Senior PGA Championship Preview 2021

Senior PGA Championship Preview 2021

Quick Facts

  • Golf Course: Southern Hills Country Club
  • Par: 70; Yardage: 6,902
  • Designed by: Perry Maxwell (1936)
  • Purse: $3,500,000
  • TV Coverage:
    • Thursday (Golf Channel): 1:00-4:00 p.m. ET
    • Friday (Golf Channel): 1:00-4:00 p.m. ET
    • Saturday (NBC): 3:00-6:00 p.m. ET
    • Sunday (Golf Channel) 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET; (NBC) 4:00-6:00 p.m. ET

Field Overview (as of 5/26/21) 

PGA TOUR Champions heads to the Midwest for the second major of the 2021 calendar year, as 156 players will tee it up at this week’s KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship. Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma will host the Senior PGA Championship for the first time.

  • 6 members of the World Golf Hall of Fame
    • (Ernie Els, Vijay Singh, Retief Goosen, Bernhard Langer, Mark O’Meara, Tom Kite)
  • 72 PGA TOUR winners with 408 total career victories
  • 61 PGA TOUR Champions winners with 272 total career victories
  • 26 with a PGA TOUR Champions major title
  • 22 with a PGA TOUR major title
SeasonFirst-Time Winners

Winners Move Up Charles Schwab Cup Standings

Mike Weir, Alex Cejka and Dicky Pride each vaulted up the Charles Schwab Cup standings as a result of their recent victories. Weir sits 10th, six spots better than he was before his win at the Insperity Invitational. Cejka moved up to 32nd from 70th with his triumph at the Regions Tradition and Pride went from 49th to 31st with his victory in Atlanta.

Bernhard Langer leads the Schwab Cup standings, as the top eight remains unchanged from last week. Ernie Els and Kevin Sutherland, who have each won twice this season, sit No. 2 and 3, respectively. Jerry Kelly and Scott Parel round out the top five, while Miguel Angel Jimenez, Robert Karlsson, Retief Goosen, Jim Furyk and Weir represent Nos. 6-10.

PlayerMoney2020-21 Season
1. Bernhard Langer$1,818,62515 top-10s in 21 appearances
2. Ernie Els$1,715,72611 top-10s in 19 appearances
3. Kevin Sutherland$1,665,50712 top-10s in 19 appearances
4. Jerry Kelly$1,465,096Top-10s in five of his last six starts
5. Scott Parel$1,346,905Seven top-10s in 21 appearances

Major Stretch Coming Up

After one major was contested during the first 21 weeks of the 2021 calendar year, the four remaining majors will be played over the next nine weeks. After this week’s Senior PGA Championship, the Bridgestone SENIOR PLAYERS Championship (June 24-27), U.S. Senior Open Championship (July 8-11) and The Senior Open Championship presented by Rolex (July 22-25) are the three remaining majors on PGA TOUR Champions this season.

Past Winners at Southern Hills

Southern Hills Country Club is hosting its first PGA TOUR Champions major after hosting seven majors on the PGA TOUR and two TOUR Championships. Retief Goosen captured his first major title at the 2001 U.S. Open at Southern Hills, when he defeated fellow Champions Tour player Mark Brooks in an 18-hole playoff. In addition to Goosen, Billy Mayfair (1995 TOUR Championship) and Tom Lehman (1996 TOUR Championship) return to Tulsa as past winners at Southern Hills.

At the most recent major held at Southern Hills, three PGA TOUR Champions players finished in the top five at the 2007 PGA Championship. Woody Austin (2nd), who finished two strokes behind champion Tiger Woods, will tee it up in Tulsa this week, along with Ernie Els (3rd) and John Senden (T4). Southern Hills is also set to host the 2022 PGA Championship as the eighth major at the site after three U.S. Opens (1958, 1977, 2001) and four PGA Championships (1970, 1982, 1994, 2007).

Best Finishes at Southern Hills by Players in This Week’s Field

Retief GoosenWon2001 U.S. Open
Billy MayfairWon1995 TOUR Championship
Tom LehmanWon1996 TOUR Championship
Mark Brooks2nd2001 U.S. Open
Corey Pavin2nd1994 PGA Championship
Woody Austin2nd2007 PGA Championship
Corey PavinT21995 TOUR Championship
Steve Stricker3rd1996 TOUR Championship
Ernie Els3rd2007 PGA Championship
Kenny Perry4th1996 TOUR Championship
Woody AustinT41995 TOUR Championship
John SendenT42007 PGA Championship

Four Major Champions to Make Senior PGA Championship Debut

Major champions Ernie Els, Jim Furyk, Mike Weir and Rich Beem are among the players making their tournament debut at the Senior PGA Championship this week.

Els, currently ranked second in the Charles Schwab Cup standings, has two wins this season (2020 Hoag Classic, 2020 SAS Championship) and 11 top-10 finishes in 19 starts. He has finished in the top five in both majors contested during the 2020-21 wraparound season (T5/2020 Bridgestone SENIOR PLAYERS; T4/2021 Regions Tradition).

Furyk, ranked No. 9 in the Schwab Cup standings, won each of his first two starts on PGA TOUR Champions (2020 The Ally Challenge, 2020 PURE Insurance Championship). In 10 starts, he has never finished outside of the top 20, notching six top-10s.

Weir, ranked 10th in the Schwab Cup standings, earned his first PGA TOUR Champions win at the Insperity Invitational in May. Weir has six top-10s this season, including a pair of runner-up finishes (2020 Dominion Energy Charity Classic, 2021 Cologuard Classic).

  • Ernie Els (4) – 1994, 1997 U.S. Open; 2002, 2012 The Open Championship
  • Jim Furyk (1) – 2003 U.S. Open
  • Mike Weir (1) – 2003 Masters
  • Rich Beem (1) – 2002 PGA Championship

Past Champions in the Field

Seven players who have combined to win eight PGA Championships are in this week’s field, along with eight players who have combined to win 10 Senior PGA Championships. Each winner of the last six Senior PGA Championships, dating back to 2014, is in the field this week.

PlayerPGA Championship Wins
Rich Beem2002
Mark Brooks1996
John Daly1991
Shaun Micheel2003
Vijay Singh1998, 2004
Jeff Sluman1988
David Toms2001
PlayerSenior PGA Championship Wins
Michael Allen2009
Paul Broadhurst2018
Jay Haas2006, 2008
Bernhard Langer2017
Tom Lehman2010
Rocco Mediate2016
Colin Montgomerie2014, 2015
Ken Tanigawa2019

via PGA TOUR Champions

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