Gene Littler/Bob Rosburg (257) -- Peter Thomson/Kel Nagle
Tommy Bolt/Art Wall (187) -- Sam Snead/Don January
*Roberto De Vicenzo/Julius Boros (195) -- Tommy Bolt/Art Wall
Gardner Dickinson/Sam Snead (193) -- Kel Nagle/Peter Thomson
* - Won in Playoff
# - Rain Shortened
Note:Formerly called Legends of Golf (1978-79); Liberty Mutual Insurance
Legends of Golf (1980-2013); Big Cedar Lodge Legends of Golf (2014).
Top Contenders in the Field
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Bernhard Langer and Tom Lehman
Darkhorse - Mark O'Meara and Nick Price
Last Week's Pick to Win (Miguel Angel Jimenez) - Finished tied for 10th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Kevin Sutherland) - Finished tied for 40th
NOTES:The event that spawned the creation of the Champions Tour, the Bass
Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge, takes center stage this week in
Ridgedale, Missouri. The Legends started in 1978, two years before the
Champions Tour came into being. The event is an official team competition
with a 2-man format, with the players on the winning team receiving a
1-year exemption into all Champions Tour events with the exception of the
The event will take place on two courses, the 18-hole Buffalo Ridge Golf
Course and the par-3 Top of the Rock Golf Course. The 2-man team competition
is conducted over 54 holes using four-ball and alternate-shot formats. The
2014 event marked the first time that a PGA Tour-sanctioned event was played
on a par-3 course. Buffalo Ridge will host the first two days, while the final
round will be held on the Top of the Rock Course. The 9-hole, Top of the Rock
course will be played twice to total 18 holes. There will be two divisions of
play, Champions and Legends. The Legends division will be players who are 65
years and older.
This tournament is the second-oldest Champions event behind the Senior PGA
Championship. The purse for this tournament the first year was $400,000, the
largest in professional golf at the time. This event is also the longest-
running televised golf tournament.
Last year, Fred Funk and Jeff Sluman claimed a 1-stroke victory over Jay Haas
and Peter Jacobsen. Sluman became the fifth player to win with two different
partners, having previously won with Brad Faxon in 2013. Sam Snead, Roberto de
Vicenzo, Gene Littler and Don January are the only other players to win with
two different partners.
In 2013, Faxon and Sluman fired rounds of 62-66-65 to post a 1-stroke victory
over Funk and Mike Goodes, and Kenny Perry and Gene Sauers. Faxon and Sluman
finished at 23-under-par 193.
In 2012, Michael Allen and David Frost combined for a 10-under 62 in the
final round to win by a single stroke. Allen and Frost finished at 29-under
187 and edged the team of John Cook and Joey Sindelar.
In 2011, David Eger and Mark McNulty parred the second playoff hole to defeat
Scott Hoch and Kenny Perry. Eger and McNulty entered the day four shots off
the lead, but posted an impressive 11-under 61 in the final round en route to
the victory. They finished at 27-under-par 189, made possible by Eger's 35-
foot birdie putt up the ridge at the 18th. It was McNulty's eighth career
Champions Tour victory and first since 2009, while Eger won his fourth title
on tour. It was the first win for both players at this event.
Nick Price made par on the second playoff to lead himself and Mark O'Meara to
victory in 2010. They beat Cook and Sindelar, who bogeyed both of the playoff
holes. For O'Meara, who won two majors and 16 tournaments overall on the PGA
Tour, it marked the first time he was victorious in 58 starts on the Champions
In 2009, Tom Lehman rolled in a 3-foot par putt on the second playoff hole to
give himself and Bernhard Langer the victory. Lehman, who became the 13th
player in Champions Tour history to win in his debut, and Langer defeated
Craig Stadler and Sluman.
In 2008, Tom Watson and Andy North fired an opening-round 59 and led wire-
to-wire to hold off Sluman and Stadler for a 1-shot win. Watson and North
completed the event at 31-under-par 185. Their total of 185 broke the old
record of 187 that Tommy Bolt and Art Wall set in 1980. The event had been an
individual stroke-play event for six years, but returned to its roots as a
team event in 2008.
Mike Hill and Lee Trevino have won this tournament four times. Sam Snead and
Don January posted the biggest winning margin in 1982, when they won by 12
strokes over three other teams.
The Champions Tour moves to Texas next week for the Insperity Invitational at
The Woodlands, where Langer captured the 2014 title.
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