Coming into the tournament Dana Quigley will have played in a 188 straight events in which he was eligible and 174 events overall. While both figures are Senior Tour ironman records, consecutive starts is not the only place where Quigley is consistent. At least half the time he has teed it up this season, the 55-year-old has posted in the top-10, including his first win of the year at the Siebel Classic in Silicon Valley in March. Due to his consistency and high finishes, Quigley has ammassed over $1,000,000 for the year, just behind Tour money leader Hale Irwin.
Irwin himself is a model of consistency, leading the Senior circuit in a handful of statistics, the least of which being making the cut in each of his 15 starts. Ranked first in money, wins, top-5s and top-10s, putts per green in regulation, and overall scoring average, Irwin will look to break his personal SBC jinx.
Prior to changing the title sponsor name from the Ameritech to SBC in 2000, Irwin owned the event, picking up his first Senior victory in 1995, then earning back-to-back titles in 98 and 99, and finishing second in 97.
Tom Kite, the 2000 champion and fourth place finisher last year, looks to make some noise coming off a third-place in the U.S. Senior Open and a sixth-place showing at the AT&T Canada Senior Open Championship. Already a two-time winner this season, Kite will also have to watch out for the red hot Don Pooley.
Pooley, who won the U.S. Senior Open in a playoff against Tom Watson, seeks to build on what already is a great sophomore season. Having doubled his earnings from last season, he has gotten the attention of the top players and should be making life a little tougher for them as his putter is leading the way.
The tournament is being moved this year from Kemper Lakes GC to the Harborside International Golf Center in Chicago, Ill.
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