Notes: Langer's major win, Couples returns home

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July 26, 2010
PGA TOUR staff

This week, the Champions Tour visits Sahalee CC in Seattle, Washington for the U.S. Senior Open Championship. The purse is $2.6 million with the winner set to earn $470,000. Last year, Fred Funk won by six strokes over Joey Sindelar. Funk's 20-under-par 268 total set a new tournament and USGA record for most strokes under par for 72 holes.

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LAST WEEK

• World Golf Hall of Fame member Bernhard Langer secured his first major title on the Champions Tour with a one stroke win over Corey Pavin at the Senior British Open.

• The Champions Tour has three multiple winners this season. Bernhard Langer joined Fred Couples as a three-time winner. Nick Price, with two titles in 2010, is the third multiple winner.

• With Bernhard Langer's victory at the Senior British Open, the 16 active World Golf Hall of Fame members on the Champions Tour have combined for 200 Champions Tour wins.

Jay Don Blake posted a tie for third at the Senior British Open making him the only player to finish among the top 10 in each of the first two major championships this year (T8/Senior PGA Championship).

• Both J.L. Lewis and Robert Wrenn missed the cut in their Champions Tour debuts at the Senior British Open.

• World Golf Hall of Fame member Sir Bob Charles announced it was his last round of competitive golf after a 78 on Friday to miss the cut at the Senior British Open. The 74-year-old New Zealander plans to spend more time with his family on his farm down-under.

• Mark O'Meara withdrew from the Senior British Open early last week when his father, Bob, passed away on Tuesday at age 81.

Paul Azinger (MDF) was the only Champions Tour player to advance beyond round two at the RBC Canadian Open on the PGA TOUR last week. Fred Couples, Tom Pernice Jr. and Jim Rutledge missed the 36-hole cut.

THIS WEEK

Fred Couples, a Seattle native, is the honorary chairman of the 2010 U.S. Senior Open. Couples has three wins in his rookie year on the Champions Tour and will make his first appearance in a U.S. Senior Open.

1. Bernhard Langer 1,450
2. Fred Couples 1,433
3. Tom Lehman 1,134
4. Nick Price 974
5. Corey Pavin 790

• There were significant changes on the Charles Schwab Cup standings after the Senior British Open. Here's a look at the current standings and points:

Bernhard Langer becomes the third player to lead the Charles Schwab Cup standings in 2010. Tom Watson (1 week) and Fred Couples (13 weeks) are the other two players.

Bernhard Langer is seeking to become the first player to win consecutive senior majors since Tom Watson in 2003 (Senior British Open/JELD-WEN Tradition).

• Five players have played in all 14 events on the Champions Tour this season -- John Cook, Dan Forsman, Mark Wiebe, Mike Reid and Mike Goodes. All are scheduled to play this week.

• 62 -- The lowest round in U.S. Senior Open history, posted by Loren Roberts on Saturday in 2006 at Prairie Dunes.

• The Greenbrier Classic is the focus of the PGA TOUR this week. Since 2005, Tom Watson has been the Greenbrier's Professional Emeritus.

• A field of almost 180 players will play Monday, July 26 at Aronimink GC in the Jay Sigel Invitational benefiting the Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute at the University of Pennsylvania. Sigel's event has raised more than $2 million in 17 years of operation.

• After one month of voting and over 13,000 votes, Facebook fans have chosen the AT&T Championship as their favorite competition. Entering its 26th year, the event received 41 percent of the vote and will be held Oct. 25-31, 2010 at Oak Hills Country Club in San Antonio, TX. The contest was held in conjunction with the "Summer of Fun" promotion on the Champions Tour Facebook page. Become a fan at facebook.com/championstour.

Allen Doyle, Wayne Grady and Bobby Wadkins celebrate birthdays on Monday, July 26. Peter Senior will turn 51 on Saturday, July 31.

ON THIS DATE

• 7/27/97 -- Dave Stockton wins the Champions Tour's 500th event when he beats Kermit Zarley by two strokes at the Franklin Quest Championship in Park City, Utah.

• 7/27/06 -- Corey Pavin sets a new PGA TOUR 9-hole scoring mark when he shoots 8-under-par 26 on the front nine in the opening round of the U.S. Bank Championship on his way to a 9-under-par 61.

• 7/31/05 -- Allen Doyle wins the first of two consecutive U.S. Senior Open titles when he fires a final round 8-under-par 63 (tying a U.S. Senior Open record) and comes from nine strokes back to defeat Loren Roberts and D.A. Weibring by one stroke at NCR CC.

QUOTES TO NOTE

• "I think the best way to prepare for this course would have been to go to a big city, like New York, and maybe play down Fifth Avenue... With the trees being so large, and so close to the fairways, you immediately see the only shot you can possibly hit. And that's straight down the middle." -- Lee Janzen, sharing his thoughts on Sahalee CC during the 1998 PGA Championship.

• "But golf is a finicky game and I'm just going to keep working hard and doing the best I can and hopefully I can be in the hunt on Sunday. I'm cautiously optimistic" -- Corey Pavin, before the start of last week's Senior British Open. Pavin finished second, one stroke behind Bernhard Langer.

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