Parity begins to unfold on PGA TOUR Champions
July 11, 2018
By Chris Richards, PGATOUR.COM
- July 11, 2018
Bernhard Langer comments before the SENIOR PLAYERS
Bernhard Langer won five of the 10 majors from 2016-2017, including three last year, and he is the Tour’s all-time leader with 10 major victories.
But, believe it or not, parity is unfolding on PGA TOUR Champions.
Starting with Kenny Perry’s win at last year’s U.S. Senior Open, six different players have won the last six majors. Langer is among the half dozen champs, but the run also includes three players that became first-time major winners.
“Two weeks ago (at the U.S. Senior Open) I was asked how many players could win. They said, ‘So there are about 15, 20 guys that can win.’ I said, ‘Are you kidding me? There at least 50, maybe 60, who could win on any given week,’” Langer said.
Scott McCarron took that claim one step further.
“We've got 78 guys. It seems like 70 of them can win week in, week out, which is great, and it's good for our Tour to have that,” McCarron said. “Now we've got some younger guys coming out: Steve Stricker, Jerry Kelly. And it's just going to keep doing that for the next couple years. We've got Chris DiMarco coming out, and we've got some really good players that will be very competitive out here, and so it's fun. You've got to get it while you can.”
Stricker and Kelly are part of last year’s rookie class, which also included David Toms. In the last 18 months, the trio has combined for six wins and 45 top-10s, and all three players have led the Charles Schwab Cup at some point this season.
“We're all champions out here,” said Toms, who won the U.S. Senior Open and is the Tour’s most recent first-time major champion. “We've won tournaments, some more than others. But everybody feels comfortable, I would think.”
That’s certainly the case this week at the year’s fourth major, the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship, as the 78-player field includes 56 PGA TOUR winners (328 total wins) and 52 players with 258 wins on PGA TOUR Champions.
“You have guys that seem to play well every week, but that doesn't mean they win every week,” Toms said. “It's really hard to predict who that guy is going to be.”
After winning last year’s Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship at Caves Valley Golf Club, McCarron described his feeling as “elation.” For Miguel Angel Jimenez, he said he was going to have a “big party” after his Regions Tradition win – fitting for the Most Interesting Man in Golf.
What’s in store for this week’s winner? It’s hard to say because if the recent trend continues, it’ll be the seventh different celebration in the last seven majors.
Tournament Champion Major Titles 2017 U.S. Senior Open Kenny Perry 4 2017 Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship Scott McCarron 1 2017 Senior Open Championship presented by Rolex Bernhard Langer 10 2018 Regions Tradition Miguel Angel Jimenez 1 2018 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship Paul Broadhurst 2 2018 U.S. Senior Open David Toms 1