Power Rankings: Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship
July 09, 2018
By Vartan Kupelian, PGATOUR.COM
- July 09, 2018
- Three-time champion Bernhard Langer tops this week's Power Rankings. (Robert Laberge/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.
Scott McCarron erased a 6-shot deficit with a final-round 66 last year to win the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship.
It was McCarron’s first senior major victory on the PGA TOUR Champions and he did it in historic fashion. The comeback tied the largest in tournament history, a feat Raymond Floyd first achieved in 2000.
McCarron shot 18-under-par 270. Bernhard Langer and Brandt Jobe tied for second, a shot behind, followed by Miguel Angel Jimenez at 272.
McCarron knew what he was up against in the final round.
“Coming from six shots behind and you’re chasing Bernhard Langer, who’s won this tournament three times in a row,” McCarron said. “He has more major wins than anyone in history out here. He’s such a steady player and goes low it seems like every day.
“I thought it was a very difficult task to catch him or pass him but I thought if I go out there and have a good stretch on the front nine, maybe put a little pressure on these guys, you never know what happens. It’s golf.”
After a birdie at the 10th hole, McCarron parred the final eight holes and let Langer and Jobe come back to him. McCarron didn’t lead for the first time until he was in the clubhouse.
Exmoor Country Club, originally designed by Donald Ross, is the site of this year’s SENIOR PLAYERS. The Highland Park, Ill., course is a classic Ross design offering an exceptional blend of holes only a mile from Lake Michigan. It demands creative shotmaking.