Week 10 Power Rankings: Senior PGA Championship

May 19, 2009
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. MORE POWER RANKINGS: PGA TOUR

This week's 70th Senior PGA Championship is the first of five majors on the Champions Tour calendar.

The field at Canterbury Golf Club in suburban Cleveland features 23 major champions who have combined to win 41 major titles.

Defending champion Jay Haas and eight other former Senior PGA Champions are in the 156-player field.

Canterbury is one of the game's most prestigious and historic venues. Jack Nicklaus won the 1973 PGA Championship at Canterbury for his 14th major victory. Others who played in that championship return for the Senior PGA. They are J.C. Snead and Lanny Wadkins, who tied for third; Hale Irwin (T9), Dave Stockton and Tom Watson (T12), Gibby Gilbert (T18) and Charles Coody (T35).

Power Rankings: Senior PGA Championship
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He missed a top-10 finish last week for only the second time this year and has won $968,886 in nine official events, including two wins. Also leads the Charles Schwab Cup race by 350 points. He will take dead aim on winning his first Champions Tour major.
The 2007 Charles Schwab Cup winner is No. 2 on the points list behind Langer, a position Roberts has held for five weeks this year. He continued his fine play with a T4 in Alabama. He is 10th in the putts per green statistic and seventh in the all-around category.
His victory in the rain-shortened Regions Charity Classic was his second win in the last four events. The only other two-time winner this year is Langer. It was the third career Champions Tour title for Fergus, who also won three times on the PGA TOUR.
The two-time Senior PGA Champion will be comfortable at Canterbury, as the course and event suit Haas perfectly. He won his second Senior PGA in '08 at Oak Hill, where he beat Langer by one. His first Senior PGA title came at Oak Tree in a playoff against Brad Bryant.
History is on his side. O'Meara won the 1979 U.S. Amateur at Canterbury. Couple that experience with solid performances this year -- runner-up finishes at Allianz and Cap Cana, and four top-8 finishes in his last five starts.

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