BLAINE, Minn. -- Despite what many aging professional golfers think, turning 50 isn't some magic elixir that restores your golf game.
The Champions Tour is littered with players that sought salvation on the 50-and-older circuit only to find that their game was lost for good. Yet for some, a change in venue is all they need to restore their once great talent.
Brad Faxon became the newest member of the Champions Tour this week when he teed it up Friday morning at the TPC Twin Cities and by all accounts, he's putting all his eggs in the Champions Tour basket.
It is clear that Faxon's days of competing on the PGA Tour are over. A miserable 2010 season was followed by a disastrous start to the 2011 season. To his credit, though, unlike some of his brethren on the Champions Tour, ahem Kenny Perry, Faxon is fully aware of where he stands on the professional golf spectrum.
"There aren't too many places in the world people are dying to turn 50 other than the Champions Tour. I didn't play well for a few years now, so I'm very excited about a second chance."
The beauty of the Champions Tour is that it provides a fresh start. The fact that Faxon hasn't made a single cut in a dozen starts on the PGA Tour this year means nothing now. He's a rookie on the Champions Tour, nothing more, nothing less.
As he navigated the course during Friday's opening round, Faxon resembled not the burnt-out aging PGA Tour professional, but the fresh, new and excited Champions Tour rookie. The disappointment of several failed attempts on the PGA Tour this year seemed a faded memory.
So it is for some that 50 years after the day they were born, their golf talent is restored, and if Friday's opening round is any indication, Brad Faxon may have found the magic elixir.