Returning after 16 years to Salem Country Club, the US Senior Open 2017 is all set tee-off this week. The club first hosted the U.S. Senior Open championship in the year 2001.
Salem Country Club offers the sturdiest field of the “Senior” season and this time also it will challenge the golfers when they will enter for the 38th edition of the U.S. Senior Open championship.
Salem Country Club was designed by Donald Ross and opened for play in 1925. Considered one of Ross’ finest works, the course sits on the former Sanders Farm in the Peabody countryside and is anchored by a classic colonial clubhouse. The club was established in 1895 when 12 Salem residents organized Salem Golf Club.
DSPORT will live telecast the U.S. Senior Open 2017.
Here are some of the interesting facts about the championship and the course:
- The USGA accepted 2,680 entries for the 2017 U.S. Senior Open. Entries were filed by golfers in 48 states, including 81 from Massachusetts, and the District of Columbia, as well as 25 foreign countries. The record number of entries is 3,101 in 2002.
- The championship is open to any professional or amateur golfer who is 50 years of age or older as of June 29, 2017. An amateur is eligible with a Handicap Index not exceeding 3.4.
- The starting field of 156 golfers will be cut after 36 holes to the low of 60 scorers and ties.
- Eighteen holes of stroke play are scheduled for each day from Thursday, June 29- till Sunday, July 2. In the case of a tie after 72 holes, a three-hole aggregate playoff will commence immediately after the conclusion of the fourth round.
- Nine participating players have won multiple major championships, with 36 total major victories.
- Practice rounds are already underway and will continue till 28th
- Many of the world’s top golfers age 50 and older including eight-time major champion Tom Watson will compete in the tournament’s 38th rendition.
- Watson has won five Open Championships, two Masters and one U.S. Open Championship. He ranks sixth on the all-time winning major championship list behind only Jack Nicklaus (18), Tiger Woods (14), Walter Hagen (11), Ben Hogan and Gary Player (9 each).
- Faldo has won three Masters and three Open Championships in his prime golfing days and has competed in only a handful of “Senior” tournaments since turning 50.
- The three-time U.S. Open champion Hale Irwin and Vijay Singh with two PGA’s and one Masters will also contest in the 38th edition of the U.S. Senior Open championship.
- Hot Favourites
- The betting favourite is Bernhard Langer, who is going for a third-consecutive major championship, and he is at 9-to-2 (+450) betting odds to start the week.
- Fred Couples, who picked up his second win of 2017 in Wisconsin last week, is next best at 6-to-1 odds. Miguel Angel Jimenez rounds out the top three at 11-to-1.