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Posts Tagged ‘Champions Tour.’

Maggert wins Regions Tradition tournament on first playoff hole

Jeff Maggert (courtesy PGA Tour)

51-year-old Jeff Maggert won his second Champions Tour event on Sunday and the first senior major championship.

Maggert beat Kevin Sutherland with a 3-foot par putt on the first playoff hole to win the Champions Tour’s Regions Tradition in Birmingham, Alabama.

Maggert, a Texas A&M graduate, has been a pro golfer since 1986.

The 1990 Ben Hogan Player of the Year and 1990 leading money winner has won 15 professional tournaments spanning the PGA Tour, Web.com and Champions Tour.

Golfing legend “Buffalo Bill” Billy Casper passes away at age 83

Billy Casper (2010 photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

Often overshadowed by the rising careers of Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Arnold Palmer, who were considered to be the “Big Three” during that era,  Billy Casper was a star in his own right. He was one of the most prolific tournament winners on the PGA TOUR from the mid-1950s to the mid-1970s.

The winner of 51 tournaments and one of the sport’s finest putters, suffered a heart attack and died Saturday at his home in Springville, Utah. He was 83.

Casper is survived by his wife of 62 years, Shirley, 11 children, six of whom are adopted, and 71 grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Known by his colleagues as “Buffalo Bill” due to his diet of exotic meats such as caribou, elk, hippopotamus and buffalo.

Casper got started in golf at the age of seven with the urging of his father. He spent one semester at the University of Notre Dame before returning to his native San Diego. He married his wife, Shirley in 1952. Before turning professional in 1954, he played in several amateur tournament around the San Diego area against fellow native Gene Littler.

Speaking of Littler, Casper won the  1970 Masters Tournament in the event’s last 18-hole playoff over his childhood friend. He defeated Littler by five shots.

Between 1956 until 1975, Casper won 51 PGA TOUR titles — including three major championships — and led the money list in 1966 and 1968. His 51 career victories place him seventh on the TOUR’s all-time victories list.

Casper won at least one PGA TOUR title for 16 consecutive years and earned titles in three different decades. He also enjoyed 14 seasons where he won at least two tournaments, the high mark coming in 1968 when he earned six tournament titles. That streak is the third longest streak on tour, trailing only Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, who each won on TOUR in 17 straight seasons.

In 1979, Casper captained the U.S. squad to victory over Europe.

On the Senior Tour, which is now the Champions Tour, earned nine wins including two senior majors.

In 1978, Casper became inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame along with Dorothy Campbell Hurd Howe, Bing Crosby, Harold Hilton and Clifford Roberts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The Mechanic” Miguel Angel Jimenez wins Champions Tour debut in Georgia

Miguel Angel Jimenez (2012 photo by Caliban via wikipedia commons)

Miguel Angel Jiménez is known as “The Mechanic” for his preference for driving, rather than repairing, high-performance vehicles.

He might be called that as well as for the way he work the golf course in being just the third player to lead from start to finish in his Champions Tour debut.

The 50-year-old from Spain held off a persistent Bernhard Langer to win the Greater Gwinnett Championship.

Jimenez, who has 31 pro wins, closed the final round with a 67 to finish at 14-under 202, two strokes ahead of Langer.

Jimenez, who mostly plays on the European Tour, finished the tournament with 32 straight holes without a bogey at the TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth, Georgia, just outside Atlanta.

Langer, who was consistent during the tournament, shot a 68 for the third straight day.

Jeff Maggert wins debut on Champions Tour

(courtesy PGA Tour)

Jeff Maggert, who was raised on a golf course in The Woodlands, Texas, became the 17th player on the Champions Tour to win in his debut event.

The 50-year-old shot a 4-under-par 68 at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic in Saucier, Mississippi.

A graduate of Texas A&M University, Maggert has a total of four professional wins.

Maggert finished the tournament with a total of 11-under 205.

Billy Andrade shot a 70 on Sunday to finish second, two shots back of Maggert.

Donald Trump-sponsored Jim Herman shakes off up-and-down second round to climb into contention of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship

Jim Herman had a good round on Saturday and has a chance to win (megasportsnews.com)

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COLUMBUS, O. – Web.com Tour golfer Jim Herman had a bad day on Friday as he battled windy conditions. He said his play was sloppy off the tee and he tried to stay together mentally.

With all of his troubles, Herman was still in contention tied for ninth at 3-under par-139 with five other players.

Herman, who is from Cincinnati, Ohio and a graduate of the University of Cincinnati, rallied back on Saturday with a resounding performance. He is tied for second place with Tyrone Van Aswegen at 7-under par-206, three strokes behind the leader, Seung-Yul Noh at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship on Ohio State’s Scarlet Course.

The one thing that stands out about Herman is, that you’ll see the letters TRUMP on his jackets, sweaters and shirts. He is sponsored by multi-millionaire businessman Donald Trump.

Trump does not sponsor many athletes. In addition to Herman, he backs David Frost from the Champions Tour and at one time Rocco Mediate.

One might wonder how Herman was fortunate enough to be sponsored by “The Donald”? “I’ve had a nice relationship with Mr. Trump”, Herman said. “I went to work for him in 2006. I was assistant professional for him for two years and qualified for the Web.com Tour my second season after working for him. He’s been a supporter and sponsor of mine. It’s nice to having someone like that on your shirt. You get a lot of attention, people ask about it.”

Herman told the media the story after his round about going to Bedminster, New Jersey to work for Trump. A job opened up there and a friend of his was the head professional, got interviews for the job and took it. Herman was hired shortly thereafter, spent a couple of years there but still kept his home in Port St. Lucie, Florida and went to Q-school in 2007.

Donald Trump is a dedicated sponsor to Jim Herman (2011 photo by Gage Skidmore via wikipedia commons)

Herman says that he saw Trump all the time in Bedminster. He plays golf all the time.

The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship is the third leg of four on the Web.com Tour Finals. The Hotel Fitness Championship in Ft. Wayne, Indiana kicked things off on August 29 with Trevor Immelman winning. The Chiquita Classic in Davidson, North Carolina last week was won by Andy Swoboda and the fourth event will take place on September 26, Web.com Tour Championship at Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

How the Web.com Finals works is the PGA Tour golfers #126-200 in the FedEx Cup points plus the Web.com Tour #1-75 on the money list compete.

The top 25 players on the money list for the Web.com Tour regular season are assured a PGA Tour Card. Also, the Finals will determine an additional 25 cards, based on cumulative earnings in those events, as well as the positioning of all 50 cards. Plus, 50 PGA Tour Cards will be awarded following the Web.com Tour Championship.

What’s at stake? Those 50 PGA Tour Cards, exempt status to the 2014 Players Championship awarded to:

#1 on the Web.com Tour Regular Season Money List.

#1 on the Web.com Tour Finals Money List.

 

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