March 10, 2008
Two-time Masters champion Bernhard Langer added another victory to his already-long list of professional accomplishments Sunday at Newport Beach Country Club. Langer won the Toshiba Classic after finishing three-under-par through a seven-hole playoff. He tied the 2007 champion, two-time Champions Tour Player of the Year Jay Haas, after sinking a clutch 12-foot birdie putt on the 18th in regulation, and won the tournament on the same hole. Langer, the best golfer to emerge from Germany, took home a $255,000 first-place purse in his second win on the Champions Tour.
February 26, 2004
Fuzzy Zoeller, Chi Chi Rodriguez and defending champion Rodger Davis will be the guest speakers for the Toshiba Senior Classic's Breakfast of Champions, scheduled March 16 at 7:30 a.m. at the Newport Beach Marriott in Fashion Island. Zoeller, arguably the most entertaining player on the Champions Tour, finished in the top 30 last year after capturing the Senior PGA Championship in his rookie season. Rodriguez, one of the perennial fan favorites, has 22 Champions Tour titles and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1992.
March 11, 2005
Closest to the pin will take on new meaning for four PGA Champions Tour golfers on Tuesday. Gary McCord, John Jacobs, Fuzzy Zoeller and David Feherty will each hit a tee shot from the top of the Newport Beach Marriott -- a height of 162 feet -- to the green of the par-4 second hole, about 115 yards away, at Newport Beach Country Club at 11 a.m. The winning player will earn $2,000, to be donated to the charity ...
March 8, 2013
It was the type of a tournament that could change a career, define a player. The 2008 U.S. Open stabilized Tiger Woods as an icon. The Open made Rocco Mediate everyone's favorite underdog. Mediate is well aware the tournament was a unique experience. He went on to write a book about the epic event with John Feinstein, entitled, "Are You Kidding Me?" The appropriate title described the wild tournament and amazing playoff between Tiger and Rocco. Mediate has had plenty of time to think about, "What if," yet instead he just plays on for the next tournament, the next hole.
February 25, 2009
Look at two of the first three winners on the Champions Tour and it is the usual name at the top. Bernhard Langer, who is defending champion of next week’s Toshiba Classic, won the season opening event, the Mitsubishi Electric Championship in Hawaii, defeating Andy Bean by a stroke. It was typical Langer. He trailed Brad Byrant by two strokes with 14 holes to play, but didn’t panic. Instead he calmly made a birdie on the 14th to take the lead and made a couple of key par saves to hold off Bean and Bryant.
December 11, 2003
BRYCE ALDERTON Some observers would consider Keith Wyrick's life as glamorous -- traveling to compete in European Tour senior events and vying for a spot on the Champions Tour. And while the thrill of competitive golf gets Wyrick's blood flowing, it can also siphon money out of the wallet. But Wyrick, a starter at Newport Beach Golf Course when he is not competing in tournaments, doesn't want you to feel sorry for him. He admits to living "Walter Mitty's dream," a reference to the fictional novel character who fantasizes about a life much more riveting than the one he lives in. Wyrick, a Huntington Beach resident, husband and father, enters today's second round of the Nevada State Senior Open in Mesquite, Nev., after spending about $6,000 the last five weeks in attempts to earn exempt status on either the Champions Tour or the European Senior Tour.
March 5, 2013
Past Toshiba Classic champions, and the top 30 players on the Champions Tour, amassing hundreds of wins combined, will tee it up at the 19th annual tournament, set to tee off March 11-17 at Newport Beach Country Club, the Toshiba Classic announced Tuesday. Among those committed include 2008 Toshiba Classic winner Bernhard Langer, Tom Lehman, Fred Funk, Mark Calcavecchia, 2007 Toshiba Classic winner Jay Haas, 2010 Toshiba Classic winner Fred Couples, part-time Corona del Mar resident John Cook, Corey Pavin and Toshiba Classic defending champion Loren Roberts.
March 8, 2008
NEWPORT BEACH — The defending champion of the Toshiba Classic is in a familiar, but not surprising position after the first round Friday. Jay Haas is two strokes out of the lead and looking for his first victory of the 2008 season. He’s also looking to become Toshiba’s first back-to-back winner. This is his third event of 2008 and Haas has finished tied for third and tied for sixth in the previous two. “I’m not in a panic mode,” Haas said of not winning.
March 16, 2006
NEWPORT BEACH ? George Lopez has a life most men dream about. Besides the hit television show bearing his name and his successful stand-up act, Lopez participates in as many pro-am golf events as possible. And his wife is perfectly fine with it. "She's very good with my golfing," Lopez said after playing a round with Champions Tour pro James Mason. "I work so hard on the show. I'm going to do more pro-ams." Lopez said he'd like to transition from the amateur ranks to being a professional on the Champions Tour in five years when he turns the eligible age of 50. "I might shoot a 90, but I'm gonna try," Lopez said jokingly.