Torrance Brings a Lot to the Table

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Champions TourNew name. New home. And most importantly, new players. Welcome to the 2003 Champions Tour and this week's stop in Baltimore, Md., for the Constellation Energy Classic.
 
Though the five - count 'em, five majors have come and gone for this season, the Champions Tour continues to steamroll along on what has been a tremendous year for the senior curcuit.
 
It started out with the new name for the tour, going from the Senior Tour to the more distinguishable Champions Tour, the first step in PGA Commissioner Tim Finchem's four-year plan to bring a higher profile to the tour.
 
Secondly, the Champions Tour found a new home on the TV dial by joining up with The Golf Channel to bring a more stable TV viewing place for the tour's fans.
 
Finally, - and what will prove to be the biggest driving force for the success of the tour - are the new faces that have and will continue to pop up over the course of the next several years.
 
This week the Champions Tour will be welcoming one of the great characters in all of golf in Scotland's Sam Torrance, captain of last year's victorious European Ryder Cup team.
 
Torrance, a winner of 21 European Tour events, brings a solid game, style, class and probably what's needed most, a wonderful sense of humor to the Champions Tour.
 
'We are thrilled that legendary golfer Sam Torrance is making his Champions Tour debut here in the Constellation Energy Classic,' said Constellation tournament director Joe Rotellini. 'Having (Torrance) from the European Tour come to Baltimore to compete makes our already strong field of competitors even more exciting for our fans.'
 
He'll be set to tee it up with big names such as Ben Crenshaw, Tom Kite and 'The Walrus,' Craig Stadler, who was also a huge addition to the tour just this summer.
 
J.C. Snead, the 2002 champion, will be back to defend his crown after his victory last year made him the third oldest winner in Champions Tour history at age 61.
 
The Golf Channel will provide live coverage of all three rounds of competition for the Constellation Energy Classic, starting each day, Friday through Sunday, at 1:30 PM (ET) to 4:30 PM.
 
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