SENIOR PGA CHAMPIONSHIP
When it comes to handicapping the Senior PGA at Canterbury Golf Club in Beachwood, Ohio, one stat seems to stand out: greens in regulation. Since 2000 all but one winner has ranked in the top 10 in GIR, and the only outlier was 12th (John Jacobs in '03). So who's hitting greens this year? Number 1 is Bernhard Langer (77.22%), but a more interesting candidate might be Dan Forsman, who's second in GIR (77.12%). Forsman earned his first Champions victory earlier this year at the AT&T Classic (in his 12th start) and played well last week at the Regions Charity Classic, finishing 11th. Of course, it would be unwise to sleep on defending champ Jay Haas. He's tied for ninth in GIR.
Officially the Champions tour has five majors, but only three of them feel like majors—the Senior PGA, U.S. Senior Open and Senior British Open. Not coincidentally, those three events have ranked as the three hardest on tour over the last decade. That may help explain why 15 of the 47 Senior PGA winners, almost one in every three, are also in the World Golf Hall of Fame.