SHOT OF THE HALF YEAR
In the final round at the Cap Cana Championship in the Dominican Republic, Keith Fergus (right) was in the left rough 95 yards from the flag at the 358-yard 17th hole at Punta Espada. He trailed Mark O'Meara and Andy Bean by a stroke. Fergus swung a wedge and the ball landed 10 feet past the pin, spun back toward the hole and dropped in for an eagle. He won by a shot.
PLAYER OF THE HALF YEAR
Before turning 50, Bernhard Langer won 61 times globally, but only three of those victories came in the U.S. As a senior Langer has been a victory machine on American soil. Since hitting the half-century mark in August 2007, Langer has seven Champions tour wins. Last season Langer earned the tour's player and rookie of the year awards, and this year he is again dominating: Langer has three victories and is running away with the money title.
ROOKIE OF THE HALF YEAR
Michael Allen (left) turned 50 in January and won the Senior PGA in his first Champions tour start. But Allen almost certainly won't be eligible for the tour's rookie-of-the-year award. That's because a player needs six starts to be eligible for the honor, and Allen plans to play a full PGA Tour schedule.
LETDOWN OF THE HALF YEAR
After 12 victories in his first four Champions tour seasons, Jay Haas is winless in 2009. Why the drought? Haas has been unable to find a driver to his liking since cracking the head of his beloved Titleist 905R, with which he had won eight Champions titles, at the Legends of Golf in April.
SURPRISE OF THE HALF YEAR
When Nick Price turned 50 in January 2007, everybody expected him to win quickly and often as a senior. But a balky putter and shaky nerves kept Price winless until the middle of April, when he prevailed at the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am for his first Champions title. Despite making three double bogeys in the final round, Price made seven birdies and snapped his 0-for-38 streak with a two-shot win over Larry Nelson.
BOLD SECOND-HALF PREDICTION
Senior PGA victor Allen will win a PGA Tour event to become the only player to get his first Champions tour victory before his first PGA Tour title. The triumph will make Allen the third player to win on both tours in the same season. (The others were Craig Stadler in 2003 and Fred Funk in '07.)