Roberts plays the third Champions Tour event this week when the tour comes to the mainland, and he has won both of the previous two. The ACE Group Classic will be held in Naples, Fla., and Roberts finds himself in a position that only two other senior players have experienced.
Roberts will be trying to get the victory utilizing his No. 1 strength ' superior putting.
The meat of my game is my putting, he said. If I'm putting well, then it frees up the rest of my game. If I get a little out of sync with the putter sometimes the rest of my game struggles, too. That's just the way I am.
Roberts, who played a PGA Tour event in addition to his two Champions Tour tournaments, left Hawaii nearly $580,000 richer than when he came. He began the year by tying for 18th at the regular tours Sony Open. Roberts then won the Champions Open when he roared to the front after being three shots off Don Pooleys lead when the final round began. A record-setting score of 61, though, got him to the top, and Pooley lost it despite shooting a sizzling 65. Roberts clinched it with a 30-foot birdie putt on the 18th.
Then in his most recent Champions outing, Roberts nailed down the win by making a 9-foot eagle putt on the final hole to edge Scott Simpson. That means that in his only eight Champions starts since turning 50 in July, he has won three times and finished second at the U.S. Senior Open. Roberts is definitely a late-bloomer, having won six times on the regular tour in his 40s.
'You can't predict how things go, but I did feel really ready to play this year,' said Roberts of the current season. 'My game was in order when I showed up.'