Midseason Power Rankings
June 13, 2017
By Bob McClellan, PGATOUR.COM
- Bernhard Langer and Scott McCarron are No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in the Schwab Cup race. (Ryan Young/PGA TOUR)
The PGA TOUR Champions regular season has reached an arbitrary halfway mark -- 11 events down and 12 to go before the Schwab Cup Playoffs begin.
While not out with the old (the dominance of Bernhard Langer), it is in with the new (four first-time winners), though interestingly none of the players to claim his first PGA TOUR Champions title is a rookie.
Langer remains the best player on the planet over the age of 50. The German will be 60 long before the start of the Schwab Cup Playoffs, but he shows no signs of slowing down. He already has three wins this year, including the first two majors. No one else has more than one win. In 10 starts Langer has finished below sixth only twice. His lead in the Schwab standings is nearly double that of his nearest pursuer, Scott McCarron ($1,769,651 to $924,351).
McCarron is playing well at the halfway mark. He’s one of the four non-Langer, non first-time winners this season. In the past three events the California native has gone T2, T5 and T2.
Langer is the oldest player to win on PGA TOUR Champions this year. Fellow golden oldies Tom Lehman (58) and Fred Couples (57) also have kept on playing the hits, with each notching a victory.
Couples has played well in 2017, but his sample size is small. He has played in only one individual event since the calendar hit April, and he missed the first two majors. For those reasons, he does not appear in the midseason rankings. Neither does first-timer PGA TOUR Champions winner Vijay Singh, who still devotes most of his time to the PGA TOUR (only three PGA TOUR Champions starts).
None of the rookies this season has made much of a splash. Steve Stricker has played four PGA TOUR Champions events, with his best a runner-up finish in his maiden voyage, the Tucson Conquistadores Classic. Look for him to play a little more in the second half. David Toms (16th) leads rookies in the Schwab standings.