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Faxon, Mast, and Wood Chase First Champions Win: A Fan's Take

Brad Faxon Leads Dick's Sporting Goods Open at En-Joie Golf Club

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Heading to the final nine holes at the 2012 Dick's Sporting Goods Open, being played Sunday, August 19th at En-Joie Golf Club, Brad Faxon holds a two shot lead. Among the players tied for second place are Dick Mast and Willie Wood. Faxon, Mast, and Wood are each looking for their first ever victory in a 54-hole event on the Champions Tour.

Brad Faxon: A professional golfer since 1983, Faxon won eight times on the PGA Tour, most recently at the 2005 Buick Championship. A 51-year-old native of Oceanport, New Jersey, he joined the Champions Tour immediately following his 50th birthday, in August of 2011, and claimed victory in the 2011 Insperity Championship in October. However, at that event Brad Faxon never played a shot in Sunday's final round due to rain. The tournament was shortened to 36 holes and Faxon was declared the winner. Thus, victory in the 2012 Dick's Sporting Goods Open can be considered his first complete victory on the Champions Tour.

Dick Mast: Born March 23, 1951, in Bluffton, Ohio, Dick Mast turned pro in 1972. He is a career non-winner on both the PGA and Champions Tours, having played in a combined total of 478 events, with a second place in the 1992 Greater Milwaukie Open as his best finish. He has finished in third place three times on the Champions Tour, most recently at the 2012 Senior Open Championship in July. While he has earned more than $3 Million as a professional golfer, Dick Mast's career bio would be changed forever with victory on Sunday, August 19, 2012.

Willie Wood: Like Brad Faxon, Willie Wood is 51 years old and has been a professional golfer since 1983. In 492 events played on the PGA Tour, Wood (a native of Kingsville, Texas) claimed one victory at the 1996 Deposit Guaranty Golf Classic. He has made the cut in 14 of 15 career events playing on the Champions Tour, beginning with the 2010 AT&T Championship, but has yet to post a top 10 finish. Willie Wood has played bogey-free golf on the back nine throughout the 2012 Dick's Sporting Goods Open. With one more clean scorecard, he may be hoisting his first Champions Tour winner's trophy.

Harold Andrews has played golf (competitively and recreationally) for nearly 50 years. He considers Jack Nicklaus the greatest golfer of all time.


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