“Great golf courses and great designs stand the test of time.” — Ohio native John Cook on Canterbury Golf Club, which was designed in the 1920s and is where Cook reached the final of the 1979 U.S. Amateur
“Visually, this is one of the best-looking courses we’ve ever played on for this Championship. Everything is so well-defined and right in front of you. It’s a pleasure to play here.” — Dana Quigley on Canterbury Golf Club. Quigley has six top-10 finishes in 12 Senior PGA Championship appearances.
O’Meara and Cook
Mark O’Meara and John Cook, winner and runner-up respectively, in the 1979 U.S. Amateur held at Canterbury Golf Club, come back this week playing at a high level. Each has three top-10 finishes in his last three starts on the Champions Tour.
The 1979 U.S. Amateur
A total of 11 players who competed in the 1979 U.S. Amateur are back this week at Canterbury for the 2009 Senior PGA Championship. Joining O’Meara and Cook from that list:
- Dan Forsman
- Ken Green
- Gary Hallberg
- Scott Hoch
- Larry Mize
- Brent Murray
- Joey Sindelar
- Hal Sutton
- Bob Tway
This stellar group has accounted for 84 PGA Tour victories and five major championships. Some of the other participants in the 1979 U.S. Amateur included the late Payne Stewart, Fred Couples and Bobby Clampett.
For the First Time
Forty players are making their debut in the Senior PGA Championship this week. That class includes:
- Wayne Grady, the 1990 PGA Champion
- Tom Lehman, the 2006 U.S. Ryder Cup Team Captain and 1996 British Open Champion
- Larry Mize, the 1987 Masters Champion
- Hal Sutton, the 1983 PGA Champion
- Bob Tway, the 1986 PGA Champion
Home “Court” Advantage?
In addition to his ability, defending champion Jay Haas is tapping into the minds of some Canterbury locals this week. His caddie, Tommy Lamb, is a nephew of Mike Kiely, a PGA member and the caddie master at Canterbury. Lamb has caddied on and played the course numerous times, Haas said.
Haas also has looked for advice from Bob Fairchild, winner of the Canterbury club championship 16 times – “There were a couple of greens that he [Fairchild] talked about , certain positions that the ball might break a littler oddly, that you might not expect it to move left or move right,” Haas said. “And he just said it’s pretty obvious — keep the ball below the hole.”
4-Under Might Be Golden:
Both Jay Haas and Loren Roberts thought that a 4-under-par total of 276 would serve any player well over 72 holes at this Senior PGA Championship.
This is the first time that Canterbury has played to a par of 70 in competition.
A Major Reminder
Dave Stockton, a two-time PGA Champion and 1991 U.S. Ryder Cup Team Captain, won the last senior major championship held at Canterbury Golf Club — the 1996 U.S. Senior Open.