Olazabal makes Champions Tour debut Friday in Florida

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The second event of the Champions Tour is staged this weekend in Boca Raton, FL, at the Allianz Championship, and as is part of the draw from the 50 and over players, another will make his first start Friday.

Two time Masters champion and former European Ryder Cup captain champion Jose Maria Olazabal will tee it up for the fist time on this circuit and adds to a loaded field and roll call of other Hall of Fame names.

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30 time winner on multiple tours, Bernhard Langer, who won the opening Champions event in Hawaii in January, is joined by Colin Montgomerie, Mark O’Meara and Hale Irwin. Also headlining, is the return of Fred Couples, who missed all but one event in 2016 with recurring back issues. Couples looked good and was runner up in Hawaii to Langer in the opener. He is playing a tournament in Southeast Florida for the first time in a decade.

Multi-time PGA Tour winner David Toms will make his second ever Champions Tour start and will be joined by the ever popular former two time major winner, John Daly.

In addition to Olazabal, there will be more international rookie interest. Ireland’s Paul McGinley, a former European Ryder Cup captain will tee it up as a “Senior” for the first time at “The Old Course” at the Broken Sound Club in Boca Raton.

The 54 hole event has Esteban Toledo as its defending champion and play begins Friday with coverage all three days on Golf Channel.

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