Couples out for Senior PGA Championship in Benton Harbor; Pairings announced for 1st 2 rounds

One of golf's biggest names is out for this week's Senior PGA Championship at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor.

1992 Masters Champion Fred Couples was forced to withdraw on Sunday due to back issues that have bothered him throughout his career. Couples missed his tee time and withdrew from Sunday mornig's Regions Tradition major due to his injury.

Meanwhile, the groupings and starting times for the first two rounds (Thursday May 22 and Friday May 23rd) were announced on Sunday.

The marquee group for those rounds is two-time Senior PGA Champion and 2014 United States Ryder Cup Team Captain Tom Watson; Colin Montgomerie of Scotland, making his debut in the Senior PGA Championship; and Germany’s Bernhard Langer, who has two top-5 finishes in the Senior PGA Championship, including a tie for fourth at Harbor Shores in 2012.

Watson/Montgomerie/Langer tee off Thursday at 1:20 p.m. on the 10th Tee, and Friday at 8:10 a.m. on the 1st Tee.

Defending Senior PGA Champion Kohki Idoki of Japan is in a group with 1983 PGA Champion Hal Sutton and 1991 Masters Champion Ian Woosnam.

Meanwhile, Roger Chapman of England, whose inspiring victory at Harbor Shores in 2012 propelled him to a dream summer in Michigan, is part of a group that also features major champions Tom Lehman and Steve Elkington.

Here are the Thursday-Friday groupings of other leading players in the 75th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid:

Steve Pate, Fred Funk, Kenny Perry (Winner of today’s Regions Tradition on the Champions Tour)
Thursday at 8:10 a.m., 1st Tee
Friday at 1:20 p.m., 10th Tee

Peter Jacobsen, Michael Allen (2009 Senior PGA Champion), Jay Haas (Two-time Senior PGA Champion)
Thursday at 8:20 a.m., 1st Tee
Friday at 1:30 p.m., 10th Tee

Hal Sutton (1983 PGA Champion), Kohki Idoki (Defending Senior PGA Champion), Ian Woosnam (1991 Masters Champion)
Thursday at 8:30 a.m., 1st Tee
Friday at 1:40 p.m., 10th Tee

Mark Calcavecchia, Rocco Mediate, Paul Wesselingh
Thursday at 8:40 a.m., 1st Tee
Friday at 1:50 p.m., 10th Tee

Scott Simpson (1987 U.S. Open Champion), Hale Irwin (Four-time Senior PGA Champion), Gordon Brand Jr.
Thursday at 8:20 a.m., 10th Tee
Friday at 1:30 p.m., 1st Tee

Tom Kite (1992 U.S. Open Champion), David Frost, Mark Brooks (1996 PGA Champion)
Thursday at 1:40 p.m., 1st Tee
Friday at 8:30 a.m., 10th Tee

Roger Chapman (2012 Senior PGA Champion at Harbor Shores), Tom Lehman (2010 Senior PGA Champion), Steve Elkington (1995 PGA Champion)
Thursday at 1:30 p.m., 10th Tee
Friday at 8:20 a.m., 1st Tee

Jeff Sluman (1988 PGA Champion), Billy Andrade, Peter Senior
Thursday at 1:40 p.m., 10th Tee
Friday at 8:30 a.m., 1st Tee

TAP-INS
In addition to Couples withdrawing---Jerry Pate, the 1976 U.S. Open Champion, also withdrew Sunday.

PGA Club Professional Bill Schumaker of Columbia City, Indiana, will have the honor of hitting the first shot off the first tee on Thursday, at 7:30 a.m..

PGA Club Professional Gene Fieger, winner of the 2013 Southworth Senior PGA Professional National Championship, starts the Championship on Thursday at 8 a.m. on the first tee.

Hale Irwin, four-time winner of this Championship, was third here at Harbor Shores in 2012, at age 66.

NUMBERS GAME
6 – Record for most all-time victories in this Championship, held by Sam Snead

10 – Senior PGA Champions in the field this week

39 – PGA Club Professionals currently in the field

62 – Low 18-hole round in Senior PGA Championship history (Kenny Perry at Harbor Shores in 2012)

71 – Par at Harbor Shores

271 – Winning score by Roger Chapman at Harbor Shores in 2012

1937 – Year that the Senior PGA Championship began, at Augusta (Ga.) National Golf Club

6,822 – Official yardage at Harbor Shores for the 75th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid


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