Senior PGA Championship History
For Immediate Release, April 2007
Two time British Open Champion, Greg Norman; and five-time major Champion and tenacious Ryder Cup star, Seve Ballesteros have committed to compete in the 68th Senior PGA Championship, rounding out the strongest field in the history of the oldest major in Senior golf. The Senior PGA Championship will take place on The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort May 22 - 27, 2007.
Norman, one of the most recognizable players in modern golf, is a winner of 88 titles worldwide, including two British Open Championships and a number of heartbreaking second place finishes in numerous major championships. Known by his moniker, the "Great White Shark," he held the No. 1 spot in the Official World Rankings for 331 weeks during his career.
Ballesteros is an icon on the international golf scene with his swashbuckler style of play that earned him three Claret Jugs and two Green Jackets and a storied Ryder Cup record of 20-12-5. Ballesteros is probably best known for his competitive spirit when he was paired with Jose Maria Olazabal during several Ryder Cup Matches, including the famous 1991 event contested on The Ocean Course.
Every eligible U.S. member of the 1991 Ryder Cup team has committed to play including: Chip Beck, Raymond Floyd, Hale Irwin, Wayne Levi, Mark O'Meara, Lanny Wadkins and Captain Dave Stockton. On the European side, three of the four eligible 1991 Ryder Cup team members will be returning to Kiawah Island including: Mark James, Sam Torrance and Ballesteros.
"This is undoubtedly the strongest field in Senior Major Championship history," said 2007 Senior PGA Championship Director, Brett Sterba. "Nearly everyone will recognize the names of some of the greatest players in professional golf including Ben Crenshaw, defending championship Jay Haas, Peter Jacobsen, Tom Kite, Gil Morgan, Gary Player, Nick Price, Loren Roberts, Craig Stadler, Curtis Strange, Tom Watson, Fuzzy Zoeller, and now with Norman and Ballesteros, the list goes on and on. We eagerly anticipate the greatest Seniors in golf battling for bragging rights on what Golf Digest has recently named 'America's Toughest Course.' It's sure to provide great drama for our spectators."
Since 1937, golf's best professionals have been competing for the Senior PGA Championship's coveted Alfred S. Bourne Trophy. Past champions include Gene Sarazen, Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer, Chi Chi Rodriguez, Jack Nicklaus and Lee Trevino, as well as returning players Player, Floyd, Watson and Irwin. The Senior PGA is the oldest and most prestigious of the five "Majors" of senior golf, which also includes the U.S. Senior Open, the Senior Players Championship, the Senior British Open and The Tradition. This will be the first "Major" to be played in South Carolina.
For information on hospitality, tickets and to download a Spectator Guide, please visit www.SeniorPGA2007.com or contact the PGA Office at 843-768-8575. For more information on The Ocean Course, visit http://www.kiawahresort.com/.
For high-res images of specific players in the 68th Senior PGA Championship field, contact Mike Vegis at email@example.com or 843-768-2749.
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