A Man Amongst Grandpas
By Kickntrue on 3/30/10
Fred Couples has now won 3 Champions Tour events in a row; 3 of the first 4 he's ever been eligible to play in. Don't get me wrong- I'm sure Fred is playing GREAT golf but we've seen seen this play out before. The Champions Tour is dominated by young-ins, in this case, 50 year-olds, who are newly eligible to play. I'm just not sure how excited I'm supposed to get.
The 50-year-old Couples is the first player in Champions Tour history to win three of his first four tournaments, and the eighth to win three straight starts, leaving him one behind the tour record set by Chi Chi Rodriguez in 1987.

The ACE Group Classic and Toshiba Classic winner after finishing second in the season-opening event in Hawaii, Couples hasn't had a score higher than 68 and is 77 under in 12 senior rounds. He earned $240,000 for a four-event total of $931,000.
Guess you pay the price to go play with the grandpas. On the PGA Tour if you finished 2, 1, 1, 1 you'd have about $5M in earnings. If someone offered me a ticket to the Senior Champions Tour I'd probably go... as long as there wasn't something good on TV.

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mustang6560 says:
way to be an @ss
3/30/10
 
birdieXris says:
yea the hampions tour is usually dominated by the youngins. I think thats why there should be a rule that you can't play any regular tour events once you cross over...excluding the open championship, the us open, and the masters. once you make the move to the champions tour that's it. I think that will make players think a little more that becoming "eligible" isn't necessarily a calling to make the move. it will most certainly put te competition back into the tour because the players that can still compete with the youg guns will be less apt to give up that payday.
3/30/10
 
birdieXris says:
or do they have that rule already??
3/30/10
 
Kickntrue says:
@birdieXris- I don't think this is a rule. I think they can go back and forth as they please- but I'm not sure.

@mustang6560- enter a score before talking smack.
3/30/10
 
Jattruia says:
@Kickntrue - Is that a rule to post? It sure as hell should be.
3/30/10
 
birdieXris says:
For true. (see my above argument).
3/30/10
 
Banker85 says:
Fred is the sh*t
3/30/10
 
mmontisano says:
@birdieXris: that's like saying that a Nationwide Tour player can't play on the PGA Tour because he's not eligible. it's nonsense. if you qualify, it doesn't matter. i wouldn't be surprised if Freddie gets a top 10 this week in Houston.
3/30/10
 
birdieXris says:
@ badcaddy: Actually it's a little different than that. You're going backwards to try and prove a point. The nationwide tour is up and coming. the object there is to qualify for the PGA tour. If they qualify for the PGA tour, i think they should play it. The champions tour is, i'm sad to say, kinda like where great golfers go when they're --- i guess not as great? hear me out on that one. I mean it's still competitive, but let's face it they're all competing on the same level mostly because they can't hang on the regular tour with the increased yardage and such. Hell, even the tournaments are only 3 days sometimes. Sure they'll kick the hell out of me and definitely have experience over the younger players and i mean no disrespect by it, but let's call it what it is....
3/30/10
 
birdieXris says:
It's retirement for the pros. It's like a varsity player jumping into a junior golf tournament (only in reverse ages). The trend shows it. it's not really arguable. The younger players dominate. I think the line is a little more blurred when it comes to the nationwide tour and the PGA as far as PGA going into a NW tourney. There's more fire in the competition there and it may actually help to have a seasoned player whip the hell out of them once and a while, but even then, if you have to go to the NW tour to play, that's kinda like being bumped to AA from AAA don't ya think? At least that's how i'd feel.
3/30/10
 
birdieXris says:
but maybe i'm dopey for thinking so. Everyone's entitled to their opinion. All i'm saying is it would make players think more about making the move onto the champions tour -- of course, if you're like Freddy, you've made your money and wouldn't think anything of it!
3/30/10
 
blackhawk says:
Hold on a second you guys. Freddie made 11 birdies in the final round and beat Corey Pavin (another young-in) who shot a 66! These guys are playing great golf.
I also don't see a problem with only playing three rounds.

I used to watch Nascar before I realized their races were taking up my whole Sunday afternoon. Formula 1 races take only two hours by comparison.
3/30/10
 
Lf Golf1 says:
my mom has this picture autographed by him
3/30/10
 
mmontisano says:
while i do agree that the Champions Tour is only and exhibition, i only have one quick reply to that; Tom Watson, 09 Open Championship. that, and he got a top 10 in a Euro event earlier this year.

for them, i think it's more of being familiar and more comfortable in their surroundings than it is about the money. they know the people they're playing against instead of having to learn new names every day of the week.

in short, all you hear about is these players wanting to play against the best. if the best happens to be on the Champions Tour, then so be it. if you can compete, then compete.
3/30/10
 
StxLax says:
I am not sure. But i also think you can't really compare Birdies on champions tour to birdies in the PGA. I mean one would think that the courses are set up much easier for a Champions tour. Is there any course that is a venue for both Champions and PGA. If so compare the scores i bet you see better scores on the Champions side.
3/31/10
 
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