David Frost is the defending champion at the Toshiba Classic. Frost enjoyed a successful career on the PGA Tour, and his game has transitioned well to the Champions Tour with five career victories. He tees off in the first round at 1:10 pm PT along with Kirk Triplett and Bernhard Langer.
The defending champ said he is going to do what he always does, “try and play good golf on Friday and Saturday, and hopefully be in contention come Sunday.” Frost is one of the favorites to block out the distractions, and defeat the other 80 players in the field.
There are eight World Golf Hall of Famers in the field at the Toshiba Classic. Tom Watson, Ben Crenshaw, Hale Irwin, Curtis Strange, Bernhard Langer, Sandy Lyle, Colin Montgomerie, and Fred Couples. Other notable players include Kenny Perry, Craig Stadler, Fuzzy Zoeller, and Rocco Mediate.
Frost referred to the Champions Tour as “a second lease on life.” The best players from the 70s, 80s, and 90s are able to continue playing at a high level, and the fans are treated to great entertainment.
The players have been raving about Newport Beach Country Club, site of the Toshiba Classic. It is a 6,600 yard course with gentle doglegs and hundreds of palm trees. You know you are in Southern California with the palm trees and perfect weather, but the classic layout and small quick greens are reminiscent of the Northeast.
This is the 20th anniversary of the Toshiba Classic, and during yesterday’s press conference, Tom Watson thanked Toshiba for continuing their sponsorship of the event for another three years. It’s truly a win-win for everyone involved. The players are able to extend their careers, the fans get to watch Hall of Famers, Toshiba gets the exposure, and most of all, millions of dollars are raised for charity.
The main beneficiary of the Toshiba Classic is Hoag Hospital’s Mary and Dick Allen Diabetes Center. Over the last 20 years, the tournament has raised $15 million for Hoag Hospital and $1.475 million for local charities. The infographics below detail several more charitable contributions in addition to fun facts about the tournament.
If you can’t make it to Newport Beach, the tournament airs live on the Golf Channel from 6:30-9 pm ET.