The 2004 Senior PGA Championship
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No 'senior discount' at challenging Valhalla Golf Club

No 'senior discount' at challenging Valhalla Golf Club

May 26, 2004 — If the over-50 crowd thought Valhalla GC would play a little easier for the 65th Senior PGA Championship than it did for the 1996 and 2000 PGA Championships, it thought wrong. The tough Louisville layout measures a soggy 6,990 yards and plays to a par of 71 instead of 72. So much for a senior discount. Full Story

Major talent in the field

Major talent in the field May 24, 2004 — Mix 22 major champions, including past Senior PGA champions John Jacobs, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player, and a challenging venue at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky., and you have the makings of the premier event in senior golf.

Charitable relations

Charitable relations May 25, 2004 — The PGA Community Relations Program will provide tickets and hospitality opportunities at the 65th Senior PGA Championship for 25 charitable organizations in the Louisville, Ky.-Jefferson County area.

Taylor doesn't let Down Syndrome keep her from golf

Taylor doesn't let Down Syndrome keep her from golf May 26, 2004 — Amber Taylor, 19, is in her fourth year in golf, a 2003 graduate of Doss High School on the southern edge of Louisville, and an inspiration to all who are fortunate enough to meet her.

Terrific trio

Terrific trio March 26, 2004 — Golf's legendary "Big Three" of Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player -- who have won a combined 34 major championships -- will lead a group of 22 major champions in a world-class field, May 27-30, in the 65th Senior PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky.

Best Foot Forward

Best Foot Forward March 26, 2004 — Now healed from a freak ankle injury at the 2003 PGA Championship that left him unable to put any weight on his left side, John Jacobs has no intention of slowing down as he prepares to defend his Senior PGA title at Valhalla.

2004: 'Maybe it will be my moment'

Moment March 26, 2004 — Idaho's Jeff Thomsen hopes to parlay his success in the Senior Club Professional Championship into a storybook performance at the Senior PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club.

2004: Senior PGA Championship field expands to 156

Preview Februrary 17, 2004 — The 65th Senior PGA Championship, May 26-30, at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky., will expand to a 156-player field, joining the PGA Championship, U.S. Open, British Open, U.S. Senior Open and U.S. Women's Open as having one of the six largest fields for any major golf championship.

2004: Bluegrass Beckons

Preview June 8, 2003 — Tiger Woods has used Jack Nicklaus as his career blueprint for success, even creating a chart to hang in his room as a teenager in Cypress, Calif., detailing the Golden Bear's major achievements. But in a classic reversal of roles, it will be Nicklaus hoping to follow in Woods' footsteps when the 2004 Senior PGA Championship unfolds at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky.

2003: Jacobs Gladder

Jacobs June 8, 2003 — John Jacobs fired a 2-under 68 Sunday afternoon to win his first major championship in the 64th Senior PGA Championship at Aronimink Golf Club. At 58, Jacobs becomes the oldest player to win the Alfred S. Bourne Trophy in 25 years.

(on his second round play) "Well, last night we got done pretty late, so I was playing all right, nothing great. I hit a few squirrely shots, but I made a few, dropped a few good putts late yesterday. Then of course coming out here first thing this morning, really there was a lot of dew on the grass and the air was fairly heavy, so the ball didnít cany very well this morning."
—Wayne Levi (3-under-par 68 in second round, 137 total)

(On his round) "I played about the same both days. I made one birdie the first day and two birdies the second day. Itís pretty hard to shoot a good score with only making three birdies. But I played solid and I get a chance to play the rest of the weekend and hopefully make some birdies."
—Bob Ford (2-over-par 73 in second round, 147 total)

"Wet makes the course easier. You guys think that wet makes the course long and makes it tougher. Wet makes it easy. When it's hard and fast, is when the course is difficult."
—Jack Nicklaus (4-over-par 75)

(on his round) ďOverall, putting the two days together I played extremely well. I hit a lot of good shots. I guess I was surprised with the way I finished up —Jay Haas (4-under par 67)

"Wet makes the course easier. You guys think that wet makes the course long and makes it tougher. Wet makes it easy. When it's hard and fast, is when the course is difficult."
—Jack Nicklaus (4-over-par 75)

"I don't think the rough is as bad as you think it could be, but when you think of the severity of the greens, the rough is the most fair because of the undulations of the greens."
—Mike McCullough (2-under-par 69)

"The course was terrible. My round was terrible. My golf was terrible."
—John Brott (16-over-par 87)

"The front nine every ball you hit was into casual water."
—Dick Mast(six-over-par 77)

"I shot my highest score ever at Valhalla. Iíve played it 25 or 30 times, but that is how Valhalla is. You know coming in that you canít be off at all."
—Buddy Harston (10-over-par 81)

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