Pro-Am Results, News & Notes

May 19, 2009

Tom Kite walks with his Pro-Am Teammates (photo: The PGA of America)

Tom Kite walks with his Pro-Am Teammates (photo: The PGA of America)

THE PRO-AM’s TOP PRO

Tom Watson, the 2001 Senior PGA Champion, posted the low professional round in the Pro-Am held today at the Senior PGA Championship. Watson offset two bogeys with four birdies for a 2-under-par 68 to edge Ohio native John Cook by one stroke. Defending Senior PGA Champion Jay Haas and Wayne Grady, the 1990 PGA Champion, each shot even-par 70.

THE PRO-AM’s TOP TEAM

In the team competition, 1997 U.S. Ryder Cup Team Captain Tom Kite led his group to victory.  Kite and amateurs David Biscan, Bob Morris, Bob Nakasone and Jonathan Vassil shot 13-under-par 57 to win by one stroke over the team paced by two-time PGA Champion Nick Price (Jim Brown, Mac McLaughlin, Jerry Draga and Greg Bumbu).

For photos of the Pro-Am visit www.SeniorPGA2009.com.

PLAYER QUOTES

“These fairways [at Canterbury Golf Club] are better than a lot of greens I’ve putted on.” — PGA Club Professional Mike San Filippo, competing this week in his seventh consecutive Senior PGA Professional.

“There are two things you must do this week to be successful here [at Canterbury]: You must drive the ball in the fairway and you must keep the ball below the hole. This is probably the toughest set of greens I have ever played on one golf course.” — Kirk Hanefeld, the 2008 Senior PGA Professional National Champion, who is making his fourth consecutive appearance in the Senior PGA Championship.

A GATHERING OF CHAMPIONS

One of the great traditions of Senior PGA Championship week is the annual gathering of both Senior PGA Champions and PGA Champions for dinner and camaraderie. On Tuesday night, Defending Senior PGA Champion Jay Haas hosted the Champions’ Dinner at Canterbury Golf Club. He was joined by 14 other Champions, including:

  • Allen Doyle (1999 Senior PGA Champion)
  • Hale Irwin (1996, 1997, 1998, 2004 Senior PGA Champion)
  • John Jacobs (2003 Senior PGA Champion)
  • Mike Reid (2005 Senior PGA Champion)
  • Charlie Sifford (1975 Senior PGA Champion)
  • Jeff Sluman (1988 PGA Champion)
  • Dave Stockton (1970 and 1976 PGA Champion)
  • Hal Sutton (1983 PGA Champion)
  • Bob Tway (1986 PGA Champion)
  • Lanny Wadkins (1977 PGA Champion)
  • Tom Wargo (1993 Senior PGA Champion)
  • Denis Watson (2007 Senior PGA Champion)
  • Tom Watson (2001 Senior PGA Champion)
  • Fuzzy Zoeller (2002 Senior PGA Champion)

They dined on a menu chosen by Haas and his wife, Jan, which included:

  • Baby mixed greens with warm brie in puff pastry
  • Petit filet mignon with rosemary-infused reduction
  • Lobster tail with scallion-lemon zest buerre blanc
  • Whipped potato croquette
  • Grilled asparagus
  • White chocolate banana cream pie (a favorite of Jay and Jan Haas and a recipe from Winnie Palmer, the late wife of Arnold Palmer)

As a gift to the assembled Champions, Haas selected a Match Pewter pitcher.

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Greg Norman Headlines Legendary 70th Senior PGA Championship Field

April 14, 2009
Jeff Sluman, Greg Norman and Fuzzy Zoeller at the 2008 Senior PGA Championship -image credit PGA of America

Jeff Sluman, Greg Norman and Fuzzy Zoeller at the 2008 Senior PGA Championship -image credit PGA of America

To view the entire field, visit http://www.pga.com/seniorpga/2009/news/2009fieldlist.html

Two-time British Open Champion Greg Norman will headline a legendary 156-player field at the 70th Senior PGA Championship. Norman is among 25 former Major champions who will compete for the prestigious Alfred S. Bourne Trophy at Canterbury Golf Club in Beachwood, Ohio, May 19-25.

Between 1963 and 1998, these 25 Major winners combined to win 47 Championships, including 14 Masters Tournaments, 12 British Opens, 10 U.S. Opens and 11 PGA Championships. Some notable names among them include Raymond Floyd, Hale Irwin, Tom Kite, Mark O’Meara, Nick Price, Tom Watson and Fuzzy Zoeller.

In addition, the field will also include 13 Ryder Cup Captains and 10 World Golf Hall of Fame members.

Defending champion Jay Haas (2006, 2008) heads a list of 11 past Senior PGA Champions looking to add another title to their already historic resumes. Past Champions include Allen Doyle (1999), Floyd (1995), Irwin (1996, ’97, ’98, 2004), John Jacobs (2003), Larry Mowry (1989), Mike Reid (2005), Tom Wargo (1993), Dennis Watson (2007), Tom Watson (2001) and Zoeller (2002).

The 2009 Senior PGA Championship marks the first time many of these golfers will be playing Canterbury’s historic golf course, which will become only the second course in the U.S. to host all five rotating men’s championships. For seven contestants, the Championship is the first time back since the 1979 U.S. Amateur Championship. Most notably, O’Meara and Ohio-native John Cook who faced off in the final match that year. O’Meara eventually edged out Cook to win.

In addition to Cook, four other Ohio golfers will be competing in this year’s Championship. Thomas Herzan of Findlay, Gary Robison and Jim Logue of Canton, and Cory George of Lancaster all qualified for the Championship by finishing in the top 35 at the 2008 Senior PGA Professional National Championship.

For a full listing of the 156-player field, please visit www.pga.com/seniorpga/2009/news/2009fieldlist.html.

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CHAMPIONS TOUR PLAYER SUPER BOWL PICKS

January 31, 2009

Jay Haas
“I think Pittsburgh will win. I would like to see Arizona win because they’ve never done it before, but I think Pittsburgh’s defense is very good. I think they are probably the better team. I think overall its going to be hard to contain Arizona’s receivers, but I think Pittsburgh’s defense will stop their running game and make it hard for them.”

John Cook
“My mom will hate me, but I like a lot of offense so I can see the Cardinals shocking the world a little bit and winning. It’s such a great underdog story and I like to see that.”

Hale Irwin
“My heart wants to say the Cardinals. You know I think the Steelers are very sound. I think you’ve got great quarterback play on both teams; the Steelers defense is awesome but the Cardinals have seemingly beat two other defensive-minded teams the last two weeks. If the Cardinals come and play their best game they can win but they’re going to have to play their best game.If I was a betting guy I’d probably take the Cardinals and the points because they got it done on that last drive last week when they had to.”

Keith Fergus
“ It ought to be a really great game and the Cardinals have really started playing well, especially those wide receivers and Warner is playing good and they’ve got good running backs. I think they’ll give Pittsburgh all they can handle. I just hope it’s a good game. I don’t really care who wins but I’d like to sit there and watch it. I think Pittsburgh might have a slight edge in the game.”

D.A. Weibring
“It looks like Pittsburgh has the best team, but I’m going to pull for the Arizona Cardinals. I think it’s a nice story.”

Curtis Strange
“I like Pittsburgh. They’re playing well and have a good young coach and have a heckuva team.”

Jeff Sluman
“Have to go with Pittsburgh. I think they’re probably the best defense Arizona’s faced and I think they are a much more powerful team on the offensive and defensive lines.”

Loren Roberts
“The betting money says Pittsburgh is going to win probably by a couple of touchdowns, but for some reason emotionally I’d love to see Arizona win because of Kurt Warner. You know after winning the Super Bowl he kind of got lambasted a little bit as being over the hill, but it’s nice to see him back again. I think Pittsburgh will win but I’m pulling for Arizona.”

Andy Bean
“Pittsburgh is my pick. I just think they have a better defense and that is usually what ends up working in championship games.”

Ben Crenshaw
“I think a lot of people are pulling for Kurt Warner because he’s been through a lot in his career. I’m kind of pulling for the Cardinals and think they might pull it out.”

Tom Watson
“My pick is the Steelers. I always go with the AFC team.”

Tom Kite
“I’m going to go with Pittsburgh. Everybody else seems to think they’re the best and they’ve got a better defense so I’m going to go with defense.”

Allen Doyle
“Your heart maybe wants Arizona, but if you’re betting money, you’ve got to go with Pittsburgh because of that defense.”

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