Montgomerie shoots ahead in early play
The practice range at Oak Tree National was a place of bewilderment Thursday morning. A cold front brought an early morning thunderstorm along with a 180-degree shift in the wind to the north.
Montgomerie no overnight success
It’s pretty much a consensus of opinion that Bernhard Langer is the favorite to capture the 35th U.S. Senior Open Championship at Oak Tree this week. But in the same breath, Colin Montgomerie of Great Britain is considered a solid contender to lift the championship trophy on Sunday.
“Who me?” asked Montgomerie. “You do know that it took me 22 years to finally win a 72-hole stroke play event in the states,” he said, referring to his four-stroke victory in the Senior PGA Championship at Harbor Shores. Montgomerie shot a 6-under-par 65 in the final round.
Langer ready for challenge
Bernhard Langer is ready for the challenge presented by the Oak Tree National golf course in his quest for yet another championship on U.S. soil.
The answer is Yes!
“If our futball (I know you call it soccer) team is ready to challenge for the World Cup, can I do any less? But they don’t have to play at Oak Tree,” he added.
USGA lauds Oak Tree National, Edmond community
The United States Golf Association was born in New York City in December of 1894 with the purpose of executing national golf championships.
“To conduct that championship schedule, we need great clubs that are, of course, committed and dedicated to our mission and the championship test that you’re going to hear about today from Dan (Burton, USGA Championship Committe Chairman) and Jeff (Hall, USGA managing director of Rules and Competitions) and what we’re trying to achieve to identify these great players,” Tom O’Toole Jr. said Wednesday, who is the president of the USGA.
Perry ready to defend Senior Open title
Edmond’s Scott Verplank said at Oak Tree National you have to hit fairways.
Not only does U.S. Senior Open defending champion Kenny Perry do that, he also is in the top three in driving distance averaging more than 293 yards per drive, which really puts a strain on the older players.
Sluman notes changes all around
Jeff Sluman is enjoying his return to Oak Tree National for the 2014 U. S. Senior Open Championship. But the 57-year-old New York native is having difficulty grasping the fact that it’s been 26 years since he won the 1988 PGA Championship, also hosted at Oak Tree National.
Life, sports intersect at U.S. Senior Open
Sometimes life and sports intersect like they did on Tuesday — U.S. Senior Open Military Appreciation Day — at Oak Tree National.
Mark Gardiner started playing golf when he was 18 years old, a little later than a lot of the players out here. He’s been gearing up for three years for the championship.
During an afternoon press conference, USGA representative Mike Trostel said Gardiner, who is playing in his first U.S. Senior Open, shot a 70 for the only spot at the St. Louis sectional qualifier.
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USGA announces groupings, start times
The United States Golf Association announced July 5 groupings and starting times for the first two rounds of the 2014 U.S. Senior Open Championship, which kicks off Thursday at the 7,219-yard, par-71 Oak Tree National.
The U.S. Senior Open is a 72-hole, stroke-play competition. A field of 156 players will play 18 holes of stroke play on Thursday and Friday, after which the field will be reduced to the low 60 scores and ties. Those players making the cut will play 18 holes on Saturday and Sunday.
If there is a tie upon the completion of 72 holes, a three-hole aggregate score playoff will immediately follow. If this playoff results in a tie, the tied players will immediately continue to play off hole-by-hole until the winner is determined.
If you plan to go, here are the times and starting hole locations to see your favorite golfers:
U.S. Senior Open officials offer parking reminders
About 130,000 visitors are expected to move in and out of Edmond this week as they come to see championship golf at the 35th U.S. Senior Open at Oak Tree National. Tournament play begins Thursday and continues through Sunday.
Event organizers offered the following reminders and tips for parking best practices at the event:
• Spectator parking and transportation for the U.S. Senior Open is free and is minutes away from Oak Tree National at the northeast corner of the Kelly Avenue and Waterloo Road intersection.
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