BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The 2016 Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic will have five World Golf Hall of Famers, 19 PGA Tour Champions Tour major winners and 11 PGA Tour major championship winners competing at Fallen Oak from April 1-3.
It's considered the strongest field ever at Fallen Oak. 2015 champion David Frost will defend his title, facing some of the best players in the world, including former Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic champions Jeff Maggert, Michael Allen and Fred Couples.
The 19 PGA Tour Champions major winners have 37 major wins on the tour, highlighted by Couples and fellow World Golf Hall of Fame members Tom Kite, Bernhard Langer, Colin Montgomerie and Larry Nelson.
27 of the top 30 on the current Charles Schwab Cup Money List leaders will be in that number. The list includes sponsor exemptions Roger Chapman, Mike Goodes, Blaine McCallister, Gary Hallberg and Grant Waite.
Roger Chapman of England is a two-time PGA Tour Champions major winner. He captured the 2012 U.S. Senior Open and the 2012 Senior PGA Championship.
Mike Goodes, a North Carolina graduate, turned professional in 2007 and won the 2009 Allianz Championship. He's also a two-time North Carolina State Amateur Champion, winning in 1989 and 2006.
Blaine McCallister has five career PGA Tour victories since turning pro in 1981. The Fort Stockton, Texas native was a roommate of Fred Couple and Jim Nantz when all three attended the University of Houston.
1979 NCAA Individual Champion, Gary Hallberg has nine career victories.
Here's the 2016 Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic field:
Armour III, Tommy
Blake, Jay Don
Jimenez, Miguel Angel
Pernice Jr., Tom
Short, Jr., Wes