Calcavecchia Looking to Become First Repeat Winner at Oasis Championship
BOCA RATON, Florida – Mark Calcavecchia entered last year’s Oasis Championship not far from considering retirement. He left the championship with a trophy. Calcavecchia outlasted World Golf Hall of Famer Bernhard Langer down the stretch, finishing at 16-under 200 to win by two shots. It was Calcavecchia’s fourth victory on PGA TOUR Champions and first since 2015.
“I just didn’t think it would happen again,” Calcavecchia said Thursday during media day for the Oasis Championship. “These guys are so good. I hit it well, made enough putts and sometimes the good Lord just pencils you in. That week was just meant to be for some reason.”
The 2018 Oasis Championship marked Calcavecchia’s first win on PGA TOUR Champions with his wife, Brenda, caddying for him. They had won together three other times. They both were in tears on the 18th green.
“That meant a lot to win with Brenda after all the close calls we had,” Calcavecchia said. “We had won a bunch, but it was nice to finally win on the PGA TOUR Champions.”
The 58-year-old Calcavecchia, a longtime Palm Beach County resident, hopes to become the first repeat winner in the event’s 13-year history when he defends his title at Broken Sound’s Old Course on February 4-10.
“That’s a good challenge,” he said. “Hopefully I can end that streak and start the season strong again.”
Calcavecchia won 13 times on the PGA TOUR, including the 1989 British Open. He’s one of the few golfers to have won tournaments in four decades and hopes to remain injury free long enough for him to make it five decades sometime next year.
“I feel good,” he said. “I had a rhizotomy procedure before last year’s tournament where they burn the nerves in your back, and I haven’t had to do that this year. I feel like my game’s in good order.”
Oasis, a Paychex company, recently announced a three-year partnership with PGA TOUR Champions to become title sponsor of the Oasis Championship. The Oasis Championship is the PGA TOUR Champions’ first full-field event of the season and will once again welcome Hall of Famers such as Langer and Colin Montgomerie to the field.
The 78-player field will compete for a $1.7 million purse with all three rounds televised live on the Golf Channel. The tournament has donated more than $1.7 million to the Boca Raton Regional Hospital, including $271,000 last year. For more information about the Oasis Championship, visit oasischampionship.com.
Oasis, a Paychex Company, is a Florida-based Professional Employer Organization (PEO) serving more than 8,400 clients nationwide. Founded in 1996, it specializes in providing human resources services, employee benefits administration, payroll and tax administration, risk management services and staffing solutions to small- and medium-sized businesses throughout the United States. Oasis is accredited by the Employer Services Assurance Corporation (ESAC), ensuring the highest level of ethical, financial and operational standards in the PEO industry and has received SOC 1 Type II (formerly SAS 70) certification for its high level of accuracy and performance. Oasis, through its subsidiaries, is qualified to offer IRS-certified professional employer organization (CPEO) services.
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