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| ||Thanks to a 36-foot birdie putt on the final hole last year, Tom Pernice, Jr.
walked off with a win in his first Champions Tour start. He became the 15th
player to win in his Champions Tour debut. Pernice`s final- hole birdie gave
him a one-shot win over David Frost and Nick Price Craig Stadler, who won
eight times combined in the 2003 and 2004 seasons, is making his final start
of the year as he is scheduled to undergo hip replacement surgery in the near
future. Pernice will have a hard time repeating as champion as the top two
money winners this year -- Bernhard Langer and Fred Couples -- are both in
the field along with 23 of the top 30 on the money list. Bruce Lietzke won
this title the first two years (2001, 2002) of the event, but there hasn`t
been a repeat winner since. The Champions Tour season is winding down as this
is the 21st of 26 official events. Golf Channel has tape delayed coverage
starting at 6:30 p.m. (et) Friday and Saturday and at 7 p.m. Sunday. The
Champions Tour remains in North Carolina next week for the Ensure Classic at
Rock Barn, where Jay Haas won last year.