Dick's Sporting Goods Open welcomes Champions Tour to Central New York

Central New York golf fans- get ready for a fun August.

Not only will Tiger Woods grace Turning Stone on August 29 along with the PGA Championship in Rochester but we also have the 7th annual Dickâ??s Sporting Goodâ??s Open.

The annual Champions Tour stop at En-Joie Golf Club will be held August 16th-18th in Endicott, NY. The tour enters its 34th season this year, and will feature 26 events in 16 different states.

Willie Wood is the eventâ??s reigning champion, but will have his work cut out for him if he plans on taking home another first place victory. Wood will be up against the reigning two-time Charles Schwab Cup Champion, Tom Lehman, along with the top 10 players on the current Champions Tour money list.

Although the stakes are high and the competition is fierce, Wood explained that the Champions Tour has a friendlier competitive environment than that of the PGA Tour. â??Out here on the Champions Tour, all egos seem to be put to bedâ?¦itâ??s a very different atmosphere,â?? said Wood.

Willie is no stranger to success on the golf course. He has accumulated $2,718,886 in PGA Tour career earnings, and has placed first in six different events. Wood won the 2012 Dickâ??s Sporting Goods Open despite having to battle back from a five stroke deficit in the final round. Wood describes his last putt to win the Dickâ??s Sporting Goods Open as the most memorable shot of his career.

He may be the reigning victor, but that doesnâ??t necessarily make him the favorite to win the tournament. The 2013 Dickâ??s Sporting Goods Open will include golf sensations Lehman, Bernhard Langer and David Frost among many others.

In 2011, Lehman was voted as the Player of the Year after being the first to not only win the Champions Tour, but the Tour as well. The following year, in 2012, Lehman became the first player to win successive Charles Schwab Cup titles, as well as being the fifth golfer to win the honor twice. He is currently ranked 19th in the Charles Schwab cup rankings, and has earned 317 Charles Schwab Cup points, cashing in on a staggering $21,428,810 in PGA Tour career earnings.

Bernhard Langer is another force to be reckoned with in this tournament. Last year, Langer became the Champions Tourâ??s first four-time winner of the Arnold Palmer Award as the leading money-winner when he went past the $2-million mark for the fourth time in the last five years. He finished in the top 10 in 14 of his last 15 starts, and placed second to Tom Lehman in the year-long Charles Schwab Cup race. Langer is currently ranked 2nd in the Charles Schwab Cup rank, has earned 1,038 Charles Schwab Cup points, and has made $10,111,921 in PGA Tour career earnings. To top off his already loaded resume, Langer won the PGA Tour Masters Tournament in 1985, and again in 1993.

The 2013 Dickâ??s Sporting Goods Open will feature a weeks worth of activities, including the three day long main event. Tim McGraw will be performing live in concert for the first round which will be held on Friday, August 16th. The second round will be the following day, and will include Ben Witterâ??s POWER GOLF Long Drive and Trick Show. The final round, along with the trophy presentation, will be held on Sunday, August 18th. Fans are also encouraged to attend the Wendyâ??s Walk for Kids during the final round.

The Champions Tour, which is a membership of professional golfers age 50 and older, provides fans with the chance to see their favorite old-timers battle on the greens. This tour has also done a terrific job at generating money for charity. In 2012, tournaments on all five tours (PGA TOUR, Champions Tour, Tour, PGA TOUR Latinoamerica and PGA TOUR Canada) collectively generated more than $130 million for local charitable organizations.

Weekly ticket packages are available at DICKâ??S Sporting Goods stores and the Tournament Office, 1901 Vestal Parkway. For additional information, call the Tournament Office at (607) 205-1500.