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By Scott Brown
Saturday, June 22, 2013, 11:45 p.m.
 

Here are five favorites at this week's Constellation Senior Players Championship at Fox Chapel:

Fred Couples

The top draw of the championship also has a good chance to win it for the second time in three years. Couples, 53, led at the halfway point last year before struggling with chronic back problems and finishing tied for fourth. “Boom Boom” still possesses a sublime swing, and the former Masters champion is still playing at a high level. Couples contended at The Masters in April and finished tied for 13th.

David Frost

The South Africa native will try to win back-to-back Champions Tour majors when he tees it up at Fox Chapel. Frost, 53, beat Couples by a stroke at the Regions Tradition earlier this month, and he is one of two players who have won more than once on the Champions Tour this season. Frost, a 10-time winner on the PGA Tour, leads the race for the Charles Schwab Cup, given to the top player at the end of the season.

Bernhard Langer

The two-time Masters champion is the only other player to win more than once on the Champions Tour this season and he is the circuit's leading money winner ($1,091,389). Langer, 55, has 89 career victories, and he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame earlier this year. The German crept onto the first page of the leader board at The Masters in April with a string of early birdies before finishing tied for 25th.

Tom Lehman

The 2012 Charles Schwab Cup winner is still looking for his first win of the season, and it could well come at Fox Chapel given how well Lehman played the course last year. He broke 70 in all four rounds and finished second with a score of 12-under par. Lehman, 54, has won three career majors and he has four top 10 finishes in eight starts this season. The 1996 PGA Championship winner leads the Champions Tour in greens hit in regulation (75.8 percent).

Kenny Perry

It's hard to believe Perry, 52, has only won twice on the Champions Tour. He let a major get away last month when he stumbled in the final round of the Senior PGA Championship. He has two runner-up finishes this season and will try to refocus himself at Fox Chapel where he finished tied for ninth last year in the Senior Players Championship

Here are 5 other players who could be atop the leaderboard on Sunday:

Mark Calcavecchia

The former British Open champion was tied for the Senior Players Championship lead going into the final round last year before shooting 74.

John Cook

The affable Cook has had a handful of near-misses in majors on the PGA and Champions tours. He is playing well again this season with a win and five top-10 finishes.

Kohki Idoki

Won the Senior PGA Championship in May, erasing a five-stroke deficit. Senior Players Championship will be only his second event on Champions Tour this season.

Mark O'Meara

Two-time major winner on PGA Tour is due for one on the Champions Tour. His six top-10 finishes this season are tied for second on the Tour.

Tom Watson

One of golf's all-time greats is still competitive at the age of 63. He shot 3-under par last year at Fox Chapel and fell in love with the course.

 

 
 


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