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| ||This week`s tournament, the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf, is the event that
led to the creation of the Champions Tour. There are three different
divisions of play -- the Demaret Division, age 70 and up, which plays Monday
and Tuesday; the Raphael Division, which is contested Friday and Saturday;
and the Legends Division, which is the official team competition Friday
through Sunday. All three divisions will use a two-man better-ball format.
The event marks the return of Ken Green, who was seriously injured in an RV
accident last June. The accident killed Green`s brother and girlfriend, while
the lower part of Green`s right leg was amputated due injuries he sustained.
Green is believed to be the first amputee to compete in a PGA Tour-sanctioned
event. The event has changed formats several times over the years and is now
in the third season of its current team format. Last year`s final-round
battle included an awkward, premature celebration between eventual champions
Tom Lehman and Bernhard Langer. The German poured in a 35-footer for birdie
and seemingly for the win. Lehman then tried a leaping chest bump, while
Langer when for a high-five. As awkward as that was, it seemed worse when
Craig Stadler made a birdie putt from a similar length to extend the playoff.
Stadler and his partner, Jeff Sluman, headed back to the 18th with Lehman and
Langer. All four players were unable to make birdie, but they all had less
than seven feet for par. Stadler missed a seven-footer then Langer could not
convert a five-footer. Sluman was up next and he missed from about four feet.
Lehman finally converted as he knocked in his three-footer for the win. Both
teams return this year, as do 2008 winners Andy North and Tom Watson. Among
the new faces in the field this week are U.S. Presidents Cup captain Fred
Couples, 2008 and 2010 U.S. Ryder Cup captains Paul Azinger and Corey Pavin,
Michael Allen, Hal Sutton, Bob Tway and David Frost. Combining the players in
all three divisions, they own 880 PGA Tour titles, including 82 major
championships, and 16 are World Golf Hall of Fame members. Golf Channel will
show Friday`s action before CBS airs the final two rounds. There is a new
event on the Champions Tour next week, the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic.