Thorpe came up one shot short in his bid to win his first Senior Tour major. Thorpe held a share of the 54-hole lead in Paramus, N.J., but missed a six-foot birdie putt on the final hole that would have forced a playoff with Tom Watson.
Watson wont be present this week, but two-time major winner Doug Tewell, Allen Doyle, Tom Kite, Gil Morgan and 1999 BellSouth champion Bruce Fleisher are all scheduled to compete at the Springhouse Golf Club in Nashville, Tenn.
Hale Irwin is the defending champion. Last year, Irwin birdied seven of his first ten holes in the final round to break from the pack and win his 27th career Senior PGA Tour title.
Irwin has since added four more wins to his record resume, which now stands at 31 victories; two of those have come this season.
Irwin hopes to carry over the momentum he garnered in the final round of the Senior PGA Championship, when he recorded nine birdies in a Sunday 66.
This weeks purse is $1.6 million, with $240,000 going to the winner.
Full field and tee times for the BellSouth Senior Classic at Opryland