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AT&T Champions Classic: Key dates in Champions Tour history

Posted: March 9, 2009 2:18 a.m.
Updated: March 8, 2009 11:30 p.m.
 
Santa Clarita Valley golf fans, local residents and an international entourage of professional golfers and media converge on Valencia Country Club Monday through Sunday for the AT&T Champions Classic Golf tournament.

Here's a roundup of key dates in tournament history involving current Champions Tour players:

3/9/86 - Andy Bean wins his third Doral-Eastern Open crown in a playoff. After finishing tied after 72 holes with Hubert Green, Bean makes a birdie on the fourth extra hole to win the event.

3/9/08 - Bernhard Langer and Jay Haas battle it out in seven extra holes before Langer sinks a 3-foot birdie putt to end Haas' hopes for a second consecutive title at the Toshiba Classic. Langer's 12-foot birdie at the 54th hole earned him a spot in the playoff. It was the third-longest playoff in tournament history.

3/10/03 - Scott Hoch makes a birdie on the third extra hole to defeat Jim Furyk to win the Ford Championship at Doral in the first Monday finish on the PGA TOUR since 2001.

3/10/02 - Hale Irwin wins his second Toshiba Senior Classic title and takes over the lead in the Charles Schwab Cup race which he holds for the remainder of the season.

3/11/84 - Trailing George Archer and Bruce Lietzke by two strokes after 54 holes, Tom Kite posts the low round in the final round, a 7-under-par 65. That would give him a two-stroke victory over Jack Nicklaus at the Doral-Eastern Open.

3/12/89 - Despite a double bogey on his final hole, Tom Kite emerges in a two-man playoff against Davis Love III to capture the Nestle Invitational when he makes par on his second extra hole. It was his second victory in a playoff in the tournament.

3/12/06 - Tom Kite claimed his 10th career title in the state of California when he won the AT&T Classic for the second time in four years at Valencia CC. He fired a second-round 8-under-par 64 on the way to his five-stroke win over Gil Morgan.

3/12/95 - Mark O'Meara shoots a pair of even-par rounds on the weekend (71-71), but it's good enough to give him a one-stroke win over Nick Faldo at the Honda Classic.

3/13/94 - Nick Price begins a run of perhaps the best golf of his PGA TOUR career when he prevails over Craig Parry by one stroke at the Honda Classic. He would go on to win six titles.

3/13/88 - Joey Sindelar shoots a third-round 4-under-par 68 to grab the 54-hole lead and goes on to a two-stroke win at the Honda Classic over Sandy Lyle, Ed Fiori and Payne Stewart at the TPC Eagle Trace.

3/13/77 - Andy Bean wins the first of his 11 PGA titles and the first of his three Doral Eastern Open titles, defeating David Graham by one stroke.

3/14/76 - Hubert Green wins the first of three consecutive victories when he defeats Jack Nicklaus and Mark Hayes by six strokes at the Doral-Eastern Open in Miami.

3/14/04 - One year after losing the event on the final hole, Gil Morgan wins a tournament in the Los Angeles area for the fifth time when he is victorious at the SBC Classic by two over Larry Nelson.

3/14/99 - Gary McCord wins his first PGA TOUR-sanctioned event when he makes a four-foot birdie putt on the fifth playoff to defeat his good friend John Jacobs at the Toshiba Senior Classic. Al Geiberger and Allen Doyle had been eliminated earlier in the playoff.

3/15/87 - Don Pooley sinks a 4-iron on No. 17 in the final round of the Hertz Bay Hill Classic for an ace and $1 million with half going to the Arnold Palmer Children's Hospital and Pooley earning the other $500,000. He would receive $2,083.33 in monthly installments for the next 20 years.

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