Senior is Australia’s sole representative in the event which will again feature a high class field of well-known names.
John Cook is the defending champion in a field bristling with major winners including Hale Irwin, Tom Kite, Bernhard Langer, Larry Nelson, Nick Price, Curtis Strange and Tom Watson.
The tournament will feature the Champions Tour debut of three-time PGA Tour winner Kirk Triplett.
Triplett became the oldest ever winner on the Nationwide Tour when he won the 2011 News Sentinel Open aged 49 years, 4 months, 25 days.
He’ll be itching to become just the sixth player to win on all three tours.
“I come to every tournament to try and win it,” Triplett said this week, while knowing full well he is not the biggest name in a field full of names from his past.
“My wife texted me and I said, this is really weird,” Triplett said. “It’s like being in a time machine.”
He’s hoping to have more success than he did on the regular tour.
“I had a few wins on Tour but it’s not like I was a world beater or anything,” Triplett said. “I was just a nice, consistent player. I’m looking to build on that and hopefully break through some barriers that I couldn’t break through on the regular tour.
“But these guys were beating me 20 years ago so I’ll have to do something different or it’s going to turn out the same way.”
The event, at the TPC Tampa Bay in Florida, is being telecast in Australia on Fox Sports with selected live coverage in the wee small hours and later replays.
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