Power Rankings: The Senior Open Championship presented by Rolex
July 23, 2018
By Vartan Kupelian, PGATOUR.COM
- July 23, 2018
- Bernhard Langer is coming off an impressive T24 finish at The Open Championship at Carnoustie. (Francois Nel/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 reached double figures for senior majors last year when he won his third The Senior Open Championship presented by Rolex at Royal Porthcawl.
Langer’s 10th major triumph on PGA TOUR Champions was his third of the season, putting him alongside Jack Nicklaus as the only two players to win three senior majors in one season. Langer finished 4-under 280 for a 3-shot victory over Corey Pavin.
Langer goes after an unprecedented fourth Senior Open title this week on the Old Course at St Andrews. He proved last week at The Open Championship at Carnoustie that he is in top form. Langer shot 1-under 283 to finish tied for 24th.
“I love links golf, period,” Langer said at Carnoustie. “This is a good couple of weeks, play Carnoustie and St Andrews back to back, it doesn't get a whole lot better than that. So it's fantastic.”
The only other golfers to win the Senior Open Championships three times are Tom Watson (2003, 2005, 2007) and Gary Player (1988, 1990, 1997).
Last year’s win was the fifth in 10 majors by Langer on PGA TOUR Champions. He has finished first or second in The Senior Open championship five times in eight seasons.
“I'm trying to be an inspiration for the older guys and also for the younger generation be a role model,” Langer said. “I strongly believe that you can still get better in your 40s, 50s and maybe even 60s, you obviously lose strength and length off the tee and all that, but you can make up for it by having a stronger mind or better technique or better short game, which is all part of the game.”
Langer proves it every time he tees it up on PGA TOUR Champions.