May 25, 2010
Vartan Kupelian, PGATOUR.COM Contributor
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.
A Champions Tour season which already has produced a fair share of highlights embarks on its major phase this week with the Senior PGA Championship at Colorado Golf Club.
Michael Allen is the defending champion at the 91st Senior PGA. He produced plenty of highlights in last year's event at Canterbury Golf Club in suburban Cleveland on his way to winning in his Champions Tour debut.
Colorado Golf Club is a Bill Coore/Ben Crenshaw design that follows the minimalist instincts of the two respected course architects. The holes meander through meadows and hillsides, and feature the natural streams and barrancas on 1,100 acres of protected open space. There are dramatic views of Colorado's Front Range throughout the golf course, including awesome views of three 14,000-foot mountain peaks.
|Power Rankings: Senior PGA Championship|
| || ||Fred |
|Is there another Couples-Tom Watson showdown in the offing? Wouldnt that be a classic way to start the Champions Tour major season? Theres no denying what hes done as a Champions Tour rookie. Hes been dominant and brought a heightened level of excitement.|
| || ||Tom |
|Did you see that the winds are blowing hard at Colorado Golf Club? Does that remind you of something else, like the British Open? Who in the field is a better wind player than Tom Watson? A strong wind is not an ill wind for the five-time British Open champion who won the Senior PGA in 2001.|
| || ||Bernhard |
|The last two starts havent been his best but the prospect of a major championship will have him ready. Hes got 10 Champions Tour wins and wants a major title to top it off. Hes 10th in Greens in Regulation and 10th in Putting Average. A revealing combination.|
| || ||Dan |
|Hes coming off a big victory at the Regions Charity Classic which extended his impressive streak of top 10 finishes to five in eight events. Forsman is fifth in driving distance (291.5 yards) and eighth in the All-Around ranking.|
| || ||Tom |
|He posted a T7 at the Byron Nelson last week and has had three straight top 10s on the Champions Tour, including 10 straight subpar rounds. Hes sixth in Greens in Regulation (78.47 percent). If he gets hot with the putter, look out.|
The Tour Power rankings for the Senior PGA Championship: