The Utah Showdown received some good news Friday when Dr. Gil Morgan, the second-leading money-winner on the Senior PGA Tour, committed to play in next week's tournament.
The 51-year-old Morgan has already won 11 tournaments in his two years on the Senior Tour, including the Ford Seniors Championship, one of the Senior Tour majors, two weeks ago."We are very happy about getting him," said Showdown tournament director Bryan Naugle.
Morgan has won $1,325,793 this year after winning just over $2 million last year. During his career on the PGA Tour, he won seven tournaments and more than $5 million.
Although he didn't come last year during his rookie season, Morgan has played in Utah before. In 1984, he teamed with Miller Barber at the Shootout at Jeremy Ranch when regular tour players teamed with seniors in a best ball event. Morgan and Barber tied for second, four shots behind Don January and Mike Sullivan.
Among the other players committed to next week's tournament, which will be July 31-Aug. 1 at Park Meadows Country Club, are defending champion Dave Stockton, Lee Trevino, Arnold Palmer, Isao Aoki, Bob Murphy and local favorite Bruce Summerhays, who ranks No. 7 on the senior money list.
On Tuesday several seniors will team with local celebrities in the inaugural Lincoln Financial Group Pro-Celebrity Skins Game at 10 a.m. at Park Meadows.