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Tom Kite and his amateur partners captured the team competition of the pro-am on Tuesday
Tom Kite (center) and his amateur partners captured the team competition of the pro-am on Tuesday. (The PGA of America)

Senior PGA Championship: Tuesday Notebook

BEACHWOOD, Ohio -- One of the great traditions of Senior PGA Championship week is the annual gathering of both Senior PGA Champions and PGA Champions for dinner and camaraderie.
 
On Tuesday night, Defending Senior PGA Champion Jay Haas hosted the Champions' Dinner at Canterbury Golf Club. Haas and 14 other Senior PGA Champions and PGA Champions dined on this menu chosen by Haas and his wife, Jan:
 
--Baby mixed greens with warm brie in puff pastry
--Petit filet mignon with rosemary-infused reduction
--Lobster tail with scallion-lemon zest buerre blanc
--Whipped potato croquette
--Grilled asparagus
--White chocolate banana cream pie (a favorite of Jay and Jan Haas and a recipe from Winnie Palmer, the late wife of Arnold Palmer)
 
As a gift to the assembled Champions, Haas selected a Match Pewter pitcher.
 
In addition to Haas, the following Senior PGA Champions and PGA Champions were in attendance:
 
--Allen Doyle (1999 Senior PGA Champion)
--Hale Irwin (1996, 1997, 1998, 2004 Senior PGA Champion)
--John Jacobs (2003 Senior PGA Champion)
--Mike Reid (2005 Senior PGA Champion)
--Charlie Sifford (1975 Senior PGA Champion)
--Jeff Sluman (1988 PGA Champion)
--Dave Stockton (1970 and 1976 PGA Champion)
--Hal Sutton (1983 PGA Champion)
--Bob Tway (1986 PGA Champion)
--Lanny Wadkins (1977 PGA Champion)
--Tom Wargo (1993 Senior PGA Champion)
--Denis Watson (2007 Senior PGA Champion)
--Tom Watson (2001 Senior PGA Champion)
--Fuzzy Zoeller (2002 Senior PGA Champion)

WELL DONE, MR. WATSON: Tom Watson, the 2001 Senior PGA Champion, posted the low professional round in the Pro-Am held Tuesday at the Senior PGA Championship. Watson offset two bogeys with four birdies for a 2-under-par 68 to edge Ohio native John Cook by one stroke.
 
Defending Senior PGA Champion Jay Haas and Wayne Grady, the 1990 PGA Champion, each shot even-par 70.
 
In the team competition, 1997 U.S. Ryder Cup Team Captain Tom Kite led his group to victory. Kite and amateurs David Biscan, Bob Morris, Bob Nakasone and Jonathan Vassil shot 13-under-par 57 to win by one stroke over the team paced by two-time PGA Champion Nick Price (Jim Brown, Mac McLaughlin, Jerry Draga and Greg Bumbu).
 
QUOTABLE QUOTES: "These fairways [at Canterbury Golf Club] are better than a lot of greens I've putted on." -- PGA Club Professional Mike San Filippo, competing this week in his seventh consecutive Senior PGA Championship
 
"There are two things you must do this week to be successful here: You must drive the ball in the fairway and you must keep the ball below the hole. This is probably the toughest set of greens I have ever played on one golf course." -- Kirk Hanefeld, the 2008 Senior PGA Professional National Champion, who is making his fourth consecutive appearance in the Senior PGA Championship
 
NOTABLE PAIRINGS FROM THE FIRST TWO ROUNDS:

8:00 a.m. Thursday, First Tee/1 p.m. Friday, 10th Tee
Tom Lehman (2006 U.S. Ryder Cup Team Captain), Jeff Sluman (1988 PGA Champion) and Ben Crenshaw (1999 U.S. Ryder Cup Team Captain)
 
8:20 a.m. Thursday, First Tee/1:20 p.m. Friday, 10th Tee
Jay Haas (two-time and defending Senior PGA Champion), Hal Sutton (1983 PGA Champion and 2004 U.S. Ryder Cup Team Captain), and Tom Watson (2001 Senior PGA Champion and 1993 U.S. Ryder Cup Team Captain)
 
1:00 p.m. Thursday, 10th Tee/8:00 a.m. Friday, First Tee
Tom Kite (1997 U.S. Ryder Cup Captain), Nick Price (1992 and 1994 PGA Champion, and Fuzzy Zoeller (2002 Senior PGA Champion)
 
1:10 p.m. Thursday, 10th Tee/8:10 a.m. Friday, First Tee
Ian Woosnam (2006 European Ryder Cup Team Captain), Bob Tway and Greg Norman (Tway won the 1986 PGA Championship when he holed out for birdie from a greenside bunker on the 72nd hole to edge Norman at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio)
 
1:20 p.m. Thursday, 10th Tee/8:20 a.m. Friday, First Tee
Lanny Wadkins (1977 PGA Champion and 1995 U.S. Ryder Cup Team Captain), Mark O'Meara and John Cook (O'Meara defeated Cook in the 36-hole final of the 1979 U.S. Amateur at Canterbury)
 
STRONG FIELD: Forty-eight of the top 50 money winners on the Champions Tour are competing this week in the Senior PGA Championship.
 
ONE TO WATCH: Bernhard Langer of Germany, the runner-up last year, has to be considered a strong favorite this week. Langer is the leading money winner on the 2009 Champions Tour. He also has won two Champions Tour events in '09 and finished out of the top 10 only once in eight starts on the Champions Tour this year.
 
IN AND OUT: Three players withdrew Tuesday. Des Smyth and Jim Dent did not give reasons for the withdrawals, while Mike McCullough has a shoulder injury. They were replaced by three PGA Club Professionals -- Nevin Sutcliffe, Chris Starkjohann and Victor Tortorici, respectively.

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