Power Rankings: Pacific Links Hawai'i ChampionshipSeptember 16, 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.
Vijay Singh will make his long-awaited Champions Tour debut this week at the Pacific Links Hawai‘i Championship.
Singh, who celebrated his 50th birthday in February, has played 19 PGA TOUR events this year. His best finish came in Hawaii – a T20 at the Sony Open.
Willie Wood won last year’s inaugural Pacific Links Hawai’i Championship with birdies on the final two holes to shoot 66 and claim a 1-stroke victory over Bill Glasson. The victory was the second in three events for Woods. It came after his breakthrough win at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open over Michael Allen.
The Kapolei Golf Cub is on the southern base of the Waianae Mountain. It is located on 191 acres of former sugar cane land where course designer Ted Robinson moved dirt to provide elevation and contouring.
This week’s Power Rankings for the Pacific Links Hawai’i Championship:
Power Rankings: Pacific Links Hawai'i Championship Rank Player Comment Kenny PERRY Lost a playoff in Montreal but extended his lead in the Charles Schwab Cup points list. He now leads Bernhard Langer by 857 points with five events remaining before the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, October 31-November 3. Bernhard LANGER Has re-launched his challenge for the Charles Schwab Cup with back-to-back T4 finishes at Boeing Classic and Montreal Championship. No. 2 in scoring average (69.00) and No. 5 in greens in regulation (74.44). Esteban TOLEDO The rookie joined an elite group of multiple winners in ’13 by making up a four-stroke deficit to win in Montreal. Toledo became the fourth consecutive rookie to win a tournament. No. 9 on the Charles Schwab Cup points list. Duffy WALDORF Yes, another top-three finish for Waldorf at Montreal. That’s four top-five finishes in the four-event swing that began at Dick’s Sporting Goods Open. He’s a combined 42-under-par in the stretch. David FROST He’s top 10 in 10 statistical categories, including No. 2 in putting average (1.720) and No. 3 in birdie average (4.31). Frost is coming off a pair of top-10 finishes in Canada.