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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

My "5 to Watch" at the US Senior Open

And yet another major is here -- this time, the US Senior Open. This week's major will be held at the Del Paso Country Club in Sacramento CA, so it won't be such a long journey for the few seniors who played at Chambers Bay last week.

Monty with last year's trophy

Making picks this week is considerably easier than last week, or at least it seems so to me.
  • Colin Montgomerie is my favorite this week. Not only is he the defending champion but he already defended at the Senior PGA Championship earlier this year and he made the cut at Chambers Bay last week. He has also won 3 of the last 7 majors on the Champions Tour, making him a no-brainer choice.
  • Of course you could argue that Bernhard Langer should be the favorite, given that he has also won 3 of the last 7 Champions Tour majors -- including the most recent one. He also makes my list.
In case you wonder, the 7th major -- the 2015 Regions Tradition -- was won by Jeff Maggert. Maggert, however, doesn't make my list despite playing pretty well this season. Sorry, Jeff.
  • Miguel Angel Jimenez is a still a threat on any tour... and his only 3 starts on the Champions Tour have all been wins. (None of those starts were majors, btw.) He didn't make the cut at Chambers Bay last week but I still like his chances against "the other old guys."
  • Kevin Sutherland is the Tour's resident "Mr. 59" and has played pretty well this season. He has no wins yet this season but has 4 Top10s in 10 starts and is no worse than T13 in any of the majors this year... plus Sutherland was the guy Maggert beat in a playoff at the Tradition.
  • Finally, my flier is Fred Couples. That may sound strange but Freddie has only played 3 events (1 Top10) on the Champions Tour this season, plus 2 events on the PGA Tour... and he missed the cut in both of those. Can't go out on the limb much more than that...
There are certainly other players with a chance but these are the guys -- except for Freddie, of course -- who I think are the best bets. Ironically, agrees with me except for choosing Joe Durant instead of Couples.

Oh well, I've missed on my picks before... ;-)

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