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By Steve Virgen and Tony Lee | March 5, 2010
NEWPORT BEACH — First-round leader Bob Tway isn’t the only Champions Tour pro with ties to Rickie Fowler. Olin Browne also knows the PGA Tour’s budding star quite well. Browne’s daughter, Alexandra, is dating Fowler, according to pgatour.com. They met at last year’s Travelers Championship. Browne is one stroke behind the lead and is tied with Fred Couples, Lonnie Nelson and Mike Goodes. Tway shot a six-under-par 65 to share the lead with Mark Wiebe and Chien Soon Lu. Tway’s son, Kevin, plays for Oklahoma State, where he was a roommate of Folwer’s two years ago.  Browne increased his string of holes without a three-putt to 112 on Friday.
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By Steve Virgen | February 23, 2010
At tournaments Tom Watson plays in now, most people will come up to him and tell him how much of an inspiration he has been. Watson has seen all the letters written to him, thanking him for showing how to defy odds, how to rekindle magic at age 59. He can actually smile, though it was such a disappointing finish when he lost in a four-hole playoff to Stewart Cink in the British Open. The appreciation from fans has apparently been some consolation. “The gist of many of the letters I’ve received say, ‘You gave me hope,’ and that age is just a number,” said Watson, now 60. “How I played gave people a different look at how they look at themselves when they are at an older age. “I was humbled.
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March 10, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH — Bernhard Langer has seen some of his peers go from the Champions Tour to the PGA Tour and achieve success. But the 53-year-old does not want to follow suit because he thinks "bouncing back and forth doesn't do a whole lot. " The two-time Masters champion (1985, 1993) also enjoys the Champions Tour for golfers 50 and older. Who could blame him? He has been ruling the tour for the last three years. Last year, Langer, a native of Germany, became the first player on the Champions Tour to win the Jack Nicklaus Trophy (player of the year)
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By John Reger | March 7, 2009
There was a time in Nick Price’s life where nothing came before golf and his No. 1 ranking in the world was evidence of his single-mindedness. Price was No. 1 in the world for 43 weeks during a period of time between 1993-1994 and only five golfers have been atop the World Golf Rankings longer. With 18 victories on the PGA Tour and another 24 worldwide, Price was definitely one of the golfers that was considered to be dominant on the Champions Tour. But Price struggled his last few years on the PGA Tour and in his third year on the Champions Tour all he has to show for it is two second-place ties, including a heartbreaking finish at the Fed Ex Kinko’s Classic.
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By Soraya Nadia McDonald | March 6, 2008
NEWPORT BEACH — For Sandy Lyle, age 50 is just a good a time to be a baby as any. Lyle turned 50 Feb. 9 to become eligible to play on the Champions Tour, and he’s making his debut with the Toshiba Classic. The British golfer was first eligible for the ACE Group Classic, but this weekend’s action will be his first in about three months. His last competitive tournament was the Volvo Masters at Valderrama Golf Club in Adalucia, Spain, which he said he finished about 18 over par. “I suppose I’ve been counting the days and the weeks getting ready for this event that’s happening this week,” Lyle said.
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February 19, 2013
Australian Steve Elkington, a 10-time PGA Tour winner, will be the featured speaker at the annual Toshiba Classic Breakfast with a Champion presented by The Allergan Foundation at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa on March 12. Elkington, known as "Elk," spent 50 weeks on the Official World Golf Rankings top 10 between 1995 and 1998. One of his 10 PGA Tour wins came at the 1995 PGA Championship, when he won in a playoff over Colin Montgomerie at Riviera Country Club in L.A. He finished in a tie for second at the 2005 PGA Championship behind Phil Mickelson at Baltusrol in New Jersey.
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By Steve Virgen | March 15, 2013
NEWPORT BEACH - As if John Cook needed more of an advantage at the Toshiba Classic this week. The 11-time PGA Tour winner, who grabbed his ninth victory on the Champions Tour in January, doesn't totally have an edge on the Newport Beach Country Club golf course. But it's safe to say Cook is in his comfort zone. He owns a home in nearby Corona del Mar and is just "five minutes," away from NBCC. Cook calls it a bonus, as he looks to add to his hot start on the Champions Tour this year.
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By Steve Virgen, steve.virgen@latimes.com | March 14, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH — At the 17th Toshiba Classic many saw Nick Price, a three-time major winner, do his best to maintain a first-round five-shot lead. In the ropes, if they looked closely and heard him speak afterward, they would've seen a rebirth of a champion. Price, a World Golf Hall of Famer who said he hit a low point in his career in his late 40s, said he feels like he's having fun again. Collecting the $255,000 winner's check Sunday at Newport Beach Country Club helped.
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By Steve Virgen | March 13, 2013
Newport Beach Country Club holds a special place in Esteban Toledo's heart. He's hoping the course will become even more meaningful this weekend. One thing's for sure, NBCC will be a place for therapy for Toledo. Toledo, a former honorary member at NBCC, revealed Wednesday his older brother, Mario, died of "health problems" last week. Mario had been planning to be in Newport Beach to watch his younger brother, Toledo said. Instead, Toledo will travel to Mexicali for the funeral.
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By Steve Virgen | March 3, 2010
Toshiba Classic Notebook NEWPORT BEACH — Paul Azinger has a great deal of duties occupying his mind this week at the 16th annual Toshiba Classic. The 50-year-old, who captained the 2008 U.S. Ryder Cup team to an epic triumph, is under pressure to win in his second start on the Champions Tour (golfers 50 and over). He admitted to being a bit star-struck by the big names on the tour and here. Yet, overall, there was something more pressing on his mind Wednesday. It was the day his new book went to print.
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