PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- Greg Norman will make his Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship debut when the event visits Fox Chapel Golf Club for the first time, June 26 - July 1, tournament officials announced today. Norman joins a star studded field that already includes fellow World Golf Hall of Fame members Tom Kite, Hale Irwin and 2012 inductee Sandy Lyle.
"We are excited to have Greg Norman commit to play the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship for the first time," said Chief Operating Officer Brian Goin. "Greg is one of golf's greatest champions and we're excited sports fans throughout Western Pennsylvania will have the opportunity to see him compete at Fox Chapel Golf Club later this summer."
Inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2001, Norman won 20 times on the PGA TOUR from 1984-1997, highlighted by victories at the British Open Championship in 1986 and 1993 and a record-setting performance en route to claiming THE PLAYERS Championship in 1994. A native of Queensland, Australia, Norman owns 70 victories worldwide in addition to his PGA TOUR victories and remains the only Australian to reach No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Norman, who first reached No. 1 in 1986 and spent a total of 331 weeks atop the standings, second only to Tiger Woods, has served as the Captain of the International Team at the last two installments of The Presidents Cup (2009 and 2011).
"I'm looking forward to competing in the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship in late June," said Norman. "This will undoubtedly be one of the more challenging fields of the year on a classic golf course at Fox Chapel. Combine that with the strong Pittsburgh fan base and the event is sure to be a huge success."
With a victory this summer at Fox Chapel Golf Club, Norman would join Jack Nicklaus, Raymond Floyd and defending champion Fred Couples as the only players to win both THE PLAYERS Championship and the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS.
"We are thrilled Greg will compete at the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS at Fox Chapel," said Mayo A. Shattuck III, executive chairman of Exelon Corporation, which recently completed a merger with Constellation Energy. "Greg's presence will be phenomenal for the fans of Pittsburgh and will help us boost community and charitable support in the region."
The Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS is the third of five major championships on the 2012 Champions Tour schedule and will feature a field of approximately 78 of the game's greatest players. With its standing as a major championship, double Charles Schwab Cup points will be awarded to the top-10 finishers and the winner will earn an invitation to THE PLAYERS Championship in 2013. In addition to defending champion Fred Couples, recent past champions include Mark O'Meara (2010) and Jay Haas (2009).
The Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS marks the Champions Tour's first visit to Western Pennsylvania since the 2005 Senior PGA Championship was contested at Laurel Valley Golf Club in Ligonier and the first in Pittsburgh since the 1998 Pittsburgh Senior Classic.