1988 PGA Champion Jeff Sluman is playing in the first Major of the 2012 Champions Tour in the Senior PGA Championship in Benton Harbor, Michigan. The PGA of America does a fantastic job of making the atmosphere feel like a Major Championship yet feel a bit different than the PGA Championship. Sluman attended the Champions Dinner last night and got to sit with Jack Nicklaus which was very special and all of the players are looking forward to playing a Major Championship on a challenging course that is in great shape.
His win in the 1988 PGA Championship was so long ago and so many things about the game have changed that he doubts that his experience at Oak Tree in 1988 could help him today. At the end of the day, you just have to go out and play your best golf because everyone out there is playing at a high level and you cannot afford to make mistakes.
At the Champions Dinner last night for past PGA and Senior PGA Champions, Sluman said that he spoke with Nicklaus about how large the facility is. The course is on 500 acres on an area that used to be a toxic wasteland and it is remarkable how much debris was removed from the property in order to transform that land into something that is so beautiful today.
Davis Love III has had a long time to think about what he wants to do as the U.S. Ryder Cup Team Captain and Sluman is confident that Davis knows exactly what he wants. If Davis wanted him to go up to Medinah to help the U.S. team in any way, he would definitely do it but he doubts that he would be able to contribute very much as an Assistant Captain.