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Palmer's Next Tournament -- Wendy's Champion Skins
January 19, 2006
Arnold Palmer will tee it up in February in the revamped Wendy's Champions Skins Game. Palmer, who will be playing for the 18th time since competing in the inaugural senior version of the TV-popular Skins Game in 1988, will team with Peter Jacobsen, a frequent team partner in the past. The event will be telecast from the Wailea Resort's Gold Course on the Hawaiian island of Maui by ESPN-TV from 6:30 to 11:00 EST on Monday, February 6. Arnold missed only the 1997 Senior Skins following his prostate cancer surgery and has played in more of those events than any other golfer.
The new format for the Wendy's Champions Skins Game features four star-studded teams, who will vie for the $770,000 purse in alternate-shot competition. Palmer and Jacobsen will be facing three other potent duos - Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson, Gary Player and Hale Irwin and Raymond Floyd and Dana Quigley, the leading money-winner for the 2005 Champions Tour season. Interestingly, all four Hall-of-Famers who competed in the first-ever Skins Game in 1983 -- Palmer, Nickaus, Player and Watson -- will be playing at Wailea. Nicklaus is the defending champion.
The payoffs will be $30,000 per team for the first six holes, $40,000 for the next six, $50,000 for holes 13 through 17 and $100,000 for No. 18. Ten percent of each player's winnings will go to charity -- 5% to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and 5% to the charity of his choice.
This will be the 22nd time that Palmer and Jacobsen will play in a sanctioned team event as partners. Arnold has won $1,205,000 in senior skins events over the years.
Posted by dgiffin at January 19, 2006 09:45 AM