ST. LOUIS -- Belleville native Jay Haas is coming home. Well, sort of.
One of the top players in the history of the PGA Champions Tour, the 59-year-old Haas has committed to play in the 74th Senior PGA Championship which will be held May 21-26 at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis.
A two-time Senior PGA Championship winner in 2006 and 2008, Haas will be playing in St. Louis for the first time since 2004, when he placed third at the Senior U.S. Open at Bellerive Country Club.
The tournament was won by Peter Jacobsen.
Haas and former U.S. Open champion Tom Lehman are the latest of a large group of top Champions Tour players to announce they will compete for one of the most cherished prizes in professional golf.
Tickets for the 2013 Senior PGA Championship are still on sale at spga2013.com or by phone at 1-800-PGA-GOLF (742-4653)
Other top players in the field include defending champion Roger Chapman, Steve Elkington, Peter Jacobsen, Bernhard Langer, Curtis Strange, Craig Stadler, Hal Sutton, Tom Watson, Hale Irwin, Ian Woosnam, Nick Price and Mark O'Meara.
Haas, one of the most consistent players and a nine-time winner on the PGA Tour, has been one of the top Champions Tour players in the world since turning 50.
Haas is also coming off another solid season in 2012, which saw him win the Principal Charity Classic.
Haas also finished among the top-30 money-winners for a seventh straight year, with $1,234000 in earnings. His seventh-place finish in earnings marked the fifth time in eight full-time Champions Tour seasons he's been among the top 10.
Haas is also coming off a 2012 season which saw him notch his 16th career Champions Tour victory -- and become the eighth player to shoot 60.
Haas shot the 10-under par 60 at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship last fall in Scottsdale, Ariz.
He also surpassed the $1-million mark for the sixth time in eight years. Haas has won more than $13 million on the Champions Tour and has made 172 cuts in 173 career Champion Tour starts.
Haas is 11th on the 2013 Champions Tour money list with $212,000 in just four starts.
Haas, who resides in Greenville, South Carolina, is the nephew of former Masters champion Bob Goalby. His younger brother Jerry Haas is the head mens golf coach at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Haas is also the father PGA Tour player Bill Haas.