Tuesday, June 25, 2013

My 5 for the Senior Major

Alright, we've got two majors this week. Today I'm picking my 5 favorites for the senior major; tomorrow I'll pick 5 for the ladies' major.

The senior major is the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship. (I guess the Champions Tour decided to avoid that whole "fifth major" argument that PGA Tour players have about the PLAYERS.) It will be held at the Fox Chapel Golf Club in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. While the course is only a par 70, it's also only a bit over 6700 yards. That should make this course gettable for all the players, no matter how long or short they hit the ball. She's a beauty, ain't she?

Fox Chapel Golf Club

That being said, there are definitely some favorites going into this tournament. While I'm certainly going to pick some of them, I'm going to follow my standard procedure of picking at least one "flyer." After all, last year's winner, Joe Daley, wasn't even on most viewers' radar!
  • David Frost: My first two players are the tour's only multiple winners this year, so I have to consider them favorites. In addition, Frosty's second win -- only a couple of weeks ago -- was the Regions Tradition, the 2nd of the five Champions Tour majors. He also has a 2nd and a 3rd this season.
  • Bernhard Langer: Both of Langer's wins came earlier in the year, but he also has two 2nds and two 3rds -- one of those 3rds coming just this past week.
  • Fred Couples: How can you not pick Freddie? While he doesn't have any wins this year, Fred's been playing both tours. In only 6 starts on the Champions Tour he has three 2nds and two 4ths. It sounds like he's due, don't you think?
You probably won't be surprised to learn that these three players are also 1, 2 & 3 in the Charles Schwab Cup points race. They are clearly the men to beat.
  • Colin Montgomerie: Making his Champions Tour debut this week, you can be excused for not expecting much from Monty. In 7 ET starts this year he's only finished in the money twice, and he's coming straight from the tournament in Germany. But one of those money finishes was the BMW PGA, the ET equivalent of our PLAYERS, so he showed up for the big tournament. And although he missed the cut in Germany he shot 71-71, his best two opening rounds in any tournament this year. Add the rush of excitement for both his first appearance on the Champions Tour and his first time playing in a major this year, and the new kid on the block just might get over the hump on his first try.
  • Craig Stadler: I know, a 60-year-old is a REALLY long shot, even if he did win this past week for the first time in 9 years. But beginning to work with Billy Harmon just 3 months ago is paying off -- as evidenced by his win -- and on a fairly short course like Fox Chapel, I think he could be a dark horse this week.
The home page for the tournament is right here, in case you'd like to get more info on the course, the field, last minute news, or whatever. GC alone, without help from NBC or CBS, will be covering all four days of this event. This could be the most interesting of the senior majors so far -- expecially with Freddie and Monty both committing to play.

The photo came from the course page at PGATOUR.com.

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