Kenny Perry, two strokes back at the beginning of the final round, posted a 63 to cruise to a five-stroke victory over Fred Funk at the U.S. Senior Open. The win was Perry’s fourth career victory on the Champions Tour and he claimed his second major championship in his 11th career start in a senior major. Perry’s 63 in the final round matched Allen Doyle’s final-round score in 2005 as the lowest by a winner in U.S. Senior Open annals. His 72-hole total of 13-under 267 matched Hale Irwin’s number at the 2000 U.S. Senior Open as the lowest four-round score in the history of the championship.
Coupled with his victory at the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship two weeks ago at Fox Chapel Golf Club near Pittsburgh, Kenny Perry became the second player in the last four years on the Champions Tour to win consecutive majors. Bernhard Langer won back-to-back majors in 2010.
Kenny Perry became the first player since Michael Allen to record consecutive wins on the Champions Tour. Allen won the 2012 Encompass Insurance Pro-Am of Tampa Bay and then teamed with David Frost to win the Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf the next week.
Kenny Perry is the third multiple winner on the Champions Tour this year. Bernhard Langer was the first multiple champion, claiming the ACE Group Classic and Greater Gwinnett Championship. David Frost won the Toshiba Classic and the Regions Tradition.
Fred Funk finished second in the U.S. Senior Open for the second consecutive year and was the only player in the field at last week’s U.S. Senior Open to post four straight rounds of par/better.
Duffy Waldorf is the only player to post top-10 finishes in each of the Champions Tour’s first four majors in the 2013 season. Waldorf was T6 at the Senior PGA Championship, T5 at the Regions Tradition, T2 at the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship and T9 at last week’s U.S. Senior Open.
Tom Lehman received the Father Flanagan Award for Service to Youth from the children and staff at Boys Town, Nebraska while in Omaha for last week’s U.S. Senior Open. The honor is annually given to individuals who dedicate themselves to helping kids and the person being recognized must have made a significant contribution to youth and continued to further influence young people by an exemplary public and private life. Previous recipients of the Father Flanagan Award for Service to Youth include Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Bob Hope, Dr. Jonas Salk, Danny Thomas, Julius Erving, Nancy Reagan, Dr. Denton Cooley, Michael Jordan and Laura Bush.
The Champions Tour players scheduled to compete in this week’s Open Championship at Muirfield include past champions Tom Watson, Mark O’Meara, Tom Lehman, Mark Calcavecchia, Nick Faldo and Sandy Lyle. Also in the field are over-50s Peter Senior, Fred Couples, and Vijay Singh.
The Senior British Open presented by Rolex will be played at Royal Birkdale Golf Club on July 22-28.
CHARLES SCHWAB CUP
Kenny Perry earned 1,000 Charles Schwab Cup points for his U.S. Senior Open win and extended his lead in the 2013 Charles Schwab Cup race. Perry has 2,508 points on the season. David Frost, Fred Couples and Bernhard Langer, his closest pursuers heading into last week’s event, did not earn any points at the U.S. Senior Open.
157,076 – The number of fans that came out to support the U.S. Senior Open in Omaha last week, according to the USGA.
ON THIS DATE
7/20/03 – Craig Stadler comes from eight shots back in the final round and becomes the first Champions Tour player to win a PGA TOUR crown when he captures the B.C. Open by one stroke over Alex Cejka and Steve Lowery in Endicott, NY. Stadler’s final-round 9-under-par 63 includes eight birdies and an eagle. One week earlier, Stadler had won the Champions Tour’s Ford Senior Players Championship in Detroit. Stadler’s win at the B.C. Open also made him the fifth oldest (at the time) winner in PGA TOUR history at 50 years, 1 month, 18 days.
DID YOU KNOW?
Steve Elkington’s T6 finish at this year’s U.S. Senior Open is his best result on the Champions Tour in his rookie season.
QUOTES TO NOTE
“That was by far the greatest round of golf I’ve ever played.” – Kenny Perry comments following his final-round, 7-under 63 at Omaha CC to win the U.S. Senior Open by five strokes last week.
TWEET OF THE WEEK
U.S. Open (USGA) @usopengolf Monty: "If the front nine is the flat nine, then we're in trouble, I think they've forgotten we're all over 50." #USSeniorOpen