THE 2011 US Senior PGA Championship gets underway early Friday Australian time at the Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky.
American Tom Lehman is the defending champion of what is the oldest event on the US Champions Tour.
Australia has four starters in the event – the tour’s second Major of the year.
This includes current Australian PGA Champion Peter Senior, current Australian Senior PGA Champion Lyndsay Stephen and European Senior Tour stars Mike Harwood and Peter Fowler.
Senior must have been champing at the bit to get back on the course after his playoff second to Lehman in the year’s first major a couple of weeks back in Alabama.
Senior will be refreshed after a week back home on the Gold Coast with his two daughters and is relishing having his son as a caddie.
This will be West Australian Lynsday Stephen’s first Champions Tour event.
“I’m really looking forward to benchmarking my game against some of the great names in golf such as Lehman, Watson, O’Meara, Lyle, Irwin and many more. My current form is good and I’m confident I can produce a solid performance” Stephen said.
Victorian Mike Harwood will be hoping to improve on his performances in the Senior PGA in the last two years and has made a good start to the year, currently sitting in 6th place on the European Tour Order of Merit.
There is a prize purse of $US2 million up for grabs in Kentucky with $360,000 going to the winner.
Australian TV Schedule 2011 US Senior PGA Championship
Friday 3am to 5am; Saturday 2.30am to 5am; Sunday 5am to 8am; Monday 5am to 8am.