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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | February 24, 2005
When the Booz Allen Classic returns to the Tournament Players Club at Avenel in 2006 after being played at nearby Congressional Country Club this year, it will go back to the same course it left last June - one still waiting renovation. PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said renovation scheduled to start last fall at the Potomac course won't start, at the earliest, until after next year's event because of time required to obtain environmental building permits. "Most likely after [2006]
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,don.markus@baltsun.com | November 5, 2009
The PGA Tour's decision to move next year's Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship from Baltimore Country Club in Timonium to the TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm did not surprise BCC general manager Michael Stott, but he has mixed feelings about it leaving. The move, which the tour announced Wednesday, was first broached to Stott shortly after the 2009 event ended last month. Jay Haas came from behind to beat Tom Watson at Five Farms. Stott graciously accepted the tour's decision to leave Baltimore and then return in 2011, with Constellation Energy remaining as title sponsor.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,Sun Staff Writer | June 2, 1994
POTOMAC -- Finding room on their schedules for the Kemper Open often has been a troublesome task for the biggest names on the PGA Tour, especially since the now-$1.3 million event moved to Avenel seven years ago.Whether it was coming to the Tournament Players Club course a year before it was ready -- when it could have been called The Unkempt Open -- or being squeezed in between more prestigious tournaments on the calendar, the Kemper Open seemed to lack star appeal.Until this year.Even though the course is still a bit spotty after being ravaged by ice storms last winter, and that a date two weeks before the U.S. Open is still no bargain, the Kemper Open has perhaps its strongest field since leaving nearby Congressional.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN REPORTER | February 28, 2007
The nation's capital will again hold a PGA Tour event, with the game's biggest star as its host. Through his California-based foundation, Tiger Woods will attach his name to a full-field tournament for the first time in his legendary career. The event will be played July 5-8 at a Washington-area club, most likely Congressional Country Club in Bethesda. Further details, such as the tournament's title sponsor, purse and charitable beneficiaries, are expected to be announced next Wednesday at a news conference in Washington, which Woods and PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem plan to attend.
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By Phil Jackman | May 14, 1991
POTOMAC -- When they christened the Tournament Players Course at Avenel a few years ago with the Chrysler Cup for seniors, organizers swooned about the layout.The players, mellowed with age and gentlemanly to begin with, tempered their praise and complaints. Avenel got a fine sendoff with an interesting tournament during which Arnold Palmer carded holes-in-one on the same hole on successive days.It is now a half-dozen years later and when the PGA comes to town for the Kemper Open (May 29-June 2)
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By Steven Kivinski and Don Markus | June 8, 1998
POTOMAC -- Stuart Appleby was standing outside the interview tent at the TPC at Avenel yesterday evening, signing hats, programs, balls and anything else his fans would extend to him, when he nearly mistook Scott Hoch as an autograph-seeker."
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,Sun Staff Correspondent | June 2, 1991
POTOMAC -- Maybe it was fitting that the pins here have white flags. After two days of intense heat and record-setting scores, the Tournament Players Club course at Avenel officially surrendered during the third round of the $1 million Kemper Open.A course-record 8-under-par 63 by Ted Schulz late yesterday morning set the tone, an afternoon rain delay of nearly two hours did its part to soften things some more and a bunch of red-hot players smashed the place to smithereens. By early last night, Schulz and his round were merely a footnote.
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS Sun staff writers Don Markus, Paul McMullen and John W. Stewart contributed to this article | June 11, 1997
BETHESDA -- Greg Norman is used to making headlines as the world's No. 1 ranked golfer, but after the last few days, can the supermarket tabloids be far behind? First there was the verbal confrontation Saturday with one of the starters at last week's Kemper Open. Then there was the obscene gesture Norman allegedly made toward a fan during Sunday's final round.And, oh yes, he took his family to the White House to visit President Clinton and purchased a jet plane for a reported $64 million.
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By Daniel Lyght and Daniel Lyght,SUN STAFF | June 23, 2004
POTOMAC - There will be no Phil Mickelson for "Phil's Army" to follow this week. And likewise, as one might guess, Tiger Woods won't be taking any swings in tournament competition either. But Corey Pavin will. Pavin is one of a handful of headliners who chose to be at the Tournament Players Club at Avenel two days after the U.S. Open to compete in the Booz Allen Classic. Why isn't Pavin taking it easy like many others? Because after taking most of March off, Pavin thought he needed to get back on the course and play.
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By Daniel Lyght and Daniel Lyght,SUN STAFF | June 27, 2004
POTOMAC - For two rounds in the Booz Allen Classic, TPC at Avenel took a beating like a boxer past his prime. Charles Howell III shot a record-low 61 Thursday and was followed by his friend, Adam Scott, who recorded a tournament-record-low 128 for two rounds Friday. But the course fought back yesterday, delivering blows that sent several golfers to the canvas and others staggering to their corners. Rich Beem was one of the players who will have to regroup and come out swinging today in the final round if he plans to have a chance at the championship.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,Sun reporter | February 9, 2007
The PGA Tour might be returning to the Washington area a lot sooner than expected, possibly this summer. PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said yesterday that the nation's capital would be on a short list of potential tournament sites to replace The International on the 2007 schedule. The International was scheduled to be played at Castle Pines Golf Club outside Denver from July 5-8, but Jack Vickers, the tournament's chairman and the club's president, announced this week that the event is closing after 20 years because it is losing too much money.
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By DON MARKUS and DON MARKUS,SUN REPORTER | July 7, 2006
Like the Washington Senators in 1971, the PGA Tour is leaving the nation's capital. When, where and if professional golf returns remains up for debate. In a statement released yesterday, PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem announced that the Washington, D.C., area would be without a tour stop in 2007 due to a major overhaul of the Tournament Players Club at Avenel, which has hosted a tour event since 1987. It will mark the first time since 1980, when the Kemper Open moved to Congressional Country Club in Bethesda from Charlotte, N.C., that a regular PGA Tour event won't be held in the area.
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By DON MARKUS and DON MARKUS,SUN REPORTER | June 27, 2006
POTOMAC -- The Booz Allen Classic, a golf tournament that is supposed to end after this year, hasn't. Ben Curtis, a player who has waited three years for a chance to win his second PGA Tour event, will have to be a little more patient. Storms that stopped play Sunday and later poured nearly 5 inches of rain onto the already-saturated and now-waterlogged Tournament Players Club at Avenel - unofficially renamed the River Course - continued yesterday. The start of play was pushed back more than two hours in the morning and there were two more delays before officials finally called it a day at 5:11 p.m. after an additional 3 inches of rain and with at least two hours of storms to come.
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By DON MARKUS and DON MARKUS,SUN REPORTER | June 26, 2006
POTOMAC -- It seems a familiar, and fitting, ending for the ill-fated Booz Allen Classic. A Monday finish. A few fans. A decided lack of drama. That will all be on display today at the Tournament Players Club at Avenel after the final round, delayed by six hours at the start yesterday because of torrential rain and dangerous weather, was suspended last night as another storm moved through the area. Ben Curtis, trying to become the first wire-to-wire winner here since 1999 and trying to win his first PGA Tour event since the 2003 British Open, has an eight-stroke lead over Padraig Harrington and is nine strokes ahead of five others with seven holes to play.
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By DON MARKUS and DON MARKUS,SUN REPORTER | June 25, 2006
POTOMAC -- Ben Curtis took down the sign outside the pro shop at Mill Creek Golf Club a year after his first PGA Tour victory, the sign proclaiming the public course that his grandfather built near Columbus, Ohio, as the home of the 2003 British Open champion. "He wanted to get the monkey off his back," Nancy Plant, one of Curtis' aunts and a part owner of the club, said yesterday morning from the clubhouse as she followed her nephew's third round in the Booz Allen Classic on the Internet.
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By DON MARKUS and DON MARKUS,SUN REPORTER | June 24, 2006
POTOMAC -- With sparse crowds and a low-profile leader board, the Booz Allen Classic is living up, or down, to its pre-tournament prognosis of an event on its last, shaky legs. But those with a chance to win will be carrying some pretty good story lines, not to mention recent struggles, into the weekend at the Tournament Players Club at Avenel. Booz Allen Classic Through tomorrow; TPC at Avenel, Potomac; daily tickets start at $40 TV: 3 p.m., chs. 2, 7
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By DON MARKUS and DON MARKUS,SUN REPORTER | June 27, 2006
POTOMAC -- The Booz Allen Classic, a golf tournament that is supposed to end after this year, hasn't. Ben Curtis, a player who has waited three years for a chance to win his second PGA Tour event, will have to be a little more patient. Storms that stopped play Sunday and later poured nearly 5 inches of rain onto the already-saturated and now-waterlogged Tournament Players Club at Avenel - unofficially renamed the River Course - continued yesterday. The start of play was pushed back more than two hours in the morning and there were two more delays before officials finally called it a day at 5:11 p.m. after an additional 3 inches of rain and with at least two hours of storms to come.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | June 4, 2003
POTOMAC - Tiger Woods is resting for next week's U.S. Open. The most famous golfer in the world - not him, Annika Sorenstam - is back wiping up the LPGA Tour. The Champions Tour, aka the seniors, is also staging one of its majors, in the suburbs of Philadelphia. At the TPC at Avenel, meanwhile, what was a no-name event as late as two weeks ago has a rejuvenated feel. Through 35 years and four courses, the Kemper Open had become a staple on the PGA Tour. Woes in the insurance industry, however, cost it a sponsor and led to a name change.
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By DON MARKUS and DON MARKUS,SUN REPORTER | June 23, 2006
POTOMAC -- If Ben Curtis does nothing else in his career, his surprise victory in the 2003 British Open at Royal St. George's secured a place, however obscure, in the history of the game. Problem is, Curtis has done little, if anything, since that sunny summer day in Sandwich, England. Ranked 396th in the world at the time of his win, Curtis got as high as 33rd after the victory but is back to 205th. "I've been telling a few people, I feel like I did three years ago," Curtis said yesterday.
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By DON MARKUS and DON MARKUS,SUN REPORTER | June 21, 2006
Potomac -- Padraig Harrington hopes the feeling returns by tomorrow, by the time he tees it up for real at the Booz Allen Classic. When he played a practice round yesterday at the Tournament Players Club at Avenel, his mind was still at Winged Foot, replaying the final round of the recently completed U.S. Open. Specifically, Harrington was still thinking about the last three holes, all of them resulting in bogeys, taking the 34-year-old Irishman from a shot behind Phil Mickelson to two behind the eventual and unlikely champion, Geoff Ogilvy of Australia.
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