Power Rankings: Senior British Open

July 23, 2012
Vartan Kupelian, PGATOUR.COM Contributor

Two golfers who made the cut last week at the British Open -- Mark Calcavecchia and Tom Watson -- are poised to challenge once again for the Senior British Open title on the Ailsa Course at Turnberry.


Calcavecchia finished second last year behind Russ Cochran at Walton Heath. Cochran shot a final-round 5-under 67. It was the first major title on the Champions Tour for the left-hander. Calcavecchia's closing 69 fell 2 strokes shy.

Watson's final-round 67 moved him into a tie for third with Corey Pavin (69). Watson has won the Senior British Open three times -- in 2003 (Turnberry), 2005 (Royal Aberdeen) and 2007 (Muirfield).

Bernhard Langer, the 2010 champion at Carnoustie by one shot over Pavin, tied for 12th last year.

Power Rankings: Senior British Open
Rank Player   Comment
This is Turnberry. This is Tom Watson. This is an obvious pick. Turnberry is a place that transforms Watson's game. The five-time British Open champion (including Turnberry, 1977) proved it as recently as three years ago. And he's coming off having made the cut last week at Royal Lytham and St. Annes. He won the first of his three Senior Opens at Turnberry in 2003.
Calc is another who has proven his mettle in Scotland, having won the 1989 British Open at Royal Troon, just down the road from Turnberry. And Calcavecchia is coming off an inspired performance at Royal Lytham & St. Annes where he finished T9.
Rule No. 1 for the Champions Tour Power Rankings: Don't look a gift horse in the mouth. What that means is, when there's an clear choice, take it. The Englishman has won two majors this year -- the Senior PGA Championship and the U.S. Senior Open.
Ten top-10 finishes in 12 starts this season, including back-to-back T2 finishes in major championships - the Regions Tradition and U.S. Senior Open. Langer let a four-shot lead get away at Indianwood. Call it an aberration that he will be determined to reverse. He was T4 at the Senior PGA Championship so his performance in the majors has been top drawer.
No. 1 on the Charles Schwab Cup points list. In his last three Champions Tour starts, all majors, he won the Regions Tradition and tied for second in the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS and the U.S. Senior Open. In the four 72-hole Champions Tour events he's played this year, his fourth round has been in the 60s on each occasion -- three 68s and a 69. He shot 66 in the fourth round of the PGA TOUR's Mayakoba Classic.

The Power Rankings for this week's Senior British Open at Turnberry (Ailsa Course):