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After 50, the body, physically, may slow down. But mentally, the golfers at the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship are just as keen to win a Championship as when they were in the early part of their careers.

That’s why it shouldn’t be a surprise to see a major champion contending this week at Harbor Shores.

In all, there are 21 major champions teeing it up this week, led by four-time major winner Ernie Els.

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TULSA, OK - MAY 27: John Daly hits his tee shot on the fourth hole during the first round of the 81st KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship held at the Southern Hills Country Club on May 27, 2021 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (Photo by Darren Carroll/PGA of America)
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There are seven PGA Championship winners in the field on the shores of Lake Michigan, including Rich Beem, John Daly, Padraig Harrington, Jeff Sluman, Shaun Micheel, David Toms, and Y.E. Yang.

Yang, who won the Wanamaker Trophy in 2009 in an epic duel over Tiger Woods, is making his KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship debut. Yang was just two shots shy of making the cut last week at Southern Hills Country Club.

Plenty of major champions have also triumphed at the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, the most recent being Bernhard Langer in 2017. He won by one over Vijay Singh.

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TULSA, OKLAHOMA - MAY 29: Bernhard Langer of Germany reacts after making par on the first green during the Third Round of the Senior PGA Championship at the Southern Hills Country Club on May 29, 2021 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
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Funny enough, a Wanamaker Trophy winner hasn’t won the KitchenAid Senior PGA since Raymond Floyd in 1995.

One golfer who has major championship pedigree – and is just getting started on the over-50 circuit – is Harrington.

The affable Irishman won The Open Championship twice and captured the PGA Championship in 2008.

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BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI - AUGUST 10: Padraig Harrington of Ireland celebrates with the PGA Championship Trophy after winning the 90th PGA Championship at Oakland Hills Country Club on August 10, 2008 in Bloomfield Township, Michigan. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
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He turned 50 on Aug. 31 last year and in his PGA Tour Champions major debut — the Regions Tradition earlier in May — he finished runner up. Harrington has finished T2 or second in three of his last four starts on PGA Tour Champions and leads the Tour in Driving Distance. He’s also seventh in Putting Average — which could lead to a lethal combination for success at Harbor Shores given the course’s difficulty. Harrington is also just one year removed from finishing T4 at the PGA Championship behind Phil Mickelson.

Mickelson is not teeing it up this week at the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, although the six-time major winner is eligible.

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TULSA, OK - MAY 25: PGA Professional, David Quinn hits his tee shot during a practice round of the 81st KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship held at the Southern Hills Country Club on May 25, 2021 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (Photo by Montana Pritchard/PGA of America)
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The other major winners playing at Harbor Shores include Claret Jug winners Mark Calcavecchia, Darren Clarke, David Duval, Todd Hamilton, and Tom Lehman, U.S. Open winners Michael Campbell, Retief Goosen, Lee Janzen, Steve Jones, and Corey Pavin, along with Masters champions Bernard Langer, Jose Maria Olazabal, and Mike Weir.

Harbor Shores has hosted the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship every other year since 2012 save for 2020, which was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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