Power Rankings: Shaw Charity Classic

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August 26, 2013
By Vartan Kupelian, Champions Tour Insider

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 inaugural Shaw Charity Classic will be held this week at Canyon Meadows Golf & Country Club in Calgary, Alberta. It is the third and final new event on the Champions Tour calendar for 2013.

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The tournament purse is $2 million (U.S.) with a $300,000 first prize and 300 Charles Schwab Cup points to the winner.

The Shaw Charity Classic will be the 16th official Champions Tour event to be played in Canada since 1980, and the third in Calgary. Don January (1983) and Brian Barnes (1998) were the first two winners in Calgary.

Three Canadian golfers are in the field: Dave Barr of Kelowna, British Columbia; Rod Spittle of St. Catharines, Ontario; and Jim Rutledge of Victoria.

Shaw Communications, based in Alberta, is one of Canada’s largest telecommunications companies.

This week’s Power Rankings for the Shaw Charity Classic:

Power Rankings: Shaw Charity Classic
Rank Player   Comment
Fred COUPLES Fred COUPLES Promoted to No. 1 after Kenny Perry's W/D. Finished strong at the Boeing Classic with a final-round 66 to finish third, his best finish in his hometown event. It was his fifth top three this year, following four runner-up finishes. Keeps knocking on the door.
Tom PERNICE JR. Tom PERNICE JR. T4 at the Boeing Classic came after a victory at 3M Championship and T15 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Open. Pernice is a cumulative 37-under in those three events and continues among the leaders in putting, par breakers and scoring average.
Duffy WALDORF Duffy WALDORF He has nine top 10s in 16 starts this year, and back-to-back T4 finishes at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open and Boeing Classic. All that’s missing is a first Champions Tour victory.
John RIEGGER John RIEGGER Birdied three of the last four holes, including a clutch putt from 20 feet to hold off John Cook and win last week. Won in his fifth official start to become the fifth rookie winner this year. Joins Esteban Toledo as Q-School graduate too win this year.
David FROST David FROST A winner twice this season, Frost is the only player among the top three in the Charles Schwab Cup points list competing this week so he has a chance to make up valuable ground. He’s No. 5 in the all-around stat category.
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