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By Steve Virgen | March 15, 2012
NEWPORT BEACH - Many on the Champions Tour say they love to play the Toshiba Classic because it's in Newport Beach. They enjoy the shops and restaurants nearby, and most of all they enjoy the sunny weather. The latter doesn't look as if it will hold up this weekend. Some of the biggest names from golf's past will try to get in three rounds in the 18th Toshiba Classic at Newport Beach Country Club. First-round play begins Friday at 10 a.m. The first tee time has been moved up on Saturday to 8 a.m. because of the threat of heavy rain.
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By Steve Virgen | March 14, 2012
Brad Faxon already has one win on the Champions Tour, but you could say he's still finding his way. Faxon, an eight-time PGA Tour winner who turned 50 seven months ago, had a troublesome start to his Toshiba Classic debut Wednesday. He showed up to Newport Beach Golf Course to play in the pro-am. One problem, the Toshiba is at Newport Beach Country Club. Not a big deal. He made it to NBCC for an interview with media and then out for his afternoon of pro-am. No harm. It goes in sync to how Faxon feels on the Champions Tour.
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By Steve Virgen | March 12, 2012
When Nick Price won the Toshiba Classic last year there were two firsts he achieved. Now he's looking to accomplish another first at the 18th annual Toshiba Classic. Price will try to be the tournament's first repeat winner when the first of three rounds begin Friday at Newport Beach Country Club, where the pro-am began Monday. Price, who arrives Wednesday, will gladly take the same first-round score he had in 2011. He shot an 11-under-par 60, a Champions Tour, Toshiba Classic and course record.
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By Steve Virgen | March 10, 2012
It's not how you start but how you finish. That's among the favorite lines for a coach to use. But Nick Price's start proved to be very important last year when he won the 17th Toshiba Classic. He opened the three-day tournament with an 11-under-par 60, which was a course, tournament and Champions Tour record. He ended up needing that score. He prevailed after two rounds of 68 and held off to win by one stroke over Mark Wiebe. Price's hot start was too much for the field at the Toshiba Classic.
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March 10, 2012
Hale Irwin is known as the only two-time champion of the Toshiba Classic. During the week of the 18th Toshiba Classic, he'll be known as keynote speaker at the annual Breakfast with a Champion, presented by the Allergan Foundation on March 13. The annual event, one of the highlights during the tournament, begins at 7 a.m. at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa. Tickets are $120 per seat. Tables are also available; contact the Toshiba Classic at (949) 660-1001 for more information.
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By Steve Virgen | March 10, 2012
For Corey Pavin, it was a once-in-a-lifetime shot, but he's hoping the Allianz Championship won't be his once-in-a-lifetime victory on the Champions Tour. In 34 starts on the Champions Tour, Pavin had never won. But on the 35th, something magical happened. Some of that magic took place on the par-three 14th hole at Broken Sound Golf Club in Boca Raton, Fla. on Feb. 12. Pavin had an incredible par save. He turned around his eight-iron and hit left-handed for a chip shot. That was basically the only option Pavin had as there was a tree root to the left of the ball.
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By Steve Virgen | March 10, 2012
There was a bit of an awkward silence when I delivered the final question to the great Hale Irwin during a phone interview last week. Irwin was asked when the last time he won on the Champions Tour, for golfers 50 and older. For a moment I thought he would tell me he was done with winning and content with all that he had accomplished. Perish that thought. "It's been several years," Irwin said of his last win, which was five years ago. "I'm anxious to try to get back in the winner's circle.
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By Steve Virgen | 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?
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By Steve Virgen | January 27, 2012
There's sure to be several big-time names at the 18th Toshiba Classic March 12-18 at Newport Beach Country Club. Three of those golfers have already committed. Nick Price, the Toshiba Classic defending champion, along with Hall of Famer Tom Watson and local favorite John Cook have made early confirmations to compete in the Champions Tour event. Price, 54, a Hall of Famer, will try to become the first back-to-back winner at the Toshiba Classic. He'll be hard-pressed to match last year's performance.
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