By Bill Huffman
Even though it’s billed as the No. 2 course at the TPC Scottsdale, the Champions Course continues to gain respect in its Avis role thanks in part to the Arizona Stroke Play Championship.
For a fourth straight year, the Champions will host the Arizona Golf Association’s second major championship of the season. The 144-player field that tees off Thursday through Sunday (April 14-17) is loaded with the state’s best amateurs, and the Champions has proven to be all they can handle in the three previous encounters.
Consider that Chan Kim, who captured the tournament in 2008 and 2010, holds the tournament record at 7-under-par 273, which he carded last year. And Kim never went lower than 5-under 65 in his eight trips around the Champions, which was one shot off the record 64 posted by Show Low’s Kyle Johnson also a year ago – the one and only time any golfer got to 6 under for 18 holes.