Bernhard Langer has record in sight as Hoag Classic returns to Newport Beach Country Club

Bernhard Langer has record in sight as Hoag Classic returns to Newport Beach Country Club

He may well now be 65 a long time previous, but Bernhard Langer retains likely like a properly-oiled machine in PGA Tour Champions events.

The exact could be stated of the Hoag Classic at Newport Seashore Country Club.

Orange County’s only PGA Tour occasion returns up coming week, with the a few-day tournament going on March 17 by way of 19.

As standard, Newport Beach is expecting a star-studded area for the Hoag Vintage, which features Hoag Wellbeing Process as the title sponsor and beneficiary. Best names like Jim Furyk, Ernie Els, John Daly and Newport Seaside resident Fred Partners are also predicted to participate.

“The field’s preposterous,” match govt director Jeff Purser said. “I talked to the Champions Tour president [Tuesday] and he mentioned he thinks it will be the ideal area of the full 12 months, which includes majors, since the majors have a really different qualifying set than we do. It’s rather exciting to have it, which is for certain.”

Entire world Golfing Corridor of Fame member Retief Goosen is the defending event winner, but Langer also draws lots of consideration. He won the tournament in 2008, when it was acknowledged as the Toshiba Typical, and comes to Newport Seashore this time all over with a file-tying 45 Champions Tour wins just after capturing the Chubb Common in Naples, Fla. final thirty day period.

Retief Goosen holds up the championship trophy after winning last year's Hoag Classic at the Newport Beach Country Club.

Retief Goosen holds up the championship trophy after winning past year’s Hoag Basic at the Newport Beach front Region Club.

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Langer, the oldest event winner in tour heritage, is now tied with Hale Irwin for most titles. But the German could have the file all to himself if he can gain yet again in Newport. Only three gamers have gained the Hoag Vintage two times: Irwin (1998 and 2002), Jay Haas (2007 and 2016) and Couples (2010 and 2014).

“He’s on the cusp,” Purser said. “It would be rather interesting for him to go that threshold here. Definitely it is a golf course he’s able of successful on.”

Paul Goydos, a Lengthy Seashore native who now lives in Dove Canyon, has a pair of top rated-10 finishes at the Hoag Traditional. The 58-calendar year-aged enjoys the advantages of a close-by match, but said Newport Seashore State Club can be complicated.

“If things start off perfectly, I tend to participate in perfectly there,” he explained. “When factors get a very little off-track, I are likely to truly battle. I imagine you require to deal with your anticipations a very little bit. It is a person of these golfing classes where no issue what you shoot, you feel like you should really have shot a several shots lower, but no one ever does. You will need to seriously pay back focus or you can make problems, and they are inclined to bite you there.”

David Toms, 56, earned his third PGA Tour Champions earn by capturing the Cologuard Traditional event past week in Arizona. He will glimpse to hold up his warm perform in the early period at the Hoag Basic.

“I delight in that portion of the place,” Toms said. “My dad lived in Fullerton when I was in substantial school, so I often delight in coming back again to that location. They put on a fantastic exhibit. Obviously Hoag is significant in that neighborhood, and they run a seriously nice function.”

Fred Couples of Newport Beach chips the ball onto the green of the 18th hole during the Hoag Classic in 2020.

Fred Couples of Newport Seashore chips the ball on to the environmentally friendly of the 18th hole in the course of the Hoag Classic at the Newport Beach front Country Club in 2020.

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Match 7 days starts with a personal function, the Hoag Traditional Hall of Fame Community Breakfast, on Tuesday morning at VEA Newport Beach Resort & Spa. Couples is the highlighted speaker.

The Legends Pro-Am, which is open up to the public, normally takes put Wednesday and Thursday in advance of the tournament by itself starts off Friday. Saturday is Army Appreciation Working day, and Sunday is University student Day.

Langer will be a single of the much more common gamers out on the class, and for superior motive.

“When he won a couple of weeks back at Naples, we were tied for the lead immediately after the first spherical,” Goydos mentioned. “I played with him the second working day, and Bernhard staying Bernhard, he doesn’t seriously make issues. He keeps himself in everything, under no circumstances seriously receives as well out of posture. He doesn’t search extremely amazing, he just beats you by three or 4 shots every spherical. He just does not at any time beat himself.

“He’s always in a situation where by he’s really not going to damage himself much too substantially. That is challenging to do in excess of a match, enable by yourself in excess of 15 several years.”


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