October 22, 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.
There will be a new winner this year at the AT&T Championship.
Defending champion Fred Couples has been forced to withdraw due to continuing back problems.
The AT&T Championship in San Antonio is the final full-field event of the Champions Tour season. The top 30 on the money list at the conclusion of this event will advance to next week's Charles Schwab Cup Championship at Desert Mountain Club's Cochise course in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Couples posted a seven-stroke victory last year at TPC San Antonio. Mark Calcavecchia was second, with John Cook and Tom Lehman sharing third.
|Power Rankings: AT&T Championship|
| || ||Bernhard |
|The Champions Tour lists 13 statistical categories and Langer is top 10 in 12 of them, all except Driving Distance (25th). It's a superlative form chart and his performances this year reflect his dominance. In control of the Charles Schwab Cup point race.|
| || ||Tom |
|Needs a big finish to repeat as Charles Schwab Cup winner but it's certainly within reach for the two-time winner this year. No. 2 in All-Around ranking and the Charles Schwab Cup points list, behind Langer in both.|
| || ||Michael |
|He's No. 1 in putts per round (28.50) and putting average (1.734) and anybody who can putt like Allen has this year must be reckoned with. The two-time winner this season is second on the Money List and No. 4 in Charles Schwab Cup points.|
| || ||Jay Don |
|A victory, a runner-up and a T4 in his last four starts have moved him up to No. 6 on the Money List with $1,118,930. His strongest suit statistically has been putting and that's always a good thing.|
| || ||Mark |
|His run of five straight top-10 finishes since his return from injury ended at Rock Barn but not by much -- O'Meara finished T12. Still, it's an impressive stretch of golf that suggests a reward is not far off.|
This week's Power Rankings for the Champions Tour's AT&T Championship: