Power Rankings: Regions Tradition
May 14, 2018
By Vartan Kupelian, PGATOUR.COM
- May 14, 2018
- Jerry Kelly is third in the Charles Schwab Cup standings entering the Regions Tradition. (Michael Cohen/Getty Images)
Vartan Kupelian is a PGATOUR.COM contributor. Each week, Kupelian will size up the field and provide his top 10 players going into the tournament, based on factors such as the player's strengths, the course setup, recent performances, etc.
Bernhard Langer, the man with the most major championships in PGA TOUR Champions history, goes for a third straight Regions Tradition title this week at Greystone Golf Club in Birmingham, Alabama.
The Regions Tradition is the first of two straight major championships. Next week, it’s the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship.
Langer won his eighth major last year at Regions to match Jack Nicklaus. A week later, at the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, Langer added No. 9. He didn’t stop there. He went on to win No. 10 at the Senior Open Championship during the summer.
Langer arrives at Greystone coming off his first win of the 2013 PGA TOUR Champions season and having regained the lead in the Charles Schwab Cup points lead over Steve Stricker.
Langer needed a big comeback last year at Greystone after trailing by as many as six strokes. He began the final round two strokes behind Fred Funk and for the first time won a major title by coming from behind on the final day. Langer has eight straight rounds in the 60s since the tournament moved to Greystone.
Langer shot a final-round 8-under 64 last year to reach 20-under-par 268 and post a 5-shot victory over Scott McCarron and Scott Parel with Marco Dawson and Fred Funk another shot back.
“I didn't think it would have to be that low, but once I got to 17 I just tried not to think about the outcome and all that,” Langer said. “My goal was to get to 20. I figured well, I've got a two- or three-shot lead, if I can get to 20, they won't be able to catch me. So I was very fortunate to make three more birdies coming home and separate myself from the rest."