Senior PGA Championship

October 09, 2008|By Don Markus

FIVE TO WATCH AT FIVE FARMS

Loren Roberts: The tournament's defending champion went on to win the Schwab Cup while finishing second for Player of the Year honors. The so-called "Boss of the Moss" because of his putting prowess, Roberts is having a good year (fifth in earnings) but has won only once.

Eduardo Romero: In his second full season on the Champions Tour, "El Gato" is the hottest player coming into the tournament. He has won three times in his past five events, including the U.S. Senior Open and most recently at the SAS Championship two weeks ago. Romero is second on tour in driving distance (293.8 yards).

Jay Haas: Hasn't won a tournament since taking back-to-back events in May and June, but he had two top-10 finishes in the past two majors, including a tie for third at the JELD-WEN Tradition. A victory this weekend would be his second major this year and lock up Player of the Year for the third time in the past four years.

Bernhard Langer: After winning two tournaments in March, Langer has come close, especially in the majors. He has finished in the top 10 in the first four majors, including second behind Haas at the Senior PGA Championship. The two-time Masters champion is second on the money list behind Haas.

Fred Funk: The former Maryland coach is one of the few players trying to split time between the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour. Bothered by knee problems, Funk has done a lot better with players his age, winning his first major at the Tradition and finishing second in the U.S. Senior Open.

Don Markus

REVIEW OF CHAMPION TOUR'S '08 MAJORS

Senior PGA Championship, Oak Hill Country Club, Rochester, N.Y., May 22-25

Despite shooting a final round of 4-over-par 74, Jay Haas won his second Champions Tour major in three years. His winning score of 7-over 287 was the highest in relation to par in the 51-year history of the event. Haas finished one stroke ahead of Bernhard Langer of Germany.

Senior British Open Championship, Royal Troon Golf Club, Ayrshire, Scotland, July 24-27

John Cook watched a three-stroke lead with 10 holes remaining disappear, capped by a bogey on the final hole of regulation, then saw relative unknown Bruce Vaughan make a 20-foot putt on the first hole of sudden death. It was the first win on either the Champions Tour or PGA Tour for Vaughan.

U.S. Senior Open, Broadmoor Golf Club, Colorado Springs, Colo., July 31-Aug. 3

Eduardo Romero of Argentina bogeyed the last four holes, but others struggled down the stretch as well, allowing Romero to win by four strokes over Fred Funk. Romero became the second Argentine to win the tournament, coming 28 years after Roberto De Vincenzo did it at Winged Foot.

JELD-WEN Tradition, Crosswater Club at Sunriver Resort, Sunriver, Ore., Aug. 14-17

Funk won his first major championship by shooting a 3-under 69 in the final round to beat Mike Goodes by three strokes. Funk built a six-stroke lead through 69 holes before making a double bogey on No. 16 on Sunday and a bogey on No. 17. It was the fifth victory on the Champions Tour for the former Maryland golf coach.

Don Markus

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