It may be getting old hat to some of the golfers who play every year or to the spectators who see many of the same golfers year in and year out at the Showdown Classic.
That's why it is nice there is the constant influx of players each year on the PGA Senior circuit.A couple of guys who fans will see here for the first time this week are Tommy Aaron and Homero Blancas. They were among several golfers who got their first look at Jeremy Ranch Tuesday.
Back in the early 1970s, they were two of the top golfers on the PGA Tour. Aaron won more than $100,000 (big bucks in those days) in 1972 and finished ninth on the money list. That same year Blancas won the Phoenix Open and was the 20th top money winner.
But 1973 may have been the best year for both of the them. That was the year Aaron captured his Masters title and Blancas won the Monsanto Open and finished 15th on the money list.
Upon completing a practice round, his first-ever at Jeremy, Aaron said, "I like it - it's a good course. There's a variety of different holes and there are some pretty severe greens. They'll take a little getting used to."
Blancas didn't seem quite as impressed with Jeremy as he hit chip shots at the driving range, saying, "I kind of liked it.
"I think the tournament is going to be won or lost on the greens," added Blancas. "The biggest adjustment we have is the altitude. Last week we were hitting woods 200 yards. This week you can hit a 6-iron 200 yards."
This is Blancas' first opportunity to play in the Jeremy Ranch tourney since he became eligible for Senior play in March when he turned 50. It's not his first visit to Utah - in fact he was here last summer, playing at Park Meadows in a promotional outing.
But Blancas admits he is finding the Senior Tour more demanding than he anticipated.
"What has surprised me the most is the competition,"he said. "Everybody has geared their game to the tour and some guys who I used to out-hit are hitting them longer than me now."
Blancas, who stands 47th on the Senior money list, figures a score between 6 and 10 under will win the tournament proper, which will be played Friday through Sunday.
Aaron is in his second year on the Senior Tour. Last year, he had to miss the Jeremy tourney because of a conflict on the schedule.
Like Blancas, he's been impressed by the competitiveness of the Senior Tour. "The competition is much stronger than it was four or five years ago," he said. "There are more good players out here - guys like Al Geiberger and Don Bies.
Aaron is still looking for his big day as a senior. Last year he was 29th on the money list and this year he sits in 27th place. His biggest highlight came at the nationally-televised Legends of Golf tournament earlier this year when he holed out a long iron shot for an eagle to put him and partner Lou Graham into a sudden-death playoff.
"That shot got a lot of play - a lot of people come up and talk to me about it," said Aaron with a smile.
Besides Aaron and Blancas, other top seniors to watch this week include Barber, Geiberger, Bies, Orville Moody, Bruce Crampton, Bobby Nichols, Dale Douglass, Gene Littler, and Charles Coody.
The second day pro-am will be played Thursday before the official start of the tourney Friday.