Stadler Eyes Senior British Open


John Jacobs won the PGA Seniors, Bruce Lietze the U.S. Senior Open and Craig Stadler the Ford Senior Players. After three major tournaments on the Champions Tour, now comes the Senior British Open this week at Turnberry in Scotland.
Stadler has to be the favorite after his win on the PGA Tour last week at the B.C. Open ' a great sendoff to the British, he said. The 50-year-old Stadler also won two weeks ago at the Ford Seniors.
The JELD-WEN Tradition is the fifth major, to be held Aug. 28-31.
The original Big Three of golf - Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player - will be reunited at Turnberry, joined by a group of seven other former major champions - Bob Charles, Hale Irwin, Andy North, Tom Kite, Craig Stadler, Tom Watson and Fuzzy Zoeller. Between them, they have won 51 major championship titles.
The field also includes defending champion Noboru Sugai from Japan, his compatriot Seiji Ebihara, and a host of leading European golfers, including Neil Coles, Eamonn Darcy, Baldovino Dassu, Denis Durnian, Bernard Gallacher, Tommy Horton, Carl Mason, John Morgan, Christy O'Connor Jr., Manuel Pinero and Des Smyth.
'That's what British golf has always been about. It's all about using your head and learning how to control yourself when the wind is blowing. It's fun golf and I enjoy it very much,' said Nicklaus
The Senior British Open was created 16 years ago by IMG and the European Tour. The announcement of its acceptance as a major this year brought a jubilant response from Ken Schofield, executive director of the European Tour.
'This announcement confirms the championship's substantial progress over the past 16 years and further enhances its status by its sanction and inclusion on the Champions Tour,' he said upon the British Seniors inclusion in the Champions list of majors.
Record prize money of 1,000,000 (almost $1.6 million) - double the previous largest prize fund in the history of the European Seniors Tour - has been confirmed for this year's championship, sanctioned jointly by The European Tour and the Champions Tour, in partnership with the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews and IMG, the world's largest sports marketing company.
This year's champion will collect a record first prize of $252,464, which represents a near 100 per cent increase on the amount Sugai received for winning last year's Championship at Royal County Down. The winner's check is $17,278 more than the total prize fund for the inaugural Senior British Open, presented by MasterCard, held at the Westin Turnberry Resort in 1987.
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