The 2016 Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic at Fallen Oak held the Nicholas Air Pro-Am on Wednesday, giving amateur golfers a golden opportunity to not only meet, but to actually play a round of golf with members of the PGA Tour Champions.
Steen Tinning of Denmark became a fan favorite. He was very personable with the three amateur players, and one of them predicted that Tinning would win the Classic.
Tinning has played on the PGA European Tour, and the PGA Senior European Tour, as well as qualified for the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic on Tuesday at Diamondhead.
So, how much money has Tinning won on the PGA Tour Champions circuit?
"Oh, no money, "stated Tinning. When told that one of the amateur players gave him the nod to win on Sunday, he laughed it off, saying, "Don't trust him, he's a lawyer. You can't trust him. You can't trust a lawyer. No way."
Tinning has a great attitude and we'll see how he does beginning Friday when the first-round starts at 10 a.m. Tinning will tee-off at 11:50 a.m. Friday morning on Tee #10. He's grouped with Peter Senior of Queensland, Australia and Tim Thelen of College Station, Texas.
Besides the action out on the golf course, there's plenty of action that takes place in two trailers stationed near the clubhouse. It's called the Player Performance Center.
Physical therapist Paul Schuren says professional golfers are highly competitive, and want to be at the best shape possible. If they suffer a slight injury, the Player Performance Center is there to assist.
"Golf is a physical sport, and golfers do have to be fit, "stated Schuren. "Our main job in here is to evaluate injuries, treat injuries, do manual therapy and prescribe rehabilitation exercises."
Schuren says 60 to 70 percent of the pro golfers visit the physical therapy trailer, and also another trailer that provides exercise machines.
"Everybody will use the trailers, "Schuren said. "Some more extensively, some more consistently, sometime during the year or during their career. They'll be in here."
Schuren says the trailers travel to every event. The exercise trailer is for long term stretch, conditioning and strength training.
The idea to provide assistance to the pro-golfers on the PGA Tour began in the mid to late 1980s. It started with one trailer, and combined fitness and physical therapy.
"There were guys working out, including Gary Player, Greg Norman and Payne Stewart, "Schuren said. "When Tiger Woods busted onto the scene, he changed his body and everyone could tell he was really fit, and he brought it to a new level. People noticed, the Golf Channel noticed. The broadcasters noticed and they focused on that, and it caught on."
The Player Performance Center is ready to assist the golfers and they'll even open their doors to the caddies.
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