Golf

US Senior Open: Story Lines and Predictions

The first story in my mind has to be Bernhard Langer’s quest to win a third major in a row.  It would be unprecedented for him to sweep, but in order to even have a chance he has to go 1-0 one more time.  Here are some Other story lines to keep in mind as we enter the first round of the event.

Bernhard Langer plays a pitch shot on the 13th hole during a practice round ahead of the 2017 U.S. Senior Open at Salem Country Club in Peabody, Mass. on Tuesday, June 27, 2017. (Copyright USGA/Jeff Haynes)

Other than Langer, there are many others with a shot to contend this week including reigning champion, Gene Sauers. Here is a look at a handful that I like for this week.

Fred Couples won last week after taking nearly a month and a half off from the Champions tour, And is just one of two Champions tour multi tournament winner for 2017.

There is Vijay Singh, who was a runner up against Langer in the Senior PGA earlier this season.  If Singh can get his putter going, he has more than a chance.  If he has one of those typical Vijay weeks, he will come up short.

I like Lee Janzen also because he has been close all season.   This is a guy that spent the last 5 or 7 years of his PGA career just trying to get to the Champions tour and has made the best of it.  He is 22nd in Schwab cup points, but has amassed nearly $400k in winnings.  He is steady player and has won a couple US Opens in his career.

Lee Janzen watches his tee shot on the eighth hole during a practice round ahead of the 2017 U.S. Senior Open at Salem Country Club in Peabody, Mass. on Tuesday, June 27, 2017. (Copyright USGA/Chris Keane)

I also like Kenny Perry and Tom Lehman.  Both players have the game to win at a US Open and both are having strong seasons on the Champions Tour.   This will be an interesting test for both players.

If my feet are being held down to the fire, I say Langer wins his third straight on his way to what may be a historic Season.

As for the course, this will be a fun test this week and I would not expect to see anything low like we saw at the US Open two weeks ago.  This course will play much more difficult at nearly 900 yards less.

For those PGA Tour fans not familiar with the Course and Club, here is a piece I took from the Website that tells you really all the history of the course and the area.

 

The Club
On November 4, 1895, twelve of Salem city’s most distinguished citizens, intrigued and for the most part uninformed about a game with Scottish origins called golf, met at the old Salem Club, today known as the John Bertram House on Salem Common, to organize the Salem Golf Club.

Over one hundred years later, Salem Country Club members are indebted to their golfing forebears for having the vision to invest their time and energy for the pursuit of this rather mysterious leisure time activity.

From those humble initiatives evolved one of America’s great courses, deemed one of architect Donald Ross’ finest creations, and anchored by a classic colonial clubhouse.

The Salem Country Club story is a story of men and women members who, through their love of the game and love for a gorgeous piece of Peabody countryside, have preserved and improved upon their club for future generations.

From the earliest years, when members played a primitive nine-hole Salem Golf Club course at Gardner Farm in Peabody and the Goldthwait property near the Salem-Marblehead line, to the modern era spanning the last 8 decades, during which time Salem Country Club has stood on the former Sanders Farm in West Peabody.

Salem’s history has been punctuated by outstanding leadership in times of crisis and prosperity from people like Frank Benson, Andrew Lawrie, Oscar Ives, Samuel Batchelder, Ed Poor, Wilfred Shrigley, Joe Batchelder, Carl Hibbard and Tom Hayes. It is a history marked by the crowning on this course of four national champions and 15 state champions.

A history of dedicated golf, clubhouse, and grounds staff.

A history of accomplished member players – men, women, and juniors.

But most important, a history blessed with thousands of members who have cared for their own families and businesses. We welcome you, as a new member of Salem Country Club, to become a part of the story of the members and guests who have endowed Salem with over 100 years of unsurpassed memories, all for the love of the game of golf.

History of Salem Country Club

On November 4, 1895, twelve of Salem City’s most distinguished citizens, intrigued and for the most part uninformed about a game with Scottish origins called golf, met at the old Salem Club, today known as the John Bertram House on Salem Common, to organize the Salem Golf Club.

Over one hundred years later, Salem Country Club members are indebted to their golfing forebears for having the vision to invest their time and energy for the pursuit of this rather mysterious leisure time activity.

From those humble initiatives evolved one of America’s great courses, deemed one of Architect Donald Ross’ finest creations, and anchored by a classic colonial clubhouse.

The Salem Country Club story is a story of men and women members who, through their love of the game and love for a gorgeous piece of Peabody countryside, have preserved and improves upon their club for future generations.

Form the earliest years, when members played a primitive nine-hole Salem Golf Club course at Gardner Farm in Peabody and the Goldthwait property near the Salem Marblehead line, to the modern era spanning the last 8 decades, during which time Salem Country Club has stood on the former Sanders Farm in West Peabody.

Salem’s History has been punctuated by outstanding leadership in times of crisis and prosperity from people like Frank Benson, Andrew Lawrie, Oscar Ives, Samuel Batchelder, Ed Poor, Wilfred Shrigley, Joe Batchelder, Carl Hibbard and Tom Hayes.

It is a history marked by the crowning on this course of five national champions and 15 state champions.

A history of dedicated golf, clubhouse, and grounds staff.

A history of accomplished member – players – men, women, and children.

But most important, a history blessed with thousands of members who have cared for their own families and businesses.

We welcome you, as a new member of Salem Country Club, to become a part of the story of the members and guests who have endowed Salem with over 100 years of unsurpassed memories, all for the love a the game of golf.

 

Here is the TV Schedule for the Senior US Open.  Follow us this week for all the news,  notes, and big shots.

TV Schedule (all times ET)

Thursday, June 29, 2 p.m.-7 p.m. on Fox Sports 1                            Friday, June 30, 2 p.m.-7 p.m. on Fox Sports 1                             Saturday, July 1, 1 p.m.-6 p.m. on FOX                                                Sunday, July 2, 1 p.m.-6 p.m. on FOX

 

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