U.S. Senior Open notebook: Oak Tree National wins the week

By Cody Stavenhagen and Jenni Carlson Published: July 13, 2014

It wasn’t the most successful week for the Oak Tree Gang with Bob Tway, Gil Morgan, Willie Wood and Scott Verplank all far off the leaderboards.

Same goes for most other golfers in the U.S. Senior Open field, for that matter.

But Wood, an Edmond resident who finished tied for 49th, echoed the overwhelming opinion of the week by saying it was still a win for his home course.

“The club was successful,” Wood said. “It was a really good event, looked great on TV. I think the fans enjoyed it. I don't think it's going to be the last event here. It will be the last event I play in, but it won't be the last event here at Oak Tree, because the golf course. The golf course won this week.”

And that’s not just Wood trying to say the right things.

“All the players I talked to really, really loved it,” Wood said. “This is coming from guys that really aren't all that complimentary. They loved it.”

CONSISTENCY PAYS OFF FOR AUSTIN, FROST

Woody Austin and David Frost never played an incredible round this week, but they finished tied for third at the U.S. Senior Open behind Colin Montgomerie and Gene Sauers.

Frost shot 71-71-71-70, and said his goal entering Sunday was to shoot 2-under. He missed that by one stroke, but didn’t deviate much from his game plan.

“Who knows what can happen on the back?” Frost said Saturday. “I'm not going for fireworks. Play a nice conservative front-nine.”

Austin had rounds of 72, 70, 71 and 70 in his Champions Tour debut

“I wasn't playing good enough to make up ground,” he said. “I was never better than 1-over any day. I was never worse. I just never had it going. There was no 5-under in my game, because I just never got it going.”

BAD LUCK BERNHARD

Despite being in contention all week, Bernhard Langer had a disastrous 6-over Sunday that resulted in him finishing 2-over for the tournament and tied for ninth place. However, Langer might have been a few collective inches away from a much different score.

He had a week full of bad luck on the greens, and he estimated he had 10 putts lip-out in the final two rounds.

“Everything went against me,” Langer said. “I really played good golf actually for the most part, hit a lot of solid shots, just couldn't make a putt.”

Langer has also had his share of positive luck this year. He has three wins and leads the Champions Tour money list.

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