Bob Tway, the 1986 PGA Tour Player of the Year, might be best remembered for chipping in from a bunker to the win the 1986 PGA at Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio. He represented five Oak Tree Champions Tour players scheduled to play in the 2014 U.S. Senior Open.
“I’d like Dr. Gil (Morgan) to win this because he’s old,” Tway said, allowing the laughter to subside. “I could see Doc with that trophy in his hand, someone pulls up with a horse, Doc jumps on and rides off into the sunset.”
Morgan, 67, hasn’t won on the Champions Tour in seven years but has won 25 senior events, third-most all time. Morgan also won seven PGA Tour titles.
Additional Oak Tree players in the 2014 Senior Open field include Scott Verplank, Willie Wood and David Edwards.
FLIP-FLOP OAK TREE
USGA officials will flip the front and back nine that Oak Tree National members play to enhance gallery movement and provide a more scenic view. ESPN2 will provide coverage on Thursday and Friday (July 10-11). NBC will telecast the final two rounds on Saturday and Sunday (July 12-13).
LOCAL SUPPORT IS STRONG
Ed Evans, general partner of Oak Tree National, said tournament officials are thankful 2,000 volunteers already have signed up but stressed 3,400 volunteers will be needed to host the event.
“Corporate sponsorships have been phenomenal in Oklahoma City and Edmond,” Evans said. “A lot of people have jumped up to support this championship. A lot of times these 3,400 volunteers are paying their own way to make this work.”