Power Rankings: Montreal ChampionshipSeptember 02, 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 Champions Tour moves from western Canada this week to the Montreal Championship where Mark Calcavecchia will defend the title he won last year in Ste-Julie, Quebec.
Calcavecchia shot a final-round 64 at Richelieu Valley Golf Club, with six birdies and an eagle. His 16-under 200 total was good for a four-shot victory. Brad Bryant was runner-up with Bob Tway and Russ Cochran sharing third.
Richelieu Valley, located about 30 minutes from downtown Montreal, has two 18-hole courses. The Championship this year will be played on the Rouville course, a 7,092-yard, par 72 layout that re-opened earlier this year after extensive renovations, including the redesign of all 18 greens. Richelieu Valley has been the site of two Canadian Open Championships, in 1971 and 1973, and the Canadian Senior Open in 1999.
Larry Mize won the Montreal Championship in 2010, followed by John Cook in 2011 and Calcavecchia. Cook was runner-up in 2010.
The Power Rankings for this week’s Montreal Championship:
Power Rankings: Montreal Championship Rank Player Comment Kenny PERRY The double major winner and leader of the Charles Schwab Cup points race returns to the Champions Tour this week. He’s first in putting average (1.711) and second in scoring average (69.0). Rocco MEDIATE Joined Perry, Bernhard Langer and David Frost as a multiple winner with his convincing seven-shot victory in Calgary and topped the $1 million mark in earnings in his rookie season. Moved up to No. 7 in the Charles Schwab Cup points list. Duffy WALDORF Posted his third straight top-5 finish with a T3 at the Shaw Charity Classic, after a pair of T4s at Dick’s Sporting Goods Open and Boeing Classic. That’s 10 top 10s in 17 starts but still no victory. Tom PERNICE JR. He has five consecutive top-10 finishes, including a victory at 3M Championship and is coming off a T5 at Shaw Charity Classic. Another player with very strong putting statistics. Will he be next to multiple wins? David FROST Picked up Schwab Cup points with a T10 in Calgary and remains third behind Perry and Langer. Strong putting stats support his case and Frost is No. 5 in both scoring average (69.57) and all-around atatistical category.