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The 68th Senior PGA Championship was to have been the senior debut of fan-favorite Seve Ballesteros. (Photo: Getty Images)
The 68th Senior PGA Championship was to have been the senior debut of fan-favorite Seve Ballesteros. (Photo: Getty Images)

Ballesteros pulls out of Senior PGA Championship

Citing undisclosed personal reasons, five-time major winner Seve Ballesteros has withdrawn from the 68th Senior PGA Championship, tournament officials announced Monday. He will be replaced in the 156-player field by Mike Donald.

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Five-time major champion Seve Ballesteros has withdrawn from competing in the 68th Senior PGA Championship, May 22-27, at The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island (S.C.) Golf Resort.

Ballesteros informed PGA of America officials Monday that he would be unable to make his first start in the Championship due to undisclosed personal reasons. Ballesteros' spot in the 156-player field was taken by Mike Donald.

Donald, a 51-year-old from Hollywood, Fla., was a runner-up to Hale Irwin in a playoff in the 1990 U.S. Open, and will be making his Senior PGA Championship debut. Overall, the 156-player field features 20 players who have combined to win 51 major championships.

Since 1937, golf's best professionals have been competing for the Senior PGA Championship's coveted Alfred S. Bourne Trophy. Past champions include Gene Sarazen, Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Lee Trevino, as well as returning players Gary Player, Raymond Floyd, Tom Watson and four-time winner Hale Irwin. The Senior PGA is the oldest and most prestigious event in senior golf, and will make its first appearance in South Carolina.

For information on hospitality, tickets and to download a "spectator's guide,” please visit www.SeniorPGA2007.com or contact the Senior PGA Championship office at (843) 768-8575. For more information on The Ocean Course, visit http://www.kiawahresort.com/.

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