Salute to a Fast-Rising Major
Ten years ago Scottsdale, Ariz., developer Lyle Anderson founded a Senior tour event out of thin desert air. Calling his tournament The Tradition at Desert Mountain, Anderson made his plans clear from the get-go. "I doubt we'll achieve what the Masters has," he said, "but there is no reason we can't evolve into a major championship on the Senior tour." Only four years later, then commissioner Deane Beman announced that The Tradition, along with the PGA Seniors Championship, the Senior Players Championship and the U.S. Senior Open, was indeed one of Senior golf's four majors. The 6,972-yard Cochise Course—"magnificent," Lee Trevino calls it—had already achieved Grand Slam status, and the tournament's $1.4 million purse is one of the Senior tour's richest. Anderson's baby grew up in a hurry.