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Corey Pavin turned 50 on Nov. 16 and made his Champions Tour debut in January at the Mitsubishi Championship, where he finished tied for 13th. (Getty Images)

U.S. Ryder Cup captain Pavin, assistants Lehman, Sluman in field

Corey Pavin, who will lead the United States in the 2010 Ryder Cup in Wales, has committed to play in the 71st Senior PGA Championship, where he will be joined in the 156-player field by assistant captains Tom Lehman and Jeff Sluman.

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- United States Ryder Cup Captain Corey Pavin will be joined by newly chosen assistants Tom Lehman and Jeff Sluman in a premier international field in the 71st Senior PGA Championship at Colorado Golf Club.

Pavin will make his debut in the most historic and prestigious event in senior golf, while Lehman returns to the Championship for a second straight year, and Sluman makes his third consecutive appearance.

The 1995 U.S. Open Champion, Pavin announced on Feb. 3 his choice for Ryder Cup assistants, selecting Lehman, the 1996 British Open Champion and captain of the 2006 U.S. Ryder Cup team; Sluman, the 1988 PGA Champion; and PGA Tour veterans Paul Goydos and Davis Love III, the 1997 PGA Champion.

The Senior PGA Championship, featuring perennially the strongest 156-player field in senior golf, will be challenged by Colorado Golf Club. One of the premier new courses in America, Colorado Golf Club opened in 2007 and lies approximately 25 minutes southeast of Denver.

It serves as the site of the first PGA of America-conducted major championship in Colorado since 1985, when Hubert Green captured the 67th PGA Championship at Cherry Hills Country Club in Denver.

The 71st Senior PGA Championship also will be the third major championship in senior golf to be conducted in Colorado, following the 1993 U.S. Senior Open at Cherry Hills and the 2008 U.S. Senior Open at The Broadmoor.

Co-designed by Bill Coore and two-time Masters Champion and 1999 Ryder Cup Captain Ben Crenshaw, Colorado Golf Club was recognized in 2007 by GOLF Magazine as one of the top new private courses in the country.

Colorado Golf Club rests in an undisturbed enclave in Parker, Colo., surrounded by 1,100 acres of open space. The par-72 layout can be stretched to 7,604 yards, making it the longest to host a Senior PGA Championship in the rarefied air of Colorado.

Colorado Golf Club plays through open meadows, wooded hillsides, natural barrancas and streams. It features a variety of hole orientations and intriguing mix of shots, short and long, uphill and downhill. The course demands imaginative shotmaking that will challenge every aspect of a golfer's game.

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Begun in 1937, the Senior PGA Championship is the oldest 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 the 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.

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