sponsor exemptions for the event that will be played at the TPC of Tampa Bay. Two-time U.S. Open champion Andy North and former British Open champion Bill Rogers have accepted the other two exemptions.
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