Legends Gather in St Augustine


Many of the games all-time greats will compete this week in the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf. Fittingly enough, the event will be contested at the World Golf Villages The King & The Bear course in St. Augustine, Fla., home to the World Golf Hall of Fame.
Eight Hall of Fame members are in the field, which consists of three age brackets. The Demaret Division, a 36-hole team competition for players 70 and older, will play Monday and Tuesday; the Raphael Division, for players 50-69, will compete Friday and Saturday; the Legends Division will be Friday through Sunday.
The Demaret and Raphael Divisions are both team competitions. The Legends Division is an individual 54-hole stroke-play event.
This is a new format for the tournament. Previously, all divisions were team play. Andy North and Jim Colbert successfully defended their title in the Legends last year.
Now, 59 players will compete individually for the title. The field includes Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Tom Kite, Hale Irwin, Allen Doyle, Larry Nelson, Gary Player and Fuzzy Zoeller.
This is the 25th playing of the event that spawned the Senior PGA Tour. Fred Raphael founded the exhibition in 1978. It was so successful, that the tour was created just two years later. Raphael died last year. The Raphael Division was named in his honor.
The event offers one of the richest purses on tour this season ' $2 million, with $300,000 going to the winner.
Nicklaus will try and make his first Senior start since a bad back forced him to withdraw from the Ford Senior Players Championship in July. The 62-year-old has ever since struggled with back pain. The six-time Masters champion will use this week to gauge whether or not he will be able to compete next week in Augusta.
Full field and tee times