Notes: Couples solid in return
Final-round notes at the Senior Open Championship
July 27, 2014
By Champions Tour Staff, PGATOUR.COM
- Despite a rocky final round, Fred Couples managed to finish T13 in his first start since the Regions Tradition. (Clint Hughes/Getty Images)
• Fred Couples finished T13 in his first start on the Champions Tour in two months (Regions Tradition). Couples had been out of action with back issues since playing at Shoal Creek in Birmingham.
• Just five players finished this year’s Senior Open Championship under par, the fewest in this event since 2007 at Muirfield when Tom Watson’s winning score was even par.
• Bernhard Langer’s victory today allowed him to join Colin Montgomerie with multiple majors on the 2014 Champions Tour. Langer also claimed the Constellation Energy SENIOR PLAYERS Championship last month at Fox Chapel Golf Club near Pittsburgh. Montgomerie won both the Senior PGA Championship and the recent U.S. Senior Open. It marks the first time since 1998 that two players have won multiple majors in the same season. Both Hale Irwin (Senior PGA Championship, U.S Senior Open) and Gil Morgan (Regions Tradition, Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS) won two major titles that year.
• In addition to his win today and his win at the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS, Bernhard Langer is the only player to finish among the top 10 in all five major championships on the Champions Tour. Langer was T9 at the Regions Tradition in Birmingham, T3 at the Senior PGA Championship and T9 at the U.S. Senior Open. Joe Durant came into this week with top-10 performances in all of the majors but did not play at the Senior Open Championship.
• Despite a final-round 77, 64-year-old Tom Watson managed to finish T10 at Royal Porthcawl Golf Club. It was the three-time Senior Open Championship winner’s eighth top-10 finish in 12 appearances in the championship.
• After starting the championship with 78 on Thursday, Tom Pernice, Jr. birdied the last two holes to finish T3, the best performance by an American in this year’s Senior Open Championship and his personal best in a senior major. Pernice, Jr. was T8 at last year’s Senior Open at Royal Birkdale.
• Bob Tway finished T6 this year at Royal Porthcawl, his best effort on the Champions Tour in a stroke-play event since he was T3 at the 2012 Montreal Championship. It was also Tway’s personal best in a senior major, besting his T12 at the 2011 Senior Open Championship.
• England’s Jamie Spence, going out in the fifth grouping of the day, carded a final-round 68 and jumped 44 spots in the final standings into a T21. It was the biggest move made by a player in the field on Sunday.
• There were only nine sub-par rounds today compared to 23 sub-par rounds on Saturday and 22 sub-par rounds on Friday. A total of 17 players broke par in the first round on Thursday. The overall field scoring average this year at par-71 Royal Porthcawl was 74.497 (+3.497) compared to 73.495 (+3.495) at par-70 Royal Birkdale last year.
• Royal Porthcawl’s par-4 9th hole played as the hardest in the championship, yielding only 19 birdies with a stroke average of 4.605. The par-5 18th hole played as the easiest with a stroke average of 4.625, giving up 12 eagles and 185 birdies for the week.
• The announced crowd for Sunday at Royal Porthcawl was 10,539 bringing the final attendance figure for the week to 43,503. Last year at Royal Birkdale, a record 45,575 fans turned out for the Senior Open Championship.
• Next year’s Senior Open Championship will be played at Sunningdale Golf Club in Berkshire, England on July 23-26, 2015