March 16, 2007 |
It sounds obvious to any golfer: To score low, one must hit a good tee shot, strike a solid iron and then putt well. But when the players on the Champions Tour talk about Valencia Country Club in the Santa Clarita Valley north of Los Angeles, they say it anyway -- and mean it. To win at Valencia, designed by noted course architect Robert Trent Jones Sr., there are no shortcuts, no easy holes to recover from wayward shots.
March 13, 2004 |
Peter Jacobsen's initiation to the Champions Tour this week has included singing the Oregon fight song three times, cleaning Ben Crenshaw's shoes, changing J.C. Snead's spikes and getting a wedgie from Bruce Lietzke. So Jacobsen got revenge the best way he knew. In his Champions Tour debut, Jacobsen birdied the final two holes Friday in the SBC Classic at Valencia Country Club, shot five-under 67 and was among five players tied for the lead.
March 14, 2008 |
Bernhard Langer hopes to score back-to-back wins with a victory at this weekend's AT&T Champions Classic at Valencia Country Club after his playoff victory at the Toshiba Classic in Newport Beach on Sunday. But the two-time Masters champion from Germany will have to overcome a bit of history. No player on the 50-and-over Champions Tour has won the two West Coast tournaments in the same year. Langer, who turned 50 in August, and the rest of the Champions Tour field tee off today for the first of three rounds at the tough par-72 Valencia course in the Santa Clarita Valley north of Los Angeles.
March 17, 2007 |
Hale Irwin tied a tournament course record with an eight-under-par 64, seizing the first-round lead in the AT&T Champions Classic on Friday. Irwin, 61, eagled the ninth hole at the Valencia Country Club -- the 18th hole for him, because he'd started on the 10th -- and took a two-stroke lead over Isao Aoki, David Edwards and Jim Thorpe. Fuzzy Zoeller, Loren Roberts and John Jacobs were another stroke back with five-under 67s in the Champions Tour event.
March 7, 2010
Fred Couples spent Friday attracting most of the attention at the 16th annual Toshiba Classic. Saturday, he just stole the whole show. He shot the lowest score in the second round — a seven-under-par 64 — and he takes a two-shot lead into Sunday's final round at Newport Beach Country Club. Tom Lehman, who had the second-lowest score in the second round (65), is tied for second with Chien Soon Lu, who shot a 67. Loren Roberts and Ronnie Black are four shots off the lead.
March 12, 2011 |
Joe Ozaki of Japan played in the first round of the Toshiba Classic on Friday not knowing his family's status after a massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit his homeland. He figured they'd be OK because someone would've gotten in touch with him if there was trouble. Ozaki, whose home is in Tokyo, spoke with his wife, Yoshie, Friday night, helping him put his mind at ease. It also helped him make a jump from tied for 15th to tied for third after a second-round-best seven-under-par 64 on Saturday at Newport Beach Country Club.
March 10, 2006 |
The greens at Valencia Country Club are fast and hilly, which means the course plays right into the hands of Loren Roberts. Then again, any course is right up your alley when you putt the way Roberts has this season. The so-called "boss of the moss" has used his putter to produce the hottest start in Champions Tour history and he looks to continue his torrid pace in the AT&T Classic beginning today in Valencia.
March 18, 2005 |
Tom Purtzer is defending champion of the Toshiba Senior Classic, largely because of the course-record 60 he shot last year during the first round. But the 53-year-old with a degenerative back condition will be hard-pressed to repeat -- because this time around he'll have to walk the 6,598-yard Newport Beach Country Club course. The Champions Tour, for players 50 and older, is five events into its 25th season -- its first in which carts are not allowed.
March 6, 2009 |
As the economy moves the world of sports from days of wine and roses to nights of vinegar and thorns, there is a way to do it right and survive. That will be on display this weekend at the Newport Beach Country Club. The PGA's senior golf tour, known in its politically correct form as the Champions Tour, will stop there today through Sunday for the Toshiba Classic. We live in an age of unemployment, foreclosure, new age-75 retirement goals and Manny saying no, and finally, yes to $45 million.
March 11, 2006 |
Ben Crenshaw won two Masters championships and is in the World Golf Hall of Fame. Jay Sigel was one of the most celebrated amateurs since Bobby Jones. Suffice to say they need little introduction. Mitch Adcock is a different story. Adcock shot a five-under-par 67 in the first round Friday of the AT&T Classic at Valencia Country Club and leads by a shot over Crenshaw and Sigel, who will be his playing partners in the final group for today's second round.