Power Rankings: Bridgestone SENIOR PLAYERS
July 08, 2019
By Vartan Kupelian, PGATOUR.COM
- July 08, 2019
- Jerry Kelly is second this week based on his stellar play the last two events. (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 scene shifts this week to Firestone Country Club’s South Course for the inaugural Bridgestone SENIOR PLAYERS Championship where Vijay Singh will defend the title he won last year in a playoff against Jeff Maggert.
In the sixth playoff in the tournament’s history, Singh made birdie on the second extra hole to win. Singh’s final-round 67 tied Maggert at 20-under-par 268. Brandt Jobe finished third at 270, followed by Jerry Kelly and Scott McCarron at 271.
Singh and Maggert matched scores on the first 15 holes before Maggert’s 1-shot lead disappeared with a bogey at the 16th. Singh dominated the par 5 scoring – he was 14-under, including birdies on all four par 5s in the final round – at Exmoor Country Club in Illinois.
The victory was the second for Singh in 2018. He also won the Toshiba Classic.
“To win (my) first major on this tour, I'm really excited about that,” Singh said. “Winning my first tournament at the beginning of the year was big, and now I've won this one, so I look forward to winning a lot more now. I always say, the first one, you get the first one out of the way, you can win a lot more after that.
“Any time you win a tournament no matter what it is, you feel accomplishment, and that's what I feel. I feel like I played well, and it's a win. A win is a win.”
Singh survived a hectic final round.
“The leaderboard was so crowded when we started off,” Singh said. “Jeff took the lead, and then McCarron was up there, too. But then after seven, eight holes, I think Jeff was in the lead and I was just one back, and we literally made birdies on the same holes. And then he made that bogey on 16. He played really well. He did not miss a shot except that shot on 16. So it kind of gave me a little breathing space.”