Power Rankings: U.S. Senior Open Championship
July 07, 2014
By Vartan Kupelian, PGATOUR.COM
- Bernhard Langer already has one major title under his belt in 2014 and will look for another at Oak Tree National. (Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
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.
After a week off, the Champions Tour returns to continue its run of three straight major championships with the U.S. Senior Open at Oak Tree.
The U.S. Senior Open is the middle event in the sequence. Bernhard Langer won the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship two weeks ago at Fox Chapel. The U.S. Senior Open will be followed by the Senior British Open at Royal Porthcawl in Wales, July 21-27.
This week, Kenny Perry will defend the title he won last year in Omaha. There hasn’t been a successful title defense in the U.S. Senior Open since Allen Doyle won back-to-back in 2005 and 2006.
Perry shot a final-round 7-under 63 to post a 5-shot win over Fred Funk. Perry’s 13-under 267 total matched the lowest four-round score. He overcame a 10-shot deficit after 36 holes with a 64-63 finish.
The Champions Tour Power Rankings for this week’s U.S. Senior Open:
… and one more to watch for
Jeff Sluman – Runner-up finish at the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS was a third straight top 10, including a victory (with Fred Funk) at the Big Cedar Lodge Legends of Golf. He’s fifth in the CSC points race.