Power Rankings: Boeing ClassicAugust 19, 2013
By Vartan Kupelian, Champions Tour Insider
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 the Pacific Northwest this week for the Boeing Classic, where Jay Don Blake will defend the title.
Blake won last year’s event at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge in a playoff over Mark O’Meara. It was Blake’s third title on the Champions Tour. The playoff marked the fourth time in eight years that the Boeing Classic has been decided in a playoff. In 2011, Mark Calcavecchia and Russ Cochran went to extra holes before Calcavecchia claimed victory.
TPC Snoqualmie Ridge is the only Jack Nicklaus Signature Course in the Pacific Northwest. It offers a spectacular natural setting with Snoqualmie Falls as the backdrop. The course plays to par 72 at 7,264 yards. Each of the four par 3 holes on the card measures over 200 yards.
This week’s Power Rankings for the Boeing Classic:
Power Rankings: Boeing Classic Rank Player Comment Kenny PERRY Padded his lead in the Charles Schwab Cup points list with a T7 at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open, where he got off to a fast start (65) before being overtaken by Bart Bryant. Also leads the Money List and is No. 1 in Putting Average (1.710). Fred COUPLES It’s Homecoming for Couples, a Seattle native. Still winless in ’13, he has four runner-up finishes. No. 1 in Scoring Average (68.46), Birdie Average and All-Around Statistical category, No. 2 in Greens in Regulation and Driving Distance. Bernhard LANGER Continues to chase Perry in the Charles Schwab Cup race, picked up valuable points with a late-charging T10 at Dick’s. He finished 66-66. Four top 10s in last five starts. He’s No. 2 in Scoring Average at 69.06. Russ COCHRAN Returned to form with three 67s at Dick’s to finish T2. Lost a playoff in ‘11 at Snoqualmie Ridge, following a T6 in ’10. He’s No. 2 in Total Driving and No. 3 in All-Around stat. Bart BRYANT Made Champions Tour history by becoming the 1,000th winner when a second-round 62 catapulted him to his first win in his 14th start. The win came after a T4 at the 3M Championship. Also T9 at the U.S. Senior Open.