Nine former event champions and a six-time PGA Tour Major champion announced this week that they’ll be in this year’s field of the SAS Championship.
“We always have a great field based on where it falls on the Champions Tour schedule, but this year’s field is shaping up to be something special,” said Tournament Director Jeff Kleiber.
“Obviously, having these players in our field will make for some incredible golf, but we’re also very excited about the other community events we have going on that week for fans and families like our Food Truck Friday, Blue 5k race and the WakeMed Families First Fun Fest.”
Tickets for the SAS Championship, scheduled for Oct. 11-13 at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary, now are on sale. All ticket options can be purchased online at saschampionship.com or by calling 919-531-4653.
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D.A. Weibring has won five times on the PGA Tour and five times on the Champions Tour, including the 2003 SAS Championship. With flu-like symptoms during the final round, Weibring rallied from five strokes back to defeat Bobby Wadkins and Tom Kite by a stroke. After a three-putt on 16, Weibring finished with an eagle and birdie to win the event.
Craig Stadler won 13 times on the PGA Tour and nine times on the Champions Tour, including this year’s Encompass Championship. Five of his nine Champions Tour wins came in 2004 when he won the SAS Championship, a six-stroke wire-to-wire victory.
Hale Irwin won 20 times on the PGA Tour, including three U.S. Open Championships. On the Champions Tour, he has won 45 times, including the 2005 SAS Championship. He rallied from four strokes back and sealed his two-stroke win with an eagle putt on No. 17.
Tom Jenkins won once on the PGA Tour and seven more times on the Champions Tour, including the 2006 SAS Championship. He won the rain-shortened event with rounds of 68 and 66 to win by one stroke. The $300,000 check was the largest of his career.
Mark Wiebe won twice on the PGA Tour and four times on the Champions Tour, including this year’s Senior Open Championship. Playing under a sponsor’s exemption, he won the 2007 SAS Championship 10 days after turning 50.
Tom Pernice Jr.
Tom Pernice Jr. won twice on the PGA Tour and twice on the Champions Tour, including this year’s 3M Championship and the 2009 SAS Championship. Playing in his first Champions Tour event, he holed a 40-foot birdie putt on No. 17 and birdie the final hole to win the SAS title by one.
Russ Cochran won once on the PGA Tour and four times on the Champions Tour, including this year’s Principal Charity Classic. He won the 2010 SAS Championship with a wire-to-wire two-stroke victory over defending champion Tom Pernice Jr.
Kenny Perry won 14 times on the PGA Tour and four times on the Champions Tour, including two Majors this year – the Senior Players Championship and the U.S. Senior Open. He won the 2011 SAS Championship.
Bernhard Langer won three PGA Tour events, including the Masters in 1985 and 1993. He’s enjoyed even more success on the Champions Tour with 18 victories, including this year’s ACE Group Classic and the Greater Gwinnett Championship. He returns to defend his SAS Championship title, which he won with a final round 63.
Sir Nick Faldo
Sir Nick Faldo has played in two Senior British Open Championships, but he will be making his domestic Champions Tour debut at the SAS Championship. The six-time Major winner and former world No. 1 player, he has been a golf commentator since 2006.
“We’ve heard only the best things about the SAS Championship and know well the enthusiasm for golf in the region,” Faldo said. “For that reason, I’m happy it all worked out this way and that the SAS Championship will be my Champions Tour debut.”