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Brent Kelley

This Week: Canadian Open, Senior British Open

By July 22, 2013

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Phil Mickelson is taking some well-deserved time off this week. He needs more time to celebrate his rousing victory at the 2013 Open Championship, the fifth major championship win of his career.

But the golf world moves on - although, for the over-50 set, it doesn't move very far. The Senior Open Championship takes place this week at Royal Birkdale.

The Senior British is the fifth of senior golf's five major championships, and its third in a row on the Champions Tour schedule. Kenny Perry won the preceding two, the U.S. Senior Open two weeks ago, and the Senior Players Championship the week before that.

But we can guarantee that Perry won't win three consecutive senior majors. He isn't playing this week. As Perry usually did in his prime years on the PGA Tour, he is skipping the major in Britain. Perry hates links golf. In fact, Perry played the British Open only six times in his career.

The first senior major champions of 2013 were Kohki Idoki at the Senior PGA Championship and David Frost at the Regions Tradition. And the defending champion at the Senior Open is Fred Couples.

On the PGA Tour, the youngsters head to Glen Abbey Golf Club in the Toronto area for the RBC Canadian Open. The defending champion is Scott Piercy.

The tourney has a pretty good field, too, for the week after the British Open. It includes Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan, Charl Schwartzel, Ernie Els, Jim Furyk, Dustin Johnson, Graeme McDowell, Bubba Watson, Luke Donald and Brandt Snedeker.

The LPGA is off this week, while the European Tour plays the Russian Open.


July 25, 2013 at 9:08 am
(1) Nigely says:

Shame on Kenny Perry not playing at Birkdale. Links golf is where it all started. Phil Mickelson used to have a problem with it and look what happened to him last Sunday!

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