Peter Jacobsen

Classic not short on champs

Anticipation and awkwardness accompany the Champions Tour on its annual stop in the Baltimore area.

Loren Roberts, the top player among golf's 50-and-over set, will miss the $1.7 million Constellation Energy Classic. Native Marylander Fred Funk has kept his focus on the PGA Tour, and Sunday's third and final round is up against the Ravens' home opener. Hayfields Country Club has matured as a host, just in time for the event to move on.

When the Champions Tour returns to the area in October 2007, it will be at a more prestigious location and format as the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship. One of five majors on the Champions Tour, the event will take up residence...