Senior will have plenty of “Major” company in Mississippi this weekend

Peter SeniorTHE US Champions Tour heads south for the 2011 Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic this weekend where 15 former Major champions will be on show.

The Mississippi field also includes Australia’s Peter Senior but not World Golf Hall of Fame member Bernhard Langer who is out of action for two months after surgery on his left thumb following a biking accident.

The injury means Langer will end his run of 27 consecutive appearances at the US Masters.

However, four of this weekend’s competitors will be heading off to Augusta National next week.

They are Larry Mize (1987 champion), Mark O’Meara (1998), Craig Stadler (1982) and Ian Woosnam (1991).

Champions Tour regular and 1992 Masters Champion will also be at Augusta but is playing in the Shell Houston Open this week (Couples is on one-under after the first round.)

Two new debutantes on the Champions Tour this weekend certainly weren’t mucking about when it came to getting themselves on this sought after circuit – they both only qualified by turning 50 late last week.

They are Jim Gallagher Jr. who turned 50 on March 24 and Mark Brooks whose birthday was the next day.

Gallagher is a Mississippi local and a five-time winner on the PGA Tour. He was a member of the 1993 United States Ryder Cup team and was also a member of the inaugural U.S. Presidents Cup team in 1994.

Brooks has seven PGA Tour wins to his credit, including the 1996 PGA Championship where he birdied the 72nd hole at Valhalla GC in Louisville to force a playoff with Kenny Perry, then birdied the first extra hole to earn the title. Valhalla will host this year’s Senior PGA Championship on May 26-29.

Peter Senior has had two top 25 finishes in his two Champions Tour starts this year and will no doubt be itching to get back on the paddock after the tour was in hiatus for three weeks due to the cancellation of a tournament.

The 2011 Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic will be played at Fallen Oak, Biloxi, Mississippi and has a prize purse of US$1,600,000.

Final round highlights are scheduled to be broadcast in Australia on Fox Sports on Monday April 4 from 11am to 1pm.

2011 Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic Leaderboard

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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. He is a former Sydney journalist who had little interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded ASG in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, numerous amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best News Report for 2016 - 2017

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