The Champions Tour will play in 16 states in the United States, plus the Dominican Republic and Scotland.
The Champions Tour continues on a strong upswing; its a credit to the tournaments and title sponsors that we have the continuity and sponsorship support reflected in this 2008 Champions Tour Schedule, said Champions Tour President Rick George.
The Champions Tours 29th season kicks off in Hawaii January 14-20 at the MasterCard Championship at Hualalai on the Big Island followed by the Turtle Bay Championship (Jan. 21-27) on Oahu. The season will come to a close in late October at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship at Sonoma (CA) Golf Club, where several of the seasons award winners will be determined.
The major championship schedule features an elite list of venues, including Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, NY (Senior PGA Championship), one of Golfweeks Top 100 Classic Courses in America for 2006 that hosted the 1980 and 2003 PGA Championships and the 1995 Ryder Cup. The Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs will host the U.S. Senior Open on its Donald Ross/Robert Trent Jones designed East Course at the end of July. Both the JELD-WEN Tradition (Crosswater Club at Sunriver Resort) and Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship (Baltimore Country Club) will return to their respective host venues for the second straight year. The site of eight British Opens, the Old Course at Royal Troon Golf Club in Ayrshire, Scotland, will welcome the Senior British Open to its links July 21-27.
New to the schedule for 2008 is The Cap Cana in the Dominican Republic, March 31- April 6. It will be played at the Jack Nicklaus Signature Course at Punta Espada Golf Club, which attained No. 77 in Golf Digest's rankings of the 100 Best Courses Outside the U.S just four months after opening.
One of the most popular and unique events in golf, featuring junior golfers and Champions Tour players competing side-by-side, the fourth annual Wal-Mart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach returns to the famed Pebble Beach Golf Links (and Del Monte Golf Course) over Labor Day weekend.
The Champions Tours longest running event, the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf, enters its 31st year and will return to The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa in Savannah, GA, April 21-27.
All 29 events will feature national television coverage in the United States, with 23 airing complete coverage on the GOLF CHANNEL, the Tours exclusive cable network television home. Four official events will air Saturday and Sunday on NBC, with ABC and CBS televising one tournament each.
The Charles Schwab Cup, the Champions Tours year-long competition, will offer a record $2.5 million in annuities to its five leading point-earners and enters its eighth year. Designed to identify the Tours leading player, the Charles Schwab Cup will continue to be featured prominently in all cable and network telecasts next year.