Senior PGA Championship, Major “over 50s”

Emanuele Canonica is participating in the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, a major event for players "over 50" taking place from May 23rd to 26th at the Harbor Shores Resort in Benton Harbor, Michigan

by Andrea Gussoni
Senior PGA Championship, Major “over 50s”
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Emanuele Canonica is participating in the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, a major event for players "over 50" taking place from May 23rd to 26th at the Harbor Shores Resort in Benton Harbor, Michigan. Defending his title is the American Steve Stricker, a 57-year-old from Edgerton, Wisconsin, who boasts an impressive record of 15 titles on the circuit, including seven majors.

Throughout his career on the PGA Tour, he has secured twelve victories, albeit without a major win.

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Among the favorites are numerous participants, including Americans Joe Durant, Jerry Kelly, Scott Dunlap, and Stewart Cink, as well as Englishman Paul Broadhurst, Canadian Stephen Ames, and Argentine Ricardo Gonzalez.

Other notable contenders include Koreans Y.E. Yang and K.J. Choi, South African Retief Goosen, Thai Thongchai Jaidee, Irishman Padraig Harrington, and Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez. The total prize money for the championship amounts to $3,500,000.

The rules of golf are relatively complex compared to other sports because they are applied outdoors, close to nature, and animals. Respect for the rules is a fundamental element in the game of golf, which, relying almost always on self-control and the free conscience of the players, often sees results distorted, sometimes consciously, but often unconsciously or due to carelessness, due to the non-observance by many players of the rules of the game.

In addition to the rules, golf adheres to a code of conduct, known as etiquette, which generally means playing the game with due respect for the golf course and other players. Etiquette is an indispensable component of this sport.

After his initial success at the Mexican Open and three victories on the Nike Tour (now the Korn Ferry Tour) in 1996, Cink made his mark on the PGA Tour in 1997 by winning the Canon Greater Hartford Open in his rookie season.

Over the following years, Cink showcased consistent performance on the Tour, adding another win at the 2000 MCI Classic to his resume. His talent was evident in the 2001 U.S. Open, where he narrowly missed the playoff by a single stroke, despite a double-bogey on the 72nd hole.

In 2004, Cink's prowess earned him fifth place on the money list, fueled by victories at the MCI Heritage and the WGC-NEC Invitational, a prestigious World Golf Championships event. A notable moment in Cink's career came on February 24, 2008, when he finished as the runner-up in the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, succumbing 8 & 7 to the top-ranked Tiger Woods in the 36-hole final.

By June 2008, Cink achieved his highest-ever ranking of sixth in the Official World Golf Rankings, following his triumph at the Travelers Championship in suburban Hartford. However, perhaps the crowning achievement of Cink's career occurred on July 19, 2009, when he clinched his first major title at the 138th Open Championship at Turnberry, Scotland.

In a captivating four-hole playoff, Cink triumphed over the legendary Tom Watson by six strokes, after birdying the 72nd hole while Watson bogeyed, forcing the playoff. After a significant gap, Cink returned to the winner's circle on September 13, 2020, by securing victory at the Safeway Open, marking his first win since the 2009 Open Championship.

Continuing his resurgence, Cink claimed victory at the RBC Heritage on April 18, 2021, for the third time in his career. This achievement also made him the fourth player to win twice in the same PGA Tour season after turning 47, joining the elite company of Sam Snead, Julius Boros, and Kenny Perry. Notably, Cink set new records for the lowest 36-hole score and 54-hole score in the history of the tournament.