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Tom Watson posted a 3-under 68 to jump into a five-way tie for the lead at the Senior PGA Championship on Friday.
Tom Watson posted a 3-under 68 to jump into a five-way tie for the lead at the Senior PGA Championship on Friday.

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. — Tom Watson shot a 3-under 68 on Friday for a share of the lead in the Senior PGA Championship with fellow Hall of Famer Bernhard Langer and Colin Montgomerie and three other players.

The 64-year-old Watson, playing alongside Langer and Montgomerie, had five birdies and a double bogey — on the par-4 12th — to reach 4-under 138 after two rounds at Harbor Shores.

Langer also had a 68, and Montgomerie shot 69 to join Watson, Bart Bryant, Steen Tinning and Kiyoshi Murota atop the leaderboard. Bryant shot 67, Tinning 66, and Murota 65.

Murota, from Japan, had the ...

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Rich Skyzinski
Kenny Perry is well off the pace at the Senior PGA Championship at 3-over 145.
Kenny Perry is well off the pace at the Senior PGA Championship at 3-over 145.

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. — It’s all quite nice, the way Kenny Perry has envisioned his August playing out.

With the PGA Championship being held at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky., Perry, the commonwealth’s most accomplished player, would use the week as his de facto sign-off from the PGA Tour in front of his friends, family and fellow Kentuckians.

There’s only one thing standing in the way of this soiree; the PGA Championship field is filling up and Perry’s not in it — yet.

A ticket into the starting field of the season’s final major awaits the ...

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Rich Skyzinski
Brad Faxon during the first round of the 2014 Senior PGA Championship.
Brad Faxon during the first round of the 2014 Senior PGA Championship.

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. — Who’s surprised to find Brad Faxon on the leaderboard at Harbor Shores after Thursday's first round of the 75th Senior PGA Championship? No one more than Faxon himself.

Thus far, Faxon’s Champions Tour season has been, in a word, meh — no finishes inside the top 40 in his last seven starts and not a single subpar score in any his last 13 rounds.

“There was really nothing to predict this round other than I’ve played some pretty good nines," Faxon said. "I’ve had a couple of tournaments lately where I made more ...

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Rich Skyzinski
Tom Watson on the eve of the 2014 Senior PGA Championship at Benton Harbor, Mich.
Tom Watson on the eve of the 2014 Senior PGA Championship at Benton Harbor, Mich.

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. – The worst part of Ryder Cup captaincy, in Tom Watson’s humble opinion, takes place next week. After that necessary evil has been completed, Watson can work on his game before he gets to that point in the calendar when the U.S. Ryder Cup team points race reaches the finish line.

“We’ll be going to the Memorial Tournament next week,” Watson, in his second stint as U.S. captain, said on Wednesday, the eve of the start to the 75th Senior PGA Championship at Harbor Shores.

“We’re doing the worst thing you have to ...

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Ron Gaines
Tom Watson will captain the 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup team (shown here during this year's Masters).
Tom Watson will captain the 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup team (shown here during this year's Masters).

Professional golf returns to the state of Michigan in 2014 as the 75th Senior PGA Championship takes center stage May 22-25 at the Jack Nicklaus-designed Harbor Shores Golf Club in Benton Harbor, Mich.

In an area hard hit by a lengthy recession, the Harbor Shores development anchored by the Jack Nicklaus designed golf course has been a magnet attracting golfers to Benton Harbor – a spot rarely visited during the past few decades.

The marquee group for the first two rounds will include two-time Senior PGA Champion and 2014 Ryder Cup U.S. captain Tom Watson; Germany’s Bernhard Langer, who ...

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Kenny Perry after his win Sunday at the Champions Tour's 2014 Regions Tradition.
Kenny Perry after his win Sunday at the Champions Tour's 2014 Regions Tradition.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Kenny Perry closed with an even-par 72 at Shoal Creek to win his third Champions Tour major in the past year by a shot over Mark Calcavecchia on Sunday in the Regions Tradition.

Other contenders had up-and-down days – and John Cook lost the lead with a double hit.

Perry bogeyed No. 15 but retook the lead with a birdie on the next hole and lined up an easy par putt on the closing hole.

Calcavecchia finished with a 70. Two-time winner Tom Lehman closed with a 67 to tie Jay Haas at 5 under. Haas closed with a ...

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Kenny Perry hits a tee shot during the 2013 Senior PGA Championship.
Kenny Perry hits a tee shot during the 2013 Senior PGA Championship.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Kenny Perry's driver is sailing long and true again, just like the one he used to win two major championships last year.

Perry shot a 3-under 69 on Saturday at Shoal Creek to take a one-stroke lead over John Inman after the third round of the Regions Tradition.

He is seeking his third Champions Tour major title after winning the Senior Players Championship and U.S. Senior Open in consecutive tour starts last year.

Perry switched drivers after his first-round 72. The one he used to win both majors last year was destroyed on a flight from ...

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Jay Haas (file photo)
Jay Haas (file photo)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Champions Tour players put on long-sleeved pullovers and tried to figure out which way the wind was swirling from hole to hole. They left Shoal Creek with little separation at the top.

Jay Haas, Mark Calcavecchia, Olin Browne and Chien Soon Lu shared the first-round lead at 3-under 69 on Thursday in the Regions Tradition, the first of the 50-and-over tour's five majors. Nine others were within two strokes of the lead.

With windy, unseasonably cool conditions, it was the highest score for first-round leaders at the Tradition since three players tied at 3-under in 1990 ...

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Miguel Angel Jimenez held off Bernhard Langer to win the Greater Gwinnett Championship on Sunday.
Miguel Angel Jimenez held off Bernhard Langer to win the Greater Gwinnett Championship on Sunday.

DULUTH, Ga. — Miguel Angel Jimenez held off Bernhard Langer to win the Greater Gwinnett Championship on Sunday, becoming only the third player to lead from start to finish in his Champions Tour debut.

Jimenez, coming off a fourth-place finish in the Masters, closed with a 67 to finish two strokes ahead of Langer. Jimenez finished the tournament with 32 consecutive holes without a bogey at TPC Sugarloaf.

Langer, the defending champion, shot his third-straight 68. Jimenez and Langer were tied at 10 under before a two-shot swing on No. 8. Jimenez needed only a short putt for a birdie, and ...

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Miguel Angel Jimenez leads the Greater Gwinnett Championship after two rounds in his Champions Tour debut one week after playing in the Masters (shown here).
Miguel Angel Jimenez leads the Greater Gwinnett Championship after two rounds in his Champions Tour debut one week after playing in the Masters (shown here).

DULUTH, Ga. – Fun-loving Miguel Angel Jimenez might turn the Champions Tour into his personal cigar-and-wine club. Ever-serious Bernhard Langer keeps churning out sub-par rounds. Bad back and all, Fred Couples is thriving in the wind and cold rain.

It makes for an enticing last group in Sunday's final round of the Greater Gwinnett Championship.

Jimenez, continuing his impressive tour debut, shot a 2-under 70 on Saturday and leads by one stroke after two days at TPC Sugarloaf.

Langer and Couples each had a 68 in the second round. Langer is one stroke back of Jimenez and Couples is two ...

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Bill Zimmerman
Miguel Angel Jimenez made his Champions Tour debut Friday with a 65 to lead the Greater Gwinnett Championship (shown here during the final round of the 2014 Masters).
Miguel Angel Jimenez made his Champions Tour debut Friday with a 65 to lead the Greater Gwinnett Championship (shown here during the final round of the 2014 Masters).

Miguel Angel Jimenez and Bernhard Langer are riding their Masters momentum into the Champions Tour's Greater Gwinnett Championship.

Jimenez fired off a tournament-record 65 in his debut on the tour to take the first-round lead, buoyed by a 30 before the turn, while Langer shot 68 to join Kenny Perry and Steve Pate T-2 at 68.

“I love watching him,” Pate said of Jimenez. “I’m glad he’s come out and playing our events.”

Same for Perry, apparently.

"This tour is so much more laid back and relaxed,” Perry said. “The atmosphere is so much different. I actually ...

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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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