March 20, 2012
Vartan Kupelian, PGATOUR.COM Contributor
Editor's note: Vartan Kupelian is the Champions Tour Insider and a PGATOUR.COM Contributor. Each week, Kupelian will size up the field and provide his top 5 players going into the tournament, based on factors such as the player's strengths, the course setup, recent performances, etc.
The Champions Tour returns to Biloxi's Fallen Oak Golf Club this week for the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic.
Tom Lehman set the course record -- 64 -- at Fallen Oak last year on his way to a four-shot victory over Nick Price, David Frost and Jeff Sluman.
It was Lehman's second victory of 2011 and helped catapult him to the Charles Schwab Cup. His total of 16-under 200 is a tournament record. The pivotal round for Lehman was the second, where he shot a back nine 7-under 29 on his way to 64.
But Lehman's lead was narrowed at the start of the final round and he needed a solid closing 69 to claim the victory. Price finished with 67. Frost had 69 and Sluman 72.
David Eger won the first Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic in Biloxi in 2010 on the 7,054-yard Fallen Oak course by a shot over Tommy Armour III.
|Power Rankings: Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic|
| || ||Bernhard |
|With a runner-up finish at the Toshiba Classic, Langer moved back to his familiar place atop the Charles Schwab Cup points standing and the Champions Tour Money List. His last three starts have produced three top-five finishes. Impressive on all fronts.|
| || ||Loren |
|The Boss of the Moss made an adjustment in his putting, adding a bit more shaft lean, and it paid dividends with his victory at the Toshiba Classic. When Roberts gets on a roll on the greens, look out. His confidence -- and his game -- soars.|
| || ||Fred |
|The weather at the Toshiba Classic wasn't the kind that gives Couples a warm, fuzzy feeling, but he hung in there and that certainly says something about the current state of his game. He is No. 1 in Scrambling, getting it up-and-down three out of every four times he misses the green.|
| || ||Kenny |
|The winner of the ACE Group Classic returns to the Champions Tour after a T29 at the Transitions Championship. He's No. 1 in Driving Distance on the Champions Tour at 298 yards and No. 5 in Greens in Regulation (75.93).|
| || ||Tom |
|The defending champion is still searching for his best form with only one top-10 in four starts this year. He knows he can rely on solid driving (No. 1 in the Total Driving stat) and All-Around consistency (No. 2) in pursuit of victory.|
This week's Champions Tour Power Rankings for the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic: