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Former European Ryder Cup Captain Sam Torrance just picked up the Italian Seniors Open title. (Photo: Getty Images)
Former European Ryder Cup Captain Sam Torrance just picked up the Italian Seniors Open title. (Photo: Getty Images)

Notebook: Entrants own a total of 49 major titles

The 156-man field gathering at Oak Tree this week features 17 major champions who have combined to win 49 major titles. Plus, Sam Torrance comes in fresh off a victory in Italy, Lee Trevino returns after five years away, and more.

T.J. Auclair

EDMOND, Okla. -- The 67th Senior PGA Championship tees off on Thursday at Oak Tree Golf Club. The 156-man field includes defending champion Mike Reid and 10 past Senior PGA Champions. Overall, the 17 major champions in the field have combined to win 49 major titles.

SECOND TIME AROUND: There are 46 players in the field this week who competed in the 1988 PGA Championship at Oak Tree Golf Club. Of those 46, Tom Kite was the highest finisher with his tie for fourth. Mike Reid, the defending Senior PGA Champion, made the cut in 1988, but finished 64th.

GOING LOW: Jeff Sluman won the 1988 PGA Championship at Oak Tree. During the Championship, Dave Rummells posted a course-record 7-under-par 64 in the second round.

MERRY MEX RETURNS: Lee Trevino is making his 13th appearance in the Senior PGA Championship this week, but his first since 2001, when he finished tied for 59th place.

LOCAL HEROES: There are four Oklahomans in the field. They are David Edwards of Stillwater; Mark Hayes, Gil Morgan and Doug Tewell of Edmond; and Ron Streck of Tulsa.

HE'S A PLAYER: Three-time Senior PGA Champion Gary Player (1986, '88, '90) is making his 21st appearance in the tournament this week. That total moves him into a tie for ninth on the all-time list with three-time champion Eddie Williams (1942, '45, '46) and Charles Mayo.

SAM THE MAN: Scotland's Sam Torrance, who captained the 2002 European Ryder Cup team to victory, enters the 67th Senior PGA Championship coming off a win at the Italian Seniors Open on Sunday. Torrance fired a 5-under-par 67 in the final round to trounce the competition by four shots. It was his fifth title on the European Seniors Tour and his 37th win as a professional.

If he's victorious at Oak Tree, Torrance would become just the fifth international-born player to win the Senior PGA Championship. The others are Jock Hutchison of Scotland (1937, 1947), Roberto De Vicenzo of Argentina (1974), Peter Thomson of Australia (1984) and Gary Player of South Africa (1986, 1988, 1990)

HAIL, IRWIN: Hale Irwin's four Senior PGA Championship victories (1996-98, 2004) are second only to legend Sam Snead's six wins (1964, '65, '67, '70, '72 and '73). Gary Player (1986, '88, '90), Al Watrous (1950, '51, '57) and Eddie Williams (1942, '45, '46) each have three wins in this event. With his win in 2004, Irwin joined Snead, Player, Jock Hutchison (1937, '47) and Don January (1979, '82) as the only men to win the Senior PGA Championship in two separate decades.

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