Watson, Perry, Irwin, Haas enjoying their return to Benton Harbor

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With the Senior PGA Championship ready to start on Thursday at Harbor Shores, the big names were out on the course on Tuesday in Benton Harbor preparing.

The legendary Tom Watson is the marquee name. You'll remember two years ago he was unable to play due to a wrist injury. Of course-- he has been here before--taking part in the Champions for Change Event.

He's happy to be back at Harbor Shores.

"It's great to be back," Watson said before teeing off at 18 during the Pro-Am. "The golf course is in great shape. Even better than it was four years ago when I played here with Jack (Nicklaus), Arney (Palmer) and Johnny (Miller). It's a tough golf course."

Watson is a 2-time Senior PGA Champion, as is Jay Haas, who really enjoyed his time on the course as well.

"We've had a good time," Haas said about playing with amateur group. "We hadn't been playing well early on, but we're starting to feel it a little bit now. Everybody's loosening up, but we're having a really good time."

A man who's had his best success at the Senior PGA is Hale Irwin, a 4-time Senior PGA Winner. And in addition to that, he played really well at Harbor Shores in 2012.

"It's good to come back to a place that you've enjoyed playing," Irwin explained. "I did have good results here a couple of years ago. Well I'm not playing probably as well right now as I was playing then. Two years older I like to blame it on a lot of things. But it's good to be back, hopefully the weather will hold for us, we'll have a good week."

No man is hotter right now heading into this week than Kenny Perry. He's won the last three senior majors he's played in. He also shot a 62 in his final round at Harbor Shores last time around.

"It's gonna be kinda like a long distance race here," Perry explained. "You're just gonna have to plot along. I kind of did that last week-- 72 first round, and then I shot 68/69. Next thing you know, I got the lead in the tournament. So I'm just going to have to pay attention to how the leaderboard's going out there. And if they're running low, I'm going to have to step up my game and will have to make birdies."

All the golfers expressed how impressed they are with the golf course at Harbor Shores. With the winter that occurred in Michiana, Haas says there was a worry about what the conditions would be. He says the course is in great shape however.

It all gets started bright and early Thursday morning.


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