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Bill Zimmerman
Rocco Mediate watches his tee shot at No. 9 during the 2013 Allianz Championship on The Old Course at Broken Sound.
Rocco Mediate watches his tee shot at No. 9 during the 2013 Allianz Championship on The Old Course at Broken Sound.

If most of us fly on a golf trip and our clubs don't make it, we worry about being out a couple of thousand dollars in clubs and gear.

For someone like Rocco Mediate, though, the concern is greater – his equipment is his livelihood. Thus, there was a notable tone of angst to his post on Twitter today:

@RoccoMediate: "Thanks to Delta, I may or may not play this week. Zero clubs or bags. #brutal #seniorbritishopen"

Even the best-equipped tour vans at any tournament might not be able to convince a player that their lost set of clubs has ...

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James Achenbach
Peter Jacobsen during the 2013 Senior PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club.
Peter Jacobsen during the 2013 Senior PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club.

Peter Jacobsen’s confrontation with dehydration at the U.S. Senior Open has changed his life.

“I will never put myself in that position again,” said Jacobsen, reflecting on the episode. “It was really scary, and I think there is a lesson here for all golfers: Every one of us needs to be conscious of drinking lots of water. There are no special exemptions.”

Jacobsen played nine holes at the Senior Open, at which point paramedics advised him to stop playing. Temperatures were in the 90s, and the host Omaha (Neb.) Country Club was extremely hilly.

“I was walking around ...

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Brentley Romine
Fred Couples, right, and Slugger White during a practice round Tuesday for Open Championship at Muirfield in Gullane, Scotland.
Fred Couples, right, and Slugger White during a practice round Tuesday for Open Championship at Muirfield in Gullane, Scotland.

Fred Couples hasn't played an Open Championship since 2006, when he missed the cut.

That will change this year at Muirfield as Couples, 53, tees it up in the Open Championship for the first time in seven years.

"It's great to have the chance to play in one more Open," Couples told TheSportsCampus in a story published on Monday.

Couples has nine top 10s in his career at the Open Championship, but no victories. His best Open finish is T-3, which he's achieved twice, in 1991 at Royal Birkdale and in 2005 at St. Andrews.

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James Achenbach
Kenny Perry after winning the 2013 U.S. Senior Open at Omaha (Neb.) CC.
Kenny Perry after winning the 2013 U.S. Senior Open at Omaha (Neb.) CC.

OMAHA, Neb. – Golf fans at the U.S. Senior Open experienced a flash flood of birdies. Kenny Perry, the winner, had nine birdies all by himself in a final-round 63.

It was a celebration of superlative golf and it was fun to watch.

So I ask for your opinion: birdies or bogeys?

During the past month, I traveled to both the U.S. Open and U.S. Senior Open. These two U.S. Golf Association national championships might as well be held on separate planets, because one is nothing like the other.

Justin Rose’s winning score at the U ...

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Bill Zimmerman
Kenny Perry after winning the 2013 U.S. Senior Open at Omaha (Neb.) CC.
Kenny Perry after winning the 2013 U.S. Senior Open at Omaha (Neb.) CC.

Back-to-back birdies at Nos. 14-15 enabled Kenny Perry to comfortably ride pars the rest of the way into the clubhouse for the 2013 U.S. Senior Open title.

Perry topped Fred Funk by five shots, with Rocco Mediate and Corey Pavin another shot back, as he claimed his second straight major.

Here are 5 Things to Know about Perry's triumph at Omaha (Neb.) CC:

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1. KENNY CAN: Another major, another come-from-behind triumph for Kenny Perry. The Kentuckian had been known for coming up short in the 1996 PGA Championship and the 2009 Masters, and had done the same in ...

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Kenny Perry during the third round of the U.S. Senior Open.
Kenny Perry during the third round of the U.S. Senior Open.

OMAHA, Neb. — Kenny Perry is getting the hang of these majors. He only wishes it had happened sooner.

Perry completed a masterful performance with a 7-under 63 on Sunday that gave him a five-shot win over Fred Funk in the U.S. Senior Open.

The 52-year-old Kentuckian won his second straight senior major with a flurry. His 64-63 finish and the 10-shot deficit he overcame after 36 holes set tournament records. His 13-under total of 267 matched the lowest four-round score.

"It all came together. Why, after all these years?" Perry said. "Here I am, (almost) 53 years old, and ...

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James Achenbach
Kenny Perry during the third round of the U.S. Senior Open.
Kenny Perry during the third round of the U.S. Senior Open.

It isn’t over until it’s over.

It isn’t over until the fat lady sings.

It isn’t over until the last putt is holed.

And it isn’t over until Kenny Perry runs out of par-4s to drive.

Perry made his move Saturday at the U.S. Senior Open, starting the day 10 strokes behind 36-hole leader Michael Allen and then finishing just two strokes back of Allen after three rounds. Perry shot 6-under 64 while Allen carded a 72 at Omaha Country Club.

With one round remaining, Perry is tied for second with Fred Funk. In ...

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James Achenbach
Fred Funk during the second round of the 2013 U.S. Senior Open at Omaha (Neb.) CC.
Fred Funk during the second round of the 2013 U.S. Senior Open at Omaha (Neb.) CC.

— Downtown, a 12-foot statue of Fred Funk stands in front of the Mutual of Omaha headquarters building at 33rd and Dodge Streets.

Made of composite material, the statue commemorates Funk’s 2009 victory in the U.S. Senior Open at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Ind. It was erected because MOO (I’ve always wanted to use that abbreviation) has been one of Funk’s sponsors for almost a decade.

Funk has never stood taller – blue golf shirt, yellow slacks, white shoes, putter in hand, 10-foot scoreboard behind him. This twice-life-size statue is quite startling and attracted ...

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James Achenbach
Peter Jacobsen during the 2013 Senior PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club.
Peter Jacobsen during the 2013 Senior PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club.

— Tuesday, two days before the start of the U.S. Senior Open, Peter Jacobsen gave me a ride to the media parking lot. Lexus, baby.

The ride took about 10 minutes, and Jacobsen and I talked mostly about the hot weather and the steep hills of Omaha Country Club.

I expressed my concern for the overweight Colin Montgomerie. Jacobsen added that he could lose a few pounds, but he didn't seem concerned. He was excited about the opportunity to win another Senior Open title (he was the champion in 2004).

Three holes into Thursday's opening round ...

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Golfweek Staff
Jerry Pate during the 2012 U.S. Senior Open.
Jerry Pate during the 2012 U.S. Senior Open.

Graham Marsh and Jerry Pate were only able to play one round at the U.S. Senior Open at Omaha (Neb.) CC, both withdrawing before the start of Friday's second round for medical reasons.

Pate, 59, an Alabama Crimson Tide product who has won $15,465 in three Champions Tour events this year, was arguably in contention at 1 over. Marsh, 69, an Aussie who won in 1997 and hadn't played on the Champions Tour this year, had shot 87 on a troublesome hip.

Peter Jacobsen, another past champion (2004), also withdrew Thursday because of dehydration.

In early ...

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Kenny Perry chips a shot on the third hole Thursday during the first round of the U.S. Senior Open.
Kenny Perry chips a shot on the third hole Thursday during the first round of the U.S. Senior Open.

OMAHA, Neb. — Kenny Perry shot a 3-under 67 on Thursday and is tied for the lead at the U.S. Senior Open, putting together a solid start in his bid for a second straight win in a senior major.

Perry, who won the Senior Players Championship two weeks ago at Fox Chapel, Pa., made five birdies against two bogeys at Omaha Country Club. And he's got plenty of company atop a crowded leaderboard.

Michael Allen and Jay Don Blake also shot a 67 on Thursday morning, and Gary Hallberg, Mark O'Meara, Tom Lehman and Fred Funk posted the ...

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James Achenbach
Stan Utley hits a shot to the 14th green during the first round of the 2013 U.S. Senior Open.
Stan Utley hits a shot to the 14th green during the first round of the 2013 U.S. Senior Open.

OMAHA, Neb. -- Here’s all you need to know: Short-game wizard Stan Utley, who perpetually shows up on every modern list of top golf instructors, hit just seven greens in regulation Thursday and still shot 70 in the U.S. Senior Open.

Before the round, I was skeptical about his chances in this national championship for seniors. Utley and 18-hole rounds of golf are strangers these days. When I asked him how much he plays, he replied, “Five rounds this year, keeping score.”

Regardless, Utley performed his magic here at the Senior Open at Omaha Country Club. He continually saved ...

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James Achenbach
Bruce Stewart, who came to Omaha from rural Oregon, signs an autograph at the U.S. Senior Open.
Bruce Stewart, who came to Omaha from rural Oregon, signs an autograph at the U.S. Senior Open.

Why am I so fond of the U.S. Senior Open?

Molalla, Ore., is the answer.

Molalla, a sleepy little country town with a population of about 8,000, is home to Arrowhead Golf Club (not to mention the Buckeroo Rodeo). What’s that got to do with the Senior Open? Everything, because Arrowhead has sent a golfer to the Senior Open in each of the last three years.

Not many clubs – big or small – can claim such a distinction. It was head professional Rob Gibbons in 2011, amateur Pat O’Donnell in '12 and teaching pro Bruce Stewart this ...

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James Achenbach
Tom Watson at Omaha Country Club for the 2013 U.S. Senior Open.
Tom Watson at Omaha Country Club for the 2013 U.S. Senior Open.

Omaha, Neb. – Incorrect rumor of the week: Omaha is flat.

Omaha is not flat. Omaha Country Club, site of the U.S. Senior Open, is not flat. This layout, which opened in 1926, isn’t Mount Everest; it just seems that way. OCC could stand for Outlandish Course Conditions.

I’ve been covering major championship for more than 40 years, and nowhere have I seen another major championship course where the walk is so demanding. It’s up and down all day. Somebody turned a perfectly good toboggan run into a golf course.

I asked Tom O’Toole the same ...

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James Achenbach
Rocco Mediate
Rocco Mediate

OMAHA, Neb. – Hey, rookie. Hey, first-timer. Hey, new guy.

Hey, Rocco Mediate: You are 50 years old and playing in your first U.S. Senior Open.

If we were talking about the National Football League, you would be required to endure a certain amount of hazing and good-natured teasing. You would be warbling the Florida Southern fight song. You would be carrying bags for the veteran players.

But this is golf, and a Champions Tour rookie can make jokes and impersonate a standup comedian at the U.S. Senior Open. Let it be known that Mediate chooses exactly that.

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