Flying High Kite Set to Defend in California


Champions TourVALENCIA, California -- The Champions Tour hangs out in California again this week for the AT&T Champions Classic.
Tom Kite broke a two-year winless drought at Valencia last year when he cruised to a five-stroke win over Gil Morgan.
'This was way too long of a drought,' admitted Kite, who also won here in 2002. 'These last two wins, it's been kind of sparse. When I first came out here and won five or six events, I was thinking this Champions Tour thing was pretty easy.'
Loren Roberts could set a new Champions Tour record on Friday. He has posted 32 straight rounds of par or better, tying the mark of Larry Nelson.
Nelson ran off 32 straight rounds at par or better back in 2000 as he won six titles that season. On the flip side, Roberts is winless during his streak, though he has finished in the top seven in nine of his last 11 events dating back to last season.
Valencia was one of the hardest courses on tour last year. Just seven players carded three rounds of par or better in '06, while just two players posted three sub-par rounds.
The GOLF CHANNEL will have live coverage of all three rounds.
After a one-week break, the Champions Tour returns to action with a new event - the Ginn Championship at Hammock Beach in Palm Coast, Florida.
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