ENDICOTT, New York – Two late additions give the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open field a boost as it returns to PGA Tour Champions action after a dormant year.
Ernie Els and Jim Furyk were among the last to get involved in the $ 2,050,000 event held July 2-4 at En Joie Golf Course in Endicott.
Els, 51 and 19-time regular tour winner, ranks third on the money list ($ 1,792,179) due to two wins in the top-10. The youngest of these top 10 was a T4 in the Regions Tradition, which ended on May 9th.
Furyk, 51, was a 17-time Regular Tour champion. He won his first two senior starts – The Ally Challenge and PURE Insurance Championship in Summer 2020 – and has eight top 10s in 13 tournaments.
Jerry Kelly, the eight-time Senior Tour winner who is currently high on the money list ($ 1,927,667), pledged to play at Endicott only to retire, as he did in 2019. He splits in the rounds of 69-70. fifth place with Els, Furyk and others through 36 holes at the Bridgestone Senior Players in Akron, Ohio.
The Dick’s Open field also offers:
- Doug Barron, defending champion, who beat Fred Couples by two strokes in his second start as a senior.
- Alex Cejka, 50 years old, made his debut on the Tour in February and won important championships on his third and fifth start.
- Darren Clarke, winner in subsequent starts (November 1st, January 23rd) in the 2020/21 season.
- Retief Goosen, route guide, who is sixth on the money list.
- Tim Herron, a Tour rookie whose first top 10 was a third place in last month’s Principal Charity Classic, where he was the 36-hole front runner.
- Miguel Angel Jimenez, here sixth and fifth on the current money list in 2019.
- Bernhard Langer, 63 years old, 41-time winner of the PGA Tour Champions, who led the field at the Dick’s Open in 2014.
- Colin Montgomerie, seven-time Champions Tour winner who finished second and third this season. In 2019 he shared fourth place here.
“We are of course excited,” said tournament director John Karedes. “It’s Ernie’s first trip to Endicott, I think Furyk has been here three times (most recently at the BC Open in 1998). We are definitely happy that these 50-year-old rookies as well as Darren Clarke, Alex Cejka and Tim Herron are coming. I mean what a great group of newbies to join us.
“I’ve always said that if a guy is a rookie on the PGA Tour, we don’t necessarily know who he is. But if a guy is a rookie on our tour, which is a great thing about the Champions Tour, you know him. And if you look at this list of names, that is sure proof. “
The 81-player field is rounded off with the Open Qualifier on Tuesday at The Links at Hiawatha Landing, from which Barron won the last time at En-Joie.
Open Dick’s sporting goods
Where: En-Joie golf course, Endicott
wallet: $ 2,050,000 ($ 307,500 for the winner)
Defending champion: Doug Barron
watch TV: Golf channel. 12-30-2: 30 Fr .; 3-5: 30 Sat. and sun.
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