Champions Tour 2007 schedule moves major, adds venues

Oct 9, 2006 - 7:40 PM PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida (Ticker) -- The Champions Tour's 2007 schedule will remain at 29 events but moves a major and adds a handful of new venues.

The tour for players 50 and older will hand out roughly $54 million in prize money, an average of $1.86 million per event - a record for the Champions Tour.

The tour will visit 16 states, plus a trip to Scotland for the Senior British Open in July. There are five tournaments in Florida, four in California and three apiece in Hawaii and Texas.

"The Champions Tour has made great strides working with our tournaments and title sponsors to strengthen our sponsorship foundation, the courses we play and the look, feel and dates of our tournaments," Champions Tour president Rick George said.

"As a result, we feel the 2007 schedule is one of the strongest in the history of this tour and that we are well positioned for the next few years," George added. "Coupled with an unparalleled lineup of major championship venues and one of the Champions Tour's best rookie classes ever, there is a great deal of anticipation about the year ahead among the tournaments, sponsors, players and staff."

The schedule moves the Senior Players Championship from July to early October. It will be held at the Baltimore Country Club and televised by NBC.

An addition to the schedule includes the Principal Charity Classic in June at Glen Oaks Country Club outside Des Moines, Iowa. The Allianz Championship, which was played in Des Moines, will move to Boca Raton, Florida and be held in February.

Also added was the $2.5 million Ginn Championship at Hammock Beach in Palm Coast, Florida in late March.

The Champions Tour also will fill a void on the PGA Tour with the Dick's Sporting Good Open in Endicott, New York in July. Earlier this year, the PGA Tour held the BC Open at the En-Joie Golf Course for the last time, ending a 33-year run.

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