Tom Watson Edges Fred Couples To Win Champions Tour Opener

The water-logged Bob Hope Classic wasn’t much to watch this weekend, but it came down to the wire on the Champions Tour as Tom Watson birdied the last two holes to beat Fred Couples by one stroke at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship. The tourney was the first of the year for the over-50 crowd, and if the rest are like this one golf fans are in for a heckuva year! Champions Tour

Watson took home just over $300K, while Couples earned about $200K for his 21-under par second place (that’s NOT a typo). Watson’s win also makes him the 13th oldest person to win on the tour. The record is currently held by Mike Fetchick for his 63 yr old win, at the 1985 Hilton Head Seniors International.

How often do YOU watch the Champions Tour? I’ll admit I’m usually more concerned with the young bucks on the PGA Tour, but I was surprised by the excitement and excellent skill on display this weekend in Hawaii. This Caveman might have to make the effort to catch the older guys a bit more often!

~Scratch

BONUS: Just for kicks I went through and pulled together a few fun stats for the Champions Tour. Let me know if you like what you see and if I hear from enough supporters I’ll add more coverage of the Champions Tour to my to-do list!

Youngest Winner: Bobby Wadkins (50 years, 10 days) at the 2001 Lightpath Long Island Classic

Youngest to Shoot Their Age (or better): 61 yr old Walter Morgan, 60 strokes at the 2002 AT&T Canada Senior Open Championship.

Oldest Person to Shoot Their Age (or better): 85 yr old Harold “Jug” McSpaden, shot 81 strokes at the ’94 PGA Seniors Championship.

 
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