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Thursday, May 15, 2014

The First Champions Major

There are several notable events going on this week -- the LPGA at Kingsmill, in Greer SC, the PGA Tour stop in Irving TX, and the European stopover in Spain. But only one tour has its first major this week...

Welcome to the Regions Tradition, the Champions Tour event in Alabama. The Shoal Creek Golf Course where this major is held hosted both the 1984 and 1990 PGA Championships, so this is a tough track.

David Frost

Defending champion David Frost heads a strong field this week. Jack Nicklaus won this event 4 times back in the 1990s, and it has a reputation for big names and multiple winners. In addition, this is the first of back-to-back majors -- next week is the Senior PGA Championship -- so a good finish this week can set you up for a very good season.

The favorites coming in this week have to be Bernhard Langer, Fred Couples, and Colin Montgomerie. Bernhard has 6 Top3s (2 wins) in 7 events so far this season; Freddie has 5 Top5s (1 win) in 5 starts; and Monty has 6 straight Top10s this season, with 21 straight rounds of par or better. The field just doesn't get much stronger than it is this week!

GC is loaded with 5 golf broadcasts today. The Champions Tour broadcast window is from 12:30pm to 2:30pm ET today. (That's following the ET Open de España coverage which starts at 9:30am, and it's followed by the PGA Tour Byron Nelson Championship coverage, the Tour BMW Charity Pro-Am, and the LPGA Kingsmill Championship.)

It'll be interesting to see if David Frost can become the newest defending champion at this event. At any rate, as the first event this season with double Charles Schwab Cup points at stake, he should have some serious competition this week.

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