Jeff Maggert wins US Senior Open to claim second senior major title
Jeff Maggert is moving into an elite class on golf’s senior circuit. Maggert won the U.S. Senior Open on Sunday for his second major victory on the Champions Tour this year. He closed with a 5-under 65 at sun-drenched Del Paso Country Club, edging defending champion Colin Montgomerie by two strokes.
The victory makes Maggert more than just a repeat winner on the 50-and-over tour. Along with Montgomerie (three) and Bernhard Langer (three), the three have combined to win the last eight majors.
“It’s satisfying just because the guys out here on the Champions Tour are the same guys that I was trying to beat 20 years ago,” Maggert said.
The 51-year-old American won his first senior major last month in Alabama in the Regions Tradition. His only other Champions Tour victory came in Mississippi last year.
Maggert had just three wins in more than 20 years on the PGA Tour, the last in the 2006 St. Jude Classic. Now he has matched that total in a little more than a year on the Champions Tour.
“I had a lot of good runs in the U.S. Open over the years and probably lacked a little maturity to pull it off,” he said. “But certainly, now that I’m an old guy, I’ve learned a lot and was able to just steady myself and play well.”
Maggert made six birdies and one bogey to finish at 10-under 270. He took home US$675,000, a gold medal, a silver trophy and an exemption into next year’s U.S. Open at Oakmont.
Montgomerie closed with a 66. Grant Waite and Langer tied for third at 7 under. Waite had a 67, and Langer, who shared the lead with Maggert after three rounds, shot a 68.
But nobody could shake Maggert, who provided a little bit of drama to a final round that lacked it when his approach on the 18th landed in the upslope of the greenside bunker. He wedged out and made the 4-foot par putt, raising his arms in celebration.
Maggert embraced wife Michelle and their 10-year-old children, twins Madeline and Jake, who came running onto the green — with Madeline leaping into his arms.
His family had taken an early morning flight from South Carolina and showed up on the practice range before Maggert began his round. They had missed his other victories on the Champions Tour and didn’t want to miss another.
“It was a little bit of an extra, ‘Hey, they came all the way here. Don’t screw this up,” Maggert said, chuckling.
Jeff Maggert is kissed by his wife, Michelle, as he poses for pictures with his family, son, Jake and daughter Madeline, both 10, after winning the U.S. Senior Open golf tournament at Del Paso Country Club in Sacramento, California, Sunday, June 28.