Expert picks: Constellation Energy Senior Players

September 30, 2009
PGA TOUR staff
Who will win the Constellation Energy Senior Players 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 as well as a sleeper pick. Here are their selections for this week's event in Timonium, Md.
Inman's picks Deason's picks
Winner: Funk or Langer. Fred Funk and Bernhard Langer are my co-favorites this week. The tournament is in Funk's area and he's helped them with the event, so I've gotta go with Maryland's favorite son. Langer hasn't won a major this year but he's done about everything else, so I'm also picking him to have a good week.
Winner: Loren Roberts. The 2007 winner at Baltimore Country Club, Roberts won't have any trouble on this major championship venue. Not to mention, the last time he finished outside the top 10 on the Champions Tour was in early June. His consistency combined with his experience at the course give him the best chance this week.
Sleeper: Larry Mize. He hasn't won yet but he's gotten close and is playing so well. I'm going to have to go with him over Russ Cochran, who also hasn't won despite several close calls this week. Mize, a former Masters champ, could win his first Champions Tour major this week.
Sleeper: Tom Watson. Coincidentally, he finished second behind my winner pick, Loren Roberts, in Baltimore two years ago. Watson hasn't won on the Champions Tour this season, but he's earned four top-10s, including two after his incredible performance at the British Open.