Shaw Charity Classic adds major champions Craig Stadler, Corey Pavin to field

Rocco Mediate tees off on the 16th hole at the inaugural Shaw Charity Classic. Robert Thompson, Global News

Calgary’s Shaw Charity Classic announced Wednesday past winner Rocco Mediate will join a strong field, playing alongside major championship winners like Craig Stadler, Corey Pavin and Mark Calcavecchia.

The effusive Mediate won the first Shaw Charity Classic in record fashion, tying the lowest 54-hole total in Champions Tour history. He’s best known for battling Tiger Woods in a playoff in 2008 in San Diego, which was Woods’ last major championship victory.

“The Shaw Charity Classic has worked very hard to bring the biggest names on the Champions Tour to Calgary, and this stellar lineup of players certainly supports that mission,” said Shaw Charity Classic tournament director Sean Van Kesteren. “Not only is this group some of the most successful players on Tour, they are also among the most respected. They can still play at a very high level and I guarantee they will be ready to duel it out, and wanting to win at Canyon Meadows.”

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Mediate won Calgary fans over with his displays of enthusiasm and energy. He is also very enamored with Calgary, and wore a Flames hat while trying to win a second time in 2014.

“The crowds in Calgary are great every year, and as good as we have all year pretty much,” Mediate said. “Depending on the weather I know that will be the same again so it will be a lot of fun to play up there. I loved the golf course as soon as I first saw it because of the little bitty fairways and lots of trees. It fits my eye and I’m excited to get back to Calgary.”

Mediate will play alongside Stadler, who won the 1982 Masters, Bob Tway, who had a victory at the 1986 PGA Championship, Mark Calcavecchia, who won the 1989 British Open, and Corey Pavin, who took the 1995 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills.

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