Five Players To Watch

October 04, 2007|By DON MARKUS

JAY HAAS

The 53-year-old was competitive on the PGA Tour as recently as 2003, when he finished 15th on the money list. He won four times as a Champions Tour rookie in 2005, twice last year and four times this year. He leads the Charles Schwab points race for Player of the Year honors, which he won last year.

FRED FUNK

He will be one of the favorites, given his roots in College Park, his familiarity with the course (having played it while on the Middle Atlantic PGA circuit in the 1980s) and because, at age 51, he is still competitive on both the Champions and PGA tours, having won on each this year.

BERNHARD LANGER

The former two-time Masters champion and the next European Ryder Cup captain is a newcomer to the Champions Tour and has finished 10th and 11th in his first two events. Langer has been in contention at a couple of PGA Tour events this year.

TOM WATSON

Don't be fooled by his age. The 58-year old legend proved that it's just a number when he won the Senior British Open this summer after blowing the U.S. Senior Open. Watson would like to avenge his playoff loss to Don Pooley at nearby Caves Valley in the 2002 U.S. Senior Open.

LOREN ROBERTS

Known as "The Boss of the Moss" during his PGA Tour career, Roberts should do well on the famously undulating Tillinghast greens. He finished second on the money list to Haas after winning four times in his first full season. He has won once this year and has two fourths and a third in the year's first four majors.

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