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April 1, 1993 | DAN HAFNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gary Player is the ultimate frequent flyer. Sometime this past winter, the Hall of Fame golfer from South Africa passed 8 million miles in air travel. Now 57 and involved in many golfing ventures, Player finally bought his own jet by way of celebrating his 40th year as a professional golfer. Just back from China, where he is building two golf courses, Player will return to the Senior PGA Tour in The Tradition, which opens today at Desert Mountain Country Club in Scottsdale, Ariz.
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March 16, 2003 | Peter Yoon, Times Staff Writer
Champions Tour officials shortened the SBC Classic to 36 holes after a heavy rainstorm washed out the second round Saturday at Valencia Country Club. Tour officials delayed the start of the round three hours and hoped to play at least nine holes but canceled the round at about 1:30 p.m., citing unplayable conditions. Large puddles formed on several greens and fairways and standing water could be found in almost every bunker.
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September 10, 1994 | Associated Press
As federal investigators combed a charred ravine for clues to the crash of USAir Flight 427, the nation's worst air disaster since 1987, the Quicksilver senior golf tournament got under way Friday seven miles away in the rolling western Pennsylvania hills of suburban Pittsburgh. "It makes playing golf so trivial," said Ed Sneed. "It's hard to put it in perspective, when we're playing a game and people have lost their lives and are suffering."
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March 2, 2002 | LISA DILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Golf carts weren't tipping over ... but it's not a good sign when the first, second and last impression of the Valencia Country Club on Friday was a cold blast of wind. Welcome to the wind tunnel. This was an especially devious wind at the $1.45-million SBC Senior Classic, which runs through Sunday. It changed direction. It swirled. And it turned the 190-yard, par-three No. 3 into a little hole of horror, where Jim Sheerin had a triple-bogey on his way to seven-over-par 79.
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February 25, 1991 | From Associated Press
Led by Charles Coody's course-record 63, the United States won five of eight matches Sunday to beat the International team for the fourth consecutive year in the senior tour's Chrysler Cup. The United States, which had a five-point lead after the first two rounds, scored a 58 1/2-41 1/2 victory. Each match in the final round was worth six points. The Americans won $50,000 apiece. The Internationals, who have won the cup only once since the tournament began six years ago, each received $25,000.
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October 21, 1994 | DAN HAFNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Once Arnold Palmer became interested, there was little doubt the Senior PGA Tour would succeed. There were some things that could have held it back. For one, there was the fear Jack Nicklaus, a Lee Trevino or a Raymond Floyd would win all the time. There was also concern that there might not be enough good players at 50 and over to make it competitive every week. Such problems never materialized, and senior golf mushroomed.
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November 30, 1989 | RICH TOSCHES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For one of the few times on their tournament calendar, some of players on the Senior PGA Tour will be playing on a golf course older than they are when they tee it up today for the opening round of the $350,000 GTE West Classic at the fabled Ojai Valley Inn and Country Club. Arnold Palmer, Billy Casper, Bob Charles, Chi Chi Rodriguez, Gene Littler and defending champion Harold Henning head the 72-player field for the 54-hole tournament.
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April 2, 1994 | DAN HAFNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For a time Friday, Gibby Gilbert threatened to make a runaway of The Tradition. That was before, in his words, his pants fell off. Gilbert, who trailed by a shot after a six-under 66 in the first round at Desert Mountain, had taken a five-shot lead, knocking off seven more strokes in 11 holes. By losing four strokes to par in the next three holes, Gilbert came back to the pack, finished with a 69 and 135, nine under for 36 holes and tied with Raymond Floyd and Charles Coody for the lead.
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March 31, 1994 | DAN HAFNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Tradition, the Senior PGA Tour's version of the Masters, opens today at Desert Mountain Country Club with legends such as Jack Nicklaus; and some of the past greats of golf, such as 1936 U.S. Open champion Sam Parks, 84-year-old Paul Runyan and Tommy Bolt; and even a mayor. Called "His Honor" in the Texas town of Toco, Rocky Thompson, who recently set a senior record by shooting a final round of 10-under-par 61 to win the tournament at Tampa, Fla., is in the field for the 72-hole event.
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March 21, 1986 | DAN HAFNER, Times Staff Writer
After spending a sleepless night because of the pain from a disintegrating disk in his back, Arnold Palmer went out and shot one of his best rounds of golf in a long time in the opening round of the Vintage Invitational senior tournament here Thursday. Playing the shorter, tricky Desert Course, Palmer shot a 68, four under par, and is a stroke behind the leader, Dale Douglass, the newest member of the 50-or-over golfing set.
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March 1, 2002 | LISA DILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The words rebirth, renewal or reinvention--whichever you want to use--don't seem to connect with a newly minted 50-year-old, at least at first glance. Senior PGA Tour golf, of course, is an exception. It works on both sides, potentially revitalizing the tour with an infusion of new faces and on the other side, delivering a vital career boost to the player. Case in point: Ben Crenshaw. Crenshaw, who turned 50 on Jan. 11, will be featured in the $1.
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May 13, 2001 | DAVE McKIBBEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mats Wilander has spent only two years on the senior tennis tour, but he's been around long enough to know his sport is losing the race against senior golf. "We don't have that many players still playing that are able to play at a very high level," said Wilander, 36, a seven-time Grand Slam singles champion from Sweden. "There's just not enough tennis interest in the world at the moment."
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March 11, 2001 | STEVE HENSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A father teaches his son to play golf. Tries anyway. The son is hard-headed. Many years later the son instructs the father, who is all ears. Strange, considering the father is Larry Nelson, the hottest player on the Senior PGA Tour. Yet it's part of the reason he won eight tournaments in less than a year, including six of 10 in one stretch. Nelson listens. He adjusts. He improves. And often the results are dramatic.
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March 6, 2000 | By MARTIN BECK,
Allen Doyle got up Sunday morning expecting to have to work for his first Senior PGA Tour victory of 2000, but as he neared Newport Beach Country Club that seemed less and less necessary. "When I drove to the golf course," said Doyle, who was leading the Toshiba Senior Classic by one stroke after 36 holes, "I said, 'Wow, there has been a lot of rain.' " To say the least. About an inch and a half had fallen since Doyle made a birdie on the 18th hole Saturday afternoon.
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February 5, 2000 | From Associated Press
Eleven years after his retirement from a Hall of Fame baseball career, Mike Schmidt was a rookie again Friday--and he played like it. Playing under a scoring system that rewards eagles and birdies with points, Schmidt finished with minus-one point, 16 behind leader Vicente Fernandez after Friday's opening round of the $1.1-million Royal Caribbean Classic senior golf tournament in Key Biscayne, Fla.
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June 17, 1999 | MARK GOMEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Eight years ago at the U.S. Senior Open, Paul Ladin glanced at the leaderboard as he approached the ninth hole at the Oakland Hills Country Club in Birmingham, Mich., and saw his name atop the list. His lead over such famed golfers as Jack Nicklaus, Chi Chi Rodriguez and Arnold Palmer was short-lived. Ladin bogeyed the ninth hole and went from two-under par after eight holes to missing the cut by one stroke. It was his best finish in four Senior Open appearances.
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January 19, 1997 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Hale Irwin's golf game livened up when the winds died down during the second round of the 54-hole MasterCard Championship on Saturday at Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Irwin shot a 68 to share the lead with Gil Morgan at three-under-par 141. He had four birdies on the back nine, capping his run with an eight-foot putt on the final hole.
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March 22, 1986 | DAN HAFNER, Times Staff Writer
At 60, Howie Johnson is one of the real veterans on the Senior golf tour. He is not, however, too old to make some changes in his game. After playing poorly last week at Sun City, Ariz., Johnson, who lives down the road a few miles at Rancho Mirage, made two adjustments. At the halfway point of the 72-hole Vintage Invitational, there has been a marked improvement.
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March 12, 1999 | MARTIN BECK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Larry Nelson came onto the Senior PGA Tour with great expectations. Here was a guy, many thought, who could push Hale Irwin and Gil Morgan for senior supremacy. It didn't work out that way in 1998, Nelson's first full year on the senior tour. Irwin won seven times, Morgan won six and the pair swept the four senior majors.
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