Montgomerie returns to Benton Harbor to preview next month's Senior PGA Championship

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The 77th Senior PGA Championship—presented by KitchenAid--returns to Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor for the 3rd time in five years next month.

Tournament officials and 2-time defending Senior PGA Champion Colin Montgomerie were on hand at the Jack Nicklaus signature golf course on Monday for Media Day. The Senior PGA Championship runs May 26-29 with practice rounds taking place on the 24th and 25th.

Montgomerie won his first major championship at Harbor Shores two years ago so it holds sentimental value for him.

“Oh very much--very much,” Montgomerie said just before teeing off for a round of golf on Monday. “Because I've been trying for 25 years to win majors since I first came over here (from Europe) and to finally do it, this place---Benton Harbor, the Harbor Shores Golf Club-- this is a very special place for me. You know I've tried many many times and came up just short so it's great to finally win one.”

Montgomerie not only went on to win the U.S. Senior Open in 2014 but also repeat as Senior PGA Champion last year at French Link in Indiana. Now Montgomerie is looking to join Hale Irwin as the only men to win the Senior PGA Title 3 years in a row in the modern era.

“Hale set the standards,” Montgomerie said. “To win 40 odd events is incredible and a Champions Tour record and three of which were these in a row. Anytime you emulate anyone of that stature or an opportunity of doing it is something. So at least I have the opportunity. It's now up to me to try and take that but as I say, the competition out here is very, very tough.”

Indeed it will be. Among the big names in the field for this year’s Senior PGA Championship to challenge Montgomerie include Fred Couples, John Daly and Bernhard Langer. It was announced on Tuesday that Tom Watson will not participate this year because of family obligations.

The course itself is coming together well thanks to the recent swing of good weather over the last 10 days. The Championship committee is working hard to get all the hospitality tents and grandstands ready to go. There’s also new construction going across the street from the 14th tee box. Already located there is the great burger joint the North Shore Inn. Now, across the street from that is going a new brewery that is expected to open two weeks before the start of the Senior PGA Championship.

Tickets for the practice rounds on May 24th and 25th cost $15 for adults. The price for Thursday-Sunday is $25 a day for adults. Kids 17 and under get in for free with a paying adult for all days.