Power Rankings: U.S. Senior Opentext sizeJuly 08, 2013
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.
Englishman Roger Chapman will defend his U.S. Senior Open title this week at Omaha Country Club. The U.S. Senior Open is the fourth of five senior major championships on the Champions Tour calendar.
Chapman’s victory was his second major title of 2012, following his success at the Senior PGA Championship.
Chapman joined elite company with his first two Champions Tour victories. Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Hale Irwin are the only other players to win the U.S. Senior Open and the Senior PGA Championship in the same year.
Bernhard Langer, Tom Lehman, Fred Funk and Corey Pavin tied for second last year at Indianwood Golf & Country Club in Lake Orion, Michigan. Langer started the final round with a four-stroke lead but Chapman chased him down with four birdies through 14 holes. Chapman shot a final-round 4-under 66 for a 10-under total and two-stroke victory.
This week’s Power Rankings for the U.S. Senior Open:
Power Rankings: U.S. Senior Open Rank Player Comment Kenny PERRY Two solid tournaments included his first senior major title at the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship at Fox Chapel and moved Perry to No. 1 on the Charles Schwab Cup points list. Fred COUPLES His runner-up finish at the SENIOR PLAYERS was his fourth second of the year. He’s due to reverse that trend, probably sooner rather than later. Leads Champions Tour in Scoring Average (67.65) and All-Around statistics. David FROST A two-time winner (including the Regions Tradition), he relinquished top spot in the Charles Schwab Cup race to Perry but he will be a serious contender at Omaha Country Club. Bernhard LANGER Also a two-time winner, he’s looking to regain his early season form. He finished with two solid rounds of golf at Fox Chapel, including a third-round 63 that verged on being even better. Duffy WALDORF He’s got five top-6 finishes in 7 events, including three in senior majors – T2 at SENIOR PLAYERS, T5 at Regions Tradition and T6 at Senior PGA Championship. Also T5 at Greater Gwinnett and T3 at Principal Charity.