Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Followed by his buddy Bill Murray, Jeff Sluman came back from 6 shots down in the final round to capture the Champions Tour stop at Pebble Beach as part of the First Tee Open. Sluman aced #5 to edge ahead of Loren Roberts who had a 2 stroke advantage when play began. Mark O'meara, a 5 time winner of the AT&T at Pebble was in contention, but when the winds came up, so did the scores of those Sluman was chasing. Jeff however shot the low round of the day, a 4 under 68 and a two shot victory over Gene Jones. Sluman talks about overtaking Roberts and O'Meara and building a 3 shot cushion after the 11th hole, and his ace on #5.
Loren Roberts began the final round with a 2 shot lead, but it disappeared on the front nine with last year's champion Jeff Sluman taking control. With a few holes to play, Sluman stands at 10 under, minus 4 today which is the best round going. Windy conditions have taken a toll on Tom Lehman, Mark O'Meara and Roberts who had Sluman in their rear view mirror on the front 9. A recap and interview with the winner is upcoming on our next video blog.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
First Tee action at the First Tee at Pebble. Dave Marr of the Golf Channel intros some of the Champion tour players and their junior partners
The Walmart First Tee open begins tomorrow at Pebble Beach and Old Del Monte course. 78 pros from the Champions Tour will team with Junior players who have game, and a grasp of the 9 core values that is the life lessons of the First Tee program. 6 previous winners at Pebble tee off junior partners in the Coke Champion Challenge.
The Walmart First Tee at Pebble Beach includes golf legends Gary Player, Greg Norman and Tom Watson who speaks of his astounding week at the British Open and coming to Pebble Beach 40 years ago while at Stanford. Watson turns 60 Friday as he opens this Champions Tour stop playing alongside a junior player, one of 78 paired with an over 50 pro at this most unique Golf event.
Golf legends from the Champions Tour are here and so are selected junior players who have earned a spot on the tee with the likes of Tom Watson, Greg Norman and defending champ Jeff Sluman.
President's Cup team captain for the US is Fred Couples. He made the call to Jay Haas to be his assistant, and it was a no brainer for the 9 time PGA tour winner. Haas has 12 Champions Tour wins and plays this week at Pebble Beach in the First Tee tourney for important Schwab Cup points, so most of the top over 50 age players in the World are in the field. Haas won the Schwab Cup last season, but Fred Funk leads the points heading into the home stretch of the season which concludes at Sonoma Golf Club. Jay runs down the candidates for the two remaining spots on the Presidents Cup team yet to be named by Couples.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Don't expect great results from Jay Haas this week at the First Tee Champions Tour stop at Pebble Beach. Haas has some elbow tendinitis, but it won't stop him from playing with a Jr. partner at this most unique golf experience. Young players who earned playing spots at Pebble with game and a command of the 9 core values that First Tee teaches, is something Haas isn't about to miss. His uncle Bob Goalby gave Jay his life lessons on the golf course, as Haas has done with his son Bill on now the PGA tour. Hass was #1 on the tour for the elite over 50 touring pro circuit last year. He owns 9 PGA tour wins on a dozen on the Senior circut.
Monday at Sonoma Golf Club, the site for the season ending Champion Tour event, Haas was joined by last years winner at Sonoma Andy Bean in a meet the media session. They talked about Tom Watson's near monumental triumph at the British Open, how quality the Champions (formerly the Seniors) Tour really is, and other topics we'll be highlighting on this site. With the First Tee this week at Pebble and Old Del Monte courses, some of the legends of golf will play alongside the youngsters. You can count on Bean and Charles Schwab cup challengers Loren Roberts and Bernhard Langer to go for valuable points towards the Champion Tour Schwab Cup.