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March 7, 2009 | James Wagner
Welcome to the Champions Tour, or more appropriately the 50-and-over tour, where a man approaching his 70s can claim a little triumph. Well, until a golfer 16 years younger steals it away. Jim Colbert, who turns 68 on Monday, hobbled through a five-under-par 66 Friday in the first round of the Toshiba Classic at the Newport Beach Country Club. That was good for a share of second place, one shot behind Bernhard Langer.
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March 7, 2009 | James Wagner
Welcome to the Champions Tour, or more appropriately the 50-and-over tour, where a man approaching his 70s can claim a little triumph. Well, until a golfer 16 years younger steals it away. Jim Colbert, who turns 68 on Monday, hobbled through a five-under-par 66 Friday in the first round of the Toshiba Classic at the Newport Beach Country Club. That was good for a share of second place, one shot behind Bernhard Langer.
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March 12, 2001 | STEVE HENSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The last two groups trudging uphill into a cold wind on the arduous 17th and 18th holes of the SBC Senior Classic resembled a rag-tag colonial fife-and-drum corps as darkness closed in Sunday. There was Jose Maria Canizares, the Spaniard coming off his first career victory, blowing on hands that were numb except for a touch of arthritis.
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March 2, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The United States won only two of eight matches during the final round of the Chrysler Cup Senior World Team Championship at Sarasota, Fla., but that was enough for a 54-46 victory over the international team. The Americans, who will divide $400,000, won when Mike Hill defeated Bruce Compton, 70-72, and Jim Colbert beat Billy Dunk, 71-76.
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January 11, 1997 | Associated Press
Tom Lehman, who won the British Open and set an official earnings record in 1996, was voted player of the year by PGA Tour members, and Tiger Woods was honored as rookie of the year. Jim Colbert was selected as the top player on the Senior PGA Tour. Results of the voting were announced Friday night during the annual PGA Tour awards dinner at La Costa.
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October 2, 1996 | THOMAS BONK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jim Colbert makes money playing golf as if he has magnets strapped to his body. Actually, he does. Last week, when Colbert won the Vantage Championship, worth $180,000, he wore a belt with three magnets touching his back. Colbert is convinced the magnets help his bad back, which explains why he carries a mattress with 350 magnets with him when he travels.
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July 16, 1995 | From Associated Press
After a four-hour delay because of an electrical storm, it didn't take J.C. Snead long to break a tie with Jim Colbert and take the lead Saturday in the suspended third round of the Senior Players Championship. Snead had to wait only until his ball rolled 12 feet into the cup for an eagle on the par-five 13th hole of the TPC of Michigan, giving him a one-stroke lead over Colbert, who birdied the hole. "The game's still on the table and I like to have a chance at the end," Colbert said.
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December 3, 1994
I've played golf for 70 years and have always found the courses and people I've played with to be very interesting and enjoyable. However, heaven forbid I ever witness another Skins Game. The four monkeys who were led around with rings in their noses by the promoters of last week's Skins Game should either donate all their winnings to charity or, along with the sponsors, join up and return that pockmarked, miserably called golf course to its original desert beauty. BILL WHITEHEAD Manhattan Beach What more self-serving drivel than to watch four pampered millionaires playing for funny money, acting like they're playing a $20 Nassau or for "loser buys drinks" over a grueling format of nine holes per day, studded with patronizing, egocentric cameo interviews, and then sprinkled with Bighorn advertisements parading as golf commentary, viz., Vin Scully interviewing Jim Colbert, the resident pro?
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February 25, 2001 | Associated Press
Jim Colbert matched the course record with a 10-under-par 62 on Saturday for a share of the second-round lead in the Mexico Senior Classic. Colbert, who won the last of his 19 Senior PGA Tour titles in 1998, tied the mark set by Hubert Green last year in the final round of his five-stroke victory. "I didn't make any eights today," Colbert said, referring to his triple bogey Friday on the par-five ninth hole. "I hit every green and every fairway. When you do that, the game seems easier."
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October 29, 1998 | THOMAS BONK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's hard not to recognize Jim Colbert. He's the one with the "Gilligan's Island" hat, the shirt with the turned-up collar, a smile so wide somebody must have wedged a flagstick in his mouth and a strut that would make a peacock jealous. Colbert is stepping lively again, 15 months after surgery for prostate cancer, and might once again be the man to beat at the Pacific Bell Senior Classic, which begins Friday at Wilshire Country Club.
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September 4, 1998 | THOMAS BONK
After Jim Colbert had surgery for prostate cancer 14 months ago, his doctors told him it would take a year for him to recover fully, but Colbert thought it would be much sooner. They were right, he was wrong. It has been a long way back for Colbert, 56, who is reminded daily that he is one of the fortunate ones whose prostate cancer was detected in its early stages. "You really do need to catch this baby early," he said.
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November 2, 1997 | THOMAS BONK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Saturday was a great day for playing golf, all right. Either that, or stuffing yourself inside a microwave, take your pick. If it had been much hotter at Wilshire Country Club, the players at the Ralphs Senior Classic would have used oven mitts for golf gloves. The temperature was high, but Jim Colbert's score was low. His six-under-par 65 moved him past Hale Irwin and into a three-shot lead he will try to protect in the final round today.
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October 30, 1997 | THOMAS BONK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jim Colbert admits it. OK, he likes money. And as we all know, there are few better places to make money than the Senior PGA Tour, but Colbert said that's not the reason he came back to play the last four events of the year. Colbert had been out since June after having prostate cancer surgery and said he didn't think he'd be back until 1998. But he changed his mind. He said it wasn't because of money--the money he wasn't making. Colbert was No. 8 on the money list when he left and No.
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October 10, 1997 | THOMAS BONK
He had surgery for prostate cancer less than four months ago, but Jim Colbert said he thought it wouldn't be too soon to get back out on the Senior PGA Tour once he started practicing again last month. "I knew it would be tough for me to stay out the rest of the year," said Colbert, who last played June 22. "You feel like, 'Well, I can play here at home or I can play for a million dollars a week.' " Well, if you put it that way.
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July 15, 1995 | Associated Press
The sweltering heat didn't seem to bother Jim Colbert, who shot a nine-under-par 63 Friday to take a four-stroke lead halfway through the Senior Players Championship. Colbert, who won this senior major in 1993, chipped in for an eagle on the par-five 17th and was at 11-under 133 for 36 holes, with Lee Trevino and J.C. Snead tied for second. Trevino shot a 67 Friday, and Snead had a 68 at the 6,876-yard TPC of Michigan.
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April 7, 1991 | From Associated Press
Jim Colbert, a rookie on the Senior PGA Tour, shot a five-under-par 67 Saturday to catch faltering Phil Rodgers for a share of the lead after three rounds of The Tradition at Scottsdale, Ariz. Rodgers, winless in three senior seasons, started the day at 12 under with a six-shot lead over Colbert and four others. He had five bogeys and a double-bogey in his round of 73. Rodgers tied Colbert for the lead by chipping in from the bunker for an eagle on the 18th hole.
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July 9, 1997 | THOMAS BONK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two weeks after surgery for prostate cancer, Jim Colbert isn't thinking about his return to the Senior PGA Tour. It probably won't be until September or October, which allows Colbert a lot of time to consider a future that probably is not going to be simply about golf. Colbert, 56, who is recuperating at home in Las Vegas, said Tuesday he plans to use his experience to speak out on the importance of prostate cancer awareness. "I'm willing to do that," Colbert said.
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June 27, 1997 | THOMAS BONK
In the first round of a Senior PGA Tour event in Alpharetta, Ga., Jim Colbert was in the same group as Bob Murphy. That isn't unusual, mainly because Colbert and Murphy are two of the closest players on tour. What was unusual was that all during the round and then later at a party Murphy hosted that night, Colbert never mentioned he had cancer. Colbert, 56, never said he would have surgery three days later. "He just didn't let on at all," Murphy said. "He seemed to be relaxed. He was talking.
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