In 2012, one of the Champions Tour's five majors will have a new home for the third time in the last three years.
The Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship is moving to Fox Chapel GC in Pittsburgh for next season. The date is also changing, moving from its fall position where it’s held residence for the last half-decade to June 28-July 1.
The Seth Raynor-designed club opened in 1923 and last held a noteworthy event when the Curtis Cup matches were played there in 2002. It will be first host of a senior major in the region since Laurel Valley held the '05 Senior PGA Championship.
Fred Couples won the 2011 Senior Players at Westchester CC in a sudden-death playoff over Presidents Cup vice-captain John Cook. In 2010, the event was hosted at the renovated TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm. Prior to that, Baltimore CC hosted the event from 2007-09.
The event gives a second event to western Pennsylvania, including the Nationwide Tour's Mylan Classic played Aug. 30-Sept. 2.
“We’re very excited to bring the Champions Tour to Pittsburgh where the Nationwide Tour has proven success in operating the Mylan Classic, with Arnold Palmer as the honorary chairman,' said Champions Tour president Mike Stevens in a release. 'We are confident Fox Chapel will provide a great test for our professionals and an exciting event for the fans.”
For its 30th edition, the 78-man field will continue to play a 72-hole event at its eighth host course.