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Tee times for today’s (Friday, March 22) first round of the $2 million Hoag Classic

Aston Martin Newport Beach

Legends Pro-Am


Wednesday, March 20

Gross Competition:

1st Place: Low Gross 62

Steve Stricker: PGA TOUR Champions Professional

Jim Madrid

Tim Langley

Trevor Tait

Nathan Tabita

2nd Place: Low Gross 63 (scorecard playoff)

Doug Barron: PGA TOUR Champions Professional

Rich Anderson

Adrian Montero

Joe McKay

Brad Morgan

3rd Place: Low Gross 63 (scorecard playoff)

Woody Austin: PGA TOUR Champions Professional

Mike Akahoshi

John Svenblad

Bryan Carreon

Adam Karp

Net Competition:

1st Place: Low Net 54

Stephen Ames: PGA TOUR Champions Professional

Jennifer Taylor

Toper Taylor

Bill Gross

Amy Gross

2nd Place: Low Net 55 (scorecard playoff)

Tim O’Neil: PGA TOUR Champions Professional

Jay Kollins

Hank Adler

Ted Ostrowski

Gerard Kinzel

3rd Place: Low Net 55

Bob Estes: PGA TOUR Champions Professional

John Clarey

Rusty Brown

Clinton Gee

John Word

#4 Closest to the Hole: HOLE IN ONE

Roger Kirwan

#17 Closest to the Hole: 1’ 7”

Joe Moody

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Roger Kirwan removes ball from 4th hole in Wednesday’s Aston Martin Newport Beach Legends Pro-Am after making a hole-in-one on his very first shot of the day

Thursday, March 21

Gross Competition:

1st Place: Low Gross 60

David Toms: PGA TOUR Champions Professional

Todd Pickup

Joe Moody

Rick Weiner

Rick Cornuke

2nd Place: Low Gross 61

Charlie Wi: PGA TOUR Champions Professional

Sam Woo

Tom Johnson

Michael Fuerstman

Gerard Widder

3rd Place: Low Gross 62

Darren Clarke: PGA TOUR Champions Professional

Tom Thomson

Kevin Pratt

Tim Mahler

Mike Castner

Net Competition:

1st Place: Low Net 51

José María Olazábal: PGA TOUR Champions Professional

Andrew Guarni

George Wood

Dwight Armstrong

Gary McKitterick

2nd Place: Low Net 52 (scorecard playoff)

Miguel Angel Jimenez: PGA TOUR Champions Professional

Jason Gwin

David Lake

David Walker

Jeff Hyder

3rd Place: Low Net 52

Billy Andrade: PGA TOUR Champions Professional

Steve Rhorer

Wah-Chung Suh

Mike Fach

Mikel Williams

#4 Closest to the Hole: 2’ 6”

Jay Schiller

#17 Closest to the Hole: 3’ 4”

Scott Cook

What they’re saying out at the Hoag Classic

Ernie Els: “It’s a nice swing on the West Coast. We have the Hoag Classic and then next week we go to Palm Springs. The guys easily come out to California, it’s a great state. And when we have weather like this, it makes it even better. This golf course, this event has always attracted great players even before my time. I remember watching this on television, all the really good players came out here and it’s because of how we treat it and how the golf course plays.”

Steve Stricker: “I enjoy coming here. Great weather, usually. The course layout is fun to play. I hear it’s in great shape this year. Got Izzi on the bag this year, which I’m excited about spending some quality time with our youngest daughter. Yeah, you put all that together, we’re excited to be here.

“She’s been on the bag one time (Senior PGA Championship), so bringing her out and hopefully continue her undefeated streak of one. She was super excited to be able to do it.”

Padraig Harrington: “Last year (here) was the first time I ever played a tournament where I hit a driver off every single par 4 and par 5 for the week, so no 3 woods, no irons off any tees. On the face of that, the golf course should suit me. It’s a good challenge.

“I think the difficulty is around the greens. They’re poa annua greens, they’re quite fast, there’s a bit of slope. So yeah, it’s a course that should suit me, but obviously you’re just going to have to have a good week. Anytime you go on poa annua greens, you just have to have a good week on the greens.”

Steven Alker: “I like it here. Obviously with the new layout, the bunkering and adjustments they made to the course, I think it kind of suits me. You’ve got to drive it well. A few new greens. I like the golf course; it’s got a nice feel to it. They opened it up a bit, knocked some trees out. So yeah, it kind of feels like a ball-striker’s course. And you’re going to have some wedges, but at the same time small greens and kind of a traditional golf course, which I like.”

Jim Furyk: “It’s kind of an old, classic golf course. I played a mini-tour event, I think they called it the Taco Bell Classic here in 1992, maybe in like January. I was on the Korn Ferry Tour at the time, it was called the Nike Tour and didn’t start until later in the year. I was out in Arizona practicing and I drove over and kind of remember, remembered the golf course. Small tiny greens, a lot of slope to them. In spots it looks open on the golf course, but you really have to kind of plot your way around, hit it to the right spots to get some angles into the greens to create some opportunities.

“I just think it’s a fun golf course. From an architecture standpoint, it’s kind of on the minimalist side where there’s not a ton of bunkers and trees and there’s not a lot going on as far as eye candy, but the bones of the golf course are there and I think it’s got good structure and I think it’s really a lot of fun to play.”

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PGA TOUR Champions’ John Cook (L) and David Duval (R) entertained those gathered for the Tuesday Community Breakfast (March 19) at the VEA Newport Beach to kick off Hoag Classic week

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