Smyth Looking for Third Win


Champions TourEditor's Note: The Sports Network contributed to this report.
For the 11th consecutive season, the Champions Tour makes its way this week to the Florida panhandle for the Blue Angels Classic (TGC Live - Fri. at 5:00 p.m. ET).
After taking a week off, the seniors gather together at the Moors Golf Club in Milton, Fla., with Des Smyth looking to become the tour's first three-time winner of the 2005 campaign.
Last year, Tom Jenkins fired a 7-under 63 in the final round last year to roar from behind and win the Blue Angels Classic by five strokes. Jenkins completed the event at 14-under-par 196.
It was the second straight year that the winner has won in convincing fashion, as 2003 winner Bob Gilder cruised to a four shot victory.
With the Champions Tours first major in just two weeks, the players will be fine tuning their games in preparation.
Gil Morgan has enjoyed great success at this event over the years, posting six top-10s in his nine appearances including his one win back in 2000.
With the win in 2002, Dave Eichelberger became the oldest winner of this event (58 years, 6 months, 28 days). Dana Quigley is the tournaments youngest winner, claiming the 1998 event at 51 years, 4 months, 23 days.
The event is being played in May, making it the fifth different month the tournament has been held. The has hosted this tour stop since its inception in 1995.
This event has been shortened by rain twice, the first coming in 1995, the tournaments inaugural year. In 1999 Bob Duval joined son David as the only father-son duo to win PGA Tour-sanctioned events on the same day, as David won The Players Championship and Bob this event.
There have been only two wire-to-wire champions of this event, Duval (1999) and Gil Morgan (2000).
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