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Champions' Legends of Golf to feature par-3 course

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One of the Champions Tour’s most popular tournaments has a new twist. 

It was announced Tuesday that the two-man team event will make history in becoming the first PGA Tour-sanctioned event to use a par-3 course in official competition. The newly named Big Cedar Lodge Legends of Golf will be held June 6-8 at Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale, Mo.

The 54-hole event will be played on the Top of the Rock’s nine-hole par-3 course, designed by Jack Nicklaus, and the Tom Fazio-designed Buffalo Ridge Springs Course. All competitors will play the par-3 course in the final round. 

“We believe the inclusion of this dramatic short course will demonstrate to a time-crunched world that par-3 golf is fun, entertaining and a worthy alternative for golfers,” PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said in a statement.

The event will have age divisions for those 50-65, and 65 and older. The pro-am day is scheduled to include shooting, archery and fishing. The resort and golf courses are owned by Johnny Morris, the founder of Bass Pro Shops. 

Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Hale Irwin, Gary Player and Lee Trevino have already indicated that they will play.