AUSSIE golfing icon Greg Norman has confirmed as a starter in the 2012 Senior Players Championship at the Fox Chapel Golf Club in Pennsylvania in late June.
The event is the third of five Majors on the 2012 US Champions Tour schedule and will likely pit the Shark against old sparring partner Fred Couples, who is the defending champion.
In all around 78 top older golfers will take part in the event, including fellow World Golf Hall of Fame members Tom Kite, Hale Irwin and 2012 inductee Sandy Lyle.
“I’m looking forward to competing in the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship in late June,” Norman said this week. “This will undoubtedly be one of the more challenging fields of the year on a classic golf course at Fox Chapel. Combine that with the strong Pittsburgh fan base and the event is sure to be a huge success.”
Norman has had 11 previous starts on the Champions Tour, restricted to golfers 50 and over, with his best finish third at the 2005 Senior British Open Championship.
A win this year would see him join Jack Nicklaus, Raymond Floyd and Couples as the only players to win both THE PLAYERS Championship and the SENIOR PLAYERS.
Champions Tour in Texas
Meanwhile, the tour moves to Texas this week for the 2012 Insperity Championship at The Woodlands Country Club.
Once again Peter Senior will be the lone Aussie and will battle a quality field that includes Couples, Charles Schwab Cup points leader Michael Allen, Kenny Perry, Bernhard Langer, Corey Pavin and Tom Lehman.
Live Television Coverage
The 2012 Insperity Championship is actually scheduled to receive live television coverage on Fox Sports at some very accessible times:
1st Round, Saturday 8.30 – 10.30am; 2nd Round, Sunday 8.30 – 11.30am; Final Round, Monday 9 – 11.30am.
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