A preview of the 31st Annual Constellation Senior Players Championship to be held Thursday through Sunday at Fox Chapel Golf Club in Pittsburgh:
Field: 81 professionals
Format: 72-hole stroke-play event with no cut
Charles Schwab Cup (points to winner): 810; Purse: $2,700,000; Winner's Share: $405,000
Television: Golf Channel will televise all four rounds live. Thursday and Friday's rounds will be televised from 12:30-2:30 p.m., while weekend coverage will be from 2:30-6 p.m.
2012 Recap: Joe Daley, a non-exempt Champions Tour player, fired a closing-round, 2-under-par 68 to hold off a trio of former PGA Tour major championship winners and claim his first Tour win. Buoyed by a tournament-best 24 birdies, Daley started the day tied with Mark Calcavecchia, with Fred Couples and Tom Lehman one stroke behind.
About Fox Chapel Golf Club: Fox Chapel is one of the oldest clubs in the Greater Pittsburgh area. The Seth Raynor 18-hole golf course is consistently ranked among the top-100 classic courses in the nation. Opened in 1923, the historic Brandon Smith and Alden/Harlow Clubhouse is a registered architectural landmark. The club has hosted a number of championship events, including the 2002 Curtis Cup, the 1965 U.S. Senior Amateur and the 1950 and 1957 West Penn Opens.
Montgomerie to Make Champions Tour Debut: Colin Montgomerie will become the newest player to join the Champions Tour when he competes in this year's event. The winner of the European Tour order of merit eight times, he also owns 31 career European Tour titles and has more top-10 finishes (184) than any other player. A four-time European Tour Player of the Year. Montgomerie also represented Europe on eight Ryder Cup teams and captained the victorious squad in 2010 in Wales. Montgomerie is certainly no stranger to the Pittsburgh area. He was one of three players in a playoff for the 1994 U.S. Open title at Oakmont Country Club, eventually won by Ernie Els. Loren Roberts was the third playoff participant. Montgomerie also competed at Oakmont in 2007 but failed to make the cut.
Homecoming for Rocco Mediate: One name certain to be the focus of all eyes in this year's field is Rocco Mediate. A native of Greensburg and a graduate of Hempfield Area High School, Mediate is playing his rookie Champions Tour season. Earlier this year he became the 16th player to win his first start on Tour when he won the Allianz Championship in February in Boca Raton, Fla. Mediate played collegiately at Florida Southern and was a six-time PGA Tour winner.
Event is Third of Five Major Championships in 2013: The Constellation Senior Players Championship will be the third of five majors on the Champions Tour docket in 2013 and will also be the start of three straight major championships. The U.S. Senior Open will follow in Omaha, Neb. (July 11-14), at Omaha Country Club. Two weeks later, the Senior British Open is set for Royal Birkdale Golf Club in England (July 25-28). The Senior PGA Championship was staged in late May, with Kohki Idoki winning the title. David Frost prevailed at the Regions Tradition earlier this month at Shoal Creek near Birmingham, Ala.
Major Champions Dot The Field: This year's field includes a large number of PGA Tour major championship winners, including several with multiple titles. That group includes Tom Watson (1975, 1977, 1980, 1982 and 1983 British Opens; 1977 and 1981 Masters; 1982 U.S. Open), Hale Irwin (1974, 1979 and 1990 U.S. Opens), Larry Nelson (1981 and 1987 PGA Championships; 1983 U.S. Open), Mark O'Meara (1998 Masters; 1998 British Open), Bernhard Langer (1985 and 1993 Masters), Nick Price (1994 British Open; 1992 and 1994 PGA Championships), Ben Crenshaw (1984 and 1995 Masters), Sandy Lyle (1985 British Open; 1988 Masters). Joining those multiple winners are Jeff Sluman (1988 PGA Championship), Bob Tway (1986 PGA Championship), Fred Couples (1992 Masters), Mark Calcavecchia (1989 British Open), Larry Mize (1987 Masters), Steve Elkington (1995 PGA Championship), Corey Pavin (1995 U.S. Open), Tom Kite (1992 U.S. Open), Tom Lehman (1996 British Open), Steve Jones (1996 U.S. Open), Craig Stadler (1982 Masters), Hal Sutton (1983 PGA Championship), Scott Simpson (1987 U.S. Open) and Mark Brooks (1996 PGA Championship).
Ticket information: Tickets are still available and can be purchased in advance on cspgolf.com or at the gate. Youth 18 and younger must be accompanied by one ticketed adult in order to receive complimentary admission. Additionally, active duty, reserve and military retirees and their dependents will receive complimentary admission with a valid military ID, courtesy of Heinz.