Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

THIS WEEK ON TOUR; Liberty Mutual Stays in Savannah

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

THIS WEEK ON TOUR; Liberty Mutual Stays in Savannah

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Is it safe to say that the founding event of the Champions Tour has found a permanent home in Savannah, Ga.?

The Champions Tour announced this week that the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf will remain at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort and Spa through the 2012 season, where it has been anchored since 2003. When the current contract comes to full term, the tournament will have been in Savannah for 10 years, the longest it has remained in one spot since the event was played at the Onion Creek Country Club in Austin, Texas, for 12 years from 1978-1989.

This year's tournament, the 31st, will be April 22-25. The tournament went through format changes, being contested as an individual stroke-play event from 2002-2007 before going back to the two-man, best-ball format. Bernard Langer and Tom Lehman are the defending champions.

In between Onion Creek and Savannah Harbor, the tournament was played at six venues in 13 years in Texas, California and the First Coast. The tournament was held at the Golf Club of Amelia Island in 1998 and then at the World Golf Hall of Fame for four years.

Among the reasons the tournament moved from the Hall of Fame was because the title sponsor wanted a resort closer to the ocean, with more amenities. At the time the tournament was played at the Hall of Fame, the PGA Tour Spa Laterra had not been built.



The Ponte Vedra Beach resident has been on a roll since missing the cut in the PGA Championship. Since then, he's finished among the top 30 in nine-of-10 events, including a win in the 2009 Turning Stone Championship and this week's tie for second in the Bob Hope Classic. He has six top 10s in that span and a stroke average of 68.5 in his last eight official-money tournaments.



He made a playoff last year in his second start as a professional on the PGA Tour but is having a difficult rookie season. He's missed the cut in both of his starts and is averaging 73.5 with only one under-par round.


Too bad the final-round battle between Tom Watson and Fred Couples in the Champions Tour's Mitsubishi Electric Championship was played at the same time as the Saints-Vikings overtime playoff game. …

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