Defending champion Colin Montgomerie will spearhead a strong looking European Senior Tour challenge at this week’s US Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, which heralds the start of the 2015 campaign.
A total of 32 Senior Tour Members will cross the Atlantic to compete at French Lick (Indiana) Resort, over the Pete Dye Course.
Montgomerie will be aiming to defend the title he won 12 months ago at Harbor Shores, a victory which launched an impressive 2014 campaign for the Scot, who went on to add the US Senior Open, plus two more Senior Tour victories, as he collected the John Jacobs Trophy.
The 2010 European Ryder Cup captain posted a superb final round of 65 to finish four shots clear of Tom Watson last year, with Bernhard Langer third, meaning all of the top there positions were occupied by Senior Tour members.
It was Montgomerie’s first victory on American soil and after quickly adding a second, in the US Senior Open two months later, he will now be looking to defend a Senior Major for the first time.
Joining the eight-time European Tour Number One in the field will be Langer, who is aiming to capture the only Senior Major he has yet to win. The German eased to an impressive 13 shot victory in The Senior Open Championship Presented by Rolex at Royal Porthcawl last year, and continues to be a dominant force on the senior circuit.
A third former European Ryder Cup captain, Ian Woosnam, will also have high hopes going into the week, after claiming his maiden victory on the US Champions Tour earlier this month at the Insperity Invitational.
The former World Number One, who also won the Dutch Senior Open at the end of 2014, is enjoying a resurgence after working on his swing at the European Tour Performance Institute at Terre Blanche, and he will be aiming to add the US Senior PGA Championship to the Masters Tournament he won in 1991.
Sir Nick Faldo, the six-time Major Champion, is also bidding for a first Senior Major, as is Scotland’s Sandy Lyle, the former Masters and Open Champion.
Also in the field is Paul Wesselingh, the 2013 Senior Tour Number One, Roger Champion, the 2012 US Senior PGA Champion, and Cesar Monasterio, the 2014 Senior Tour Rookie of the Year, while Jean-François Remesy, the two-time former French Open champion, makes his debut in the Championship.