Four of the last six tournaments on the 50-and-over set have been of the major variety. The fifth and final ' yes, the tour has five this year ' major, the JELD-WEN Tradition, will be contested at the end of August.
But for now, the games elders will settle down in Concord, Mass., for a regular 54-hole event at the par-72 Nashawtuc Country Club.
Bob Gilder won last years edition in a playoff over John Mahaffey. He became the first wire-to-wire winner in the events 22-year history. He also became the second player to win both a PGA Tour (1992 Bank of Boston Classic) and Champions Tour event in the Boston area (Arnold Palmer, the other).
Gilder won this years Emerald Coast Classic, but has only one top-10 in the last two-and-a-half months. Still, if history is a great indicator, he should be among the favorites to prevail this week.
Five players have successfully defended their titles in this tournament. Don January won in 1983 and 84; Chi Chi Rodriguez 1986-88; Bob Charles 89 and 90; Hale Irwin 97 and 98, and Larry Nelson in 2000 and 2001.