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    • 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) 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:

    POWER RANKINGS: U.S. SENIOR OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP

    RANK

    PLAYER

    COMMENT

    1 Bernhard Langer Bernhard Langer

    Posted his third victory of 2014 at Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS, his third Champions Tour major title and first since back-to-back victories in 2010 at the Senior British and U.S. Senior Open. Has an impressive lead in Charles Schwab Cup point race.

    Posted his third victory of 2014 at Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS, his third Champions Tour major title and first since back-to-back victories in 2010 at the Senior British and U.S. Senior Open. Has an impressive lead in Charles Schwab Cup point race.

    2 Kenny Perry Kenny Perry

    Couldn’t keep up with Langer in the final round at the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS and blamed it on short game woes. But don’t forget he’s the defending U.S. Senior Open champion so he’ll be ready.

    Couldn’t keep up with Langer in the final round at the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS and blamed it on short game woes. But don’t forget he’s the defending U.S. Senior Open champion so he’ll be ready.

    3 Colin Montgomerie Colin Montgomerie

    He’s No. 3 in the Charles Schwab Cup point race, Money List and Scoring Average (68.82). He’s second in Putts Per Round (28.45). Missed a top 10 at Fox Chapel for only the second time in 10 starts this season.

    He’s No. 3 in the Charles Schwab Cup point race, Money List and Scoring Average (68.82). He’s second in Putts Per Round (28.45). Missed a top 10 at Fox Chapel for only the second time in 10 starts this season.

    4 Jay Haas Jay Haas

    After seven straight top-5 finishes, he “only” finished T6 at Fox Chapel. He has been T5 or better in 10 of 12 starts this year. His 16 Champions Tour wins include three major titles.

    After seven straight top-5 finishes, he “only” finished T6 at Fox Chapel. He has been T5 or better in 10 of 12 starts this year. His 16 Champions Tour wins include three major titles.

    5 Michael Allen Michael Allen

    Fifth last year at the U.S. Senior Open, this year’s Allianz winner is still looking for that elusive second senior major after winning his Champions Tour debut at the 2009 Senior PGA Championship at Canterbury.

    Fifth last year at the U.S. Senior Open, this year’s Allianz winner is still looking for that elusive second senior major after winning his Champions Tour debut at the 2009 Senior PGA Championship at Canterbury.

    … 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.

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