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By Steve Virgen | 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.
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By Steve Virgen | March 8, 2013
Loren Roberts went to Newport Beach Country Club on Nov. 5 for a special day in his honor. But he also wanted to make it a meaningful day for a select group at the golf course. Roberts was being inducted into the Toshiba Classic Hall of Fame. He also conducted an exclusive putting clinic for friends and sponsors of the annual tournament. Those people were learning from one of the best with the putter. Roberts, a.k.a. the Boss of the Moss, is known for his expertise and deftness in the short game.
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By Steve Virgen | March 8, 2013
It's always fun to pick a winner. It's more fun when the pick is right. Every year, I try to pick the winner of the Toshiba Classic. I've been doing it for the past six years. Only once did I get it right: Fred Couples in 2010. This year, I've decided to play it safe and name five contenders who have the clearest shot of winning the 19th annual tournament that takes place at Newport Beach Country Club from March 11 to 17. To be fair, I will make one pick, but to cover my bases, so to speak, I'll name my top five contenders.
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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.
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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 | November 5, 2012
Loren Roberts, an eight-time PGA Tour champion and a 13-time Champions Tour winner, was inducted into the Toshiba Classic Hall of Fame at Newport Beach Country Club on Monday. Roberts, who won the 18th annual Toshiba Classic by two strokes, joined the past tournament champions. "It's an honor," Roberts said. "It just great to be among all those great names. " Monday proved to be a busy day for Roberts, who met with the media in the morning. He also posed for photos next to his name on the wall that has the Hall of Fame honorees near the putting green.
NEWS
March 26, 2012
Golf: In the article, "Allen gives back," published on March 15, Champions Tour pro Michael Allen's 14-year-old daughter, Michelle, has Type 1 diabetes. The article incorrectly listed Allen's other daughter.
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By David Carrillo Penaloza | March 18, 2012
NEWPORT BEACH - Mark Calcavecchiasaid he could handle the cold pretty well on Saturday and he was all right with the wind. Throw in rain and the combination was wicked to Calcavecchia, but he still went into the clubhouse on top after the second day at the Toshiba Classic. On the third and final day, the conditions were still windy, just not as cold as the day before at Newport Beach Country Club. The almost sunny skies on Sunday are what got to the former British Open champion.
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By Steve Virgen | March 16, 2012
NEWPORT BEACH - Bobby Clampett had become accustomed to life behind a microphone and in front of the camera. Somewhere amid his broadcasting for CBS, he thought about going back to the game, playing on the Champions Tour when he turned 50. He is now fulfilling a need he had. At the 18th Toshiba Classic in Newport Beach, some of his best work was on display Friday. Clampett, 51, who had been away from playing competitive golf for 15 years, shot a six-under-par 65 and is tied for the lead with Olin Browne and Bernhard Langer after the first round at Newport Beach Country Club.
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