Power Rankings for Senior PGA Championship
May 20, 2019
By Vartan Kupelian, PGATOUR.COM
- May 20, 2019
- Steve Stricker is coming straight from the PGA Championship. (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 and ret year.
The PGA TOUR Champions’ international contingent has dominated the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship since 2012.
Englishman Roger Chapman was the first to claim his stake and international players have continued to win five of the next six championships.
The venue switches this year for the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship to Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y., where at least two top Europeans will have a cozy feeling. Europe, led by Bernhard Langer and Colin Montgomerie, won the Ryder Cup in 1995 at Oak Hill, 14 ½-13 ½.
Japan’s Kohki Idoki won the KitchenAid Senior PGA in 2013, followed by back-to-back victories by Montgomerie in 2014 and 2015. Rocco Mediate broke the European spell with a victory in 2016 at Harbor Shores Golf Club in Benton Harbor, Mich., with Scotland’s Montgomerie the runner-up. Germany’s Langer was third in 2016 and captured the title in 2017. Another Englishman, Paul Broadhurst, is the defending champion.
The Americans on the 1995 Ryder Cup team playing this week at Oak Hill are Tom Lehman, Jay Haas, Jeff Maggert, Corey Pavin and Peter Jacobsen. Also in the field is Shaun Micheel, who won the 2003 PGA Championship at Oak Hill.
Broadhurst shot a final-round 63 and turned a two-shot deficit into a four-shot victory last year at Harbor Shores. The win was his second senior major and fourth victory on PGA TOUR Champions. Broadhurst’s 19-under-par total 265 was good for a 4-shot victory over Tim Petrovic. Jerry Kelly and Scott McCarron finished another shot back.
Power Ranking for this week’s KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship: