Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A 10-under 62 on Saturday helped Bart Bryant put the rest of the field in the dust at last year's Dick Sporting Goods Open. This year, someone may need to put up that type of round again if they want to win, because it's once again a relatively star-studded field coming to En-Joie Golf Course.
Monday at media day, tournament director John Karedes announced the main field for this year's tournament. Some of this year's commitments include Colin Montgomerie, who returns for the second straight year; Mark O'Meara will be making a return to Endicott for the first time since 2012; Horseheads native Joey Sindelar has committed as well as Bernhard Langer and Nick Price.
But it's a field that Karedes believes can get even better.
"As good as this field is, I think we've got on opportunity for a few players to be added to it between now and tournament week," Karedes said. "I'm looking forward to those announcements. Even if the field was set today, it's one of the best on the Champions Tour, but we certainly look forward to adding a few big names."
Full interview with defending champion Bart Bryant
The best-in-field last year was Bryant. He took part in media day festivities and had a lot of good things to say about the tournament and the Binghamton area. In fact, he said, outside of the Champions Tour's five major tournaments, the Dick's Open is one players want to win the most.
He had good reasons for saying that, and they had little to do with the money or course conditions.
"I think it's because the community really rallies around this tournament like none other in golf," Bryant said. "It's pretty amazing to have 600 businesses that sponsor this event. It's really -- the local community has taken ownership of this."
Full interview with tournament director John Karedes
Here's the full list of commitments so far:
Tommy Armour III
Jay Don Blake
Chien Soon Lu
Tom Pernice, Jr.
Wes Short, Jr.