Tewell made the Senior PGA Championship his first tour victory. He then went on to record two more wins en route to capturing Rookie of the Year honors.
Tewell won by seven shots last year at the PGA National Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. This year, hell defend at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, N.J., which has hosted the 1935 Ryder Cup Matches, the 1974 U.S. Amateur Championship and the 1990 U.S. Senior Open.
And thanks to a nine-shot runaway victory in the seasons first major championship, The Countrywide Tradition, Tewell has the Grand Slam on his mind.
Its a great thing to point toward right now, Tewell said earlier in the year. Im really focused on coming in here and seeing if we can do it again.
I cant imagine what the pressure is going to be like if I can pull it off here and go into the next event (the U.S. Senior Open in June). It would be great to see and to feel what Tiger has felt by winning all four majors.
The usual suspects will join Tewell. All 11 different winners this year will be in attendance, as will Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Lee Trevino, Gary Player, Arnold Palmer and Tom Kite.
Tewell, a four-time winner on the PGA Tour, doesnt have the winning pedigree of the aforementioned. But as he said, Sometimes it just takes a while to find your niche.
He seems to have done so on the Senior circuit.
Full field and tee times for the Senior PGA Championship