2014 U.S. Senior Open: A closer look at the Oklahomans in the field

Seven Oklahomans are in the 156-player field at the 35th annual U.S. Senior Open at Oak Tree National.
by Michael Baldwin Published: July 5, 2014
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Seven Oklahomans are in the 156-player field at the 35th annual U.S. Senior Open at Oak Tree National:

Scott Verplank: Turning 50 the day before the tournament begins, Verplank has won five PGA Tour events and has played on two Ryder Cup teams — and he won the 1984 U.S. national amateur at Oak Tree. The former Oklahoma State standout will make his Champions Tour debut on his home course.


Bob Tway: The 1986 PGA Player of the Year who was immortalized after he holed out from a sand bunker to win the 1986 PGA Championship, Tway has been with Oak Tree almost from the outset. Tway, 55, has earned more than $18 million, including nearly $2 million on the Champions Tour.

Gil Morgan: The Wewoka native has been one of the most consistent golfers on the PGA and Champions tours the past 40 years, earning more than $26 million.

Willie Wood: The fourth member of the Oak Tree gang, Wood won twice on the Champions Tour in 2012 and has the type of putter that can get hot, especially on his home course.

Danny Edwards: One of the first members at Oak Tree in the mid-1970s, the Edmond native moved to Scottsdale, Ariz., 30 years ago. A former race-car driver, Edwards returns to his hometown after shooting a 68 at a one-day qualifier in Mesa, Ariz.

Bill Glasson: A Stillwater resident, the 54-year-old Glasson played at ORU. He won seven PGA Tour events and has earned $9 million on the two tours. Glasson made the U.S. Senior Open field by shooting a 67 at a one-day qualifier in Linden, Mich., but Glasson is the second-highest Okie on the 2014 Champions Tour money list (26th).

Gary Walcher: The Oklahoma City resident once played in 60 PGA Tour events and more than 250 tournaments on the Buy.com tour when he was in his 20s, 30s and 40s. Walcher, though, has worked in the private sector the past decade. He earned a spot by firing a 68 at a one-day qualifier in Aledo, Texas.


by Michael Baldwin
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Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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