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Initial field announced for Kentucky's upcoming PGA event. See which major winners will play.

Retief Goosen of South Africa posed with his trophy after winning the U.S. Open in 2004. Goosen will compete in the PGA Barbasol Championship in Nicholasville July 19-22.
Retief Goosen of South Africa posed with his trophy after winning the U.S. Open in 2004. Goosen will compete in the PGA Barbasol Championship in Nicholasville July 19-22. Associated Press

The initial field for next month's PGA Barbasol Championship was announced Friday, and several major championship winners highlight the 132-player lineup.

Five golfers with eight major titles between them have committed to play in the $3.5 million event, which will take place July 19-22 at Champions at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, just outside of Lexington.

The PGA TOUR Barbasol Championship will be played July 16-22 at Champions at Keene Trace Golf Course. This will Central Kentucky’s first PGA TOUR event in years.

The newest major winners added to the field are Retief Goosen, Angel Cabrera and Y.E. Yang.

Goosen won the U.S. Open in 2001 and 2004. The South African is among the world's most successful international golfers, having won 36 tournaments around the world including seven PGA tour victories. He's twice led the PGA European Tour's money list.

Cabrera, a native of Argentina who won the 2007 U.S. Open and 2009 Masters, has 46 professional victories.

Yang has 12 professional wins, with the biggest coming in 2009 when he edged Tiger Woods for the PGA Championship.

“We could not be more pleased with the initial list of player commitments, including these major champions,” said Barbasol Championship Executive Director Brooks Downing. “With these accomplished stars in the field along with all the young up-and-coming talent on the PGA TOUR, the four days of competition will be very intriguing and entertaining to watch.”

Previously announced major winners who will compete in the Barbasol Championship are Davis Love III, who won the 1997 PGA Championship, and Brittany Lincicome, who won the LPGA's ANA Inspiration in 2009 and 2015. Lincicome will become the first female to compete in a PGA event since Michelle Wie in 2008.

"This is just a quick view of some of the stars that have signed up on the preliminary list," said Downing. "We will announce more next week as the list continues to take shape."

The deadline for PGA Tour members to commit to the tournament is Friday, July 13.

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