The Broadmoor will play host next week to the US Senior Open. It will be the East Course that will be a test for the players this year. The East Course will be a stiff test for this group measuring just over 7200 yards with a par of 70. A Great Colorado Springs resort, an original Donal Ross design from 1918 that was later updated by another legend in Robert Trent Jones in the 50’s.
If you want to take it a step forward, the course boasts a 600+ yard par 5 which is a complete rarity on the PGA Champions Tour. The Great Equalizer for this group of players will be the elevation as the course sits at 6400 feet. The air will be thinner and because of that, the course will play shorter that the yardage shows on the card.
The Course design breakdown looks like this:
Holes 1-6 Donald Ross
Holes 7-12 Robert Trent Jones
Holes 13-18 Donald Ross
The Broadmoor itself has hosted the 8 USGA events including 2 previous US Senior Opens in the past including back in 2008 where Edwardo Romero would win here shooting a 6-under par round. Here is the complete list.
1959 U.S. Amateur (East Course): Jack Nicklaus def. Charles Coe, 1 up
1962 Curtis Cup Match (East Course): USA def. Great Britain and Ireland, 8-1
1967 U.S. Amateur (West Course): Robert B. Dickson by one stroke over Marvin “Vinny” Giles III (285-286)
1982 U.S. Women’s Amateur (South Course): Juli Simpson Inkster def. Cathy Hanlon, 4 and 3
1995 U.S. Women’s Open (East Course): Annika Sorenstam by one stroke over Meg Mallon (278-279)
2008 U.S. Senior Open (East Course): Eduardo Romero by four strokes over Fred Funk (274-278)
2011 U.S. Women’s Open (East Course): So Yeon Ryu def. Hee Kyung Seo (281-3-4-3 – 281-3-6-4)
The course is widely known as one of the best in the country, not to mention the fact that it has cornered the market on some of the most Picturesque Mountain Views you will ever see.
It’s a stunning setting and although the course is known for wide open fairways, the teeth of the course come out on the greens. The greens are expansive and hard to read because of their size.
The trees and treen line can pose a threat throughout track because they require players to shape shots and make decisions and take chances in big situations.
Kenny Perry is the defending champion from last years trip to Salem Country Club. Perry would shoot a final round 68 to become the 6th Multiple US Senior Open Champion.
The field this year is once again stacked, though still being finalized with final qualifiers working to get into the field. The field will consist of 156 players including:
Bernard Langer, Michael Allen,Stephen Ames,Lee Janzen,Brandt Jobe,Paul Broadhurst,Olin Browne,Fred Couples,Glen Day,Joe Durant,Doug Garwood,Jerry Kelly,Tom Lehman,Kenny Perry,Vijay Singh,Jeff Sluman,Kirk Triplett, Colin Montgomerie, and Scott Verplank.
Let us don’t forget a couple of other big names that still tool around the PGA Tour including Steve Stricker and Davis Love III, both of which will be participating this week.
— U.S. Open (USGA) (@usopengolf) September 29, 2017
For Stricker, it will be his first US Senior Open at age 51, last season he played the US Open at Erin Hills, where he was the host.
Hale Irwin will be returning with his 5 US Open and US Senior Open Championships under his belt. The only other player in the field that has multiple US Open Championships is Lee Jantzen.
Hall of Fame Pitcher, John Smoltz had a goal in his life and that was not only to be a great pitcher, but also to qualify for the US Open. Well, the first one obviously came true, but the second took a little while, but this year marks the year he can check that off the bucket list.
What an incredible day of golf at Planterra Ridge GC! Jack Larkin and Sonny Skinner tied for medalist honors and John Smoltz secured the third qualifying spot in a playoff! Good luck in the #USSeniorOpen!
— Georgia State Golf Association (@GSGA) June 1, 2018
Smoltz is also a MLB broadcaster so his schedule does not always make room for a guy to not only play enough but to get right enough to qualify for an event like this. But he did just that as he would outlast the others in his qualifier in a playoff. As a note, he did so with a bogey.
This will be a tremendous event, at one of the most Beautiful Courses in the Country, with a field filled with Hall of Fame players including Hall of Fame Baseball Players, this years US Senior Open is Must see TV.
|June 27/Wednesday||Noon-1 p.m.||FS2||Wednesday at the U.S. Senior Open|
|June 28/Thursday||4-9 p.m.||FS1||First Round|
|June 29/Friday||3:30-8:30 p.m.||FS1||Second Round|
|June 30/Saturday||4-9 p.m.||FS1||Third Round|
|July 1/Sunday||4-9 p.m.||FS1||Fourth Round|