Whether it’s the back-to-back scheduling with the British Senior Open, competition from the Greenbriar, or just plain bad luck, there are a lot of big names missing from this US Senior Open. Among the missing:
Tom Watson – Greenbriar (not unexpected, since he’s the pro emeritus there)
Greg Norman – ?
Paul Azinger – fatigue (this is funny, because he’s hawking those “energy field” shirts lately that are supposed to fight fatigue).
Fred Couples – back
Scott Hoch – health
Tom Perjice, Jr – Greenbriar
Allen Doyle – health
Don Pooley – back
Mike Reid – fatigue
David Peoples – injury
The good news is that these withdrawals opened the door for a lot of alternates who had played their hearts out in qualifying, but were sitting on the cusp.