Power Rankings: U.S. Senior Open
June 23, 2015
By Vartan Kupelian, PGATOUR.COM
- June 23, 2015
- Miguel Angel Jimenez will be one to watch at this week's U.S. Senior Open. (Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
Vartan Kupelian is the Champions Tour Insider and a PGATOUR.COM Contributor. Each week, Kupelian will size up the field and provide his top 5 players going into the tournament, based on factors such as the player's strengths, the course setup, recent performances, etc.
It’s not often a golfer has the opportunity to defend major championship victories twice in a season. Colin Montgomerie is in that position and so far he’s 1-for-1.
Montgomerie will defend his U.S. Senior Open title this week at Del Paso Country Club in Sacramento. In May, he won the Senior PGA Championship for the second straight year, successfully defending at French Lick.
Montgomerie defeated Gene Sauers in a playoff to win the U.S. Senior Open last year at Oak Tree National. The victory was the first for Montgomerie in nine playoffs as a professional. Twice he lost major championships in playoffs on the PGA TOUR – to Ernie Els at the 1994 U.S. Open and to Steve Elkington in sudden death at the 1995 PGA Championship.
Montgomerie led at the end of the first and second rounds at Oak Tree. He began the final round four shots behind Sauers but forced the playoff with a 2-under 69 for a 279 total, 5-under. David Frost and Woody Austin, making his Champions Tour debut, tied for third at 1 under. Jeff Sluman, Vijay Singh and Marco Dawson tied for fifth at even par.
The Power Rankings for this week’s U.S. Senior Open at Del Paso: