Power Rankings: Allianz ChampionshipFebruary 04, 2013
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.
Does Corey Pavin have another bit of magic in store for the Allianz Championship this week?
A year ago at Broken Sound Golf Club, Pavin won his first Champions Tour title by pulling off an unlikely par save when he turned an 8-iron around and hit a chip shot left-handed on the 14th hole of the final round. It was a pivotal shot that got him into a playoff with Peter Senior which Pavin went on to win with a birdie on the first extra hole.
"That was a once-in-a-lifetime shot," Pavin said afterwards. "I can't think of a better up-and-down I've had in my career. It's not like I practice turning 8-irons over and hit them left-handed. When that happens, you think you're going to win, but I had to get that thought out of my head."
That’s because there was still plenty of work to do at Broken Sound. Pavin and Senior both shot final-round 71s to finish tied at 11-under 205.
This week’s Power Rankings for the Allianz Championship, the first full-field event of the Champions Tour season:
Power Rankings: Allianz Championship Rank Player Comment Bernhard LANGER He was in the top 10 in 14 of his last 15 to end last season, and started this year by missing the playoff in Hawaii by 1 shot. The roll continues. Langer has been relentless and that makes him the player to beat. John COOK He beat an excellent field in Hawaii with some solid golf. Cook dedicated himself to being ready for the season after failing to win in 2012 – the first time in his Champions Tour career – and he reaped an instant reward. David FROST Playoff loser to Cook in Hawaii but demonstrated that his game is purring. Won twice in 2012 and coupled with the showing at Mitsubishi, his expectations will be high. No reason to look elsewhere to find a player in form. Kenny PERRY A final-round 8-under 64 in Hawaii matched the low round of the tournament (Langer also had 64). It was good for a T5 finish. Perry finished 2012 on a pretty good roll, too, with 4 of his nine top 10s – including back-to-back T3 finishes – coming in seven events. Tom LEHMAN He’s in a familiar place after one event - atop the Greens in Regulation stat at 87.04 percent. It helped him to an eighth place finish in Hawaii. His driving is also intact, at No. 3 in the Total Driving stat.