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Thursday, June 6, 2013

The Seniors Have a Major Too

(First, a quick update on the Wegmans LPGA Championship today. Although the website -- and my post yesterday -- say the TV broadcast starts at 12:30pm ET, GC has been advertising NOON as the start of the broadcast. Just to get you up-to-date.)

Tom LehmanNot only is the LPGA playing a major this week, but the Champions Tour is as well. The Regions Tradition is the second of the 5 senior majors. It's played at Shoal Creek Golf & Country Club in Shoal Creek, Alabama -- a course that's got a major pedigree of its own, having hosted the 1984 and 1990 PGA Championships on the "regular" tour.

Ironically, Shoal Creek didn't become the site of this championship until 2011... and apparently you can't win there unless your name is Tom Lehman. Lehman is the defending-defending champion and is going for a three-peat this year.

GC lists today's broadcast time as 6:30pm ET today, switching to 12:30pm ET on Friday... although the LPGA event is ALSO listed at 12:30pm ET Friday. I'm guessing that the Champions Tour early broadcast times are wrong (GC typically broadcasts the Champions Tour events as rebroadcasts in primetime), so you'll need to check those times as the week goes on.

And here's a fun fact: If you check the Champions Tour site for the course information, you'll find that the course is described as a par-72 course that's a mere 7 yards in length. It must be a very demanding 7 yards, however, as Lehman is ranked 2nd in Total Driving and 1st in GIR on the Champions Tour. At least slow play shouldn't be an issue!

The photo came from the main tournament page at PGATOUR.com.

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