Preview: 75th Senior PGA Championship

Posted at 5:08 PM, May 21, 2014
and last updated 2014-05-21 17:31:13-04

BENTON HARBOR, Mich (May 21, 2014) — The Senior PGA Championship is returning to Michigan this week at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor.  The 1st round kicks off Thursday morning at 7:30 AM.

The last time the Senior PGA Championship was at Harbor Shores was 2012 when Englishmen Roger Chapman held off John Cook to win.   Kohki Adoki of Japan is the defending champion, winning last year at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, Missouri.

One of the favorites this week is Kenny Perry who has won the last 3 major championships he has played on the Champions Tour.  “It’s a championship I dearly would love to win, I’m here to try to do my best to get my hands on that trophy and I am looking forward to the challenge this week” Perry said.  A win this week would mean Perry would be able to play in the PGA Championship in August in his home state of Kentucky at Valhalla in Louisville.

One of the featured pairings of the 1st and 2nd rounds will be the group of Tom Watson, Colin Montgomerie and Bernhard Langer who will tee it up at 1:20 PM Thursday.  “I’ll be the short knock in that group”  Watson joked, “I’m looking forward to that Monty is starting to play well out here, he has the type of game to do well here, and of course Bernhard, you don’t have to say much about Bernhard, just look at his record, he’s been playing just super golf”.

Montgomerie already has 7 top 10’s in his brief career on the champions tour, but has yet to win.  “I would love to win obviously a Champions Tour event somewhere whether it be in this decade or not but at the same time I’d love to win and look forward to competing here” Montgomerie said.

The 4 day event ends Sunday with the presentation of the Alfred S. Bourne trophy to the champion of the 75th Senior PGA Champion.