SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (March 4, 2005) – The SBC Classic today announced that PGA Tour legend Fuzzy Zoeller will compete in the 2005 SBC Classic scheduled March 7-13 at the acclaimed Valencia Country Club in Santa Clarita. A PGA Tour veteran who has competed in more than 550 Tour events, Zoeller joins a stellar group of golfers already committed to playing, including Craig Stadler, Raymond Floyd, Hale Irwin, and returning champion Gil Morgan (see attached roster), all of whom are vying for a share of the tournament’s $1.55 million purse and first prize of $232,500.
“We’re thrilled Fuzzy has decided to play at this year’s tournament,” said SBC Classic Tournament Director Peter deYoung. “Aside from showcasing his top notch golf skills, Fuzzy brings a fun energy that always resonates with fans. We look forward to watching him compete, and entertain, at the 2005 SBC Classic.”
A PGA Tour professional since 1974, Zoeller has collected two wins in his three years of play on the Champions Tour, including the Senior PGA Championship (’02) and Mastercard Championship (’04). Prior to joining the Champions Tour in 2002, Zoeller accumulated 10 PGA Tour victories including two major titles (1979 Masters, U.S. Open Championship in 1984). Additionally, he won the 1985 and 1986 Skins Game, and has played on three American Ryder Cup teams (‘79, ‘83 and ‘86).
Last year’s tournament proved to be one of the most exciting Champions Tour events of 2004 as Gil Morgan spoiled Peter Jacobsen’s Champions Tour debut by winning the SBC Classic for a third time. In the final round, after lipping out a 15-foot eagle putt on No. 9, Morgan tapped in for birdie and then reeled off birdies on the 10th and 11th holes to open a five-stroke lead. Other past tournament champions include Tom Kite, Raymond Floyd, and Tom Purtzer.
Also of special note is the participation of longtime PGA Tour standout and fan favorite Curtis Strange, who will be making one of his first Champions Tour appearances at the 2005 SBC Classic. Each day of the tournament will be aired on The Golf Channel.
Tickets to the SBC Classic are available for purchase through the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Foundation at 661-253-8082 as well as via the Los Angeles County Junior Golf Foundation at 213-738-2972. Additionally, the tournament is inviting other charities and nonprofit organizations to join the “Champions for Charity” and “Charity Partners” programs, which provide organizations with the opportunity to utilize the SBC Classic to generate funds through the sale of tickets and corporate hospitality. For information regarding charity involvement, contact the SBC Classic at 661-260-1897.
About Valencia Country Club
Since its public opening in 1965, the Valencia Country Club has been recognized as one of Southern California’s premier golfing venues. Featuring a masterful design by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., Valencia is perhaps best known for its pristine putting surfaces and traditional hole designs. Typifying the best of Jones’ creations, Valencia offers unique rewards and penalties for players of all skill levels. From the complete novice to the most seasoned professional, Valencia has something to inspire anyone who may venture onto this piece of golf perfection. For additional information call 661-254-4401 or visit www.valenciagolfclub.com.
About SBC Communications
SBC Communications Inc. is a Fortune 50 company whose subsidiaries, operating under the SBC brand, provide a full range of voice, data, networking, e-business, directory publishing and advertising, and related services to businesses, consumers and other telecommunications providers. SBC holds a 60 percent ownership interest in Cingular Wireless, which serves 49.1 million wireless customers. SBC companies provide high-speed DSL Internet access lines to more American consumers than any other provider and are among the nation’s leading providers of Internet services. SBC companies also now offer satellite TV service. Additional information about SBC and SBC products and services is available at www.sbc.com.
2005 SBC Classic Committed Players Roster
Jose Maria Canizares