The legendary Gary Player, who won the PGA Championship four decades earlier at Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pa., will return to the site of one of his nine major championships, June 5-8, to compete in the 64th Senior PGA Championship.
Player, 67, captured the 1962 PGA Championship at Aronimink Golf Club by one stroke over Bob Goalby, and went on to win the Championship again in 1972. Recognized as a pioneer in fitness among touring professionals, Player also won the Senior PGA Championship in 1986, '88 and '90.
The 64th Senior PGA Championship, the oldest and most prestigious event in senior golf, will feature 22 past major champions in a 144-player field who have combined for 73 major titles. Player is one of seven players in the field who competed in the 1962 PGA Championship. He is joined by: Jack Nicklaus, who tied for third, Bobby Nichols, who finished sixth; Jack Fleck, who shared seventh place; Doug Sanders, who shared 15th place, Arnold Palmer, who tied for 17th and Tommy Jacobs, who shared 23rd place.
Nicklaus leads the past major champion list with 18 professional major titles. Fleck, now 82 and living in Fort Smith, Ark., stunned the golf world with his U.S. Open playoff victory in 1955 over Ben Hogan. He also went on to win the 1979 Senior PGA Championship. Nichols, 67, and a resident of Fort Myers, Fla., captured the 1964 PGA Championship with a 72-hole total of 271 that stood as a Championship record for 30 years.
The 64th Senior PGA Championship field is headed by defending Champion Fuzzy Zoeller, winner of the 1979 Masters and 1984 U.S. Open. Craig Stadler, winner of the 1982 Masters, turns 50 on June 2, and will make the Senior PGA Championship his debut on the senior circuit.
The Senior PGA Championship was begun in 1937 at Augusta National Golf Club at the invitation of legendary Bobby Jones, and has since featured the game's legendary stars that have reached the age of 50. Tickets to the 64th Senior PGA Championship are available by calling 1-800-PGA-TCKT (742-8258), or by visiting www.pga.com
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