Here are 20 favorites capable of winning the 2014 U.S. Open that begins Thursday at Oak Tree National.
Bernhard Langer: The 56-year-old German has dominated the Champions Tour this year with three wins, 11 top-10 finishes and $1.8 million in earnings.
Jay Haas: Finishing in the top 10 in all but one of his 12 events this year, Haas, 60, is fifth all-time in Champions Tour wins (16).
Vijay Singh: The Hall of Famer has 59 professional wins and $68.5 million in career earnings (third all-time). Singh, 51, still primarily plays on the PGA Tour.
Colin Montgomerie: The 51-year-old Scotland native has finished in the top 10 in all but two events (8 of 10) this year and is third on the money list ($979,930).
Jeff Sluman: In addition to winning the 1988 PGA Championship at Oak Tree, Sluman is having a good year (fourth on the money list – $889,125).
Scott Verplank: The Oak Tree pro makes his Champions Tour debut on his home course after earning $27.5 million on the PGA Tour (23rd all-time).
Kenny Perry: The defending U.S. Senior Open champion has six top-10 finishes this year and is fifth on this year’s money list ($869,604).
Rocco Mediate: Coming off a top-20 finish at last week’s PGA Tour stop, Mediate, who has six career PGA Tour wins and two Champions Tour wins, is on a hot streak.
Corey Pavin: The PGA Tour veteran owns 28 pro wins, including 15 on the PGA Tour, highlighted by the 1995 U.S. Open.
Tom Lehman: With six top-10 finishes among his 11 tournaments, Lehman, 55, is eighth on this year’s money list ($739,363).
Joe Durant: The Florida native turned 50 in April. Durant is one of the new Champions Tour players capable of contending on a weekly basis.
Michael Allen: Allen, 55, never won a PGA Tour event, but he has six Champions Tour wins and is sixth on this year’s money list ($816,050).
Bob Tway: No one knows the par-71 layout better than Tway, who has nearly $18 million in career earnings, including $2 million on Champions Tour.
Jeff Maggert: The Texas A&M product, who turned 50 in February, already has one Champions Tour win after earning $19.3 million (top 50 all-time) on the PGA Tour.
Bill Glasson: The Stillwater resident has earned $2.2 million on the Champions Tour after pocketing nearly $7 million on the PGA Tour.
Bart Bryant: The son of a Baptist preacher, Bryant, 51, has finished in the top 10 in half of his dozen Champions Tour events this year.
Jeff Wilson: One of 19 amateurs, Wilson posted the second lowest score in the 110-year history of the U.S. Amateur and is a three-time U.S. Mid-Amateur champion.
Willie Wood: Playing on his home course, Wood leads the Champions Tour in fewest putts per round, always a plus at Oak Tree National.
Doug Garwood: A first-alternate qualifier, Garwood has two top-five finishes this year, including losing a playoff to Tom Pernice Jr.
Kirk Triplett: A three-time winner on both the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour, Triplett is 10th on this year’s senior money list.