Senior Open Championship Preview

After a wonderful Week at Carnoustie, the PGA Tour Champions invade The Old Course St. Andrews for the 2018 version of the Senior Open Championship.   Bernhard Langer is the reigning Open Champion at 4-under in 2017.  This season, he will be looking to repeat at one of the most Famous Venues in the world.

St. Andrews will be a test this year for the PGA Champions Competitors with a par 72 set up at 7200 yards for the Championship.  Fans all over the world will be tuning in to watch and see the players they grew up rooting for along with some of the most iconic scenery in the History of Golf.

This will be the first time in the history of the Senior Open Championship that St. Andrews will be the host.

 

Langer’s victory last season gave him his 10th Senior Major, the only golfer to reach that number in history.   He also became just one of now three players to win the Open Championship three times on the senior circuit.  The other two were Tom Watson and Gary Player.

Jerry Kelly leads The Charles Schwab Cup Standings and is one of a handful of players that would love to win at St. Andrews.  Others near the top of that list include David Toms, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Paul Broadhurst, and Scott McCarron.

Vijay Singh won the Constellation Seniors Players Championship two weeks ago and is among the Schwab Cup leaders.  He is another favorite to win this week with his length.  With Singh, it’s always been about the Putter.  If he can be consistent and make a few putts this week he will once again contend.

Jeff Maggert was in the playoff with Vijay two weeks ago and lost and is another player that could contend this week.

A couple of other Notables worth mentioning qualified for this Historic Event.   Former PGA players and current Golf Channel Host and Analysts Brandel Chamblee and Gary Koch both qualified for the tournament.  Local (Pittsburgh, PA) Club Pro Legend Bob Ford also qualified for the event.

Scotland – The Birthplace of Golf

We all know the stories about how Golf began and lore behind that.  Scotland is widely known as the birthplace of Golf and there are not many places on earth that a country is more dependent on an Industry it started.

According to research done by KPMG in Association with Oxford Economics, Golf is over a One Billion Dollar Industry.  Currently, one of every 125 jobs in Scotland is relates directly to the industry.  Over 20,000 people are employed in the Golf Industry in Scotland.

TV Coverage

Coverage begins on Thursday at 7AM on The Golf Channel.  The Tee Times are listed below.

Tee Times (EuropeanTour.com)

1 07:00 Tommy TOLLES Henrik SIMONSEN John INMAN
1 07:10 Andres ROSA Chien Soon LU B.R. HUGHES (AM)
1 07:20 Gary MARKS Chip LUTZ (AM) Robert BURNS
1 07:30 David GILFORD Brendan MCGOVERN Spike MCROY
1 07:40 Gary ORR Wes SHORT JR Bruce VAUGHAN
1 07:50 Sven STRÜVER David MCKENZIE Paul GOYDOS
1 08:00 Andrew OLDCORN Miguel Angel MARTIN Larry MIZE
1 08:10 Paul EALES Joe DURANT Scott DUNLAP
1 08:30 Ronan RAFFERTY Costantino ROCCA Kirk TRIPLETT
1 08:40 Roger CHAPMAN Peter O’MALLEY Todd HAMILTON
1 08:50 Philip GOLDING Jeff MAGGERT Duffy WALDORF
1 09:00 Jean VAN DE VELDE Magnus P ATLEVI Marco DAWSON
1 09:10 Paul MCGINLEY Phillip PRICE Billy ANDRADE
1 09:20 Miguel Ángel JIMÉNEZ Tom WATSON Bernhard LANGER
1 09:30 Ian WOOSNAM John DALY Tom LEHMAN
1 09:40 Chris WILLIAMS Jerry KELLY Hale IRWIN
1 10:00 Prayad MARKSAENG Clark DENNIS Kenny PERRY
1 10:10 Greg TURNER Woody AUSTIN Scott VERPLANK
1 10:20 Santiago LUNA Noboru SUGAI Billy MAYFAIR
1 10:30 Anders FORSBRAND Stephen AMES Russ COCHRAN
1 10:40 Stephen DODD Robert GAMEZ Scott SIMPSON
1 10:50 Peter MITCHELL José RIVERO Mike GOODES
1 11:00 David SHACKLADY Mike SAN FILIPPO Pete OAKLEY
1 11:10 David MILLS Ryan HOWISON (AM) Michael MCCOY (AM)
1 11:30 Angel FRANCO Victor CASADO Gene ELLIOTT (AM)
1 11:40 Gary WOLSTENHOLME Paul ARCHBOLD Darrell KESTNER
1 11:50 Vicente FERNANDEZ Bill BREEN Mats DORNELL (AM)
1 12:00 Mauricio MOLINA Kevin SUTHERLAND Brandel CHAMBLEE
1 12:10 Tim THELEN Cesar MONASTERIO Simon P BROWN
1 12:20 Eamonn DARCY Mardan MAMAT Markus BRIER
1 12:30 Jonathan LOMAS Glen DAY Scott PAREL
1 12:40 André BOSSERT Bob ESTES Tom PERNICE Jnr
1 13:00 Mark MCNULTY Peter LONARD Brandt JOBE
1 13:10 Mark MOULAND Peter FOWLER Jerry PATE
1 13:20 Jarmo SANDELIN Loren ROBERTS Brad FAXON
1 13:30 Gordon BRAND JNR Peter BAKER David FROST
1 13:40 Sandy LYLE Des SMYTH Mark JAMES
1 13:50 Colin MONTGOMERIE Corey PAVIN Fred COUPLES
1 14:00 Vijay SINGH Paul BROADHURST David TOMS
1 14:10 José María OLAZÁBAL Sir Nick FALDO Scott MCCARRON
1 14:30 Jesper PARNEVIK Barry LANE Mark CALCAVECCHIA
1 14:40 Paul WESSELINGH Jean-François REMESY Mark BROOKS
1 14:50 Thaworn WIRATCHANT James KINGSTON Jeff SLUMAN
1 15:00 Steen TINNING Tim PETROVIC Gene SAUERS
1 15:10 Mike HARWOOD Steve FLESCH Robert MAXFIELD (AM)
1 15:20 Gary KOCH Tsuyoshi YONEYAMA Fran QUINN
1 15:30 Rafael GOMEZ Bob FORD Jonathan S CHEETHAM
1 15:40 Pedro LINHART Mark RIDLEY G.S. LACY (AM)

 

Author: Jhavelka