US Senior Open heads for Oklahoma
BY Bruce Young | Champions Tour | 2014 US Senior Open Championship | Preview | 08 Jul 2014
The Open Championship season continues in both Britain and the US this week when the Women’s British Open and the US Senior Open are played at their respective venues.
The US Senior Open is the most significant event worldwide for over 50 golf and this year it is to be played at the Pete Dye designed Oak Tree GC in Edmond in Oklahoma, the first time the venue has staged the event.
Kenny Perry defends his five shot win over Fred Funk and will start as one of the favourites. Perry has played well in recent week’s including when 4th at the recent Seniors Players Championship and when 28th at the US Open at Pinehurst. His chances appear very good.
Bernhard Langer will again be the player Perry will be watching over his shoulder for. The German has won this event previously and finished runner-up and with three wins this season including a last start victory at the Constellation Players Championship then he is a real threat. Any player capable of finishing 8th at this year’s Masters is more then up to winning against this field.
Jay Haas has been in fine form this season. In ten of 12 starts he has been inside the top 6 and although his best of ten starts in this event came when 3rd in 2004 he is playing so well he has to be a consideration.
Colin Montgomerie was twice runner-up in the US Open and a victory here would perhaps be some consolation. In his second season on the Champions Tour he has been quite outstanding and already won a major when successful at the Senior PGA Championship.
Three Australians are in the field, Peter Senior, Steve Elkington and Peter Fowler. Senior and Elkington have struggled this season although Elkington stormed home in the final round last year to finish 6th. Fowler plays the European Senior Tour but plays well enough to gain starts in the bigger events.
Senior has yet to record a top ten this season but he has shown in the past that he is a big event player and could improve.