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.
Dan Forsman is the defending champion this week at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai, which is being held at Hualalai GC for the 17th straight year. The purse for the elite 40-player field is $1.8 million.
Five players will be making their debuts at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai. They are Roger Chapman, a two-time major champion last year on the Champions Tour (Senior PGA Championship, U.S. Senior Open); Joe Daley (Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship); Willie Wood, Kirk Triplett and Steve Elkington.
Wood, a two-time winner, and Triplett, the Champions Tour Rookie of the Year, posted their first victories. Elkington won 10 times on the PGA TOUR and is making his Champions Tour debut.
On the flip side, Hale Irwin will make his 18th consecutive appearance in the event. He won twice, in 1997 and 2007. The 2007 victory was the 45th of Irwin’s incomparable Champions Tour career, 16 more than No. 2 on the all-time wins list, Lee Trevino.
This week’s Power Rankings for the Champions Tour’s season-opener at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai:
|Power Rankings: Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai|