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