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Golf veteran Steve Stricker to play in U.S. Senior Open at The Broadmoor

May 14, 2018 Updated: May 14, 2018 at 5:08 pm
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Steve Stricker hits a shot from the ninth tee during the first round of the The Players Championship golf tournament Thursday, May 10, 2018, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Stricker will compete in his first U.S. Senior Open Championship June 18-July 1 at The Broadmoor. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

A big name in golf will make his U.S. Senior Open debut at The Broadmoor next month, the USGA announced Monday.

Steve Stricker will join the talented field during the 39th annual championship, to be held June 28-July 1 at The Broadmoor Golf Club's East Course.

"I am excited to play in my first U.S. Senior Open and I know The Broadmoor will be exceptional as a host," Stricker said in a release. "I have competed in a number of U.S. Opens, so I know that both the course and field at the Senior Open will test me in similar ways. I have been playing well so far this year and feel prepared for the challenge."

Stricker, 51, tied for ninth at the Players Championship on Sunday, finishing two strokes behind Tiger Woods. A 12-time PGA Tour winner, Stricker has competed in 20 U.S. Opens, and last year tied for 16th.

The Wisconsin native has competed in four PGA Tour Champions events this season, winning two.

Davis Love III, 54, will also make his Senior Open debut at The Broadmoor. He and Stricker will face tough competition in a field that includes Kenny Perry, Bernhard Langer, Hale Irwin, and Tom Watson.

The East Course will be set up at 7,264 yards to play a par of 70 (36 on the front 9, 34 on the back), per the USGA. The resort features two other courses, the West and the Mountain.

This will be the second U.S. Senior Open and the eighth USGA championship to be held at The Broadmoor, which hosted the Senior Open in 2008.

To be eligible for the Senior Open, a player must be at least 50 and have a handicap not exceeding 3.4, or be a professional.

Applications for the Senior Open close Wednesday. The USGA accepted 2,680 entries for last year's contest. Sectional qualifiers will be held at 34 sites around the U.S., including The Broadmoor, between May 21-June 11. The starting field of 156 golfers will be cut after 36 holes to the low 60 scorers and ties.

Last year's Senior Open purse was $4 million, with the winner, Perry, earning $720,000.

Stricker is second on the PGA Tour Champions money list for the year, with $630,235 in earnings. Langer, coming in at nearly $803,000, leads the list, according to the PGA Tour.

Tickets are available at 2018ussenioropen.com. Children under 17 will be admitted free throughout the competition with a ticketed adult.

The Broadmoor is owned by the Denver-based Anschutz Corp., whose Clarity Media Group owns The Gazette.

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