Power Rankings: Ally Challenge
September 09, 2019
By Vartan Kupelian, PGATOUR.COM
- September 09, 2019
- Scott McCarron has won three times this year and is looking for another at the Ally Challenge. (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 and past performances.
Paul Broadhurst returns to one of his favorite destinations this week for the Ally Challenge.
The defending champion won twice last year in Michigan, beginning with the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship and following it up with the Ally Challenge at Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club in Grand Blanc, formerly home of the PGA TOUR’S Buick Open.
“It’s great to be back here,” Broadhurst said.
“It's quite a European-type course. It reminded me of a course we used to play in France, Saint-Nom-la-Bretéche, where we played the Lancôme Trophée, very, very similar. It's nice to play what I consider a European-type course because that's what I'm used to. The course was in great condition, really enjoyed playing here.”
Beginning the final round of the PGA TOUR Champions event 1 shot behind at 9-under-par, Broadhurst got off to an ideal start with a birdie at the first and added three more birdies in succession begin at the fifth hole. That gave him a 2-shot lead. The victory came with a birdie at the final hole.
“One of the tougher wins I've had, no doubt,” Broadhurst said. “My game wasn't 100 percent, I wasn't driving it -- most of the time my driving was okay, but I knew there was always a bad one in there. My wedges have been a bit streaky all week, probably because I didn't practice much the two weeks I've had off.
“But really pleased. And to birdie the last, you know, that was a bit of a dream come true really. I had the perfect yardage in, a bullet of a tee shot and great yardage for my 52 (degree wedge) and then hit it in there to 10 feet. It was a bit of a lag that went straight in the middle, so yeah, nice way to finish.”
Angel Cabrera, the former U.S. Open (2007) and Masters Champion (2009) from Argentina, is making his PGA TOUR Champions debut at Warwick Hills one day after celebrating his 50th birthday
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