Five Things to Know for Senior PGA Championship
May 21, 2019
By Bret Lasky, PGATOUR.COM
- May 21, 2019
- Bernhard Langer seeks his second Senior PGA Championship. (Getty Images)
The Senior PGA Championship heads to famous Oak Hill in Rochester, N.Y. this week. It's the second major of the 2019 season. Steve Stricker won the first at the Regions Tradition and comes to Rochester after competing in the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black. Bernhard Langer is of course going to be a prohibitive favorite because of his track record, 39 total wins on PGA TOUR Champions and ten major titles.
Scott McCarron enters the major at the top spot on the Schwab Cup standings by over $300,000. He has two wins and six top 10s already this season.
Here are five things to know about the field.
1. Bernhard Langer goes for his 11th major title
Bernhard Langer has a tremendous amount of history at Oak Hill. He was part of Team Europe's 14.5 to 13.5 victory at the 1995 Ryder Cup win at Oak Hill. Langer won his Friday morning foresome paired with Per-Urlik Johansson 1 Up over Ben Crenshaw and Curstis Strange. Langer also won his Saturday morning foresome. Langer did lose his Sunday singles match to Corey Pavin. Langer has of course been downright amazing over his career. He made a major statement in 2010 when he captured his first major at The Senior Open and then the following week won the U.S. Senior Open. He won his lone Senior PGA Championship in 2017 in Washington, D.C.
2. Jay Haas has complicated history at Oak Hill
Jay Haas famously won the 2008 Senior PGA Championship, last one contested at Oak Hill, with an amazing eagle hole-out on the 17th hole. Haas was part of the U.S. Ryder Cup team in 1995 that lost at Oak Hill. He went 1-3 that week with his lone victory coming in Saturday fourball with Phil Mickelson. Haas has great history at the Senior PGA Championship. He has played in 14 and won twice (also won in 2006) and has seven total top 10 finishes including a second place result in 2004 at Valhalla. He came a stroke short to Hale Irwin that year.
3. Ten past Senior PGA Champions in the field
There are ten past Senior PGA Championship winners in the field this week.
Year Player Course Winning Score 2005 Mike Reid Laurel Valley Golf Club -8 2006 Jay Haas Oak Tree Golf Club -5 2008 Jay Haas Oak Hill Country Club +7 2009 Michael Allen Canterbury Golf Club -6 2010 Tom Lehman Colorado Golf Club -7 2012 Roger Chapman The Golf Club at Harbor Shores -13 2013 Khoki Idoki Bellerive Golf Club -11 2014 Colin Montgomerie The Golf Club at Harbor Shores -13 2015 Colin Montgomerie Pete Dye Course at French Lick -8 2016 Rocco Mediate The Golf Club at Harbor Shores -19 2017 Bernhard Langer Trump National Golf Club -18 2018 Paul Broadhurst The Golf Club at Harbor Shores -19
There are also six PGA Championship winners in the field. Shaun Micheel won the PGA Championship in 2003 at Oak Hill with a four-day score of four-under. He beat Chad Campbell by two strokes.
4. Expect a very difficult challenge
Since Arnold Palmer won the Senior PGA Championship in 1980 with a winning score of +1, no Senior PGA Championship has had a winning score over par expect the 2008 Senior PGA Championship held at Oak Hill. Jay Haas won with a score of +7. Bernhard Langer finished in second with a score of +8. Of the 155 players that finished a round at Oak Hill in 2008, there were only 12 under par rounds.
5. There are 35 club professionals in the field
There are 35 total PGA club professionals in the Senior PGA Championship. Notable club professionals include: Omar Uresti, Bob Sowards, Dan Olsen and Jeff Brehaut. Uresti is a two-time winner on the Web.com Tour and collected 14 top 10s on the PGA TOUR. Sowards played in 40 TOUR events and had one top 10 in 2008. Olsen has finished in the top 25 in each of his PGA TOUR Champions starts this year. Brehaut collected 12 top 10s on the PGA TOUR and competed in the Safeway Open this year.