Golf News for Friday, August 3, 2007 | Tournaments

89th PGA Championship features largest international field ever

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – The year’s strongest field, featuring 66 international players representing 23 countries, have made commitments to compete in the 89th PGA Championship, Aug. 6-12, at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla. Should the international contingent remain intact, it would be the largest in PGA Championship history and continue a tradition of hosting the most internationals of any U.S. major.

The 89th PGA Championship field currently features the entire top 100 members of the Official World Golf Rankings. Since 1994, the PGA Championship has featured the most top-100 world-ranked players of any major championship. In 2002, the PGA Championship at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn., set a major championship mark with 98 of the top 100 world-ranked players.

Ready to host a record fourth PGA Championship, Southern Hills will bring together a 156-player field that includes 30 major champions who have combined for 51 total titles. That list is headed by defending Champion Tiger Woods, the world’s No. 1-ranked player, who is in search of his first major this season.

Woods, whose 12 career majors include PGA Championships in 1999, 2000 and last year, will be joined by 12 past Champions: They are: Paul Azinger (1993), Rich Beem (2002), Mark Brooks (1996), John Daly (1991), Steve Elkington (1995), Davis Love III (1997), Shaun Micheel (2003), Phil Mickelson (2005), Vijay Singh (1998, 2004), Jeff Sluman (1988), David Toms (2001) and Bob Tway (1986).

The major champion roster at Southern Hills will feature:
Paul Azinger (1993 PGA Championship)
Rick Beem (2002 PGA Championship)
Mark Brooks (1996 PGA Championship)
Angel Cabrera (2007 U.S. Open)
Mark Calcavecchia (1989 British Open)
Michael Campbell (2005 U.S. Open)
Ben Curtis (2003 British Open)
John Daly (1991 PGA Championship, 1995 British Open)
Steve Elkington (1995 PGA Championship)
Ernie Els (1994, ’97 U.S. Open, 2002 British Open)
Jim Furyk (2003 U.S. Open)
Retief Goosen (2001, ’04 U.S. Open)
Todd Hamilton (2004 British Open)
Padraig Harrington (2007 British Open)
Zach Johnson (2007 Masters)
Bernhard Langer (1985, ’93 Masters)
Tom Lehman (1996 British Open)
Justin Leonard (1997 British Open)
Davis Love III (1997 PGA Championship)
Shaun Micheel (2003 PGA Championship)
Phil Mickelson (2004, ’06 Masters, 2005 PGA Championship)
Geoff Ogilvy (2006 U.S. Open)
Jose Maria Olazabal (1994, ’99 Masters)
Corey Pavin (1995 U.S. Open)
Vijay Singh (1998, 2004 PGA Championship, 2000 Masters)
Jeff Sluman (1988 PGA Championship)
David Toms (2001 PGA Championship)
Bob Tway (1986 PGA Championship)
Mike Weir (2003 Masters)
Tiger Woods (1997, 2001, ’02, ’05 Masters, 2000, ’02 U.S. Open, 2000, ’05, ’06 British Open, 1999, 2000, ’06 PGA Championship)

Tickets to the 89th PGA Championship are still available by calling 1-800-PGA-GOLF (732-4653) or by visiting the Championship’s official Web site, www.pga2007.com.

Players and clubhouse guests will enjoy a newly-refurbished locker room, gathering places and expanded meeting space inside the clubhouse for member and corporate hospitality. It also will accommodate this year’s Champions’ Dinner, hosted by Woods.

Tickets and general information regarding the 2007 PGA Championship may be found on line at www.pga2007.com, or by calling 1-800-PGA-GOLF.

Commitments to the 89th PGA Championship (as of July 30, 2007)
ALLENBY, Robert - AUSTRALIA
AMES, Stephen - CANADA
AMUNDSEN, William - Black River Falls, Wis.
APPLEBY, Stuart – AUSTRALIA
AUSTIN, Woody - Derby, Kan.
AXLEY, Eric - Knoxville, Tenn.
AZINGER, Paul - Bradenton, Fla.
BADDELEY, Aaron - AUSTRALIA
BATEMAN, Brian - Monroe, La.
BEEM, Rich - Austin, Texas
BENZEL, Ryan - Seattle, Wash.
BISCONTI, Gregory - South Salem, N.Y.
BJORN, Thomas - DENMARK
BRIER, Markus - AUSTRIA
BROOKS, Mark – Ft. Worth, Texas
BRYANT, Bart - Windermere, Fla.
BURTON, Kevin -Boise, Idaho
BYRD, Jonathan - Sea Island, Ga.
CABRERA, Angel - ARGENTINA
CALCAVECCHIA, Mark – Phoenix, Ariz.
CALL, Matt - Castle Rock, Colo.
CAMPBELL, Chad - Colleyville, Texas
CAMPBELL, Michael - NEW ZEALAND
CASEY, Paul – ENGLAND
CHOI, K.J. – KOREA
CINK, Stewart - Duluth, Ga.
CLARKE, Darren - NORTHERN IRELAND
CLARK, Tim – SOUTH AFRICA
COCERES, Jose - ARGENTINA
CURTIS, Ben - Stow, Ohio
DALY, John - Dardanelle, Ark.
DIMARCO, Chris – Heathrow, Fla.
DONALD, Luke – ENGLAND
DOUGHERTY, Nick - ENGLAND
DREDGE, Bradley - WALES
DUKE, Ken - Palm City, Fla.
DURANT, Joe - Molina, Fla.
DYSON, Simon - ENGLAND
EDFORS, Johan - SWEDEN
ELKINGTON, Steve – AUSTRALIA
ELS, Ernie - SOUTH AFRICA
FASTH, Niclas - SWEDEN
FUNK, Fred - Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
FURYK, Jim - Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
GARCIA, Sergio - SPAIN
GAUS, Robert - St. Louis, Mo.
GLOVER, Lucas - Greenville, S.C
GOOSEN, Retief - SOUTH AFRICA
GOYDOS, Paul - Dove Canyon, Calif.
GREEN, Nathan - AUSTRALIA
GREEN, Richard - AUSTRALIA
HAMILTON, Todd - Westlake, Texas
HANSEN, Anders - DENMARK
HANSEN, Soren - DENMARK
HANSON, Peter - SWEDEN
HARRINGTON, Padraig – IRELAND
HAVRET, Gregory - FRANCE
HEBERT, Scott - Traverse City, Mich.
HENRY, J.J. - Ft. Worth, Texas
HERRON, Tim – Wayzata, Minn.
HOFFMAN, Charley - Las Vegas, Nev.
HOWELL, III, Charles – Orlando, Fla.
HOWELL, David – ENGLAND
IMADA, Ryuji - JAPAN
IMMELMAN, Trevor - SOUTH AFRICA
JACQUELIN, Raphael - FRANCE
JAIDEE, Thongchai - THAILAND
JIMENEZ, Miguel Angel - SPAIN
JOHNSON, Zach - Cedar Rapids, Iowa
KARLSSON, Robert - SWEDEN
KATAYAMA, Shingo - JAPAN
KELLY, Jerry - Madison, Wis.
KIM, Anthony - Dallas, Texas
LANGER, Bernhard - GERMANY
LARDON, Brad - College Station, Texas
LEHMAN, Tom - Scottsdale, Ariz.
LEONARD, Justin - Dallas, Texas
LIANG, Wen Chong - CHINA
LICKLITER II, Frank - Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
LOVE III, Davis - Sea Island, Ga.
MACKENZIE, Will - Jupiter, Fla.
MAHAN, Hunter - Plano, Texas
MATTESON, Troy - Buford, Ga.
MAYFAIR, Billy - Scottsdale, Ariz.
McGINLEY, Paul - IRELAND
McGRATH, Bob - San Jose, Calif.
MEDIATE, Rocco - Naples, Fla.
MICHEEL, Shaun - Memphis, Tenn.
MICKELSON, Phil - Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
MITCHUM, Kelly – Southern Pines, N.C.
MONTGOMERIE, Colin – SCOTLAND
MOORE, Ryan - Puyallup, Wash.
OBERHOLSER, Arron - Scottsdale, Ariz.
OGILVIE, Joe - Austin, Texas
OGILVY, Geoff - AUSTRALIA
O'HAIR Sean - Lubbock, Texas.
O’HERN, Nick - AUSTRALIA
OLAZABAL, Jose Maria – SPAIN
O'LEARY - John - Reston, Va.
PAMPLING, Rod – AUSTRALIA
PAVIN, Corey - Dallas, Texas
PEREZ, Pat - Scottsdale, Ariz.
PERNICE, JR., Tom - Murietta, Calif.
PERRY, Kenny - Franklin, Ky.
PETTERSSON, Carl - SWEDEN
POULTER, Ian - ENGLAND
QUIGLEY, Brett - Barrington, R.I.
QUINNEY, Jeff - Scottsdale, Ariz.
RANDHAWA, Jyoti - INDIA
ROLLINS, John - Colleyville, Texas
ROMERO, Andres - ARGENTINA
ROSE, Justin - ENGLAND
RUDOSKY, Micah - Cortez, Colo.
SABBATINI, Rory - SOUTH AFRICA
SCHMITT, Phil - Baton Rouge, La.
SCHWARTZEL, Charl - SOUTH AFRICA
SCOTT, Adam - AUSTRALIA
SEITZ, Matthew - Hutchinson, Kan.
SENDEN, John - AUSTRALIA
SHEEHAN, Butch - Rancho Mirage, Calif.
SINGH, Jeev Milkha - INDIA
SINGH, Vijay - FIJI
SLOCUM, Heath - Alpharetta, Ga.
SLUMAN, Jeff - Hinsdale, Ill.
SMALL, Mike - Champaign, Ill.
SNEDEKER, Brandt - Sea Island, Ga.
STENSON, Henrik - SWEDEN
STERNE, Richard - SOUTH AFRICA
STORM, Graeme - ENGLAND
STRICKER, Steve - Madison, Wis.
SULLIVAN, Chip - Troutville, Va.
SUTHERLAND, Kevin - Sacramento, Calif.
TANIGUCHI, Toru - JAPAN
TAYLOR, Vaughn – Augusta, Ga.
THELEN, Tim -College Station, Texas
TOMS, David – Shreveport, La.
TRAHAN, D.J. - Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
TWAY, Bob - Edmond, Okla.
VERPLANK, Scott - Edmond, Okla.
VILLEGAS, Camilo - COLOMBIA
WALL, Anthony - ENGLAND
WATNEY, Nick - Fresno, Calif.
WATSON, Bubba - Bagdad, Fla.
WATSON, Denis - Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
WEEKLEY, Boo - Milton, Fla.
WEIR, Mike – CANADA
WESTWOOD, Lee – ENGLAND
WETTERICH, Brett - Jupiter, Fla.
WILSON, Dean - Kaneohe, Hawaii
WILSON, Mark - Chicago, Ill.
WINNER, WGC - Bridgestone
WINNER, Reno-Tahoe Open
WOLF, Erik - Palm Desert, Calif.
WOODS, Tiger – Windermere, Fla.
YANG, Yong-Eun - KOREA
YRENE, Don - Scottsdale, Ariz.

Alternates:
1. CHOPRA, Daniel - SWEDEN (75)
2. VAN PELT, Bo - Tulsa, Okla. (77)
3. FLESCH, Steve - Union, Ky. (84)
4. BOHN, Jason - Acworth, Ga. (85)
5. LEANEY, Stephen - AUSTRALIA (86)
6. PURDY, Ted - Phoenix, Ariz. (87)
7. GAY, Brian - Windermere, Fla. (93)
8. MARINO, Steve - Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (94)
9. DAVIS, Brian - ENGLAND (95)
10. ESTES, Bob - Austin, Texas (96)
11. FRAZAR, Harrison - Dallas, Texas (97)
12. MALLINGER, John - Long Beach, Calif. (99)
13. LONARD, Peter - AUSTRALIA (100)



 
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