Whirlpool CEO teams with golf legend Tom Watson at Senior PGA


Golfing legend Tom Watson is the signature name at this week's Senior PGA Championship at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor.

On Tuesday, he participated in the Pro-Am Tournament leading up to the start of the major championship on Thursday.

Watson had a pretty good group that included Whirlpool CEO Jeff Fettig and Marian High School & Notre Dame alum Cole Isban.

Whirlpool brand KitchenAid is the title sponsor for this week's Senior PGA Championship.

"We're having a great time," Watson said before teeing off at 18. "Jeff's vision for this development has been wonderful for this community and I hope its really increased the jobs available for the community here, the understanding that golf is a game of grace and etiquette. You treat people with respect in the game of golf and its one of the great lessons in life."

Watson was in the zone while golfing. You can tell he was mapping everything out wanting to prepare himself in the best way to have a shot at winning this week's event. He's a 2-time Senior PGA Champion but did not play in the tournament two years ago due to injury. Despite the round being important for his preparation, Watson was with his group constantly--more so than just about any other pro we saw---giving tips and making sure everyone's game was improving just a little bit more.

"It's a real honor," Fettig said to play alongside Watson. "He's not only a fantastic golfer--one of the greatest of all time--but he's an incredible gentleman. He's terrific with the fans and it's a real honor to have him here."

KitchenAid commissioned local artists from the Benton Harbor/St. Joseph community to custom-design nine Stand Mixers to be showcased at the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid.

All nine designs were inspired by a mix of professional golfers, celebrity chefs and TV personalities, including four-time Senior PGA Champion Hale Irwin, 2012 Senior PGA Champion Roger Chapman, 2013 Senior PGA Champion Kohki Idoki, and NBC Sports’ Mark Rolfing.

Also on Tuesday, the PGA of America donated $75,000 to the Boys & Girls Club and First Tee of Benton Harbor. The donation is part of an overall four-year commitment, totaling $300,000, in conjunction with the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, to fund the construction of new facilities for the Boys & Girls Club of Benton Harbor and its golf program partner, The First Tee of Benton Harbor.

Practice rounds continue on Wednesday with the tournament itself running from Thursday through Sunday.


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