Sunday, June 29, 2008

Better With Age?

After 3 rounds, Daniel Chopra (who’s Swedish and of no relation to happiness guru, Deepak Chopra… or is he?) leads the Buick Open by 2 shots over Bubba Watson. Chopra will be going for his second tour victory this season, after winning the Mercedes-Benz Championship this past January.

Two victories in the same season, for any tour professional, are very impressive. But there’s something I noticed on the leaderboard, which struck me as even more impressive.

Out of the top 20 players currently on the board, 6 are at least 44 years of age and older. They are Paul Goydos, Scott Verplank, Woody Austin, Bob Tway, Kenny Perry and Corey Pavin, who will turn 50 in November.

Keep in mind, once a tour player turns 50, they must move aside and make their living on the Champions Tour, so as to open up space for younger players wishing to make the PGA Tour. For players in their early 50s, the Champions Tour has a relatively easier route to the top of the leaderboard considering all the other old fogeys in field.

However, the purses on the Senior circuit are smaller and don’t think Pavin has this in mind today as he guns for Chopra and a potentially bigger payday.

Kenny Perry was and still is a money player. He won the Memorial this year and has 5 tour victories over the last 5 years. He’s currently 5th on the FedEx Cup list, meaning that he will be seeing a lot more tournaments and money down the stretch. He’ll turn 48 in August.

I’m sure most people tend to forget that Bob Tway won the PGA Championship back in 1986 and his stock this year is down with only 4 cuts made out of 9 entries. But hey, you can’t take away the fact that he’s got a major championship to his credit, which is one more major than Sergio Garcia has.

1 Comentário:

DC said...

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