Monday, December 08, 2008

PGA seniors' success earns Brand
invitation to bid for US title

Yorkshireman Gordon J Brand will play in next year’s US PGA Senior Championship following his success in this year's De Vere Collection PGA Seniors Championship.
It follows a decision by the PGA and the PGA of America for reciprocal exemption into each other’s tournaments and cements the PGA Seniors Championship as one of the flagship events on the European Senior Tour.
Brand will tee up in the 70th US PGA Senior Championship at Canterbury Golf Club in Cleveland, Ohio from May 14-17 and PGA chief executive Sandy Jones has welcomed the decision by the PGA of America.
"This decision is tremendous news for the PGA Seniors Championship and will help boost its standing as one of the flagship events of the European Senior Tour,” he said.
“The opportunity to compete in a senior major is one that all players aspire to and the exemption will make winning the PGA Seniors Championship an even more enticing prospect.
“We also look forward to welcoming the winner of the US Senior PGA Championship to compete in our championship.”
Slaley Hall will host the De Vere Collection PGA Seniors Championship from June 25-28 where leading players from the Senior Tour will compete for a £300,000 prize fund over the Dave Thomas-designed Hunting Course.



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