Fred Couples shot a final-round 61 before winning the Shaw Charity Classic with a birdie on the first hole of a sudden death playoff over Billy Andrade (final-round 62) after both players eagled the final hole of regulation. It was the 11th Champions Tour win for Couples who played all 54 holes without a bogey.
Willie Wood made his first Champions Tour ace at the fifth hole in the final round of the Shaw Charity Classic. Brian Cairns aced the same hole in the opening round.
World Golf Hall of Fame member Colin Montgomerie dominated the Travis Perkins Masters with a 10-stroke victory on the European Senior Tour last week.
The inaugural World Golf Village Golf Festival, a day-long event celebrating golf, was announced last week and will feature interactive activities throughout the day. Appearances by Hall of Fame members, a Demo Day at Slammer & Squire, unique playing experiences and golf movies at the World Golf Hall of Fame IMAX Theater are some of the planned activities. The entire event is free to the public and will be held on Saturday, Oct. 4 at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla. The PGA TOUR Grand Champions, a group of former PGA TOUR stars including Hall of Fame members Gene Littler and Doug Ford, will be on site interacting with fans during panel discussions in the Hall of Fame and at a clinic on the Slammer & Squire driving range.
This year’s Quebec Championship will be played at La Tempete Golf Club in Quebec City. It’s the fourth different golf course and the third different venue for the event previously known as the Montreal Championship.
The 7,203-yard La Tempête Golf Club played host to the 2009 Skins Game where Geoff Ogilvy, Fred Couples, Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter and Mike Weir displayed their skills to a sold-out capacity crowd.
Lee Janzen, an eight-time winner on the PGA TOUR with a pair of U.S. Open titles (1993, 1998) as well as a PLAYERS Championship victory (1995), will make his debut on the Champions Tour at the Quebec Championship, having turned 50 on August 28.
This year week marks the return of a PGA TOUR-sponsored event to Quebec City, one of the oldest cities in North America, since the 1956 Labatt Open. World Golf Hall of Fame member Billy Casper won the first of his 51 career victories on the PGA TOUR that year at Royal Quebec Golf Club.
CHARLES SCHWAB CUP
Fred Couples earned 338 points in the Charles Schwab Cup for his Shaw Charity Classic win and moved to sixth in the race with 1,119 points. Bernhard Langer continues to lead the race with 3,624 points.
11 – The number of PGA TOUR major champions in the field for the Quebec Championship, including two-time U.S. Open winner Lee Janzen who is making his Champions Tour debut.
ON THIS DATE
9/1/02 – Gene Sauers ends a 13-year victory drought to win the Air Canada Championship near Vancouver by one stroke over Steve Lowery.
9/3/78 – John Cook defeats Scott Hoch to win the U.S. Amateur title.
DID YOU KNOW?
Woody Austin made his first Champions Tour start at the U.S. Senior Open in July. He’s played four events, finishing T3, T2, T5 and 6th, earning an average of $130,095 per start.
QUOTES TO NOTE
“I just wish Fridays came quicker than Friday.” – Rocco Mediate is still adjusting to the Champions Tour where the majority of events are 54 holes with the first round beginning Friday.
“I hate to say this because I love the European Tour, but the Champions Tour was the best Tour I ever played on.” – Sam Torrance shares his opinion during a recent episode of ‘Feherty’ on the Golf Channel.