The stars will converge on the Richmond golf course next Thursday, Friday and Saturday (November 5-7) in the @Bendigo Bank sponsored event.
A confirmed field of 81 will be vying for a share in the $50,000 event – one of the few confirmed to go ahead on the circuit during Covid-19 restrictions this year.
Crowd drawcard Lonard, 53, is one of the most prolific winners of Australian events over the past 25 years.He’s a winner of two Australian Opens, three Australian PGA Championships, two Australian Masters, a NSW Open, an ANZ Championship and a Ford Open (South Australia). Lonard has played several events on both the European Senior and PGA Tour Championships, finishing third on debut in senior golf at the Senior Open Championship in 2017 and runner-up at the British Senior Masters in 2018.
O’Malley is considered one of the most accurate players in the game, both from the tee and fairway. Defeating Tiger Woods at the Accenture Match Play in 2002, O’Malley has played the European Senior Tour since turning 50 in 2015, recording a best of runner-up in Switzerland in 2019. He’s racked up two Top Tens in major championships, and remains one of the very few players to win the NZ Amateur, the NZ Open and NZ PGA Championship.An Australian Open champion, World Cup winner and affectionately known as “chook”, Fowler finished 5th on the 2019 Order of Merit and has only once finished lower than seventh on the money list since 2011.
Both Fowler, 61, and O’Malley spent 2020 on home soil following the official cancellation of the European Tour’s Staysure Tour for players over 50 years.
Making his mark on the Seniors circuit is Andre Stolz, 51. As one of the younger players Andre will shake up the field, having 10 professional career wins already in the bank – five of which are PGA Tour of Australasia wins, one in the Japan Golf Tour 2003, one in the 2004 PGA Tour at Las Vegas and winner of the 2013 South Pacific Open Championship.Catch these greats and the impressive field of golfers, including domestic and international players, on the glorious Richmond course this week.
Last week it was announced the Australian PGA Seniors Championship will remain at Richmond Golf Club until at least 2022 following a two-year extension of the PGA Legends Tour’s successful partnership with our club.
With additional support from new partner Bendigo Bank, players now enjoy five consecutive years at Richmond including the 2020 tournament to be held from 5-7 November.
Details: visit pga.org.au.
* Main image courtesy: Geoff Jones Fairfax Media