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SPORTS
By JOHN REGER | 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.
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NEWS
March 9, 2008
The golf gods smiled on Newport Beach this week as the Toshiba Classic commenced for the 13th year amid perfect weather and near-perfect course conditions. Toshiba officials were blessed with a deep field of professional golfers, many of them household names like Jay Haas, Gary Player, Craig Stadler, Loren Roberts and Lee Trevino. And we must mention the great stories like Tim Simpson, who overcame major health problems to lead day one, and Mark Johnson, who drove a beer truck for 18 years before living out his dream on the golf course.
FEATURES
By Steve Virgen | February 26, 2008
There has been no blood, no cuts or bruises seen, but for the past two years, followers of the Champions Tour have witnessed a fight for the ages. In one corner, there’s Jay Haas. He could be called the champ. But that doesn’t necessarily make the opponent, Loren Roberts, the challenger. He’s a champ in his own right. The two have gone toe-to-toe with regard to the Charles Schwab Cup, the season-long points program designed to recognize the Tour’s leading player.
FEATURES
February 22, 2008
Earned the nicknamed "Boss of the Moss" for his putting ability. Nickname was coined by fellow TOUR member David Ogrin in 1985...Cary Middlecoff said of him in the mid-1980s: "We've got a kid back home (in Tennessee) who is just a beautiful putter. He'll just break your heart on the greens, he's so pure. If he ever gets to believing in himself, he could really be something to watch."...Inducted into Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998...Heroes are his mom and Byron Nelson.
NEWS
By Steve Virgen | February 20, 2008
Jay Haas is the defending Toshiba Classic Champion and also the reigning Champions Tour Player of the Year, but even he didn?t like the sound of Fred Funk joining the field for the upcoming tournament. ?Damn,? Haas said in a conference call last week when he found out that Funk was coming to Newport Beach. Funk still plays on the PGA Tour and last year became one of three players to win on the PGA and Champions Tours in the same year. He?s not the only prominent player vying to take Haas?
SPORTS
By Dominic Perrone | March 10, 2007
NEWPORT BEACH — Peter Jacobsen has had two surgeries in the past five months and he hasn't felt better in a long time. Jacobsen played in the Toshiba Classic for the first time in 2006, but was forced to withdraw after two rounds, at two-under, because of his hip that had given him problems over the past year. But five months ago, Jacobsen had hip replacement surgery and a week ago he had back surgery. He showed no ill effects in the first round Friday as he shot a five-under-par 66, good enough to put him in a tie for seventh place and one shot back of the lead.
SPORTS
By STEVE VIRGEN | March 9, 2007
If you're wondering, yes, this is the first Toshiba Classic I've covered since I've been at the Daily Pilot. It's been fun, but I wanted to add a bit more entertainment. Just to be sure, it's not gambling. Four of us at the Pilot, are playing in a fantasy tournament based on the Toshiba Classic. We're not playing for money. We're playing for pride, and rest assured if I win, I will let them know about it. I already let them know that they made a big mistake letting Jay Haas fall to me in the second round, the seventh pick overall.
SPECIAL_SECTIONS
By Steve Virgen | March 5, 2007
Was that the real Hale Irwin in 2006? Was that the golf great experiencing two nightmarish finishes in Florida, Feb. of 2006, and never quite recovering? Was that really him? Irwin would like to think it wasn't. It isn't often he describes a year as disappointing. But Florida proved cruel to Hale Irwin last year and for once he did not know how to react. "I had two tournaments in Florida, back-to-back, where I had chances to win, but lost both because of poor play at the end," said Irwin, who did not win an event last year for the first time since joining the Champions Tour in 1995 and saw his streak of seasons with at least $1 million in winnings end at 10. "I let that disappointment carry through.
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By Steve Virgen | March 5, 2007
When the stress of maintaining a plush golf course is about to consume him, Ron Benedict escapes to his place of solace. If he's on a hill just above the No. 2 hole at Newport Beach Country Club, chances are it hasn't been a good day. But in a few minutes, the day will become better. As golf course superintendent of NBCC, every so often Benedict needs to unwind. Sometimes, he's there a bit more during the days leading up to the Toshiba Classic, which starts today and ends Sunday.
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