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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

My "5 to Watch" at the Tradition

It's time for the Regions Tradition, the first of the five Champions Tour majors.

Bernhard Langer

The Tradition is currently held on the Founders Course at the Greystone G&CC in Hoover AL. (That's just outside Birmingham, which I think is the biggest city in Alabama.) The defending champion is the Ageless Machine, aka Bernhard Langer.

Enough said, I think. When you say "Langer," you've said it all, haven't you? It almost seems silly to pick "5 to Watch" this week, but I think I can make a good case for some other players.

I should note that Fred Couples -- who would have made this list -- is not in the Tradition's field list. Given that he had committed to the event last month, I can only assume he's having some back problems.
  • Of course, Bernhard Langer makes this list. He has Top10 finishes in the last five editions of this event, including that win last year.
  • So far this season, Miguel Angel Jimenez has almost as good a record as Langer -- 5 Top10s in 7 starts, with one win and one runner-up. (Langer does have two thirds and Jimenez none.) He's certainly in form to give Bernhard a challenge.
  • Kevin Sutherland has no wins this season but has 7 Top10s in 7 starts, with one runner-up finish. And if memory serves me right, he has played well in this major in the past. This may be the best he's played going into this major in quite a while.
  • Scott McCarron has only 3 Top10s in 8 starts this season, but he has one win and is #5 in the Schwab Cup standings. In addition, he was 6th at this event last year. He may be a bit streaky, but I see no reason he couldn't start a new streak at this venue.
  • And my flier is Vijay Singh, who has a win on the Champions Tour this season -- a team win, admittedly, but that's still a win -- and that T16 at THE PLAYERS last week. I like his form coming into this event.
Still, when all is said and done, I simply won't bet against Langer. His record in this event -- and so far this season, leading up to this event -- is so good that I can't imagine him not making a strong title defense. So he's my pick.

GC's live coverage starts Thursday at 12:30pm ET, before the AT&T Byron Nelson.

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