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Jim McCabe
Joe Durant turns 50 in April 2014, allowing him to play a mixed PGA Tour and Champions Tour schedule.
Joe Durant turns 50 in April 2014, allowing him to play a mixed PGA Tour and Champions Tour schedule.

After he mentioned that he was waiting to see if he got a spot into the RBC Heritage on Hilton Head Island, Joe Durant was asked if he’d heard that Tom Watson and Nick Faldo had been awarded sponsor’s exemptions.

Durant smiled. “Just got knocked down two more spots,” he laughed.

He could afford such levity, because on the eve of his 50th birthday (April 7), Durant knows he has options, and good ones. Should he not receive a spot into the tournament at Harbour Town, Durant will tee it up at the Champions Tour stop that week ...

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Jim McCabe
Jeff Maggert won his Champions Tour debut at the 2014 Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic.
Jeff Maggert won his Champions Tour debut at the 2014 Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic.

The move onto the Champions Tour has seemingly agreed with Jeff Maggert and Billy Andrade.

Maggert, who turned 50 Feb. 20, hardly seemed ruffled by the fact that he had missed the cut in each of his 2014 PGA Tour tournaments. He finished at 11 under to win the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic in his Champions Tour debut, earning a $240,000 check.

Certainly, the prize is nothing to laugh at, but it does offer a stark reminder that he’s not on the PGA Tour anymore. That’s because just last May, Maggert earned $709,333 with a share ...

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Bill Zimmerman
In his first Champions Tour start, Jeff Maggert won the 2014 Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic at Fallen Oak in Saucier, Miss. (Maggert is shown here at the PGA Tour's 2013 Wyndham Championship).
In his first Champions Tour start, Jeff Maggert won the 2014 Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic at Fallen Oak in Saucier, Miss. (Maggert is shown here at the PGA Tour's 2013 Wyndham Championship).

Beginner's luck? Hard to call it that when the player involved is a three-time PGA Tour winner. But Jeff Maggert earned a victory in his first Champions Tour event thanks to a final-round 68 that helped him surpass Billy Andrade by two shots at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic at Fallen Oak in Saucier, Miss.

Maggert fell into a tie for the lead after a bogey at the 16th, but pulled back ahead of Andrade with a 50-footer on the 17th that gave him his third birdie in four holes and got him to 11 under, where he finished ...

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Billy Andrade fired a 7-under 65 to jump into a share of the lead with Fred Couples in Mississippi.
Billy Andrade fired a 7-under 65 to jump into a share of the lead with Fred Couples in Mississippi.

SAUCIER, Miss. — Billy Andrade hasn't played much competitive golf over the past four years. It was hard to tell on Saturday.

The 50-year-old Andrade had the low round of the day, firing a 7-under 65 to jump into a tie for the lead with Fred Funk after the second round of the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic at Fallen Oak.

Andrade made nine birdies on Saturday, including a stretch of six over seven holes midway through the round. The exclamation point came on the final hole, when he drained a 20-foot putt for birdie.

It's the second time in ...

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Fred Couples watches his approach shot on the ninth hole during the first round of the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic.
Fred Couples watches his approach shot on the ninth hole during the first round of the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic.

SAUCIER, Miss. — Fred Couples has already been playing some terrific golf. Now he is at one of his favorite courses on the Champions Tour.

So it wasn't much of a surprise that Couples bolted to the front of the pack on Friday at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic at Fallen Oak. The 54-year-old Couples shot a 6-under 66 to take a two-shot lead in nearly ideal conditions.

Couples has been on a recent roll, winning the Toshiba Classic last weekend in Newport Beach, Calif., but said his steady first round was more about his comfort at Fallen Oak.

"I ...

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Golfweek Staff
Michael Allen plays during the Champions Tour's 2013 Regions Tradition.
Michael Allen plays during the Champions Tour's 2013 Regions Tradition.

The Champions Tour will continue to play its season-opening major championship in Birmingham, Ala., through 2018.

Regions Financial Corp. has extended title-sponsorship of the Regions Tradition, the Champions Tour announced Tuesday.

This year's $2.2 million event will be played May 15-18 at Shoal Creek, with David Frost as the defending champion. After next year's Regions Tradition at Shoal Creek, the tournament will move to nearby Greystone Golf & Country Club for 2016-18.

The tournament began in 1989 as The Tradition at Desert Mountain in Scottsdale, Ariz., before moving to Oregon in 2003 as the Jeld-Wen Tradition. It moved ...

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Bill Zimmerman
Fred Couples
Fred Couples

With 4-footers for birdie on the par-3 17th and par-5 18th at Newport Beach (Calif.) CC, Fred Couples won his second Toshiba Classic thanks to a 5-under 66 Sunday that lifted him a shot clear of Bernhard Langer, Colin Montgomerie and Steve Pate.

Montgomerie's 62 Sunday was the week's best round, while Pate shot 66. Langer capped a 70 by hitting his approach at the 18th up against a hospitality tent, taking a drop and chipping to about 20 feet; his birdie try could have forced a playoff, but he missed left.

Couples had won the Toshiba in ...

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Bernhard Langer during the final round of his win at the Champions Tour's 2014 Mitsubishi Electric Championship in Hawaii.
Bernhard Langer during the final round of his win at the Champions Tour's 2014 Mitsubishi Electric Championship in Hawaii.

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — Bernhard Langer birdied three of the last four holes for an 8-under 63 and a two-stroke lead Friday in the Champions Tour's Toshiba Classic.

Langer, the 2008 winner, had eight birdies in his bogey-free round at Newport Beach Country Club. The 56-year-old German won the season-opening event in Hawaii in January for his 19th victory on the 50-and-over tour.

"I played really solid through the whole bag," Langer said. "I hit most of the greens in regulation and I was happy with just about every club in my bag."

Fred Couples, Jeff Hart and Taiwan's ...

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Adam Schupak
Jeff Sluman (left) reads a putt with an assist from Brad Faxon during the final round of the 2013 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf, which they won.
Jeff Sluman (left) reads a putt with an assist from Brad Faxon during the final round of the 2013 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf, which they won.

The Legends of Golf landed a big fish as its new title sponsor.

The tournament that spawned the Champions Tour again will make history as the first PGA Tour-sanctioned event to use a par-3 course in official competition when it is held June 6-8 at Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale, Mo.

The 36th rendition of the newly-named Big Cedar Lodge Legends of Golf will maintain the popular two-man, team competition and be conducted over 54 holes. It will be played on the resort’s Top of the Rock nine-hole par-3 course, designed by Jack Nicklaus, and the 18-hole Buffalo Ridge ...

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Bill Zimmerman
Kirk Triplett of the Champions Tour.
Kirk Triplett of the Champions Tour.

With five straight pars down the stretch, Kirk Triplett outlasted Bernhard Langer and Duffy Waldorf – both of whom bogeyed the 18th as the threesome played the final hole together – to win the Champions Tour's ACE Group Classic on Sunday in Naples, Fla.

Triplett had made the turn in 4 under before back-to-back birdies at Nos. 12-13 gave him his last gains of the day. But that was good enough to finish a shot ahead of Langer, Waldorf and Olin Browne. Jay Haas finished alone in fifth after a 64 that tied for the best round of the week.

The ...

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February 16, 2014 | 4:42 p.m.

Hal Sutton suffers mild heart attack

Jeff Rude
Former Ryder Cup captain Hal Sutton suffered a minor heart attack Friday.
Former Ryder Cup captain Hal Sutton suffered a minor heart attack Friday.

Champions Tour player Hal Sutton was said to be feeling fine Sunday as he returned home to Louisiana from Naples, Fla., where he suffered a “mild heart attack” and underwent a hospital procedure during which doctors inserted a stent.

Sutton said he was “feeling great,” plans to start practicing in the next couple of days and intends to play the next over-50 tournament – the March 14-16 Toshiba Classic, said Tour media official Dave Senko, who spoke with Sutton on Sunday.

Sutton, 55, a 14-time winner on the PGA Tour and 2004 U.S. Ryder Cup captain, suffered the mild attack ...

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February 15, 2014 | 8:36 p.m.

Triplett, Langer share ACE Group Classic lead

Bernhard Langer is tied for the lead at the ACE Group Classic with Kirk Triplett.
Bernhard Langer is tied for the lead at the ACE Group Classic with Kirk Triplett.

NAPLES, Fla. — Kirk Triplett jokes that fellow golfers say they think Bernhard Langer is not human.

"But I don't know," Triplett said. "I don't know."

What Triplett does know is that he matched the defending ACE Group Classic champion for the lead at 10-under 134 after the second round Saturday.

Triplett shot a 5-under 67 in windy conditions on TwinEagles' Talon Course.

Langer, also the 2011 winner and 2012 runner-up, followed his opening 64 with a 70. He won the season-opening event in Hawaii last month for his 19th Champions Tour title.

"He's the ultimate of our ...

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Bernhard Langer shot an opening-round 8-under 64 at the ACE Group Classic on Feb. 14.
Bernhard Langer shot an opening-round 8-under 64 at the ACE Group Classic on Feb. 14.

NAPLES, Fla. — Defending champion Bernhard Langer shot an 8-under 64 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the ACE Group Classic.

Langer birdied three of his first four holes in his bogey-free round on TwinEagles' Talon course. The 56-year-old German star won the 2011 tournament and finished second behind Kenny Perry in 2012.

Langer won the season-opening event in Hawaii last month for his 19th Champions Tour title.

Bob Tway is in second. He birdied his last three holes, including making a 60-foot putt on No. 8.

Olin Browne opened with a 66, and Duffy ...

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Michael Allen won the Allianz Championship in a playoff on Sunday.
Michael Allen won the Allianz Championship in a playoff on Sunday.

BOCA RATON, Fla. — Michael Allen won the Allianz Championship on Sunday for his sixth Champions Tour title, beating Duffy Waldorf with a two-putt birdie on the second hole of a playoff.

After Allen holed out on the par-5 18th, Waldorf had a chance to extend the playoff, but missed an 8-foot birdie putt after finding the front bunker in two.

Allen closed with a 3-under 69 to match Waldorf at 18-under 198 on The Old Course at Broken Sound. Waldorf, winless on the 50-and-old tour after winning four times on the PGA Tour, shot 67.

They each birdied the 18th ...

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Michael Allen fired a 12-under 60 on Friday to tie the Champions Tour record for lowest round.
Michael Allen fired a 12-under 60 on Friday to tie the Champions Tour record for lowest round.

Michael Allen was prouder of the 3-under 69 he shot Saturday than his record-tying 60 the day before.

A day after making the game look so easy when he was the ninth player to shoot 60 on the Champions Tour, Allen fought his swing from the opening drive at Broken Sound.

He fell out of the lead after playing his first 10 holes in 1 over, but birdied four of his last eight holes to take a one-stroke lead over Scott Dunlap and Chien Soon Lu in the Allianz Championship.

"This is one of those rounds I really feel good ...

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