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Lonard and McKenzie play Champions Tour major

Lonard gets another Champions Tour chance (Photo: Henry Peters )
The flagship event of the PGA Tour Champions is the Constellation Senior Players Championship and this week the event is played at the Exmoor Country Club in Highland Park in Chicago in Illinois where two Australians will take their place in a field which includes eleven regular tour major champions.

It is to the Champions Tour what the Players Championship is to the PGA Tour and some of the game's great have won the title.

The event is not only the flagship event of the Champions Tour it is one of the five majors on that tour and this week two Australians have made the field namely David McKenzie and Peter Lonard.

Only one Australian has won the Senior Players Championship since it was first held in 1983, Victorian Stewart Ginn taking the title in 2002 when defeating Mike McCullough, Jim Thorpe and Hubert Green by one stroke when winning his only Champions Tour title.

Lonard will play just his third Champions Tour event having finished 3rd behind Bernhard Langer and Corey Pavin at the 2017 Senior Open Championship and 23rd at this year’s Senior PGA Championship.

Lonard does not enjoy status on the Champions Tour having failed to earn his card at last year’s Q School but in the two events he has played he has done well although he will need to overcome a lack of recent tournament play if he is to do well this week.

The last event Lonard played was at the Senior PGA Championship in June and prior to that the New Zealand Open in early March but as he builds continuity towards a return to the Senior Open Championship at St Andrews later this month this represents a good opportunity for him.

McKenzie has played eleven events on the 2018 Champions Tour having earned the right to play the tour courtesy of some good finishes while qualifying for events via Monday qualifying late last year. His best this season has been when 3rd at the Rapiscan Systems Classic in March where he earned US$88,000.

This classic Donald Ross designed layout at the Exmoor Country Club should suit both golfers as they chase a share of the US$2.8 million purse.

Bernhard Langer, Scott McCarron, Jerry Kelley and Miguel Angel Jimenez are expected to be the favourites for the event.  




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