The PGA Tour Champions will once again host its open qualifier for the Rapiscan Systems Classic (formerly Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic) at Diamondhead Country Club. This year’s qualifiers began on Friday, and will take place again this Monday, March 25, at Diamondhead Country Club’s Pine Course .
Diamondhead is poised to see some of the best senior golfers in the world ultimately competing for approximately four playing spots in the PGA Tour Champions Rapiscan Systems Classic field at Fallen Oak.
The list of world class golfers competing in Diamondhead this coming Monday is extensive but here are some to note…
• Guy Boros attended the University of Iowa and was a three-time All-Big Ten member of the golf team. He turned pro in 1986. Boros has played on the PGA Tour and the Nationwide Tour in relatively equal amounts over the course of his career recording about a dozen top-10 finishes in each venue. He has one victory in an official PGA Tour event and three wins in Nationwide Tour events. His best finish in a major championship is a T-36 at the 1995 U.S. Open.
• Keith Clearwater won two tournaments on the PGA Tour, both in his rookie season of 1987. He won the prestigious Colonial National Invitation in the spring of that year with a 14 under par 266, which tied the previous tournament record set by Corey Pavin in 1985. Later in that same season, he won the Centel Classic.
• Shaun Micheel is one of two major champions in the field at Diamondhead Country Club. Micheel won the 2003 PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club. In 2006, Micheel finished runner-up to Tiger Woods at the PGA Championship at Medinah Country Club; he followed that with T7 two weeks later at the Deutsche Bank Championship. He was also runner-up at the 2006 HSBC World Match Play Championship, after defeating Woods in the first round. On the PGA Tour, he ended the year with nine consecutive cuts and placed in the top 50 on the money list.
• Todd Hamilton won his first PGA Tour event at the 2004 Honda Classic. Later that year, Hamilton won a major championship in one of golf's all-time upsets when he defeated Ernie Els in a four-hole playoff to win The Open Championship at Royal Troon Golf Club. These two victories in his first season on the PGA Tour led to Hamilton being named the 2004 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year and reaching a peak world ranking of 16th.