Champions Tour Fills Hole In Three-Decade Career
As the PGA Tour Champions begins its 40th season this week at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai in Hawaii, it starts with at least two recurring themes.
The first is Bernhard Langer, the seemingly ageless master of the over-50 golf universe, who has shown no hint he’s slowing down now that he’s in his 60s.
The second theme centers on, in effect, everyone else.
For decades, the Champions tour was built on the participation and success of superstars. What started with Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer was handed over to Chi Chi Rodriguez and Lee Trevino. Then it was Hale Irwin and Tom Watson. Jay Haas and Fred Couples have had their moments.
Now, though Langer carries the torch, the tour belongs to a group of former PGA Tour players who had good but not great careers. Their faces and their swings are familiar but, for the most part, their Tour careers were more solid than sizzle.
Scott McCarron is one of those guys and he’s loving it.
He spent years playing against Jerry Kelly, David Toms, Woody Austin, Tim Petrovic, Paul Goydos, Joe Durant and Kirk Triplett. Now they’re doing it again – with smaller fields and no cuts.
The stars still come out but Vijay Singh, Davis Love III and Steve Stricker pick their spots, preferring to play against the young guys as long as they can.
For McCarron, who has won eight times in three-plus years on the PGA Tour Champions circuit, it’s a chance to fill holes...
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