Champions Golf Tour
CHAMPIONS - Senior PGA Championship Preview
From The Sports Network

DATES: Thursday, May 21st through Sunday, May 24th
SITE: Canterbury Golf Club, Beachwood, Ohio
COURSE ARCHITECT: Herbert Strong (1921), Bruce Hepner (Renovation, 1999-2008)
PAR: 70
YARDAGE: 6,895
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 360 yds10 - Par 4 457 yds
2 - Par 3 180 yds11 - Par 4 412 yds
3 - Par 4 370 yds12 - Par 4 461 yds
4 - Par 4 470 yds13 - Par 3 198 yds
5 - Par 4 384 yds14 - Par 4 410 yds
6 - Par 4 367 yds15 - Par 5 549 yds
7 - Par 4 442 yds16 - Par 5 616 yds
8 - Par 4 374 yds17 - Par 3 229 yds
9 - Par 3 177 yds18 - Par 4 439 yds
34 3,124 yds36 3,771 yds
Annual:  70th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 12-3 p.m. (et),
  Friday/Saturday -- 12:30-3:30 a.m. (et) - replay,
  NBC - Saturday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
  Sunday -- 12-3 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Jay Haas
Runner-Up:  Bernhard Langer
Tournament Record:  268 (Sam Snead, 1973)
54-Hole Record:  199 (Sam Snead, 1973)
36-Hole Record:  132 (Sam Snead, 1973; Arnold Palmer, 1984;
  Jack Nicklaus, 1991)
18-Hole Record:  63 (Buck White, 1961; Arnold Palmer, 1984 - PGA National, FL)
Course Record:  66 (Bobby Clampett, 1979 - U.S. Amateur Championship)
Total Purse:  $2,000,000
Shares:  1st Place - $360,000; 2nd Place - $216,000; 3rd Place - $136,000
2008 Finish
Jay Haas287Greg Norman290
Bernhard Langer288Don Pooley290
Scott Hoch289Ron Streck290
Scott Simpson289Vicente Fernandez291
Joey Sindelar289Gene Jones291
Jeff Sluman291
Past Senior PGA Championship Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2008Jay Haas (287) -- Bernhard Langer
2007Denis Watson (279) -- Eduardo Romero
2006*Jay Haas (279) -- Brad Bryant
2005*Mike Reid (280) -- Jerry Pate, Dana Quigley
2004Hale Irwin (276) -- Jay Haas
2003John Jacobs (276) -- Bobby Wadkins
2002Fuzzy Zoeller (278) -- Hale Irwin, Bobby Wadkins
2001Tom Watson (274) -- Jim Thorpe
2000#Doug Tewell (201) -- Hale Irwin, Tom Kite, Dana Quigley, Larry Nelson
1999Allen Doyle (274) -- Vicente Fernandez
1998Hale Irwin (275) -- Larry Nelson
1997Hale Irwin (274) -- Dale Douglass, Jack Nicklaus
1996Hale Irwin (280) -- Isao Aoki
1995Raymond Floyd (277) -- Lee Trevino, John Paul Cain, Larry Gilbert
1994Lee Trevino (279) -- Jim Colbert
1993*Tom Wargo (275) -- Bruce Crampton
1992Lee Trevino (278) -- Mike Hill
1991Jack Nicklaus (271) -- Bruce Crampton
1990Gary Player (281) -- Chi Chi Rodriguez
1989Larry Mowry (281) -- Miller Barber, Al Geiberger
1988Gary Player (284) -- Chi Chi Rodriguez
1987Chi Chi Rodriguez (282) -- Dale Douglass
1986Gary Player (281) -- Lee Elder
1985Not Held
1984Peter Thomson (286) -- Don January
1984Arnold Palmer (282) -- Don January
1983Not Held
1982Don January (288) -- Julius Boros
1981Miller Barber (281) -- Arnold Palmer
1980*Arnold Palmer (289) -- Paul Harney
1979Don January (270) -- George Bayer
1979*Jack Fleck (289) -- Bob Erickson, Bill Johnston
1978Joe Jimenez (286) -- Joe Cheves, Manuel de la Torre
1977Julius Boros (283) -- Fred Haas Jr
1976Pete Cooper (283) -- Fred Wampler
1975Charlie Sifford (280) -- Fred Wampler
1974Roberto De Vicenzo (273) -- Julius Boros, Art Wall
1973Sam Snead (268) -- Julius Boros
1972Sam Snead (286) -- Tommy Bolt, Julius Boros
1971Julius Boros (285) -- Tommy Bolt
1970Sam Snead (290) -- Fred Haas Jr
1969Tommy Bolt (278) -- Pete Fleming
1968Chandler Harper (279) -- Sam Snead
1967Sam Snead (279) -- Bob Hamilton
1966Fred Haas, Jr. (286) -- John Barnum, Dutch Harrison
1965Sam Snead (278) -- Joe Lopez Sr
1964Sam Snead (279) -- John Barnum
1963Herman Barron (272) -- John Barnum
1962Paul Runyan (278) -- Errie Ball, Dutch Harrison, Joe Brown
1961Paul Runyan (278) -- Jimmy Demaret
1960Dick Metz (284) -- Tony Longo, Paul Runyan
1959Willie Goggin (284) -- Leland Gibson, Paul Runyan, Denny Shute
1958Gene Sarazen (288) -- Charles Sheppard
1957*Al Watrous (210) -- Bob Stupple
1956Pete Burke (215) -- Ock Willoweit
1955Mortie Dutra (213) -- Mike Murra, Gene Sarazen, Denny Shute
1954Gene Sarazen (214) -- Perry Del Vecchio, Al Watrous
1953Harry Schwab (142) -- Charles McKenna, Gene Sarazen
1952Ernie Newnham (146) -- Al Watrous
1951*Al Watrous (142) -- Jock Hutchison
1950Al Watrous (142) -- Bill Jelliffe
1949Marshall Crichton (145) -- Louis Chiapetta, Jock Hutchison, George Smith
1948Charles McKenna (141) -- Ben Richter
1947Jock Hutchison (145) -- Ben Richter
1946Eddie Williams (146) -- Jock Hutchison
1945Eddie Williams (148) -- Jock Hutchison
1944Not Held due to World War II
1943Not Held due to World War II
1942Eddie Williams (138) -- Jock Hutchison
1941Jack Burke Sr (142) -- Eddie Williams
1940Otto Hackbarth (146) -- Jock Hutchison
1939Not Held
1938*Fred McLeod (154) -- Otto Hackbarth
1937Jock Hutchison (223) -- George Gordon

* - Won in Playoff

# - Rain shortened

Note:Formerly called PGA Seniors' Championship (1937-2000).

Top Contenders in the Field
Jay Haas---------------2ndmcWonT-9Won
Bernhard Langer---------------------------2nd
Scott Hoch------------------------T-19T-3
Joey Sindelar---------------------------T-3
Ron Streck------------------T-66T-63T-52T-6
Don Pooley---------T-18mc---T-54T-57wdT-6
Greg Norman---------------------------T-6
Vicente Fernandez2ndT-6T-25mcT-7T-19T-46T-36T-19T-9
Gene Jones---------------------------T-9
Jeff Sluman---------------------------T-9
Tom Purtzer---------mc------T-19T-23T-2412th
Tom Kite---T-2T-23T-15T-10T-21T-10T-40T-7T-13
Craig Stadler------------T-153rdwdT-73T-7T-13
Andy Bean------------T-32T-13T-54T-40T-42T-13
Eduardo Romero---------------------T-312ndT-16
Tim Simpson---------------------T-365thT-16
Bruce FleisherT-3T-387thT-6T-10mcT-31T-14T-42T-16
Tom Watson---T-17WonT-18T-17T-4T-27T-23T-52T-16
John Cook---------------------------T-16
Mark O'Meara------------------------T-12T-24
Denis Watson------------------------WonT-26
Keith Fergus---------------T-21T-36T-31T-27T-30
Mark Wiebe---------------------------T-30
John JacobsT-8T-38T-40T-64WonT-65mc62ndT-33T-34
Mike Goodes------------------------T-33T-34
Bob Gilder------3rdT-10T-10mcmcT-11T-42T-34
Des Smyth------------T-5T-57T-6T-31mcT-34
Gil MorganT-11T-32---T-6T-7T-7T-233rdT-49T-43
David Edwards---------------------T-14T-61T-43
Loren Roberts---------------------5thT-12T-49
Lonnie Nielsen---------------T-31T-19mcT-42T-53
Allen DoyleWonT-174thT-15T-7T-13T-6T-23T-68T-53
Bobby Wadkins---------T-22ndT-25mcT-63mcT-53
Tom JenkinsT-24T-12T-36T-36T-32T-135thmcmcT-53
Mark James---------------T-4T-10mcT-33T-62
Mike Reid------------------WonT-23mcT-67
Jim ThorpeT-34T-322ndT-4T-60mcT-19T-14T-52T-71
Fuzzy Zoeller---------WonT-3T-27mcT-52T-19mc
Hale IrwinT-11T-2T-5T-2mcWonT-46T-23T-42mc
Dana QuigleyT-5T-2T-15T-10T-17mcT-24thT-52mc
Jerry Pate---------------T-10T-2mcmcmc
Nick Price------------------------3rdwd
Brad Bryant------------------57th2nd6th---
Morris Hatalsky---------T-10T-28T-384thT-40mc---
Mark McNulty---------------T-7T-6T-19------
Dan Forsman------------------------------
Tom Lehman------------------------------
Hal Sutton------------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Joey Sindelar
Darkhorse - Hal Sutton
Last Week's Pick to Win (Loren Roberts) - Finished tied for 4th
Last Week's Darkhorse (John Cook) - Not in final field
The 70th edition of the Senior PGA Championship -- the oldest event on the Champions Tour -- takes place this week, as the finest field of the over-50 tour takes shape. This is the first of five majors on the Champions Tour for 2009. Jay Haas will be looking to defend his title and win his third Senior PGA Championship and first event this season. Money leader Bernhard Langer and Keith Fergus will be seeking their third titles of the year.

This year's event is being held at Canterbury Golf Cub in Beachwood, Ohio. Canterbury hosted the 1932 Western Open, won by Walter Hagen; the 1937 Western Open, won by Ralph Guldahl; the 1940 U.S. Open, won by Lawson Little; the 1946 U.S. Open, won by Lloyd Mangrum; the 1964 U.S. Amateur Championship, won by Bill Campbell; the 1973 PGA Championship, won by Ohio native Jack Nicklaus; the 1979 U.S. Amateur, won by Mark O'Meara; and the 1996 U.S. Senior Open, won by Dave Stockton. The course was also the site of the first four Constellation Energy Senior Players Championships from 1983-86, won by Miller Barber (1983), Arnold Palmer (1984-85) and Chi Chi Rodriguez (1986).

Last year, Haas survived four brutal days at Oak Hill Country Club, closing with a four-over 74 in the final round to hold off Bernhard Langer by a shot. It was the second time in three years that Haas won this major championship. Langer, who held a one-shot lead after the third round, started the final round off with a double-bogey and never fully recovered. He played his first eight holes at six-over par, then his last 10 at even-par to shoot a 76 and end at eight-over 288. There were just 12 rounds in the 60s posted through four days, and only one of them by the winner, as Haas opened with a 69 in the first round.

Haas' seven-over-par 287 total was the worst winning score in tournament history, five shots more than Sam Snead's plus-two number in 1970. It was the second-highest winning score in any 72-hole Champions Tour event. Arnold Palmer won the 1981 U.S. Senior Open at Oakland Hills in a playoff after he, Bob Stone and Billy Casper finished 72 holes at nine-over-par 289.

In 2007, Zimbabwe's Denis Watson rallied to win by overtaking Eduardo Romero on the back nine of the final round to claim his first victory of any kind in 23 years. Watson closed with a four-under 68 at Kiawah Island's Ocean Course, grabbing the lead with a birdie on the 14th hole after Romero, who led after the first three rounds, made a double-bogey from a sand area on the same hole. It was his first win since 1984, when he claimed his only three titles on the PGA Tour. Watson finished at nine-under 279 for a two-shot win over Romero. He became the first player born outside the United States to win the Senior PGA Championship since South Africa's Gary Player in 1990 -- snapping the longest such active streak among major championships on the Champions, PGA and LPGA Tours. Watson has since added three more titles on the Champions Tour.

With the win, Denis Watson became the 22nd player to win the Senior PGA Championship in his first attempt and the seventh since 1993. Other players to accomplish this feat are: Tom Wargo (1993), Hale Irwin (1996), Allen Doyle (1999), Doug Tewell (2000), Fuzzy Zoeller (2002) and Mike Reid (2005).

In 2005, Reid eagled the 72nd hole to get into a playoff, then birdied the first extra hole to defeat Dana Quigley and Jerry Pate. Reid shot four straight rounds of 70 in winning his first Champions Tour event. He was the only player in the field to break par in all four rounds and was the first player since Barber (1982 Suntree Classic, 66-66-66-66) to win after shooting the same score each day over 72 holes. Reid ended a victory drought of 16 years, nine months and two days.

In 2004, Irwin's victory came three days short of his 59th birthday, making him the oldest player to win a major since the start of the Champions Tour and the oldest to win any major since 61-year-old Pete Cooper claimed the Senior PGA title in 1976. Jock Hutchinson was the oldest winner of this event at 62 years old in 1947 and Don January, at 50 years and 26 days, was the youngest winner in tournament history. Irwin has seven top-five finishes in 13 appearances at the Senior PGA Championship, winning four times (1996-98, 2004). He is the all-time money leader at this event with $1,505,500 in earnings and has recorded the most rounds in the 60s with 19. At the 1997 PGA Seniors, Irwin set a Champions Tour record for the largest winning margin (12) in a 72-hole event, breaking the record of 11 strokes shared by Palmer and Orville Moody. Snead holds the record for the largest winning margin of 15 when he won this tournament in 1973, when it was not a Champions Tour event.

Irwin, Snead, Paul Runyan, Al Waltrous and Eddie Williams are the only players to successfully defend their titles at this event. Irwin was the last player to accomplish this feat (1996-98). Snead was a six-time winner of this event, Irwin four. Player, Waltrous and Williams are three-time winners. Snead had 17 top-25, 15 top-10, 11 top-five and nine top-three finishes in his career at this event.

Rodriguez owns the record for the biggest come-from-behind victory in this event's history, when he came from six strokes down to win in 1987. There have been 12 playoffs in event history. Six of the last seven winners of this event have come from behind on the final day to win.

This tournament was held at Augusta National Golf Club for the first two years of its existence and had been held at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens from 1982-2000. This is the oldest major championship in senior golf, beginning in 1937 at the suggestion of Bobby Jones.

Next year's Senior PGA Championship will be held at Colorado Golf Club in Denver. The Champions Tour moves to Iowa next week for the Principal Charity Classic, as Haas attempts to win that event for the third straight year.

05/19 16:34:06 ET

As of May 19, 2009, at 04:34 PM ET