Cook makes Champions debut at Administaff

Woods will be watching Cook's progress on the Champions Tour.

"He wants me to come out and play well and I want to do that," Cook said.

Will there be texting during the tournament?

"Guaranteed, definitely," Cook said.

Cook was fifth in the U.S. Open and tied for fourth in the PGA Championship in 1994. He won three tournaments in 1992 but it was his loss in the 1992 British Open, eventually won by Nick Faldo, that sticks in his mind. Faldo trailed by two shots with four holes to play.

"That was mine," Cook said. "Faldo didn't win that one. I kind of gave it back to him. So that's the one that still leaves a pretty sour taste in my mouth, especially when they replay it every other day. There are some other tournaments too."

Cook will begin the 54-hole tournament at Augusta Pines Golf Course on Friday in a threesome with two other rookies, Phil Blackmar and Jeff Sluman. Mark Wiebe also is in the field. He joined the Champions Tour last month and won the first event he played, the SAS Championship.

Haas has some advice for the newcomers.

"The main thing you have to do to have success is to be committed, not just physically but emotionally," Haas said. "You have to want to play out here and not be wishing you could play on the PGA Tour. Come out here with the idea that this is what I do now."

Cook is among a group of prominent players who became eligible for the Champions Tour this year. Others are Mark O'Meara, Nick Price, Seve Ballesteros, Faldo, Bernard Langer and Sluman.

"There was a nice window between '91 and '98 where I had a lot of good chances," Cook said. "I won a lot of tournaments but I had other chances slip away that could define your career. Major championships define your career. I was close enough to understand that and to appreciate that."

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