Seniors Set to Go the Distance at Toshiba


It was a day that wouldnt seem to end. But when it did, it turned out to be a day Jose Maria Canizares would never forget.
Canizares sank a 24-foot birdie putt on the ninth hole of a sudden-death playoff to beat Gil Morgan in last years Toshiba Senior Classic.
The then 54-year-old Spaniard captured his first Senior Tour title, after finishing runner-up on four prior occasions. Both he and Morgan finished play at the Newport Beach Country Club in Newport Beach, Calif., at 11-under 202.
It is very nice to win because I am playing with some of the best players in the world, said Canizares at the time.
This event has a history of unusual extra sessions. Gary McCord won his first 50-and-over event in a four-man playoff in 1999. Two years prior, Bob Murphy rolled in an 80-foot birdie putt to defeat Jay Sigel on the ninth hole of sudden death.
The longest senior playoff remains the 10-hole extravaganza won by David Graham over Dave Stockton in the 1998 Royal Caribbean Classic.
Even when playoffs aren't involved, the Toshiba is one of the tours most competitive tournaments. In its seven-year history, only one event has been decided by more than a single shot.
This years purse is $1.5 million, with $225,000 going to the winner.
The field includes Ben Crenshaw, 2000 champion Allen Doyle, Bruce Fleisher, 1998 winner Hale Irwin, Tom Kite, Larry Nelson, Tom Watson and Fuzzy Zoeller.
Full field and tee times for the Toshiba Senior Classic