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More Europeans to gain entry to Senior PGA

The PGA of America set new eligibility criteria today to determine the 144-player field for this year's Senior PGA Championship, which will be held May 24-27 at the Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, N.J.

According to the new criteria, the following golfers will be eligible: the winners of the last five U.S. Senior Opens, the winner of the last British Senior Open, the top eight players from the 2000 PGA European Seniors' Tour Order of Merit, the top four from the 2000 Japanese Senior Tour Order of Merit.

Also eligible are winners who are 50 or older of official PGA Tour, Japan PGA or PGA European Tour events in the preceding five calendar years.

In addition, the top 31 finishers from the Senior PGA Tour career money list as of April 1; the top 31 from the career money list as of April 1; any former PGA Club professional champion turning 50 between the 2000 and 2001 tournaments; and the top 35 finishers in the PGA Senior Club Professional Championship.

This year's championship is the first that will be played outside Florida since 1938. From 1982 until last year, the event was held at the PGA National Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens.

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