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.
Will there be another surprise winner this week in a Champions Tour major?
Two of the first three major titles in 2012 have been won by relative unknowns. Englishman Roger Chapman won the Senior PGA Championship and Joe Daley captured the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship two weeks ago.
Can it happen again?
The majors return to Michigan for the second time this year with the U.S. Senior Open at Indianwood Golf & Country Club in Lake Orion, a community 40 miles north of downtown Detroit. The Old Course at Indianwood is a Wilfrid Reid design with a distinctly links look. There's heather, gorse and whins aplenty.
Olin Browne will defend the title he won last year at Inverness Club in Toledo. Browne claimed his breakthrough Champions Tour major in a stretch duel against Mark O'Meara. Browne had an answer for everything O'Meara threw at him, and finished with a three-shot victory with an even-par 71 in the final round. Browne shot 64-69-65-71 for an impressive 15-under 269 total. It was the first victory for Browne since the 2005 Deutsche Bank on the PGA TOUR.
|Power Rankings: U.S. Senior Open Championship|
This week's Champions Tour Power Rankings for the U.S. Senior Open: