Power Rankings: Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS
June 23, 2014
By Vartan Kupelian, PGATOUR.COM
- Jay Haas ranks second in the Charles Schwab Cup standings.
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 Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship returns to historic Fox Chapel Golf Club in Pittsburgh this week where Kenny Perry will defend the title.
Perry broke through as a major champion at Fox Chapel and it was the defining moment in his pursuit of the Charles Schwab Cup. With victories at the Senior PLAYERS and the following week at the U.S. Senior Open, Perry put a lot of distance between himself and the pursuers in the Charles Schwab Cup race and held on to win the coveted season-long competition.
After opening with a 71, Perry fired rounds of 63-63-64 for a 19-under 261l on the rain-soaked Fox Chapel layout. In the final three rounds, he made 19 birdies and two eagles. He won by two strokes over Duffy Waldorf and Fred Couples.
The major championship ended with a classic photo op moment with a TOUR official holding a horn and waiting for Perry, Waldorf and Couples to hole out on the final green before signaling the arriving of another summer squall.
“I knew he was holding the horn for us,” Perry said. “On 15, he told us there was a system coming so once Duffy made it (on the 18th), I just dropped the ball and hit it, whacked it up there, got it in and out of the hole, and he blew the horn. A pretty interesting situation.”
… and another to keep an eye on
Tom Lehman – Posted his ninth Champions Tour victory at the Encompass Championship, a wire-to-wire performance. It was his first since winning the 2012 Charles Schwab Cup Championship.