Tournament in China as Charles Schwab Cup Enters 15th Year
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Following a year filled with record-breaking performances, the Champions Tour announced today the tournament schedule for the 2015 Champions Tour season.
The most notable changes for the 2015 schedule are the introduction of the Tucson Conquistadores Classic (March 16-22) at Omni Tucson National Resort Catalina Course and the Pacific Links China Championship (Sept. 14-20) relocating to Tianjin, China. The 27 Club, a Pacific Links property, will host the event on a course developed by 27 major champions, including Champions Tour professionals Mark O’Meara, Fred Couples and Tom Watson. Each professional designed their favorite elements into each hole to reflect the unique character of their individual games.
The 2015 schedule features 26 tournaments in three countries outside of the United States (Canada, England and China) and 17 different states for a total purse of more than $53 million. Of the 26 tournaments, exactly half feature total purses of more than $2 million.
The official 2015 season will begin on the Big Island of Hawaii at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai (Jan. 19-25), where the Champions Tour’s version of the Tournament of Champions will feature recent tournament winners and other notable players. The first full-field event, the Allianz Championship, will be played in Boca Raton, Fla. the week of Feb. 2-8.
Several date changes for established tournaments also impact the 2015 Champions Tour schedule. The Toshiba Classic, traditionally contested in March, moves to the penultimate event of the season (Oct. 26-Nov. 1). The Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge (April 20-26) returns to its original date after being played in early June in 2014. The two Canadian tournaments, played in consecutive weeks in 2014, are now separated by one month with the Shaw Charity Classic (Aug, 3-9) moving two weeks earlier and the Quebec Championship to be played the first week of September (Aug. 31-Sept. 6),
The Champions Tour also returns to the Boston area for the first time since 2008 with the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship (June 8-14) relocating from Pittsburgh to Belmont CC. The Donald Ross-designed course will host the major championship for one year.
The host venues for all five major championships in 2015 are:
Shoal Creek, Birmingham, Ala. Regions Tradition (May 11-17)
Pete Dye Course, French Lick Resort, French Lick, Ind. Senior PGA Championship (May 18-24) Belmont CC, Boston, Mass. Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship (June 8-14).
Del Paso CC, Sacramento, Calif. U.S. Senior Open (June 22-28) Sunningdale GC, England. Senior Open Championship presented by Rolex (July 20-26)
The 2015 season will conclude with the Charles Schwab Cup Championship (Nov. 2-8) which returns to the Cochise Course at Desert Mountain Club in Scottsdale, Ariz. for the second consecutive year.
The Charles Schwab Cup, won for the second time by Bernhard Langer in 2014, enters its 15th year as the successful season-long, points-based competition to determine the Champions Tour’s leading player. The program rewards consistency and awards points for top-10 finishes at all official tournaments. Double points are awarded at the five major championships and to all 30 players at the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship.
Langer set several all-time records during the Champions Tour’s 2014 season, most notably his 13-stroke margin of victory at the Senior Open Championship and the all-time record $3,074,189 he earned in a single season which helped secure the Jack Nicklaus Award as Player of the Year for a record fourth time. Also of note was Kevin Sutherland’s record-low round of 13-under 59 in the second round of the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open during his rookie year.
Official events will be televised nationally in the United States, with most receiving complete coverage on Golf Channel, the Tour’s exclusive cable-television partner that reaches some 80 million homes in the United States. Three events will have network coverage on the weekend (NBC: Senior PGA Championship; ESPN: Senior Open Championship; FOX: U.S. Senior Open all four rounds). Champions Tour telecasts are distributed internationally in Canada, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Australasia, and Latin America through various distribution partners. The events air live, tape-delayed or in a highlights-package format in excess of 205 countries and territories, reaching more than 145 million households.
The Champions Tour National Qualifying Tournament-Final Stage (Dec. 1-4) will be conducted at TPC Scottsdale in Arizona at the conclusion of the 2015 season.
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