February 23, 2004
Bryce Alderton In a tournament noted for boasting one of the strongest fields on the Champions Tour, the 10th annual Toshiba Senior Classic will be void of its top player in 2003. Tom Watson, last year's Player of the Year and leading money winner in his fourth full season on the Champions Tour, will not play in this year's tournament, March 15-21 at Newport Beach Country Club. Watson, winner of 39 PGA Tour tournaments, has a sponsor's obligation and will instead compete in the Bay Hill Invitational in Orlando, Fla., the same week.
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 ...
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 10, 2012
Jeff Purser, the executive director of the Toshiba Classic, maintains a busy and hectic life during the tournament, which is March 12-18 at the Newport Beach Country Club. But Purser is used to the heavy schedule, and he and his staff have been getting ready well before the actual week ensues. He took time out of his busy schedule to answer five questions before the Toshiba Classic began. Question: What is the most unique feature from this 18th annual Toshiba Classic?
March 15, 2013
NEWPORT BEACH - David Frost has had a hot start on the Champions Tour this year with three top-10 finishes in as many events, but a win has eluded him. He was able to stay loose despite cold temperatures at Newport Beach Country Club to finish as the first-round leader, carding an eight-under-par 63 Friday at the Toshiba Classic. Fred Couples is one shot behind and Jim Gallagher Jr. is at 66 heading into the second of three rounds. Frost's bogey-free round featured eight birdies, including five on the back nine.
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.