Larry Mize aims for better results in 2014

Special to the Ledger-EnquirerJanuary 17, 2014 

US Senior Open Golf

TED S. WARREN/Associated PressLarry Mize, of Columbus, Ga., tees off on the second hole during the second round of the U.S. Senior Open golf tournament July 30, 2010, at Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Wash.

TED S. WARREN — AP

When golf fans scan the scores of players in the 2014 Champions Tour's opening event in today's news columns, they won't find Columbus' Larry Mize among the golfers listed.

That's because the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai, Hawaii, is an elite field, composed solely of golfers who won Champions Tour events in 2013.

It's an anomaly Mize hopes to rectify in the season that begins Feb.7 for the tour's "other" players at the Allianz Championship in Boca Raton, Fla.

"It was a disappointment," Mize said of not being a part of the elite field and of his 2013 season as a whole.

But the word disappointment is a relative characterization.

Mize banked more than $326,000 in tour winnings last year, recording seven top-25 finishes among the 21 events in which he played.

He had two top-10 finishes -- a tie for 9th in the Allianz and a tie for 4th in the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf.

The 1987 Master's champion has been working on his game, readying for the 2014 season, which he said will be "slow going at the beginning," with tournaments over consecutive weeks in Florida next month, followed by consecutive events in mid-March in California and Mississippi.

By season's end the first week in November, however, Mize expects to have played in most of the remaining 24 Champions Tour events, plus the Master's in April.

"I'll play a full schedule. It's plenty," he said. "I usually only skip two or three a year."

His goal is simple, and the fact that he's at home while last year's event winners are playing in Hawaii is definitely something he hopes to correct.

"I've got to get back in that one next year," Mize said.

The 55-year-old Georgia Tech graduate has been a professional golfer since 1980. His combined PGA Tour and Champions Tour record includes 5 wins, 113 top 10 finishes, and purses totaling more than $11 million.

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