Pate to Miss Champions Debut

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Jerry Pate will be eligible for his Champions Tour debut on his 50th birthday Sept. 16, but will have to miss the SAS Championship because of rehabilitation.
 
Pate recently had minor surgery on his left shoulder, which was originally operated on 16 years ago. Because of the extensive rehabilitation program involved with the surgery, Pate has postponed his debut on the Champions Tour until at least the end of the official 2003 season, with 2004 being a possibility.