2016 PGA TOUR Champions Constellation
SENIOR PLAYERS Championship

The Philadelphia Cricket Club was proud to host the 2016 PGA TOUR Champions Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship on its Wissahickon Golf Course June 7-12, 2016. The Club has a long tradition of hosting major golf events dating back to hosting the U.S. Open in 1907 and 1910 on its St. Martins Course, and the 2016 SENIOR PLAYERS was the latest addition to that storied history.  The Wissahickon Golf Course was restored by Keith Foster in 2013 improving course conditions and showcasing the original and distinctive features of A.W. Tillinghast, the architect and club member who designed the original Flourtown course.

Uncharacteristic high winds and a course playing long and hard led to the entire 81-player field finishing the Championship over par. Per pgatour.com, "the 73.094 scoring average... ranks as the hardest thus far on PGA TOUR Champions this year... The par-4 10th (#17 for members) ranked as the hardest hole this week, and the hardest hole through 12 events this year on PGA TOUR Champions, finishing with a scoring average of 4.418. The par-4 18th (#4 for members) ranks as the second-hardest hole this season, finishing with an average of 4.406. All told, five holes at The Philadelphia Cricket Club rank inside the top 10 on PGA TOUR Champions in terms of difficulty through 12 events."

But just one player finished only one stroke over par, and that is the now three-time defending champion of the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship, Bernhard Langer. After hooking his drive next to a hospitality tent and then landing his approach shot in the left greenside bunker, Langer hit a nearly perfect bunker shot to 12 feet and then sank his par putt on the 72nd hole of the tournament to avoid a three-way playoff. The dramatic finish was the perfect way to cap off a truly special week at The Philadelphia Cricket Club.

Read on to learn more about the 2016 PGA TOUR Champions Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship at The Philadelphia Cricket Club.

The Philadelphia Cricket Club has been selected by the United States Golf Association (USGA) as the host site for the 2020 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship. The dates for the championship, which will be the first USGA championship hosted by the club since the 1910 U.S. Open, are May 23-27.  Click here to read more about this upcoming championship.




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  • Senior Players Day 1 Recap
    • SENIOR PLAYERS Day 1 Recap: Thursday, June 9, 2016



      With only five players shooting below par and the standalone leader in at -2, our Wissahickon golf course (along with some serious, blustery winds) was the clear winner on day 1 of the PGA Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship. We hope you enjoy this first installment of the PCC recap of the previous day's action, with links to articles and quote excerpts below from some of the legends playing in the tournament:


      Bernhard Langer:

      "I love it, it's in fantastic shape, you look at these tee boxes and fairways, you could putt on these, that's how good of shape it's in. it's a great venue, it's any bit as good as the ones we played the last couple years. They always pick great golf courses and this is no exception."


      Colin Montgomerie:

      "You get out of position off the tee and then you're struggling," Montgomerie said. "But I think it's terrific, I really do. I think this is marvelous. This is a real major. This has a major feel to it. You could put these greens on any course worldwide and everyone would be thrilled with them. it's so much of a challenge where par every hole means something, it feels good. It feels great. I love it because this is what majors should be. You should feel like it's a major, and it is. Love it, absolutely love it."


      John Daly:

      "I hit a lot of good shots, it played tough. It played very tough. You had to play the wind on the tee shot. You had to play the wind on the second shot. The wind is affecting everything. The scores are reflecting that. Even-par is pretty good, 2-under is really good. It just goes to show that the golf course is as good as it is. I'm just thankful it rained [Wednesday]. If it hadn't rained, oh my God, that could get out of control."


      Tom Watson:

      "It's a Tillinghast golf course. I've played a lot of Tillinghast golf courses and they are difficult," Watson said. "You really have to hit a lot of quality shots. The greens are very quick and, with this northwest wind, it played very tough today. This golf course is all you want. That's the absolute best I could do. It's a championship golf course. You could hold any type of championship tournament on this course you'd want, I think."


      Rocco Mediate:

      "I don't remember all the names, it's been so long," Mediate said Wednesday of playing Philadelphia-area courses. "I've played a bunch of golf courses in this area. I played Merion only once, back in probably the mid-2000s. I played Aronimink. I liked Merion a lot. Aronimink I loved. I don't know why I liked it more, but it's bigger. This is my favorite of all of them so far" in the area, he said. "It is. I couldn't wait to see it. I went through the video stuff that they did with the redo, and wanted to see what they did. They restored so many things that were gone, covered by trees, bushes and stuff. They opened it all up - genius."


      Jesper Parnevik:

      "When I packed for this tournament, I didn't pack long johns," said Parnevik, who is Swedish. "It's almost like a U.S. Open. If the USGA was here and set the course up, it would have been unplayable. They would have cut the fairways in, had the rough up. I would have probably shot 90. I'm surprised I haven't heard about this place. It's a beautiful place."


      Jay Haas:

      "It's a beautiful place to watch golf, and the course is magnificent."


      Jay Don Blake:

      "Tough golf course out there and I'm just happy to get done with a couple under par... Hit it pretty decent all day... Hit it well, played well and just kind of executed some good shots out there today."


      Jeff Sluman:

      "Overall, pretty happy with the day. Played solid golf in very trying conditions and this golf course is very challenging. It's a great test of golf."

      Round 1 Photo Gallery
      Seniors put on a show we mortals can relate to
      Mediate on a roll entering Seniors Players tourney
      Jay Don Blake Leads Senior Players Championship
      Montgomerie is happy to survive the wind at the Senior Players Championship

  • Senior Players Day 2 Recap
    • SENIOR PLAYERS Day 2 Recap: Friday, June 10, 2016



      Until this year, the lowest-ever 36-hole leading score at the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship was seven under par; as we head into weekend play at the Cricket Club, Brandt Jobe holds the lead at -2, with only two other players, including two-time defending champion Bernhard Langer, under par for the tournament at -1. This is what major golf at the Philadelphia Cricket Club is all about!

      Brandt Jobe:
      "I feel like I'm back on the PGA Tour playing a major or something, because it's just you can't let up for one shot," Jobe said. "One shot and all of a sudden you're like, 'Wow, this is a mess.' It's just a hard golf course, that's all it is. It's very fair. If you hit good shots, you've got opportunities to make putts, but the greens are fast, it's windy. It's got all the elements. It's perfect."  


      Scott Dunlap:

      "It's U.S. Open-caliber golf and scoring," Dunlap said. "If we had four days of perfect 80-degree weather and 5 mph winds, it still ain't 12 to 14 under, maybe 5 or 6. I just had another solid day. Didn't bogey the last this time, so kept it to 1 under and happy to do it."

      Bernhard Langer:
      "This is a major," he said. "We're not here playing a pro-am or a member-member where you put the pins in the middle of the green."

      Barry Lane:
      "
      Wow what a great course we are playing this week in Philadelphia Cricket Club. One of the oldest in the USA." 

      Roger Chapman:
      "
      Best fairways I've ever seen."

      Bob Friend:
      "14th at Philadelphia Cricket Club is a 122-yard par three and it's brilliant. Every course should have a tiny one-shotter."

      Richard Lee, PGA TOUR player:
      "The golf course looks amazing on TV! So many guys are talking about the course out here on tour. Everyone is like, 'man, where is that? Looks so pure!'"


      Round 2 photo gallery

      Brandt Jobe leads Senior Players Championship after two rounds
      Brandt Jobe holding off Bernhard Langer at Senior Players
      Cricket Club layout a test for Senior Players

  • Senior Players Day 3 Recap
    • SENIOR PLAYERS Day 3 Recap: Saturday, June 11, 2016



      As we head into the final day of the championship, the field has separated into two sections: two-time defending champion Bernard Langher, the only player under par... and everyone else. Langer sits alone in red numbers at -2 with Jay Don Blake closest behind him at +1 and five players at +2.

      As evidenced by these 54-hole totals, the golf course didn't exactly ease up for players yesterday despite the least windy day thus far. Per pgatour.com, "the 54-hole lead of 2-under 208 is the highest 54 hole lead in relation to par in tournament history... The 72.938 scoring average ranks as the hardest thus far on the PGA TOUR Champions this year." Strong winds during Sunday's final round mean scores may get even higher by the time all is said and done at the Senior Players. If Langer struggles just a bit with the wind, we're sure to see an exciting finish!


      Bernhard Langer:
      "Sometimes par is a wonderful score," Langer said. "It's a real major, it's like playing the U.S. Open or whatever where par is a good score. So don't blame guys when they play for the middle of the green here and there because there's some long holes out there, some tough holes where most of the guys would be extremely happy to be in the middle of the green. That's what you have to do at times."


      Round 3 photo gallery
      Langer takes 3-shot lead into Sunday
      Langer in position to win Constellation Senior Players Championship

  • Senior Players Final Recap
    • SENIOR PLAYERS Final Recap



      What a fantastic week of golf at the Philadelphia Cricket Club, as our Wissahickon course took the national stage and was lauded by players and media throughout the week. Millions of TV viewers worldwide and thousands of attendees saw a spectacularly conditioned golf course challenge some of the world's best players day in and day out.

      And what a challenge it was. Uncharacteristic high winds and a course we all know to be fair but tough led to the entire 81-player field of PGA TOUR Champions professionals finishing over par for the four-day championship. Per pgatour.com, "the 73.094 scoring average... ranks as the hardest thus far on PGA TOUR Champions this year... The par-4 10th (#17 for members) ranked as the hardest hole this week, and the hardest hole through 12 events this year on PGA TOUR Champions, finishing with a scoring average of 4.418. The par-4 18th (#4 for members) ranks as the second-hardest hole this season, finishing with an average of 4.406. All told, give holes at The Philadelphia Cricket Club rank inside the top 10 on PGA TOUR Champions in terms of difficulty through 12 events."

      But just one player finished only one stroke over par, and that is the now three-time defending champion of the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship, Bernhard Langer! After hooking his drive next to a hospitality tent and then landing his approach shot in the left greenside bunker, Langer hit a nearly perfect bunker shot to 12 feet and then sank his par putt on the 72nd hole of the tournament to avoid a three-way playoff. The dramatic finish was a perfect way to cap off a truly special week here at PCC.

      The club thanks all of you, especially those members who volunteered countless hours of your time, for your support during this tremendous event. We couldn't have pulled this off without you!

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