Editor's note: Vartan Kupelian is the Champions Tour Insider and a PGATOUR.COM Contributor. Each week, Kupelian will size up the field and provide his top 5 players going into the tournament, based on factors such as the player's strengths, the course setup, recent performances, etc.
The Champions Tour kicks off its major championship season this week with the Senior PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis.
Defending champion Roger Chapman will defend the title he won last year at Harbor Shores Golf Club in Benton Harbor, Michigan.
Chapman started his rise to the top of the Champions Tour with a stirring victory at Harbor Shores. Seven weeks later, the unheralded Englishman added a second Champions Tour major title when he captured the U.S. Senior Open at Indianwood Golf & Country Club.
Chapman carved out an unlikely 9-stroke lead at Harbor Shores for plenty of cushion on his way to a wire-to-wire win. His 13-under 271 total was good for a two-shot victory over John Cook. Hale Irwin was another shot back after a closing 68.
With the Senior PGA Championship, Bellerive Club will become only the third course to host the PGA Championship, the U.S. Open, the U.S. Senior Open and the Senior PGA Championship.
This week’s Power Rankings for the Senior PGA Championship:
|Power Rankings: Senior PGA Championship|