Willie Wood added as KitchenAid Senior PGA completes field

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One more Oklahoman will be in the field for the 2021 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship as the final field was released today.

Former Oklahoma State All American Willie Wood, longtime resident of Stillwater and member of the Oak Tree Gang, will join fellow Oak Tree National members Scott Verplank and Brandt Jobe in the field.

Wood was 82nd on the Charles Schwab Cup standings. The top 50 earn automatic berths, but typically the top 85 or so on the money list get in once all other exempt spots are filled and including players who withdraw for various reasons.

“I thought it would go that deep but they never say that to you,” Wood said. “I felt pretty confident I would get in and I’m glad to be playing.”

Wood was on his way to Tulsa with Jobe and Verplank for a practice round today. He has not played the course since the Gil Hanse restoration and only played there in one previous major championship, that being the 2001 U.S. Open where he missed the cut.

He has only played in two events so far in 2021 on the Champions Tour. He said he expects chipping and putting, two strengths of his game, to be big factors when the tournament is held May 27-30.

“Chipping will be very important and I’ve been working hard on that,” Wood said. “I haven’t been putting great but I’m confident that will come around.

“It will be fun. The wind will blow some, there won’t be as much rough and it won’t be as hot as it was for the Open. I’m really looking forward to it.”

Wood did get a look at the course when he accompanied son Hayden Wood to a lesson with Southern Hills Director of Instruction Ryan Rody. Hayden, who also played at OSU, finished second last week in the All Pro Tour event at Shawnee Country Club.

While OSU will be represented by Wood and Verplank, the University of Oklahoma will be represented by Glen Day and Todd Hamilton as well as Southern Hills Director of Golf Cary Cozby.

Tickets for the championship are still available at www.srpga.com.

– Ken MacLeod

81st KITCHENAID SENIOR PGA CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD LIST

Abraham, Dale (cp) – Palm Desert, California
Allen, Michael – Paradise Valley, Arizona
Ames, Stephen* – CANADA
Andrade, Billy – Bristol, Rhode Island
Armour III, Tommy – Las Vegas, Nevada
Atlevi, Magnus – SWEDEN
Austin, Woody – Derby, Kansas
Baker, Peter – ENGLAND
Barron, Doug – Germantown, Tennessee
Beem, Rich – Austin, Texas
Bensel, Frank (cp) – Jupiter, Florida
Bertsch, Shane – Parker, Colorado
Beurmann, Ron (cp) – Jackson, Michigan
Bowden, Craig (cp) – Bloomington, Indiana
Brier, Markus – AUSTRIA
Broadhurst, Paul – ENGLAND
Brooks, Mark – Austin, Texas
Burns, Brad – AUSTRALIA
Byrum, Tom* – San Antonio, Texas
Cabrera, Angel – ARGENTINA
Calcavecchia, Mark – Jupiter, Florida
Campbell, Michael – NEW ZEALAND
Carriles, Jose Manuel – SPAIN
Cejka, Alex – GERMANY
Chapman, Roger – ENGLAND
Chapman, Walt (cp) – Knoxville, Tennessee
Cheesman, Barry (cp) – Sarasota, Florida
Choi, KJ – REPUBLIC OF KOREA
Clarke, Darren – NORTHERN IRELAND
Claxton, Paul (cp) – Claxton, Georgia
Coceres, Jose – ARGENTINA
Couples, Fred – Corona del Mar, California
Cozby, Cary – Tulsa, Oklahoma
Daly, John – Dardanelle, Arkansas
Dawson, Marco – Melbourne, Florida
Day, Glen* – Alotian, Arkansas
Deiters, James (cp) – Midland, Michigan
Dennis, Clark – Fort Worth, Texas
DiMarco, Chris – Denver, Colorado
Dodd, Stephen – WALES
Duke, Ken* – Stuart, Florida
Dunlap, Scott* – Sarasota, Florida
Durant, Joe* – Pensacola Beach, Florida
Els, Ernie – SOUTH AFRICA
Esposito, Frank (cp) – Florham Park, New Jersey
Estes, Bob* – Austin, Texas
Faxon, Brad – Barrington, Rhode Island
Fergin, Mike (cp) – Santa Ana, California
Flesch, Steve* – Union, Kentucky
Fowler, Peter – AUSTRALIA
Frost, David – SOUTH AFRICA
Funk, Fred – Austin, Texas
Furyk, Jim – Jacksonville, Florida
Gogel, Matt – Mission Hills, Kansas
Goosen, Retief – SOUTH AFRICA
Goydos, Paul* – Long Beach, California
Green, Ken – West Palm Beach, Florida
Haas, Jay – Greenville, South Carolina
Haeggman, Joakim – SWEDEN
Hamilton, Todd – Westlake, Texas
Hart, Jeff (cp) – Solana Beach, California
Hebert, Scott (cp) – Traverse City, Michigan
Hoch, Scott – Orlando, Florida
Hutsell, David (cp) – Lutherville, Maryland
Jaidee, Thongchai – THAILAND
Janzen, Lee – Orlando, Florida
Jimenez, Miguel Angel – SPAIN
Jobe, Brandt – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Jones, Kent* – Albuquerque, New Mexico
Jones, Steve – Chandler, Arizona
Karlsson, Robert* – SWEDEN
Kelly, Jerry – Madison, Wisconsin
Kingston, James – SOUTH AFRICA
Kite, Tom – Austin, Texas
Kulzer, Keith (cp) – Land O’ Lakes, Florida
Lane, Barry – ENGLAND
Langer, Bernhard – GERMANY
Lardon, Brad (cp) – Santa Fe, New Mexico
Lawrie, Paul – SCOTLAND
Leaney, Stephen* – AUSTRALIA
Lehman, Tom – Scottsdale, Arizona
Love III, Davis – Saint Simons Island, Georgia
Lyle, Sandy – SCOTLAND
Maggert, Jeff – Sea Pines, South Carolina
Mansfield, Jon (cp) – Clearwater, Florida
Martin, Miguel Angel – SPAIN
McCarron, Scott – Mooresville, North Carolina
McGinley, Paul – IRELAND
McNabb, Dave (cp) – Malvern, Pennsylvania
Mediate, Rocco – Greensburg, Pennsylvania
Micheel, Shaun – Memphis, Tennessee
Mize, Larry – Columbus, Georgia
Montgomerie, Colin – SCOTLAND
Morin, Alan – Royal Palm Beach, Florida
Okamo, Hiroo – JAPAN
Olazabal, Jose Maria – SPAIN
O’Meara, Mark – Las Vegas, Nevada
Pampling, Rod – AUSTRALIA
Parel, Scott – Augusta, Georgia
Parnevik, Jesper – SWEDEN
Pate, Jerry – Pensacola, Florida
Pate, Steve – Delray Beach, Florida
Pavin, Corey – Dallas, Texas
Perry, Kenny – Franklin, Kentucky
Petrovic, Tim* – Austin, Texas
Pillar, John (cp) – Hawley, Pennsylvania
Price, Phillip – WALES
Proehl, Chad (cp) – Urbandale, Iowa
Quigley, Brett – Barrington, Rhode Island
Quinn, David (cp) – Marlton, New Jersey
Remesy, Jean-Francois – FRANCE
Riegger, John – Metropolis, Illinois
Roberts, Loren – Germantown, Tennessee
Roth, Jeff (cp) – Harbor Springs, Michigan
Rudosky, Micah (cp) – Cortez, Colorado
Sandelin, Jarmo – SWEDEN
Sauers, Gene – Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
Schmid, Jeff (cp) – Iowa City, Iowa
Senden, John – AUSTRALIA
Shacklady, David – ENGLAND
Shinozaki, Norio – JAPAN
Short, Jr., Wes – Austin, Texas
Simonsen, Henrik (cp) – Ooltewah, Tennessee
Simpson, Scott – Kailua, Hawaii
Singh, Vijay – FIJI
Sluman, Jeff – Hinsdale, Illinois
Smith, Stuart (cp) – Reno, Nevada
Sorensen, Chad (cp) – Taft, California
Sowards, Bob (cp) – Dublin, Ohio
Stankowski, Paul (cp) – Flower Mound, Texas
Starkjohann, Chris (cp) – Oceanside, California
Streeter, Paul – ENGLAND
Stricker, Steve – Madison, Wisconsin
Sutherland, Kevin – Sacramento, California
Tanigawa, Ken – Scottsdale, Arizona
Teranishi, Akira – JAPAN
Thompson, Neil (cp) – ENGLAND
Toledo, Esteban – MEXICO
Tomedolskey, Mark (cp) – Walterboro, South Carolina
Toms, David – Shreveport, Louisiana
Triplett, Kirk – Paradise Valley, Arizona
Ulrich, Gus (cp) – Whispering Pines, North Carolina
Uresti, Omar (cp) – Austin, Texas
Verplank, Scott – Edmond, Oklahoma
Waldorf, Duffy – Las Vegas, Nevada
Weir, Mike – CANADA
Whitfield, Jeff (cp) – Weldon Spring, Missouri
Williams, Chris – SOUTH AFRICA
*Contestant must remain in Top 50 on the Money List through May 17, 2021.

MAJOR CHAMPIONS (24)
Rich Beem (PGA Championship)
Mark Brooks (PGA Championship)
Darren Clarke (The Open)
Fred Couples (The Masters)
John Daly (PGA Championship, The Open)
Ernie Els (U.S. Open, The Open)
Jim Furyk (U.S. Open)
Retief Goosen (U.S. Open)
Todd Hamilton (The Open)
Lee Janzen (U.S. Open)
Steve Jones (U.S. Open)
Tom Kite (U.S. Open)
Bernhard Langer (The Masters)
Paul Lawrie (The Open)
Tom Lehman (The Open)
Shaun Micheel (PGA Championship)
Larry Mize (The Masters)
Mark O’Meara (The Masters, The Open)
Jerry Pate (U.S. Open)
Corey Pavin (U.S. Open)
Vijay Singh (The Masters, PGA Championship)
Jeff Sluman (PGA Championship)
David Toms (PGA Championship)
Mike Weir (The Masters)

SENIOR PGA CHAMPIONS (8)
Michael Allen (2009)
Paul Broadhurst (2018)
Jay Haas (2006, 2008)
Bernhard Langer (2017)
Tom Lehman (2010)
Rocco Mediate (2016)
Colin Montgomerie (2014, 2015)
Ken Tanigawa (2019)

RYDER CUP CAPTAINS (5/4)
United States
Jim Furyk (2018)
Tom Kite (1997)
Tom Lehman (2006)
Corey Pavin (2010)
Steve Stricker (2020)
Europe
Darren Clarke (2016)
Bernhard Langer (2004)
Paul McGinley (2014)
Colin Montgomerie (2010)

HALL OF FAME (8)
Fred Couples (2013)
Ernie Els (2011)
Retief Goosen(2019)
Tom Kite (2004)
Bernhard Langer (2001)
Colin Montgomerie (2013)
Mark O’Meara (2015)
Vijay Singh (2005)

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