Irwin will defend his title at the Salem Country Club in Peabody, Mass. Last year, he shot back-to-back 6-under-par 65s on the weekend at Saucon Valleys Old Course to thwart Bruce Fleishers effort to claim his first Senior major.
Well, I think you spell it E-X-P-E-R-I-E-N-C-E, you have to underline it, said Irwin, a three-time U.S. Open winner, following his victory. You have to be there. You dont go train for it. You dont go practice it. You dont go buy some at the store. Its immeasurable.
Fleisher will be back for revenge this year. Hell be joined by Tom Watson, who won this years Senior PGA Championship; two-time U.S. Senior Open champion Jack Nicklaus; two-time major winner Doug Tewell; 1981 Senior Open champion Arnold Palmer; three-time Senior major winner Gil Morgan; and reigning Player of the Year, Larry Nelson.
Nelson is fresh off his third victory of the season, a successful title defense at the FleetBoston Classic.
Irwin and Kite are coming off impressive performances in the U.S. Open at Southern Hills. Irwin opened in 67 to grab the Day-1 lead as play was suspended due to darkness, while Kite closed in 64 to tie for fifth.
This years venue is set at 6,709 yards and par is 35-35-70. The Salem Country Club was designed by Donald Ross and opened in 1925.
This is the fifth time the USGA has visited Salem, the most recent being the 1984 U.S. Womens Open won by Hollis Stacy.
One-hundred-and-fifty-six players will compete in the $2.4 million event. The winner will take home $430,000.
Full field and tee times for the 22nd U.S. Senior Open