Craig Stadler held off Fred Couples and won the Encompass Championship, his ninth career title on the Champions Tour, and ended a victory drought of 8 years, 8 months and 28 days, breaking the Champions Tour’s all-time mark for longest time between victories.
The Encompass Championship expects a very strong field again in 2014, comprised of many World Golf Hall of Fame members that collectively have won over 650 PGA TOUR titles and over 50 Major Championships. You won’t want to miss these legends of the game competing at North Shore Country Club in 2014.
Be part of the action! The Encompass Championship offers entertainment and hospitality options for sponsors to play alongside a Champions Tour professional during one of the Pro-Am days, and hosts guests in private hospitality areas. Pro-Am positions for 2014 are available! Contact the tournament office for more about those and other hospitality options!
The 2014 Encompass Championship, again, brings a unique Pro-Am format to North Shore Country Club and the greater Chicago area. The tournament will feature a special Pro-Am format during the first two rounds of competition on Friday and Saturday pairing all 81 Champions Tour professionals with celebrities and amateurs. Sunday’s final round will see Champions Tour professionals competing for the individual title and the $1.8 million dollar purse. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit local charities.
Some of the most recognized names in golf, including World Golf Hall of Fame members Ben Crenshaw, Hale Irwin, Tom Kite, Bernhard Langer, Nick Price, are expected to return to the Encompass Championship in 2014. Major champions and fan favorites such as Jeff Sluman, Chip Beck, Fred Couples, John Cook, Fred Funk, Jay Haas, Tom Lehman, Corey Pavin, Kenny Perry, Rocco Mediate and Steve Elkington are also expected to return.
The 2013 Encompass Championship presented by Career Builder delivered high drama and entertainment with Craig Stadler holding off late runs by Fred Couples and Jeff Sluman to win the tournament. This was Stadler’s ninth career title on the Champions Tour, and ended a victory drought of 8 years, 8 months and 28 days, breaking the Champions Tour’s all-time mark for longest time between victories. It was Stadler’s 171st start since his last victory at the 2004 SAS Championship.
Collectively, the Champions Tour has the most recognizable and accomplished players in the game, with many of its 32 members in the World Golf Hall of Fame competing regularly in its events. The Tour also counts numerous other major championship winners among its members. The Champions Tour is a membership organization of professional golfers age 50 and older. Conceived in 1980 as the Senior PGA Tour, it started with just four events and purses totaling $475,000. The Champions Tour's primary purpose is to provide financial opportunities for its players, entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back, protect the integrity of the game and generate significant charitable and economic impact in communities in which it plays. Points earned in official Charles Schwab Cup events in 2013 determined Kenny Perry as the Charles Schwab Cup champion, the season-long competition designed to recognize the Champions Tour’s leading player. The Commissioner of the PGA TOUR is Tim Finchem. Mike Stevens is President of the Champions Tour. The PGA TOUR’s website is pgatour.com, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Follow the Champions Tour at facebook.com/ChampionsTour and on Twitter @ChampionsTour.
2013 Encompass Championship
Check out this brief video of highlights from the 2013 Encompass Championship.