The last we saw of the PGA Tour Champions was Kevin Sutherland knocking out Paul Broadhurst in a nine-hole playoff in a Monday finish at Phoenix Country Club at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship.
Now, about nine weeks later, the Champions circuit is back.
Four Seasons Resort Hualālai along the Kona-Kohala coast on the island of Hawaii is ready for the first event in 2021 for Champions tour. The 24-year-old Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course recently underwent a significant renovation.
Because of a schedule overhaul due to the COVID pandemic, the Champions circuit combined its 2020 and 2021 seasons, so the Mitsubishi Electric Championship essentially kicks off the second half of that jumbo season. The points race will pick up where they left in 2020.
The Mitsubishi field will have 42 golfers, headlined by defending tournament champion Miguel Ángel Jiménez, as well as six golfers making their Hualālai debuts: Shane Bertsch, K.J. Choi, Darren Clarke, Jim Furyk, Brett Quigley and Mike Weir.
Charles Schwab Cup points leader Bernhard Langer is also in the field, as is Ernie Els, No. 2 in the points race. Furyk is seeking Champions victory No. 3. He won the first two senior events that he entered last summer.
The tournament will not have spectators on site. The 54-hole event will be live on Golf Channel Thursday through Saturday.
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