Expert picks: Senior PGA Championship

May 20, 2009
PGA TOUR staff
Who will win the Senior PGA Championship? Champions Tour producer Lauren Deason and former PGA TOUR and Champions Tour winner Joe Inman make their picks.

Inman captured one title on the PGA TOUR at the 1976 Kemper Open, and won the SBC Senior Classic -- now the AT&T Champions Classic -- three consecutive times on the Champions Tour. He's currently the men's golf coach at Georgia State University.

Inman and Deason will each choose one player they consider a favorite and a sleeper pick (a player who is not in the top 20 in the Charles Schwab Cup standings). Here are their selections for the year's first major.
Inman's picks Deason's picks
Winner: Bernhard Langer. This is a major championship, so that will require more from the players. Just like the PGA TOUR majors, the pool of players that can win shrinks. There will be some pretenders that challenge, but a complete player will win. For that reason, I like Langer.

Winner: Mark O'Meara. O'Meara won the U.S. Amateur at Canterbury back in 1979 it would be fitting for him to earn his first Champions Tour victory 30 years later at the same venue. He's come awfully close to a win this season, with two runner-up finishes and a pair of top-10s in his last two starts, and this two-time major champion will get it done in a big event.
Sleeper: Tom Lehman. Lehman won a few weeks ago with Bernhard Langer at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf, a team event. He makes his first individual start on the Champions Tour this week, and the 1996 British Open winner has the game to compete in major championships.
Sleeper: Fred Funk. He qualifies as a sleeper based on his Charles Schwab Cup points this season, but Funk has actually notched two top-10 finishes in 2009. He's also leading the Tour in driving accuracy and sand save percentage, so watch out for the guy who won the penultimate major championship last year.

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