Thursday, April 13, 2006
Trevino, Stockton, Player to play in Senior PGA
EDMOND, Okla. -- Lee Trevino, Gary Player and Dave Stockton are among the latest golfers who have entered to play at the Senior PGA Championship at Oak Tree Golf Club next month.
The addition of Trevino, Player and Stockton brings the total number of major champions expected to play in the event to 19. Arnold Palmer, Raymond Floyd, Hale Irwin, Tom Kite and Tom Watson are also expected to play.
"Adding those players to the field we already had going, they're great additions to the championship field," tournament director Ben Rubin said Thursday. "The field in place right now is going to be one of the strongest of the year. We're really excited about the legends of the game coming to Oak Tree."
Others who signed up before Wednesday's deadline for exempt players include 1997 U.S. Senior Open champion Graham Marsh, 2005 U.S. Senior Open winner Allen Doyle, Jay Haas and Jim Thorpe. A total of 134 players have entered the May 25-28 event. Additional spots are being held for the winners of the next four Champions Tour events, and the rest of the 156-man field will be filled based on the tour's money list.
The field includes 13 U.S. Open champions, eight PGA Championship winners, six Masters champs and six British Open winners.
"Those are astonishing figures and it really shows the magnitude of this major championship," Rubin said.
Trevino is a two-time winner at the U.S. Open (1968, 1971), the British Open (1971, 1972) and the PGA Championship (1974, 1984). He
also won the U.S. Senior Open in 1990.
Player won all four of golf's majors -- the British Open in 1959 and 1968, the Masters in 1961, the PGA Championship in 1962 and the
U.S. Open in 1965.
Stockton won the PGA Championship in 1970 and 1976. He also won the U.S. Senior Open in 1996.
Rubin said about 60 percent of the tournament's ticket allotment has been sold. The deadline for fans to buy tickets with a discount of about 20 percent is Saturday.
Mike Reid is the event's defending champion.