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January 14, 2007

FINAL RESULTS & TOURNAMENT NOTES (pdf file)

 

November 26, 2006

RETURN OF THE LEGENDS HIGHLIGHTS 2007 WENDY’S CHAMPIONS SKINS GAME

ESPN-TV will Broadcast the $770,000 Alternate-Shot Team Event Jan. 13-14 from Wailea, Maui


The teams are back and so are the game’s legends: Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Tom Watson and Ray Floyd. So is Dana Quigley, who found glory in his first Wendy’s Champions SKINS GAME. And joining them are a couple of new faces in Loren Roberts and Jay Haas, who are eager to find the same kind of rookie success as Quigley did with Floyd in 2006.

 

The 20th edition of the Wendy’s Champions SKINS GAME returns to the spectacular Wailea Resort’s Gold Course on Jan. 13-14 with the alternate-shot, team format that proved popular upon its debut last February. The players will play nine holes each day, with ESPN televising the Wendy’s Champions SKINS GAME on a same-day, tape-delayed basis Saturday, Jan. 13 and Sunday, Jan. 14 from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. ET, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. PT and 11 a.m.-1 p.m. HT. (Times vary in different areas; check your local listings).

 

Once again, Nicklaus and Watson form one team, taking on defending champions Floyd and Quigley, along with Palmer and newcomer Roberts. Player and Haas round out the eightsome.

 

Wailea Resort is the host of the event for the seventh time, following 11 years at Mauna Lani on the Big Island of Hawaii. The inaugural match was played in 1988 at Turtle Bay Golf Club on Oahu, and the second in 1989 at the Mountain Course at the La Quinta Hotel Golf Club in La Quinta, CA.

 

“Once again, you’ve got a dream field of legendary players who never seem to miss opportunities to put on a show,” said Tony Renaud, vice president of new business for ESPN and the executive overseeing the Wendy’s Champions SKINS GAME. “The last few years, we’ve seen some incredible performances that I have no doubt will continue with this field.”

 

One of those incredible performances came in February. The Floyd-Quigley tandem bided their time and spent 16 holes jockeying for position before striking hard on the 17th hole, when Floyd drained an 8-foot putt that brought the pair $410,000. Two holes later, Floyd struck again, sinking a 10-foot putt that earned the pair another $100,000.

 

“Raymond kept saying to me, ‘We have to keep prolonging this until we get a chance to win some aggregate skins,’ “ said Quigley, who was playing in his first SKINS GAME of any nature.

 

The $510,000 afternoon broke Hale Irwin’s mark ($450,000 in 2002) for most money won in a single event and the $410,000 putt on No. 17 blew away Floyd’s record for most money won on a single hole ($290,000 in 1995).

 

“The way it unfolded was incredible,” Floyd said. “Of all the SKINS GAMES, and this is my 11th, I’ve never seen a SKINS GAME unfold like that where one team tied the other. And then the misses, I’ve never in SKINS seen so many misses where you could capitalize.”

And Floyd has capitalized on his remarkable knack for the skins format to become the most successful Wendy’s Champions SKINS GAME player in event history. Last February’s victory gave Floyd his sixth Wendy’s Champions SKINS GAME title and first since winning the event an unprecedented five consecutive times (1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998). All told, he has won six of the eight Wendy’s Champions SKINS GAMES he has competed in. The winner of four major championships, Floyd has captured 60 titles worldwide.

 

Returning as his partner is Quigley, who became only the second event rookie (Chi Chi Rodriguez in 1988 being the other) to prevail in the Wendy’s Champions SKINS GAME. The 59-year-old Quigley became the oldest player to win on the Champions Tour in 2006 when he captured the Greater Kansas City Classic. In 2005, Quigley became the oldest player to earn the Arnold Palmer Award and the only player that season to crack the $2 million mark in earnings.

 

Waiting for them are the winners of the last two individual Wendy’s Champions SKINS GAMES: the team of Nicklaus (2005) and Watson (2004). The pair banked the $260,000 that escaped Floyd and Quigley in February, lifting Nicklaus to familiar heights in relation to his counterparts. In his 16 previous Wendy’s Champions SKINS GAMES, Nicklaus’ $1,393,000 haul on the front nine along is more than $1 million ahead of his next closest pursuer and he owns event record for most skins (86), most front-nine skins (58) and most career money ($2,135,000).

 

The winner of an unprecedented 20 major championships, including six Masters, five PGA Championships, four U.S. Opens, three British Opens and two U.S. Amateurs, Nicklaus has won 113 tournaments worldwide and is largely retired from competitive golf after a career in which he was named Golfer of the Century by GOLF Magazine in 1988 and by Golf Monthly U.K. in 1996. A five-time PGA TOUR Player of the Year, the PGA TOUR and Champions TOUR Player of the Year honors now bear his name.

 

His partner, Watson, will be playing in the Wendy’s Champions SKINS GAME for the fifth time. Beside his victory, he finished second in 2000 and 2006 and third in 2005. A member of the original SKINS GAME field in 1983, along with Nicklaus, Palmer and Player, Watson played in six SKINS GAMES, won it in 1994 and finished second three times (1984, 1985 and 1996).

 

Palmer, who will be playing in his 19th Wendy’s Champions SKINS GAME, is the owner of 97 career titles, including four Masters, two British Opens, one U.S. Open and one U.S. Amateur.

 

He didn’t play in 1997 because of prostate cancer. He won the Wendy’s Champions SKINS GAME three times in the 1990s, most recently in 1993, and is winding down his incredible competitive career.

 

Paired with Palmer is Roberts, who enjoyed the career year most observers predicted for him. In his first full season on the Champions Tour, Roberts won four titles - including the Senior British Open. In so doing, Roberts became the first player to win his first three starts of the season and set a Champions Tour record by shooting 25-under-par 191 to win the MasterCard. In 21 appearances on the Champions Tour, Roberts earned $2,365,395 and failed to finish in the top 10 on just three occasions.

 

The final pairing features one of the SKINS GAME pioneers in Player, who won the inaugural SKINS GAME in 1983 and captured the Wendy’s Champions SKINS GAME in 1986, 1988, 1991 and 2000.  One of five men who own the Career Grand Slam, Player has won 108 tournaments worldwide and this year, he bettered his age twice and also matched it once during the season. The 70-year-old Player shot an opening-round 69 at the Senior British Open and also shot an opening-round 69 at the Wal-Mart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach.

 

Playing with Player is Haas, who became the fourth player and the first since Watson in 2003 to claim both the Arnold Palmer Award as the Champions Tour’s leading money winner as well as the Charles Schwab Cup. Haas tied Roberts for the most victories (four) and like Roberts, also captured a major championship, when he prevailed in a playoff in the Senior PGA Championship. This season, Haas banked $2,420,227 and nipped Roberts by 20 points for the Charles Schwab Cup.

 

“You saw what Ray Floyd and Dana Quigley did last year. Now, look at the remarkable seasons that Jay Haas and Loren Roberts had and take into account how dangerous Gary Player, Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus can be in this format and add a legendary player like Arnold Palmer and it’s easy to understand how exciting this field is for our viewers,” said Barry Frank, vice chairman of Trans World International (TWI).

 

In the Wendy’s Champions SKINS GAME, each hole is a tournament within itself, with the prize money carried over if no player wins a hole outright. The $770,000 total purse is broken down to $30,000 for each of the first six holes, $40,000 for each of the middle six holes, $50,000 each for holes 13 through 17, and $100,000 for the 18th hole. The players will donate 10 percent of their winnings to charity - 5 percent to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and 5 percent to the charity of their choice.

 

The Wailea Gold Course is the most challenging of Wailea Golf Club’s trio of courses. Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., the 7,078-yard Gold has been lauded by Conde Nast Traveler as one of the world’s best designed golf courses. Since it opened in 1994, the course has earned honors as one of the country’s 10 best new resort courses by both Golf Magazine and Golf Digest, as well as received a historic preservation award from the Maui Historical Society.

 

About Wendy’s Restaurants
Wendy's Old Fashioned Hamburgers Restaurants was founded in 1969 by Dave Thomas and is the third largest quick-service hamburger restaurant chain in the world, with more than 6,250 restaurants in the United States, Canada and international markets.

 

About ESPN Regional Television
ESPN Regional Television (ERT) is the nation’s largest producer and distributor of collegiate sports programming, producing more than 1,000 sporting events per year. In addition to event sponsorship, ERT produces 800 events for national, regional and local networks, serves as the exclusive syndication rights-holder for college conferences (Big 12, Big Ten and BIG EAST) and exclusive marketing rights-holder for select schools (Kansas, Oregon, South Florida and Iowa State). In recent years, ESPN, Inc. has created or acquired events it owns, markets and televises to increase its value to advertisers and affiliates. 

 

About Wailea Resort
The Wailea Gold Course is one of three award-winning layouts at the Wailea Golf Club on Maui. Designed by Robert Trent Jones II, the Gold has received numerous accolades, including being named one of the best designed golf courses in the world.

 

The 2007 Wendy’s Champions SKINS GAME is also sponsored by Destination Resorts Hawaii, Diamond Resort, The Fairmont Kea Lani Maui, Four Seasons Resort Maui, Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa, Hawaii Tourism Authority, Maui Visitors Bureau, Renaissance Wailea Beach Resort, The Shops at Wailea, Wailea Beach Villas, Wailea Golf LLC, and the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa.

 

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October 30, 2006

CALENDAR: TOURNAMENT & ACCOMMODATIONS

The Wendy’s Champions Skins Game

January 12-14, 2007

Wailea Resort, Maui

                                             

Celebrating its 20th year, the Wendy’s Champions Skins Game will return to Wailea Resort, Maui, January 12 to 14, 2007.

 

Wailea Resort’s heralded Gold Course, with postcard views of the Pacific Ocean from all 18 holes, will once again host this popular winter event, which will kick off the 2007 Champions Tour season.

 

The $770,000 event will be played on January 13 and 14, 2007, featuring four two-man teams in an alternate-shot team format. The eight players will play nine holes each day. ESPN will televise the Wendy’s Champions Skins Game on a same-day, tape-delayed basis Saturday, January 13, and Sunday, January 14, from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. ET, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. PT and 11 a.m.-1 p.m. HT. (Times vary in different areas; check your local listings).

 

The event will be preceded by an 18-hole pro-am on January 12.

 

The 2007 Wendy’s Champions Skins Game is also sponsored by Destination Resorts Hawaii, Diamond Hawaii Resort & Spa, The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui, Four Seasons Resort Maui, Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa, Hawaii Tourism Authority, Maui Visitors Bureau, Renaissance Wailea Beach Resort, The Shops at Wailea, Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa,  and Wailea Golf Club.

 

For general information about the 2007 Wendy’s Champions Skins Game at Wailea, call 1-888-328-MAUI (toll-free from the U.S. and Canada), 1-808-875-7450.

 

For information about Wailea Resort accommodations:

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September 18, 2006

DATES SET FOR 2007 WENDY’S CHAMPIONS SKINS GAME

Popular Winter Event Returns to Wailea, Maui Jan. 13-14                                           

WAILEA, Maui – The Wendy’s Champions SKINS GAME will celebrate its 20th year by returning to the stunning and picturesque Wailea Golf Club on Saturday, Jan. 13 and Sunday, Jan. 14, tournament officials announced today.

 

Wailea Resort’s heralded Gold Course, which features postcard views of the Pacific Ocean on all 18 holes, will once again play host to the popular winter event, which will kick off the 2007 Champions Tour season.

 

The $770,000 event will be played once again with four two-man teams in the alternate-shot team format that keeps the traditional SKINS GAME format. The eight players will play nine holes each day. ESPN will televise the Wendy’s Champions SKINS GAME on a same-day, tape-delayed basis Saturday, Jan. 13 and Sunday, Jan. 14 from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. ET, 1 p.m.—3 p.m. PT and 11: a.m.—1 p.m. HT. (Times vary in different areas; check your local listings).

 

Wailea Resort will host the event for the seventh time, following 11 years at Mauna Lani on the Big Island of Hawaii. The inaugural match was played in 1988 at Turtle Bay Golf Club on Oahu, and the second in 1989 at the Mountain Course at the La Quinta Hotel Golf Club in La Quinta, CA.

 

Ray Floyd and event rookie Dana Quigley captured last year’s Wendy’s Champions SKINS GAME, the inaugural year of the alternate-shot, team format. The $510,000 payday marked the sixth Wendy’s Champions SKINS GAME victory for Floyd, but his first since 1998, when he won the fifth and final one in his remarkable, five-straight stretch. Since turning 50, Floyd has won six of the eight Wendy’s Champions SKINS GAMES he has competed in.

 

About Wendy’s Restaurants

Wendy's Old Fashioned Hamburgers Restaurants was founded in 1969 by Dave Thomas and is the third largest quick-service hamburger restaurant chain in the world, with more than 6,250 restaurants in the United States, Canada and international markets.

 

About ESPN Regional Television

ESPN Regional Television (ERT) is the nation’s largest producer and distributor of collegiate sports programming, producing more than 1,000 sporting events per year. In addition to event sponsorship, ERT produces 800 events for national, regional and local networks, serves as the exclusive syndication rights-holder for college conferences (Big 12, Big Ten and BIG EAST) and exclusive marketing rights-holder for select schools (Kansas, Oregon, South Florida and Iowa State). In recent years, ESPN, Inc. has created or acquired events it owns, markets and televises to increase its value to advertisers and affiliates.

 

About Wailea

The Wailea Gold Course is one of three award-winning layouts at the Wailea Golf Club on Maui. Designed by Robert Trent Jones II, the Gold has received numerous accolades, including being named one of the best-designed golf courses in the world.

 

The 2007 Wendy’s Champions SKINS GAME is also sponsored by Destination Resorts Hawaii, Diamond Hawaii Resort & Spa, The Fairmont Kea Lani Maui, Four Seasons Resort Maui, Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa, Hawaii Tourism Authority, Maui Visitors Bureau, Renaissance Wailea Beach Resort, The Shops at Wailea, Wailea Beach Marriott and Wailea Golf LLC.

 

For general information about the 2007 Wendy’s Champions SKINS GAME at Wailea, call 1-888-328-MAUI (toll-free from the U.S. and Canada), 1-808-875-7450 or visit www.championsskinswailea.com.

 

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February 6, 2006

FLOYD, QUIGLEY CAPTURE 2006 WENDY'S CHAMPIONS SKINS GAME

 

WAILEA, Maui - Raymond Floyd and Dana Quigley tied up the 2006 Wendy’s Champions Skins Game with 10 skins and a record-setting $510,000 on the championship Wailea Gold Course in Wailea Resort, Maui.

 

WENDY’S CHAMPIONS SKINS GAME SHOT-BY-SHOT

Monday, February 6, 2006

Wailea Resort, Gold Course

 

Hole # 1 – 422 yards, Par 4, 1 skin, $30,000

  • Jack Nicklaus hits drive down right center of fairway, Tom Watson hits iron to 8 feet, Nicklaus drains birdie putt.

  • Hale Irwin hits drive through fairway right, Gary Player hits iron over lava rocks to 12 feet, Irwin lips birdie putt out, Player taps in the 2-incher for par.

  • Arnold Palmer hits drive down right center of fairway, Peter Jacobsen hits iron hole-high 20 feet right, Palmer misses birdie putt left to 2 feet. Jacobsen misses par putt, Palmer misses bogey putt, Jacobsen putts out for a comical 6.

  • Ray Floyd crushes drive into center of fairway, Dana Quigley hits wedge to 6 feet, Floyd misses putt left.

  • NICKLAUS/WATSON BIRDIE HOLE TO WIN $30,000. HOLE 2 WORTH $30,000.

Hole # 2 – 523 yards, par 5, 1 skin, $30,000

  • Watson hits drive into middle of fairway, Nicklaus hits hybrid to fairway, Watson pitches to 22 feet, Nicklaus pushes putt right, Watson taps in from 2 feet for par.

  • Player hits drive down the middle of fairway, Irwin hits hybrid to fairway, Player airmails green with wedge and gives Irwin free drop because ball landed in tire track, Irwin flubs chip short

  • Jacobsen bombs drive down middle of fairway, Palmer hits fairway wood short of front bunker, Jacobsen pitches to 18 feet, Palmer leaves putt just left.

  • Quigley hits drive down the middle of fairway, Floyd hits fairway wood onto back left slope and watched it trickle on, Quigley pitches to 10 feet, Floyd pushes his putt right, Quigley taps in for par

  • NICKLAUS/WATSON AND FLOYD/QUIGLEY HALVE HOLE, $30,000 CARRIES OVER, MAKING NO. 3 WORTH $60,000.

Hole #3 – 169 yards, Par 3, 2 skins, $60,000

  • Nicklaus hits iron to 12 feet behind pin, Watson pulls putt left, taps in.

  • Irwin hits iron to 16 feet, Player leaves putt on the lip, taps in.

  • Palmer hits fairway wood right of green, Jacobsen pitches to 18 feet, Palmer drains the par putt.

  • Floyd hits iron into left bunker, Quigley blasts to 3-1/2 feet, picks up.

  • PALMER/JACOBSEN AND PLAYER/IRWIN HALVE HOLE, $60,000 CARRIES OVER, MAKING NO. 4 WORTH $90,000.

Hole # 4 – 393 yards, Par 4, 3 skins, $90,000

  • Watson hits drive into fairway, Nicklaus hits iron front part of green to 32 feet, Watson left putt a foot short and left, Nicklaus taps in for par.

  • Player hits drive left into trees into left rough, Irwin hits iron onto right of green, ball curls to 11 feet, Player drains birdie putt.

  • Jacobsen hits drive through fairway right into rough, Palmer hits nice cut around trees to 30 feet, Jacobsen leaves putt 6 inches short, Palmer taps in.

  • Quigley hits drive right, but gets kind kick into fairway, Floyd hits wedge to 4 feet, Quigley drains birdie putt the hard way… around the rim.

  • PLAYER/IRWIN AND FLOYD/QUIGLEY HALVE WITH BIRDIES, $90,000 CARRIES OVER, MAKING NO. 5 WORTH $120,000

Hole # 5 – 428 yards, Par 4, 4 skins, $120,000

  • Nicklaus hits drive into right fairway bunker, Watson blasts out to 12 feet, Nicklaus has putt break too far left, Watson drains 2 footer for par and halve.

  • Irwin hits drive into right center of fairway, Player hits iron to 3-1/2 feet, Irwin misses putt left, Player holes par putt.

  • Palmer hits drive into center of fairway, Jacobsen hits ball into front bunker, Palmer leaves shot in bunker, picks up.

  • Floyd hits drive into right fairway bunker, Quigley blasts out to fairway, Floyd hits wedge to 14 feet, Quigley misses par putt, picks up.

  • PLAYER/IRWIN AND NICKLAUS/WATSON HALVE HOLE WITH PARS. $30,000 CARRIES OVER, MAKING NO. 6 WORTH $150,000.

Hole # 6 – 287 yards, Par 4, 5 skins, $150,000

  • Watson hits drive into greenside bunker, Nicklaus leaves blast on fringe, Watson misses 13-footer just left, Nicklaus taps in for par.

  • Player hits 3 wood short of left bunkers, Irwin pitches to 2 feet, Player sinks birdie putt.

  • Jacobsen hits drive into left, greenside bunker, Palmer blasts to 30 feet, Jacobsen rolls putt 3-feet past, Palmer misses par putt right, pick up for 5.

  • Quigley hits drive into left, greenside bunker, Floyd blasts just past pin to 5 feet, Quigley drains the 5-foot birdie putt.

  • FLOYD/QUIGLEY AND PLAYER/IRWIN HALVE HOLE WITH BIRDIES. $150,000 CARRIES OVER, MAKING NO. 7 WORTH $190,000

Hole # 7 – 544 yards, Par 5, 6 skins, $190,000

  • Nicklaus hits drive into fairway, Watson hits long iron layup short of front bunkers, Nicklaus hits iron to 8 feet, Watson drains birdie putt.

  • Irwin hits drive into fairway, Player hits fairway wood short. Irwin hits wedge to 5 feet, Player sinks birdie putt.

  • Palmer hits drive into fairway, Jacobsen hits fairway wood short in fairway, Palmer hits hybrid into left bunker, Jacobsen blasts to a foot, picks up.

  • Floyd hits drive into fairway, Quigley hits hybrid right into rough, Floyd hits off awkward lie to 28 feet, Quigley runs putt 5 feet past, picks up.

  • NICKLAUS/WATSON AND PLAYER/IRWIN HALVE HOLE WITH BIRDIES, $190,000 CARRIES OVER, MAKING NO. 8 WORTH $230,000.

Hole # 8 – 192 yards, Par 3, 7 skins, $230,000

  • Watson hits iron to 12 feet, Nicklaus drains birdie putt, complete with putter raise.

  • Player hits iron short right of green, Irwin pitches to 3 feet, picks up.

  • Jacobsen hits iron 25 feet right of pin, Palmer leaves putt 18” short.

  • Quigley hits iron into right bunker, Floyd blasts to 3 feet, picks up.

  • NICKLAUS/WATSON BIRDIE HOLE TO WIN 7 SKINS AND $230,000. THEY NOW HAVE 8 SKINS AND $260,000; NO. 9 WORTH $40,000

Hole # 9 – 353 yards, Par 4, 1 skin, $40,000

  • Nicklaus hits drive into fairway, Watson hits wedge to 5 feet.

  • Irwin hits drive into fairway, Player hits wedge 10 feet behind hole, Irwin curls in 10-footer for birdie.

  • Palmer hits drive right into fairway notch, Jacobsen hits wedge to 6 feet, Palmer drains birdie putt.

  • Floyd hits drive into fairway, Quigley spins wedge to 3 feet, picks up.

  • PLAYER/IRWIN AND PALMER/JACOBSEN HALVE HOLE WITH BIRDIES, $40,000 CARRIES OVER; NO. 10 WORTH $80,000.

Hole # 10 – 415 yards, Par 4, 2 skins, $80,000

  • Watson drives into fairway, Nicklaus hits iron 25 feet below the hole, Watson putts 3 feet past, picks up.

  • Player drives into fairway, Irwin hits iron to 18 feet, Player putts 3 feet past, picks up.

  • Jacobsen drives into fairway, Palmer hits iron to back fringe, Jacobsen chips to 2-1/2 feet, Palmer sinks putt for par.

  • Quigley drives into fairway, Floyd hits iron to 20 feet, Quigley misses putt just right, Floyd taps in for par.

  • FLOYD/QUIGLEY AND PALMER/JACOBSEN HALVE HOLE WITH PARS. $80,000 CARRIES OVER, MAKING NO. 11 WORTH $120,000

Hole # 11 – 178 yards, par 3, 3 skins, $120,000

  • Nicklaus hits iron into front bunker, Watson blasts to 3 feet, picks up.

  • Irwin hits iron to 5 feet, Player pulls putt 1 ½ feet past, picks up.

  • Palmer hits hybrid short of green, Jacobsen pitches to 5 feet, Palmer sinks par putt.

  • Floyd hits iron into front bunker, Quigley blasts to 27 feet, Floyd holes bomb for par.

  • PALMER/JACOBSEN AND FLOYD/QUIGLEY HALVE HOLES WITH PARS, $120,000 CARRIES OVER, MAKING NO. 12 WORTH $160,000

Hole # 12 – 440 yards, Par 4, 4 skins, $160,000

  • Watson drives into fairway, Nicklaus pulls iron into back edge, Watson putted to a foot, Nicklaus tapped in.

  • Player drives into fairway, Irwin hits iron to 35 feet, Player left putt a foot short, Irwin taps in.

  • Jacobsen drives into fairway, Palmer hits hybrid short of the right bunker, Jacobsen pitches up and picks up.

  • Quigley drives down fairway, Floyd hits iron 16 feet pin high, Quigley misses putt left, picks up.

  • NICKLAUS/WATSON AND PLAYER/IRWIN HALVE HOLE WITH PARS, $160,000 CARRIES OVER, MAKING NO. 13 WORTH $210,000

Hole # 13 – 530 yards, Par 5, 5 skins, $210,000

  • Nicklaus drives into fairway, Watson hits fairway wood to front of green 50 feet away, Nicklaus putts 6 feet past, Watson holes birdie putt.

  • Irwin drives into fairway, Player pulls fairway wood to left side, Irwin hits marvelous pitch that lips out to 18”.

  • Palmer drives into fairway, Jacobsen found the fairway bunker 30 yards from the green, Palmer blasts short of green, Jacobsen pitches 10 feet past hole,

  • Floyd drives into fairway, Quigley lays up front left, Floyd pitches to 9 feet, Quigley’s putt slides just past hole, picks up.

  • NICKLAUS/WATSON AND PLAYER/IRWIN HALVE HOLE WITH BIRDIES, $210,000 CARRIES OVER, MAKING NO. 14 WORTH $260,000

Hole # 14 – 420 yards, Par 4, 6 skins, $260,000

  • Watson drives through fairway bunker to rough, Nicklaus hits iron 30 feet below hole, Watson runs putt 4 feet past.

  • Player drives into an adjoining fairway, Irwin hits fairway wood over trees to 20 feet, Player watches putt curl just right of hole, Irwin taps in for par.

  • Jacobsen drives down middle of fairway, Palmer hits iron to 22 feet, Jacobsen leaves putt 1 foot left of hole, Palmer taps in for par.

  • Quigley drives down fairway, Floyd hits mid iron to 12 feet, Quigley leaves putt 18” right of hole, picks up.

  • PLAYER/IRWIN AND PALMER/JACOBSEN HALVE HOLE WITH PARS, $260,000 CARRIES OVER, MAKING NO. 15 WORTH $310,000

Hole # 15 – 548 yards, Par 5, 7 skins, $310,000

  • Nicklaus hits drive down middle of fairway, Watson hits fairway wood dead right over cart path into bark, Nicklaus pitches to 43 feet, Watson leaves putt 2 feet left, Nicklaus holes par putt.

  • Irwin hits drive down middle of fairway, Player hits low, screaming fairway wood to left side of fairway, Irwin hits iron 47 feet short of the pin, Player’s putt hits hole, stays out and stops 2 feet past.

  • Palmer hits drive down middle of fairway, Jacobsen hits fairway wood to fairway, Palmer hits iron to 35 feet pin-high, Jacobsen pushes putt 18” right, Palmer sinks par putt.

  • Floyd hits drive down middle of fairway, Quigley hits fairway wood short and right of green, Floyd airmails green with wedge, Quigley lobs past pin, picks up.

  • NICKLAUS/WATSON AND PALMER/JACOBSEN HALVE HOLE WITH PARS, $310,000 CARRIES OVER, MAKING NO. 16 WORTH $360,000

Hole # 16 – 204 yards, Par 3, 8 skins, $360,000

  • Watson hits iron to 25 feet, Nicklaus’ birdie putt slides just left, Watson taps in for par.

  • Player hits hybrid 12 feet below hole, Irwin pulls putt 6” left, Player taps in for par.

  • Jacobsen hits iron over green, Palmer chips to 2 ½ feet, picks up.

  • Quigley hits iron over green down back slope, Floyd chips 15 feet past hole, Quigley slides par putt past, picks up.

  • NICKLAUS/WATSON AND PLAYER/IRWIN HALVE HOLE WITH PARS, $360,000 CARRIES OVER, MAKING NO. 17 WORTH $410,000

Hole # 17 – 378 yards, Par 4, 9 skins, $410,000

  • Nicklaus hits drive into fairway, Watson hits iron to 15 feet, Nicklaus’ putt hits right edge and stops behind hole,

  • Irwin hits drive into right trees, Player hits liner under trees to back fringe, Irwin’s 23-foot chip rolls 5 feet past,

  • Palmer hits drive into left bushes, Jacobsen hits past fairway bunker short of green, Palmer hits marvelous chip to 6 inches.

  • Floyd hits drive down middle of fairway, Quigley hits stellar iron shot to 8 feet, Floyd’s birdie putt stays on the lip… then drops in for birdie.

  • FLOYD/QUIGLEY BIRDIE HOLE TO WIN 9 SKINS AND $410,000, THE LARGEST TOTAL WON ON A HOLE, TIES THE MARK FOR MOST SKINS WON ON ONE HOLE AND LOCKS UP FLOYD’S SIXTH WENDY’S CHAMPIONS SKINS GAME. NO. 18, THE WENDY’S SUPER SKIN, IS WORTH $100,000

Hole # 18 – 409 yards, Par 4, 1 skin, $100,000

  • Watson hits drive into right rough, Nicklaus hits iron into front bunker, Watson blasts to 9 feet, Nicklaus sinks putt to halve hole.

  • Player drives into left rough, Irwin hits sweeping hook from awkward lie short of green, Player pitches to 6 feet.

  • Jacobsen drives into center of fairway, Palmer hits iron into front bunker, Jacobsen blasts to a 1-1/2 feet, Palmer taps in for par.

  • Quigley hits down center of fairway, Floyd hits short iron 22 feet past hole, Quigley’s putt slides just right, Floyd misses the 3 footer, picks up.

  • NICKLAUS/WATSON AND PALMER/JACOBSEN HALVE HOLE WITH PARS. $100,000 REMAINS ON THE TABLE.

 

Playoff Hole # 18 – 409 yards, Par 4, 1 skin, $100,000

  • Nicklaus hits drive into fairway, Watson hits iron into front bunker, Nicklaus blasts to 2 feet,

  • Irwin drives into fairway, Player hits iron to 6 feet, Irwin’s putt slides by left edge.

  • Palmer hits drive into fairway, Jacobsen hits iron short right of green, Palmer runs putt 6 feet past hole.

  • Floyd hits down center of fairway, Quigley hits iron to 10 feet. Floyd sinks the birdie putt.

  • FLOYD AND QUIGLEY WIN WENDY’S SUPER SKIN WITH BIRDIE, FINISH WITH 10 SKINS AND EVENT-RECORD $510,000.

FINAL TOTALS

Ray Floyd/Dana Quigley : 10 skins, $510,000

Jack Nicklaus/Tom Watson: 8 skins, $260,000

Gary Player/Hale Irwin: 0 skins, $0

Arnold Palmer/P. Jacobsen, 0 skins, $0

 

 

2006 WENDY’S CHAMPIONS SKINS GAME

NOTES

Monday, February 6, 2006

 

RECORDS SET THIS YEAR: Plenty. The $410,000 won by Raymond Floyd and Dana Quigley is a record for most money won on a single hole, obliterating the mark of $290,000 banked by Floyd in 1995. The $510,000 afternoon breaks Hale Irwin’s mark ($450,000 in 2002) for most money won in a single event. The nine skins the tandem banked on the 17th hole ties Jack Nicklaus’ total from 1991. In the process, Floyd relieved Irwin of the mark for most back-nine money at $1,495,000.

 

The $260,000 earned by Nicklaus and Tom Watson obliterated Nicklaus’ three-year old record for most cash won on the front nine ($160,000), while pushing Nicklaus’ career front-nine earnings to $1,393,000, more than $1 million ahead of the next closest player – Floyd. Meanwhile, Nicklaus adds eight more front-nine skins, padding his record to 58, and increased his career-leading skins total to 86. On the money side, he added another $130,000, pushing his career-leading money take in the event to $2,135,000.

 

CALL HIM MR. SKINS: This is the sixth Wendy’s Champions SKINS GAME victory for Floyd, but first since 1998, when Floyd won the fifth and final one in his remarkable, five-straight stretch. Since turning 50, Floyd has won six of the eight Wendy’s Champions SKINS GAMES he has competed in.

 

A REAL TEAM PLAYER: If there’s a chance to win a team event, look no further than someone adept at taking plenty for the team – Floyd.  Since turning 50, Floyd has captured eight unofficial team events. Counting his three PGA TOUR unofficial team victories, Floyd owns 11 team wins.

 

GIVING THE SLIP TO A SORE HIP: Event rookie Dana Quigley enjoyed a fine Wendy’s Champions SKINS GAME debut. Battling a sore hip, the iron man of golf earned $255,000, the second largest haul for a Wendy’s Champions SKINS GAME rookie. That trails only Chi Chi Rodriguez’s rookie record of $300,000 in 1988.

 

WHERE’S OUR MONEY? With the teams of Arnold Palmer/Peter Jacobsen and Gary Player/Hale Irwin being shut out, it marked the first time since 2002, when Palmer and Fuzzy Zoeller were blanked, two players/teams came up empty. It’s only the fourth time in event history that two players/teams were shut out in a Wendy’s Champions SKINS GAME.

 

WE’RE GOING OVERTIME? OF COURSE WE ARE: For the 15th time in the 19-year history of the Wendy’s Champions SKINS GAME, the players needed extra holes to decide matters.

 

IS ANYBODY HOME? The eight-hole stretch (holes 9-16) without a skin being won marked the second longest dry spell in even history. It was surpassed only by the 10-hole skin-free stretch in 1991.

 

FIRST WORKS FINE: For the fifth time in the last seven events, Nicklaus won the first skin. This edition came after Nicklaus rolled in an eight-foot putt on the first hole.

 

A CHARITABLE AND PROFITABLE AFTERNOON: As usual, several charities enjoyed a fine day, courtesy of Floyd/Quigley and Nicklaus/Watson. The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption earned $25,500 from Floyd and Quigley and $13,000 from Nicklaus/Watson. Meanwhile, Floyd and Quigley donated $25,000 apiece to their personal charities: the Prostate Cancer Foundation and the World Harvest Ministries, respectively. Nicklaus donated $13,000 to the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation and Watson $13,000 to the Children’s Mercy Hospital and the ALS Association.

 

HIS HONOR IS ON THE PREMISES: That familiar looking volunteer walking the Wailea Gold Course? That would be Alan Arakawa, the mayor of Maui County, who once again is helping the cause on the Gold Course.

 

NEW DIGS FOR LEADBETTER: The Wailea Golf Club announced Monday that it will open a David Leadbetter Golf Academy, the first of the renowned golf instructor’s schools in Hawaii. The school is schedule to open in Spring 2006.

 

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November 27, 2005

LEGENDS OF GOLF WILL USHER IN NEW FORMAT FOR 2006 WENDY’S CHAMPIONS SKINS GAME

ESPN-TV Will Broadcast the $770,000 Alternate-Shot Team Event Monday, Feb. 6, from Wailea, Maui 

                                            

WAILEA, Maui It is a golf fan’s dream, the opportunity to see what kind of magic Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson can create when paired together on a golf course. Or the chance to see what would happen when Gary Player and Hale Irwin put their considerable golfing intellect to a similar purpose against the charismatic duo of Arnold Palmer and Peter Jacobsen and the talented and dangerous tandem of Raymond Floyd and Dana Quigley.

 

Add in the dreamlike setting of the Wailea Resort’s championship Gold Course and you have the field for the 19th edition of the Wendy’s Champions SKINS GAME, which will be played for the first time in an alternate-shot, team format, keeping the traditional SKINS GAME format. ESPN will televise the Wendy’s Champions SKINS GAME on Monday, Feb. 6 from 6:30 p.m. – 11 p.m. ET. (Times vary in different areas, check your local listings).

 

“This is like a fantasy golf team. When you have the chance to put legends like Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Ray Floyd together with standout players like Tom Watson, Hale Irwin, Peter Jacobsen and Dana Quigley, you don’t think twice,” said Chuck Gerber, executive vice president and general manager of ESPN Regional Television, Inc. “We are very excited about this format, one that we know will be a treat to our viewers.”

 

Wailea Resort is the host of the event for the sixth time, following 11 years at Mauna Lani on the Big Island of Hawaii. The inaugural match was played in 1988 at Turtle Bay Golf Club on Oahu, and the second in 1989 at the Mountain Course at the La Quinta Hotel Golf Club in La Quinta, CA.

 

Nicklaus is the defending champion of the Wendy’s Champions SKINS GAME, blazing his way to 11 skins and a career-best payday of $340,000 in the 2005 edition of the popular Super Bowl weekend event. It was Nicklaus’ first competitive round of golf in nearly nine months and he had been battling back and leg ailments for much of the year.

 

“I did fine. I certainly don’t have any complaints. I didn’t expect to play this well. I certainly didn’t expect to play this well at all,” Nicklaus said.

 

“Jack Nicklaus’ performance last year was one of the most remarkable things I’ve seen on a golf course,” said Barry Frank, vice chairman of Trans World International (TWI). “Given our format and the caliber of players we have challenging him and Tom Watson this year, I think you can expect to see another amazing finish in 2006.”

 

Nicklaus, considered by many to be the greatest player of all time, will be playing in the Wendy’s Champions SKINS GAME for the 16th time. The winner of an unprecedented 20 major championships, including six Masters, five PGA Championships, four U.S. Opens, three British Opens and two U.S. Amateurs, Nicklaus has won 113 tournaments worldwide.

 

Named Golfer of the Century by GOLF Magazine in 1988 and by Golf Monthly U.K., in 1996, Nicklaus won the 1991 Champions SKINS GAME. He is No. 1 on the all-time leader on the Wendy’s Champions SKINS GAME money list ($2,005,000) and skins list (79) and second on the all-time combined Merrill Lynch SKINS/Wendy’s Champions SKINS money list ($2,655,000). A five-time PGA TOUR Player of the Year, the PGA TOUR and Champions TOUR Player of the Year honors now bear his name.

 

Watson, who won the Wendy’s Champions SKINS GAME in 2004, will be playing in the Wendy’s Champions SKINS GAME for the fourth time. Beside his victory, he finished second in 2000 and third last year. A member of the original SKINS GAME field in 1983, along with Nicklaus, Palmer and Player, Watson played in six SKINS GAMES, won it in 1994 and finished second three times (1984, 1985 and 1996).

 

Palmer, who will be playing in his 18th Wendy’s Champions SKINS GAME, is the owner of 97 career titles, including four Masters, two British Opens, one U.S. Open and one U.S. Amateur.

He didn’t play in 1997 because of prostate cancer. He won the Wendy’s Champions SKINS GAME three times in the 1990s, most recently in 1993.

 

The popular and loquacious Jacobsen will be making his Wendy’s Champion SKINS GAME debut. He played In the SKINS GAME in 1995, finishing third and winning $30,000. After following his U.S. Senior Open victory in 2004 with this year’s Ford Senior Players Championship, Jacobsen shares a rare distinction with Nicklaus and Palmer -- they are the only three golfers to make their first two Champions Tour victories major championships.

 

One of the SKINS GAME pioneers, Player won the inaugural SKINS GAME in 1983 and captured the Champions SKINS GAME in 1986, 1988, 1991 and 2000.  One of five men who own the Career Grand Slam, Player has won 108 tournaments worldwide.

 

He teams with the most decorated player in Champions Tour history – Irwin – who enjoyed another head-turning season in 2005. The 60-year-old Irwin won four tournaments, boosting his career victory total to 44, and narrowly missed winning $2 million for the eighth time in his career. He won the Wendy’s Champions SKINS GAME in 1999, 2001 and 2002.

 

Anchoring the fourth team is the most successful Champions Tour SKINS GAME player in event history: Floyd, who won the event an unprecedented five consecutive times (1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998). The winner of four major championships, Floyd has captured 60 titles worldwide.

 

His partner is another Wendy’s Champions SKINS GAME rookie, Quigley, who parlayed his iron-man routine – his streak of 264 consecutive tournaments ended this year -- into the top spot on the Champions Tour Money List. In so doing, the 58-year-old Quigley became the oldest player to earn the Arnold Palmer Award and the only player in 2005 to crack the $2 million mark in earnings.

 

In the Wendy’s Champions SKINS GAME, each hole is a tournament within itself, with the prize money carried over if no player wins a hole outright. The $770,000 total purse is broken down to $30,000 for each of the first six holes, $40,000 for each of the middle six holes, $50,000 each for holes 13 through 17, and $100,000 for the 18th hole. The players will donate 10 percent of their winnings to charity – 5 percent to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and 5 percent to the charity of their choice. 

 

The Wailea Gold Course is the most challenging of Wailea Golf Club’s trio of courses. Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., the 7,078-yard Gold has been lauded by Conde Nast Traveler as one of the world’s best designed golf courses. Since it opened in 1994, the course has earned honors as one of the country’s 10 best new resort courses by both Golf Magazine and Golf Digest, as well as received a historic preservation award from the Maui Historical Society. 

 

About Wendy’s Restaurants

Wendy's Old Fashioned Hamburgers Restaurants was founded in 1969 by Dave Thomas and is the third largest quick-service hamburger restaurant chain in the world, with more than 6,250 restaurants in the United States, Canada and international markets.

 

About ESPN Regional Television

ESPN Regional Television (ERT) is the nation’s largest producer and distributor of collegiate sports programming, producing more than 1,000 sporting events per year. In addition to event sponsorship, ERT produces 800 events for national, regional and local networks, serves as the exclusive syndication rights-holder for college conferences (Big 12, Big Ten and BIG EAST) and exclusive marketing rights-holder for select schools (Kansas, Oregon, South Florida and Iowa State). In recent years, ESPN, Inc. has created or acquired events it owns, markets and televises to increase its value to advertisers and affiliates. 

 

About Wailea

The Wailea Gold Course is one of three award-winning layouts at the Wailea Golf Club on Maui. Designed by Robert Trent Jones II, the Gold has received numerous accolades, including being named one of the best designed golf courses in the world.

 

The 2005 Wendy’s Champions SKINS GAME is also sponsored by Destination Resorts Hawaii, Diamond Resort, The Fairmont Kea Lani Maui, Four Seasons Resort Maui, Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa, Hawaii Tourism Authority, Maui Visitors Bureau, Renaissance Wailea Beach Resort, The Shops at Wailea, Wailea Golf LLC, and the Wailea Marriott.

 



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