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TOM SHAW HOPES TO REGAIN FORM AT SHOWDOWN CLASSIC

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Just as he did last year when he won the Showdown Classic, Tom Shaw played the role of a mystery man Monday at Jeremy Ranch Golf Club.

A press conference that had been scheduled for several weeks was temporarily canceled when Shaw didn't show up on his scheduled flight from a senior tournament in Ohio late Sunday night. But Shaw, having arrived on a later flight, was at Jeremy bright and early Monday to help promote next month's Showdown (Aug. 14-19)."Last year was really exciting for me. I played in about 35 tournaments, but obviously this was the highlight for me," he said, referring to his 1-shot victory over Larry Mowry.

Since winning last year, Shaw hasn't found the Senior Tour to be a cakewalk. He finished in the top 10 just twice in 14 tournaments after the Showdown and this year ranks 33rd on the money list with about $90,000 in earnings.

"I'm a little bit surprised," he said when asked about his lack of victories the past year. "For about three months this winter I was working with a new set of clubs, trying to find something I like. I'm trying to play myself back into a crescendo."

Joining Shaw at the Showdown will be such Senior Tour players as rookie George Archer, former champion Miller Barber, local favorite Billy Casper, Bob Charles, Mike Hill, Orville Moody and crowd favorite Chi Chi Rodriguez.

"We are pleased and excited about the strength of the field - it's one of the strongest fields we've ever had," said tournament director Jim Bailey.

He said there is still a good chance Lee Trevino will enter the tournament, but that may not be known until 10 days before the tourney.

According to Shaw, the arrival of Trevino and Jack Nicklaus has helped the Senior Tour considerably.

"The addition of Trevino and Nicklaus has raised our public awareness," said Shaw. "We've already noticed an increase in the size of the galleries."

Nicklaus will not compete at Jeremy because he'll be playing in The International in Colorado the same week.