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Tom Watson will be looking for a second Senior PGA Championship title to go with his 2001 win at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, N.J. (Photo: Getty Images)
Tom Watson will be looking for a second Senior PGA Championship title to go with his 2001 win at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, N.J. (Photo: Getty Images)

Watson, Irwin, Stadler among early commitments

Tom Watson, Hale Irwin, Tom Kite and Craig Stadler are among eight players with major championship titles who have committed to play in the 68th Senior PGA Championship at The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort.

KIAWAH ISLAND, SC -- The initial list of professionals who have committed to play in the 68th Senior PGA Championship May 22-27, 2007 at The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort includes a number of prominent names in golf, including Tom Watson, Hale Irwin, Tom Kite, and Craig Stadler. A total of eight players with major championship titles and three former champions of this prestigious tournament have committed to playing.

"With ten weeks to go until the event, it's shaping up to be an impressive field," said Brett Sterba, Championship Director. "We will be releasing more names of professionals who have committed to the event every two weeks until April 11th. The full 156-player field will be announced May 6th."

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, Gary Player, Chi Chi Rodriguez, Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Raymond Floyd, Tom Watson and Hale Irwin.

Jay Haas of South Carolina won the 67th Senior PGA Championship in a sudden-death playoff on May 29, 2006, at Oak Tree in Edmond, Okla.

For information on hospitality and tickets please visit SeniorPGA2007.com or contact the PGA Office at 843-768-8575. For more information on The Ocean Course, visit www.KiawahGolf.com

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THE FIELD (as of 3/7/07)
BEAN, Andy - Lakeland, FL
BOYD, Bob - Wilmington, NC (cp)
BURKE, Michael - Towaco, NJ (cp)
CALABRIA, John - Naples, FL (cp)
CANIZARES, Jose Maria - SPAIN
EAKS, RW - Fountain Hills, AZ
EDWARDS, David - Stillwater, OK
EGER, David - Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
FERGUS, Keith - Houston, TX
FERNANDEZ, Vicente - ARGENTINA
FLEISHER, Bruce - Greenville, SC
FORSTER, George - Blue Bell, PA (cp)
GILDER, Bob - Corvallis, OR
GREEN, Hubert - Birmingham, AL
HARRIS, John - Edina, MN
HATALSKY, Morris - Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
HAYES, Mark - Edmond, OK
HUGHES, Reed - Senatobia, MS
IRWIN, Hale - Hokulia, HI
JAMES, Mark - ENGLAND
JENKINS, Tom - Austin, TX
KITE, Tom - Austin, TX
LIETZKE, Bruce - Tyler, TX
MAZZA, John David - Beaver Falls, PA (cp)
MCKNIGHT, Tom - Bluffton, SC
MILLER, Lindy - Fort Worth, TX (cp)
NELSON, Larry - Marietta, GA
PATE, Jerry - Pensacola, FL
POOLEY, Don - Tucson, AZ
REID, Mike - Orem, UT
ROBISON, Gary - Canton, OH
ROGERS, Bill - San Antonio, TX
SOLI, Mick - San Carlos, CA (cp)
STADLER, Craig - Evergreen, CO
STOPA, Stan - New Orleans, LA (cp)
SUMMERHAYS, Bruce - Farmington, UT
WADKINS, Bobby - Richmond, VA
WATSON, Tom - Stilwell, KS
(cp) signifies PGA Club Professional
 
Major Champions: (8)
Hubert Green (US Open, PGA Championship)
Hale Irwin (US Open)
Tom Kite (US Open)
Larry Nelson (US Open, PGA Championship)
Jerry Pate (US Open)
Bill Rogers (British Open)
Craig Stadler (The Masters)
Tom Watson (The Masters, US Open, British Open)
Senior PGA Champions (3)
Hale Irwin (1996, 1997, 1998, 2004)
Mike Reid (2005)
Tom Watson (2001)
British Open (2)
Bill Rogers (1981)
Tom Watson (1975, 1977, 1980, 1982, 1983)
The Masters (2)
Craig Stadler (1982)
Tom Watson (1977, 1981)
US Open (6)
Hubert Green (1977)
Hale Irwin (1974, 1979, 1990)
Tom Kite (1992)
Larry Nelson (1983)
Jerry Pate (1976)
Tom Watson (1982)
PGA Championship (2)
Hubert Green (1985)
Larry Nelson (1981, 1987)
Ryder Cup Captains (3)
Mark James (1999)
Tom Kite (1997)
Tom Watson (1993)
 
Foreign Countries Represented: (3)
Argentina - 1
England - 1
Spain - 1
States Represented: (21)
Alabama - 1
Arizona - 2
California - 1
Colorado - 1
Florida - 5
Georgia - 1
Hawaii - 1
Kansas - 1
Louisiana - 1
Minnesota - 1
Mississippi - 1
New Jersey - 1
North Carolina - 1
Ohio - 1
Oklahoma - 2
Oregon - 1
Pennsylvania - 2
South Carolina - 2
Texas - 6
Utah - 2
Virginia - 1

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