The Senior PGA Tour’s PLAYERS Championship is complete, so next on the horizon is the 2013 U.S. Senior Open at Omaha Country Club in Omaha, Nebraska.
Kenny Perry took home first in the Senior PLAYERS in Pittsburgh, PA last week. He earned $405,000- the winner’s share of the largest purse of the season on the Senior PGA Tour. The total purse for the PLAYERS was $2.7 million- the Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf event in Savannah ties the PLAYERS for the biggest purse on tour this year. Omaha’s U.S. Open purse is just a shade lower, coming in at $2.6 million.
Before the 2013 U.S. Senior Open, however, comes a week off from competitive play for the Champions Tour players. Folks in and around the Omaha Country Club can expect to see participants in the Open very soon to scout, practice, and get acclimated to the conditions OCC will provide in two weeks. The U.S. Open will take place from July 11 until July 14.
An Omaha World Herald columnist has already seen one competitor (and favorite to win) frequent the club. Read his article here.
With the Senior PLAYERS past us, we’ve got more than enough information (for those who attempt to predict using analytical information) to gauge the field, gather input, and take a guess at what to expect in two weeks. Predictions will come later from Omaha’s Golf Examiner, but here are some statistics that jumped off the page leading up to the 2013 U.S. Senior Open at Omaha Country Club:
We know fairways and greens are of the utmost importance at a U.S. Open. Here’s a look at some of the folks at the top of those categories leading up to the U.S. Open (the list is not comprehensive; again, some of the names along with the stats tend to jump off the page):
- Fred Funk, as always, is near the top of the fairways hit list. In this case, he’s No. 1 at 81 percent. Tom Watson and Bernhard Langer, other favorites to contend in Omaha, aren’t far behind. Watson hits 74 percent of the fairways while Langer hits 73.
- Greens in regulation- another must for those who want to take home the Open trophy- yield some of the same names as above, but also some others. Tom Lehman leads the Tour, hitting 78 percent of the greens during competition. Amazing. Fred Couples is just behind him, hitting only a few decimal points fewer. Bernhard Langer, not surprisingly, hits 3 out of every 4 greens. David Frost, a familiar name among leaderboards on the 2013 circuit, hits 73 percent of the greens in regulation.
- An interesting note: Bart Bryant is in the top 5 of both the fairways hit and greens hit categories, yet he’s not had many very good finishes this season. His flatstick must be the key…A good week with the putter might just get Bart a major championship.
- When you aren’t hitting greens, it’s important to get up and down, whether in a U.S. Open or otherwise. Here are some leaders in the scrambling category entering the 2013 U.S. Senior Open: Tom Watson leads the way, getting up and down 69 percent of the time after missing the green. Not far behind are Couples and Langer at 68 and 67 percent respectively. Langer’s name is appearing everywhere, isn’t it?
- Consistency is usually a good sign that one can be competitive, even victorious, in major championships. Here are some notes on 2013 top ten and top three finishes: David Frost has 8 top tens so far this year, as does Langer. Langer also leads the tour with 6 finishes in the top 3. Freddie Couples has played only 7 events on the Champions Tour this season. He’s finished outside the top ten once. Lehman and last week’s winner, Kenny Perry, finish in the top ten more than half the time they enter. It’s no surprise that they each have 4 top threes to boot. Tom Pernice, Jr., one of the newer members of the Tour, has 5 top 3 finishes thus far in 2013. A darkhorse pick?
Stay tuned for more insight on the 2013 U.S. Senior Open in Omaha soon. Tickets, hotel information, recreation and nightlife activities while in Omaha, and more will be highlighted soon for visitors who are making the trip to Omaha later this month.