Senior PGA Championship Preview Presented by The TriState PGA.
The Jack Nicklaus Signature course at Harbour Shores in Beautiful Benton Harbour will be the host of this weeks Senior PGA Championship. It’s the oldest of the five Senior Majors and because of that the most significant. Senior Golf Dynamo Bernhard Langer outlasted Vijay Singh last year at Trump National and you can expect to see Singh compete again. As for Langer, he is choosing his Son’s Graduation over the event this year which opens things up for the rest of the field. In 2016, Western Pennsylvania’s own Rocco Mediate claimed the Title here at Harbour Shores. You will find Mediate , Singh, and another former Champion Colin Montgomerie paired off.
Harbour Shores is a gorgeous track and the only Jack Nicklaus design on Lake Michigan. It combines 4 or 5 different golf terrains within the property. The property sits on Lake Michigan so for a few holes you get breath-taking views of the Lake. This Nicklaus design also features holes that show off some creative wooded areas, along with a few inland lake country holes with natural wetlands. There are also a few holes that feature some classic Jack Nicklaus Design rolling dunes. Similar to those you would find at the Long Bay Club in Myrtle Beach.
“With Harbor Shores, we set out really to change a community,” Nicklaus said. “This wasn’t just about a golf course. This was a non-profit project. That’s the important part of it. When we started, we had a factory where the first tee is. We had to remove toxic waste and buildings. But in the end, the whole course looks beautiful and we hope is enjoyable to play.” (Jack Nicklaus from Harbourshoresgolf.com)
When you get on to a Signature Design from Jack, you will find he utilizes the landscape well, but also mixes in all the features he enjoys most on a golf course.
Since 2012, Harbour Shores has hosted the Kitchen Aid Senior PGA Championship every other year and that relationship will continue through 2024. It’s a Par 71 and the track runs just under 6900 yards.
One of the many great draws to the Champions Tour is the field each and every week is littered with Current Hall of Fame Players and Hall of Fame worthy players. This week, is no different.
The Golf Channel will be televising the Tournament on Thursday and Friday and NBC will have it on Saturday and Sunday.
If you’re looking for possible winners this week, I am leaning toward4 specific players. Jerry Kelly, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Joe Durant, and David Toms. Those 4 players have played well and been the most consistent all year.
Toms has placed in the top 10 this year 6 of the 9 tournaments he has participated in, but of the four I mentioned he is the only player to not win. I think this week could be his week.
Obviously we can not ignore former champions but I do not think we will have that kind of repeat this week. Also, with Stricker out this week, playing the Fort Worth PGA Tour Stop, I believe these 4 players will provide the fireworks this week.
Your Tee Times on Thursday look like this.
Frank Esposito Jr.
Jose Maria Olazabal
Jay Don Blake
Tommy Armour III
Wesley Short Jr.
Miguel Angel Jimenez