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May 31, 1994
When: Thursday through Sunday; pro-am WednesdayWhere: Tournament Players Club at Avenel, PotomacPurse: $1.3 million, first prize of $234,000Who: 156 golfers, including defending champion Grant Waite, reigning U.S. Open champion Lee Janzen, 1992 U.S. Open winner and former Kemper champion Tom Kite, 1991 U.S. Open champion Payne Stewart and two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange as well as former PGA champion John Daly, Phil Mickelson and Fred Funk.Tickets:...
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2010
In the weeks after he qualified for his first PGA Championship, The Elkridge Club's director of instruction, David Hutsell, received all kinds of advice from some of his fellow club pros. A few who had played in the PGA told Hutsell to make a visit to Whistling Straits well in advance of the tournament. "They told me it would take away the wow factor," said Hutsell, who recently went out to Kohler, Wis., for a couple of practice rounds. "It's enough to try to play the golf course, but with a tournament of this magnitude, there's a lot more going on than at a section event.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,Sun Staff Writer | June 6, 1994
POTOMAC -- Mark Brooks used to believe that the only way to win golf tournaments was to shoot for the pin, to bury the opposition when you have the chance, to play smart but not necessarily safe.Yesterday, he found there's another way.Just have the other guy give it to you.With the final round of 2-under par 69 and a four-round score of 13-under 271, Brooks won the $1.3 million Kemper Open at Avenel. But his victory came only after third-round leader Bobby Wadkins tried to put some distance between himself and the rest of the field, but wound up self-destructing instead.
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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 PHIL JACKMAN | June 12, 1995
POTOMAC -- To paraphrase, some tournaments are born great -- the open championships of golf-loving countries, for instance -- while others have greatness thrust upon them: the Masters, the Ryder Cup competition and the Pebble Beach Pro-Am back in the days of Bing Crosby.Mostly, though, tourneys have to tough it out through some lean years, pray that sponsors and the crowds keep the faith and hope vagaries such as bad weather, an unappealing date on the tour schedule, player prejudices and course peccadillos aren't too much to overcome.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | May 20, 2003
POTOMAC - The PGA Tour event formerly known as the Kemper Open has undergone its second name change in a little more than a month, with the introduction yesterday of a Virginia-based investment banking group as its title sponsor. Briefly called the Capital Open at Avenel after Kemper Insurance ended a 35-year association as the tournament sponsor, the $4.5 million tournament will be called the FBR Capital Open when it is played at the TPC at Avenel next month. Friedman, Billings and Ramsey Group, one of the nation's top 10 investment banks, signed a one-year contract as title sponsor.
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By Phil Jackman | May 31, 1994
Reading Time: Two Minutes.While it's true this week's Kemper Open at Avenel in Potomac has had a "Who's He" instead of a "Who's Who" list of winners of late -- Grant Waite, Morris Hatalsky, Billy Andrade -- that figures to change momentarily with the tourney hosting its best field in a decade: Tom Kite, Payne Stewart, John Daly, Lee Janzen, Lanny Wadkins, Phil Mickelson (back from a broken leg), Curtis Strange, et al.* Actually, it's no big deal that the New York Rangers, who start the Stanley Cup final against the Vancouver Canucks tonight, haven't claimed the beloved cup over the last 54 seasons.
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By From staff reports | June 3, 1991
POTOMAC -- Little by little, the Kemper Open is improving its image.The Kemper's reputation was tarnished five years ago when Greg Norman suggested, in frustration, that the par-3 ninth hole be blown up. Norman's comment simply wouldn't go away.But after the 24th annual Kemper yesterday, the tournament and the course received a few kind words."Ideal conditions for four straight days," said runner-up Jeff Sluman. "Hitting off the zoysia grass on the fairways is unbelievable. It looks like three strands of grass are holding the ball up."
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By John W. Stewart and John W. Stewart,Sun Staff Writer | June 5, 1994
More than one-third of the 90 qualifiers for next week's U.S. Open championship at Oakmont (Pa.) will be determined tomorrow when 150 players shoot for 34 available places at a sectional qualifier in suburban Washington.The field will be split, and golfers will play at either Woodmont Country Club's North Course in Rockville, or Congressional Country Club's Gold Course in Bethesda. There will be both morning and afternoon tee times.Because this sectional event follows the Kemper Open, which concludes today at TPC-Avenel in Potomac, there is an unusually large field.
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By Phil Jackman | May 31, 1991
POTOMAC -- Maybe the all-out assault on par during the opening round of the Kemper Open yesterday should have been anticipated considering the way things went during Wednesday's pro-am.For openers, Joey Sindelar's 63 is the unofficial course record for Avenel. Russ Cochran equaled the old mark with his 64. And Jay Don Blake had a hole-in-one as he and his three amateur partners had a best-ball 47.How well did the field of 156 fare yesterday? A whopping 65 percent (102) had par or better, and, generally speaking, they faced fairly tough pin placements all day. There were a half-dozen nine-hole scores of 31.* One of the players who is in the five-way tie for second place at 66 is Neal Lancaster, who got married Saturday.
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,SUN STAFF | June 12, 2005
BETHESDA -- When 55-year-old Tom Kite birdied the 18th hole and took a one-stroke lead after 54 holes of the $5 million Booz Allen Classic yesterday, the 33-year pro joked that for a moment, he thought he was on the Champions Tour instead of the PGA Tour. "Heck, if this was the Champions Tour, they'd be giving me the trophy right now," Kite quipped. "It's supposed to end after three rounds, isn't it? Obviously, I was just pleased [with] making some putts and hitting the ball like that and getting into contention."
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,SUN STAFF | June 9, 2005
BETHESDA - To many pros in this week's Booz Allen Classic, there's a single word that explains why this year's tournament has drawn eight of the top 10 golfers in the world and 17 of the top 25. Congressional. The 81-year-old country club in Montgomery County has played host to some of the sport's grandest events. Using words such as "classic," "traditional" and "wonderful," several players agreed that the move of the tournament to Congressional from TPC at Avenel in Potomac is what attracted its strongest field in recent memory.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | June 8, 2004
ROCKVILLE -- Donnie Hammond and George Bradford started yesterday's U.S. Open sectional qualifier at Woodmont Country Club in places befitting their respective golf careers. Hammond, a 47-year-old veteran who's winding things down on the PGA Tour, began on the back nine of the North Course while Bradford, a 29-year-old Canadian Tour rookie, opened on the front. Unfortunately for the two Maryland natives, they wound up in the same place -- not playing well enough to be among the five survivors in the field of 74 to advance to next week's Open at Shinnecock Hills in Southampton, N.Y. Hammond, who grew up in Frederick and now lives outside Orlando, Fla., came a lot closer, shooting rounds of 69 and 71 for a 4-under-par 140. Bradford, who grew up in Columbia and now lives in Pikesville, struggled with rounds of 77 and 75. "It was a nice day to score, but when you only have five spots, you have to play pretty well," Hammond said last night.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | January 21, 2004
Michelle Wie will apparently choose Williamsburg over Washington. According to the player's father, the 14-year old sensation from Honolulu who nearly made the cut in last week's Sony Open will defend her title in this year's U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links championship in Williamsburg, Va., rather than accept a sponsor's exemption to another PGA Tour event the same week, the $4.8 million Booz Allen Classic at Avenel in Potomac. "Her intention is she wants to defend," B.J. Wie told the Associated Press yesterday.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | August 14, 2003
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Much has transpired in the life of Rich Beem since he won last year's PGA Championship at Hazeltine National Golf Club near Minneapolis. Beem went from being a journeyman to a major champion. He found himself secure and confident among his peers, including the player he beat by a stroke, Tiger Woods. Yet nothing that's happened to Beem since could match what happened to him last month, when he became a first-time father. "I always knew I was going to be a father some day, but to be real honest with you, I wasn't too sure how I was going to handle it until the day he was born," Beem said yesterday.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | June 8, 2003
POTOMAC - In its first year under a new title sponsor, the $4.5 million Capital Open has created its own memories. Given the amount of rain that has fallen on the TPC at Avenel, those memories might not be indelible. Yesterday's downpour washed out the third round, marking the first time that has happened since the tournament formerly known as the Kemper Open came to the Washington suburbs in 1980. PGA Tour official Mark Russell announced yesterday afternoon that because of the condition of the course, the third round would be held today beginning at 10:45 a.m. and the final round would be held tomorrow starting at 7:30 a.m. Asked if the tour had considered trying to play 36 holes today, Russell said, "I think it's going to be very difficult to do that."
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,Staff Writer | May 27, 1992
POTOMAC -- A year ago, John Daly was an obscure and struggling PGA Tour rookie when he showed up for the Kemper Open. Despite his booming drives and respectable showing, barely anyone noticed.Daly's return to the Tournament Players Club at Avenel is much like every other appearance he has made since his celebrated victory at last year's PGA Championship."It's so much more fun having people know who you are and rooting for you to win," Daly said. "It's something that every athlete dreams about.
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By John W. Stewart and John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF | June 5, 1998
POTOMAC -- Tommy Armour, who began the week as an alternate and got into the Kemper Open field when Tiger Woods withdrew Monday, responded with a 4-under-par 67 yesterday at TPC at Avenel."
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | June 6, 2003
POTOMAC - A month of rain gave way to sunshine and a stiff breeze helped dry TPC at Avenel, but conditions were messy for yesterday's first round of the Capital Open. Players were allowed to "lift, clean and place" their ball on the fairway. The leader said "we basically got to cheat," but if ever a player deserved a break from a tournament and a locale, Robert Gamez is due some kindness from this layout and its Montgomery County environs. Birdies on four of his first six holes and three of his last five boosted Gamez to a 5-under-par 66 and a one-stroke lead over Rich Beem and Notah Begay III. Beem was among the fellow tour pros who boosted the spirits of Gamez when his career went south after a near-fatal visit to the 1998 version of the tournament formerly known as the Kemper Open.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | May 20, 2003
POTOMAC - The PGA Tour event formerly known as the Kemper Open has undergone its second name change in a little more than a month, with the introduction yesterday of a Virginia-based investment banking group as its title sponsor. Briefly called the Capital Open at Avenel after Kemper Insurance ended a 35-year association as the tournament sponsor, the $4.5 million tournament will be called the FBR Capital Open when it is played at the TPC at Avenel next month. Friedman, Billings and Ramsey Group, one of the nation's top 10 investment banks, signed a one-year contract as title sponsor.
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