Tim Jackson a U.S. Senior Open veteran
Tim Jackson
Tim Jackson

By Ron Balicki, Golfweek

The cities change. The golf courses change. Even some of the players change.

For Tim Jackson, it doesn’t seem to matter. There’s just something about the U.S. Senior Open that brings out some of the best for this highly respected amateur.

He’s hoping that will continue this week when he competes in his fourth USGA championship at Indianwood Golf & Country Club in Lake Orion, Mich.

From the time he became age eligible for this event in 2009, the 53-year-old Jackson has made it his top priority on his playing schedule.

“This week, for me, is my whole year,” said Jackson, from Germantown, Tenn., and a 10-time Tennessee Player of the Year. “I pretty much set my whole golf schedule around (U.S. Senior Open).”

While he goes up against the best of the over-50 group, Jackson is hardly intimidated or feels he doesn’t belong.

“I don’t know what it is, but I just feel very comfortable playing in the Senior Open,” he said. “I like the way the USGA sets up the courses and I always try to stay upbeat and positive during the competition.”

It’s been working so far, that’s for sure.

In his U.S. Senior Open debut in 2009 at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Indiana, Jackson wasted little time in making his presence known as he grabbed national attention.

ABOUT THE U.S. Senior Open

The U.S. Senior Open is one of 14 national championships conducted by the USGA. Open to amateurs and professionals who have reached their 50th birthday as of the first day of the championship.

The Senior Open was first played in 1980 with a purse of, get this, just $100,000. Roberto Vincenzo of Argentina was the inaugural champion (winning $20,000), and Arnold Palmer was a popular winner the following year in 1981 at Oakland Hills.

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