RENO-TAHOE OPEN TOPS PLAYER COMMITMENT LIST WITH FOUR MAJOR WINNERS: DALY, DUVAL, JANZEN, WEIR
RENO, Nev. (June 5, 2012) – The Reno-Tahoe Open continues to make waves in the world of golf after the announcement of its switch to a Modified Stableford scoring format by announcing the commitment of four Major champions, John Daly, David Duval, Lee Janzen and Mike Weir, for 2012. There are a combined six Major titles between the four players including Daly's record-setting two wins before the age of 30.
John Daly, a fan favorite at tournaments around the world, who is best known for his astoundingly long drives and outrageous golf course garb, has won five times on the PGA TOUR highlighted by victories at the 1991 PGA Championship and 1994 British Open. This is Daly's sixth visit to the Reno-Tahoe Open after playing Montrêux from 1999-2001, in 2003 and again in 2011. Daly burst onto the PGA TOUR in 1991 when he won his first major championship at the 73rd PGA Championship in Carmel, Ind. as the ninth alternate, qualifying only after several players withdrew from the tournament. Daly has made three of four cuts in 2012, most recently at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial May 24 – 27.
David Duval, a 13-time winner on the PGA TOUR and former World No. 1, not only is an accomplished player but also a course architect, having founded the firm Duval Design in 2005. Growing up on the golf course with a golf pro dad, former Champions Tour player Bob Duval, David earned his first victory in 1997 at the Michelob Championship at Kingsmill followed by 12 more wins between 1997 and 2001. Duval produced arguably his best season in 1999 by winning four tournaments including THE PLAYERS Championship and the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, where he eagled the final hole to become the third player in PGA TOUR history to shoot 59. Just a few months later, Duval climbed to the top of the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) and remained at No. 1 for 14 weeks. He captured his elusive major championship with a victory at the 2001 British Open at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.
Two-time U.S. Open winner, Lee Janzen boasts a strong resume including a recent T2 finish at the Nationwide Tour's Stadion Classic at UGA in May. He has made five of seven cuts on the PGA TOUR in 2012, adding to his more than $15 million in career earnings. Janzen joined the PGA TOUR in 1989, collecting his first victory at the 1992 Northern Telecom Open. He continued to produce solid results and in 1993 shot a record-breaking 8-under-par to win the U.S. Open followed by a second victory in 1998. Janzen took home THE PLAYERS Championship in 1995 and played in the 1998 President's Cup as well as in two Ryder Cups.
Mike Weir returns to Montrêux with eight wins on the PGA TOUR including a 2003 Masters victory. He earned his first title in 1999 at the Air Canada Championship and at the time, was the first Canadian to win on the PGA TOUR since 1992, along with being the first Canadian to win on native soil since Pat Fletcher won the 1954 Canadian Open. He spent more than 110 weeks in the top 10 of the OWGR between 2001 and 2005 and in 2000, became the first Canadian to play in the President's Cup. Weir was again named to the President's Cup team in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009. Most notably, he defeated Tiger Woods 1-up in the Sunday singles matches in Montreal in 2007. He is a three-time recipient (2000-1 and 2003) of the Lionel Conacher Award, given to Canada's Male Athlete of the Year, and is the first golfer to be thrice honored since 1932. He received the Order of Canada in 2009, Canada's highest civilian honor, and received the Order of Ontario in 2004, the province's highest honor for those who have made a difference among society both at home and around the world.
"With these four players topping our list in 2012, we're certain that the 14th annual Reno-Tahoe Open will be the best one yet," said Jana Smoley, executive director of the tournament. "This level of skill and experience, combined with the new scoring format and one of the more difficult courses on the PGA TOUR, is going to make for a very exciting week both for players and fans and we look forward to watching it play out here in Reno."
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The 14th annual Reno-Tahoe Open at Montrêux, an official PGA TOUR event, takes place July 30 – Aug 5, 2012 at Montrêux Golf & Country Club in Reno, Nev. The tournament is one of just 47 full-field stops during the PGA TOUR Regular Season and is part of the FedExCup series, a points competition for PGA TOUR professionals. The internationally-televised event brings in millions of dollars in coverage for the Reno-Tahoe region through its affiliation with The Golf Channel as it follows 132 PGA TOUR professionals competing for a share of the tournament's $3 million purse. The Reno-Tahoe Open is managed and operated by the Reno-Tahoe Open Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, comprised of key sponsors including the Eldorado Hotel Reno, Montrêux Development Group and NV Energy.