Power Rankings: Insperity Championshiptext sizeApril 29, 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.
Fred Funk returns to The Woodlands this week to defend his title at the Insperity Championship.
Funk’s victory last year was set up with a majestic shot -- a 5-iron from 174 yards over water - on the final hole which finished within a foot of the flagstick. He tapped in for a 1-shot victory over Tom Lehman.
“One of the best shots I ever hit,” said Funk, who birdied four of the final five holes to close with 67.
Another highlight of the week for Funk was that his 16-year-old son, Taylor, was on the bag.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Insperity Championship, the eighth of 26 official tournaments on the 2013 Champions Tour schedule. The Woodlands is a 7,018-yard, par 72 layout designed by Bruce Devlin and Robert von Hagge.
Bernhard Langer, the 2011 Charles Schwab Cup winner, leads the race through April with 928 points. David Frost is second with 676 points, followed by Tom Pernice, Jr., with 488 points. Langer is the only two-time winner (ACE Group Classic, Greater Gwinnett Championship) on tour this year.
This week’s Power Rankings for the Insperity Championship.
Power Rankings: Insperity Championship Rank Player Comment Bernhard LANGER Langer won his first career event on the Champions Tour in 2007. It came in his fourth start. The event moved to The Woodlands in 2008 and Langer became the first back-to-back winner. He is coming off a victory at the inaugural Greater Gwinnett Championship. Tom PERNICE JR. He has finished among the top 3 in four of his five starts in stroke-play events this year but is still looking for a victory. Finished T2 at both the Allianz Championship and Greater Gwinnett Championship and was T3 at the ACE Group Classic and Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic. Fred FUNK The defending champion is in good form. He teamed with Mike Goodes to finish T2 at the Legends of Golf. And his glowing finish last year must resonate when he tees it up Friday. Here’s a surprise: He’s No. 1 in Driving Accuracy at 83.33 percent. Brad FAXON Faxon returns to the site of his 2011 victory a few days after posting his second Champions Tour win, teaming with Jeff Sluman to capture the Legends of Golf. Faxon’s birdie on the 17th hole of the second round in 2011 gave him a one-stroke lead. When the final round was rained out, Faxon had his first Champions Tour triumph. Jay HAAS He’s had success at the Insperity, winning the rain-shortened event in 2006 and finishing second by two strokes behind John Cook in 2009. Teamed with Fred Couples to finish T4 at the Legends of Golf.