A 58 and a 59 will make their PGA Tour Champions debut in Naples this year.
No, those are not the ages of David Duval and Jim Furyk.
Each of them shot that score on the PGA Tour.
Duval plans to make his transition from television entirely on the PGA Tour Champions this year.
That will include the 35th annual Chubb Classic presented by SERVPRO from February 14-20 at Tiburón Golf Club at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, the tournament announced Monday.
Duval, a former World No. 1, made his Champions debut at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai in Hawaii last month and tied for 34th. He turned 50 on November 9.
Duval won 13 PGA Tour events, all between 1997 and 2001, including the 1999 Players, the 1997 Tour Championship and the 2001 British Open. He became the first player to shoot 59 in the final round of a tournament he won. in 1999 at what is now American Express.
Furyk, a 17-time PGA Tour winner including the 2003 US Open and a three-time PGA Tour Champions winner, will make his Chubb Classic debut. Furyk shot a 59 at the BMW Championship in 2013 and then three years later became the first to shoot a 58, doing so at the Travelers Championship.
‘The field is extremely strong’
Three-time champion Bernhard Langer, Colin Montgomerie, Ernie Els and Retief Goosen were among the commitments announced on Monday.
“The field is extremely strong,” said new CEO Sandy Diamond.
But the field will not include their defending champion, Diamond almost confirmed.
Steve Stricker, who won the first day of the tournament last April at the Black Course of the Tiburón Golf Club, had a long hospital stay at the end of 2021 due to inflammation around his heart.
“I don’t think he’s going to be here,” Diamond said. “I think it will take a little miracle.
“I talked to his agent and he’s doing much better, so that’s good.”
What to know about Chubb Classic 2022
There will be a field of 78 players competing in the 54-hole championship Friday through Sunday for a share of the $1.6 million purse. Players have until 5 pm ET on Friday, February 11 to commit to the Chubb Classic. Golf Channel will televise all three rounds of play live.
Els, a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame who has recorded more than 70 professional wins around the world, including four major championships, will make his second consecutive appearance.
Langer captured his sixth Charles Schwab Cup season points title in 2021 at the age of 64.
The Chubb Classic is the oldest PGA Tour champions event to be held in the same metropolitan area. And Tiburón has become the only facility to host a PGA Tour, LPGA Tour and PGA Tour Champions event in the same calendar year.
Diamond said that something that has also been good has been the sales component. The 56 groups for the two-day pro-am are completely sold out.
“My background is more on the business development, sponsorships and marketing side,” Diamond said.
While Stricker likely won’t return, something just as important will: the fans. After not allowing the general public to attend last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, full attendance will be allowed this year.
“That’s probably the most important thing,” Diamond said.
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