Senior PGA Championship Preview

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.

Predictions:

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.

HOLE 1

7:30 AM
Greg Turner
Gus Ulrich
Fran Quinn
7:40 AM
Tim Thelen
Stuart Smith
Mark Mouland
7:50 AM
Mardan Mamat
Kirk Stauffer
Christopher Williams
8:00 AM
Esteban Toledo
Mark Brown
Peter Fowler
8:10 AM
Frank Esposito Jr.
Paul Broadhurst
Joe Durant
8:20 AM
Mark Calcavecchia
Jerry Kelly
David Toms
8:30 AM
Jose Maria Olazabal
Mark O’Meara
Corey Pavin
8:40 AM
Paul Goydos
Jesper Parnevik
Kenny Perry
8:50 AM
Phillip Price
Darrell Kestner
Jeff Maggert
9:00 AM
Jay Haas
Billy Andrade
Gene Sauers
9:10 AM
Kevin Sutherland
Kirk Triplett
Bob Tway
9:20 AM
Glenn Joyner
Ricky Touma
Ken Tanigawa
9:30 AM
Jim Empey
Steen Tinning
Kent Jones
12:40 PM
Walt Chapman
Gary Hallberg
Prayad Marksaeng
12:50 PM
Jon Fiedler
Santiago Luna
Marco Dawson
1:00 PM
Chris Kaufman
Bob Gilder
Michael Bradley
1:10 PM
Joey Sindelar
Mark Tucker
Jongduck Kim
1:20 PM
Kevin Hayashi
Andre Bossert
Jay Don Blake
1:30 PM
Scott Simpson
Chris Starkjohann
Magnus Atlevi
1:40 PM
Tommy Armour III
Tom Byrum
Craig Stevens
1:50 PM
Brian Henninger
Peter Lonard
Bart Bryant
2:00 PM
Carlos Franco
Scott Dunlap
Kevin Johnson
2:10 PM
Shawn Kelly
Rob Wilkin
Andrew Oldcorn
2:20 PM
Rob Sedorcek
Paul Wesselingh
Dan Forsman
2:30 PM
Brian Cairns
Simon Brown
Mike Goodes
2:40 PM
Robert Thompson
Dick Mast
Jeff Coston

HOLE 10

7:30 AM
Duffy Waldorf
Gene Fieger
Len Mattiace
7:40 AM
Stephen Dodd
Mark Mielke
Steve Pate
7:50 AM
Tsuyishi Yoneyama
Dirk Schultz
Tommy Tolles
8:00 AM
Doug Garwood
Mike Genovese
Stephen Ames
8:10 AM
Kiyoshi Murota
Rick Morton
Scott Parel
8:20 AM
Tim Fleming
Scott Verplank
Tom Pernice
8:30 AM
Jared Melson
Mike Reid
Todd Hamilton
8:40 AM
Larry Mize
Tom Kite
Jerry Pate
8:50 AM
Paul Claxton
Philip Golding
Woody Austin
9:00 AM
Neal Lancaster
James Mason
Chris Johnson
9:10 AM
Jim Schuman
Billy Mayfair
John Harris
9:20 AM
Mike O’Toole
James Kingston
Jerry Smith
9:30 AM
Sam Randolph
Paul Eales
Lance Tenbroeck
12:40 PM
Timothy Petrovic
Roy Vucinich
Willie Wood
12:50 PM
David Mckenzie
Jim Estes
David Gilford
1:00 PM
Bill Glasson
Joe Boros
Bob Estes
1:10 PM
Wesley Short Jr.
Barry Lane
Fred Funk
1:20 PM
Mark Brooks
Olin Browne
Peter Baker
1:30 PM
Rocco Mediate
Colin Montgomerie
Vijay Singh
1:40 PM
Scott McCarron
Miguel Angel Jimenez
Doug Rohrbaugh
1:50 PM
Tom Lehman
Jeff Sluman
Sandy Lyle
2:00 PM
Lee Janzen
Peter Jacobsen
Miguel Martin
2:10 PM
John Huston
David Frost
Brendan McGovern
2:20 PM
Jarmo Sandelin
Brad Lardon
Russ Cochran
2:30 PM
John Nieporte
Glen Day
Clark Dennis
2:40 PM
Sonny Skinner
PH Horgan
Jeff Brehaut

Author: Jhavelka