Senior PGA championship
Bernhard Langer was a contender over the first three days of the US Masters in April and if he can reproduce that level of form will take some beating in the Senior PGA Championship. The German veteran has won two Green Jackets but that tally of major championships may not reflect his form and consistency over more than two decades.
The Senior PGA Championship is one of the five major championships in men’s over 50s golf. It is recognised by both main Tours as a major championship and the winner qualifies for the PGA Championship on the regular Tour. Tom Watson is unique in the men’s game that he has won this event but the regular PGA Championship is the only major not in his collection on the regular Tour.
Watson is one of three winners in the last ten years to have won at least one Senior PGA. Hale Irwin has won this tournament four times, most recently in 2004 following a three-peat from 1996 to 1998. Roger Chapman from England is the defending champion but Langer looks the most likely winner of this year’s renewal of the prestigious event.
Langer has two Champions Tour majors to his name, the British and US Open versions in 2010. Despite contending several times in the Open Championship this was a title that eluded him so winning the Senior counterpart adds to Langer’s reputation as a player who can play well on most type of courses.
Mark O’Meara did win the Open Championship, in 1998 at Royal Birkdale, the same year in which he also won the Masters. O’Meara figures inside the top 50 for the three key skills areas of driving distance, greens in regulation and putting. He has major championship pedigree so has the credentials to win his second major at Champions Tour level.