Fred Couples is one of 22 former major championship winners in the field for the 71st Senior PGA Championship (Getty Images)
Red-hot Couples headlines early commitments
Fred Couples, who won three of his first four Champions Tour events, leads the list of 101 early commitments to the 71st Senior PGA Championship.
PARKER, Colo. -- The hottest player in golf? While Ernie Els might make a case, the title belongs to Fred Couples, who headlines the list of 101 early commitments to the 71st Senior PGA Championship at Colorado Golf Club.
Couples captured the Cap Cana Championship on March 28, firing a final-round 62 for his third straight Champions Tour victory. In his first four starts on the Champions Tour, Couples has three victories and a runner-up finish, solidifying his position as the early favorite for the first major championship on the Champions Tour calendar.
The field also includes U.S. Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin, a fellow Champions Tour rookie, who finished second to Couples last week. Tom Watson and Bernhard Langer, the only players other than Couples to win on the Champions Tour this year, have also committed to the Senior PGA Championship.
"I don't think it's going out on a limb to say that this field is shaping up as one of the strongest in senior golf history," says Jeromy Manser, Championship Director of the 71st Senior PGA Championship. "The way Fred Couples is playing, he could even be a captain's pick for the Ryder Cup. All the great ones are going to be here, and this year's rookie class, with Couples, Pavin, Paul Azinger and Tommy Armour III, is one of the best of all-time."
The entry deadline for the 71st Senior PGA Championship is April 7. Click to purchase tickets and to volunteer for the Championship, or call the Championship Office at 720.259.8500.
Field Facts -- as of March 30, 2010
Major Champions (22)
Paul Azinger (PGA Championship)
Fred Couples (The Masters)
Ben Crenshaw (The Masters)
Tom Kite (U.S. Open)
Bernhard Langer (The Masters)
Tom Lehman (British Open)
Sandy Lyle (The Masters, British Open)
Larry Mize (The Masters)
Larry Nelson (U.S. Open, PGA Championship)
Andy North (U.S. Open)
Mark O'Meara (The Masters, British Open)
Jerry Pate (US Open)
Nick Price (British Open, PGA Championship)
Jeff Sluman (PGA Championship)
Craig Stadler (The Masters)
Curtis Strange (US Open)
Bob Tway (PGA Championship)
Lanny Wadkins (PGA Championship)
Tom Watson (The Masters, US Open, British Open)
Ian Woosnam (The Masters)
Fuzzy Zoeller (The Masters, US Open)
Former Senior PGA Champions
Jay Haas (2006, 2008)
Allen Doyle (1999)
Mike Reid (2005)
Denis Watson (2007)
Tom Watson (2001)
Fuzzy Zoeller (2002)
World Golf Hall of Fame Members
Ben Crenshaw (2002)
Tom Kite (2004)
Bernhard Langer (2002)
Larry Nelson (2006)
Nick Price (2003)
Curtis Strange (2007)
Lanny Wadkins (2009)
Tom Watson (1988)
States and Countries Represented
24 States; 12 Countries
Bill Loeffler (club pro)
Ron Vlosich (club pro)
Mike Zaremba (club pro)
About the Senior PGA Championship
Begun in 1937, the Senior PGA Championship is the oldest and most prestigious Major Championship in senior golf. It was born on the grounds of another of golf's majors at the invitation of one of the game's greatest players. At the suggestion of renowned amateur Bobby Jones, the inaugural Senior PGA Championship was conducted at Augusta National Golf Club three years after the first Masters Tournament.
Today, the Senior PGA Championship brings together both the legends of the game and newest members of senior professional golf to new audiences throughout the United States.
Many of the game's greatest players have won the Championship's Alfred S. Bourne Trophy -- a roster that features Gene Sarazen, Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Lee Trevino, Jack Nicklaus, Raymond Floyd, Hale Irwin, Tom Watson and Jay Haas.
About the PGA of America
Since 1916, The PGA of America's mission has been twofold: to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf.
By establishing and elevating the standards of the golf profession through world-class education, career services, marketing and research programs, the Association enables PGA Professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and in the multi-billion dollar golf industry.
By creating and delivering dramatic world-class championships and exciting and enjoyable golf promotions that are viewed as the best of their class in the golf industry, The PGA of America elevates the public's interest in the game, the desire to play more golf, and ensures accessibility to the game for everyone, everywhere. The PGA of America brand represents the very best in golf.