The Senior Open, one of 13 tournaments held by the United States Golf Association, will be played on the course that will host the 2004 PGA Championship in August.
The national championship for golfers 50 and older has an impressive roster of champions, including Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Tom Weiskopf and Hale Irwin.
Alice Edland, Kohler Co.'s vice president of hospitality and real estate, said the company hopes to eventually attract the U.S. Open.
'We have expressed interest in it and extended an invitation,' Edland said Tuesday.
Whistling Straits, 60 miles north of Milwaukee at Kohler, was designed by Pete Dye as a reproduction of the old links courses of Scotland and Ireland.
'The world's most seasoned veterans of this game will be tested by a course that honors the origins and early character of golf,' Herbert V. Kohler Jr., president and CEO of the Kohler Co., said Monday.
The selection comes as excitement builds for the 86th PGA Championship at Whistling Straits Aug. 9-15, which will be the first men's major played in Wisconsin since the 1933 PGA at Blue Mound Golf & Country Club in Wauwatosa.
The 2007 U.S. Senior Open is scheduled July 5-8.
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