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    • Miguel Angel Jimenez will make his Champions Tour debut at the Greater Gwinnett Championship. (Harry How/Getty Images) Miguel Angel Jimenez will make his Champions Tour debut at the Greater Gwinnett Championship. (Harry How/Getty Images)

    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.

    Bernhard Langer will defend his title this week at the Greater Gwinnett Championship at TPC Sugarloaf.

    Langer won the inaugural event by three strokes over Tom Lehman and Tom Pernice, Jr. A second straight victory would give Langer his 20th career win on the Champions Tour.

    Langer shot a final-round 67 last year at TPC Sugarloaf for his 18th win.

    “It’s gratifying to see all the hard work that pays off,” Langer said after making birdie on the 54th hole of the championship. “Sometimes it doesn’t pay off. I’ve had stretches in my career where the more I practiced, the worse I get. Lately, the more I practice the better I get.”

    John Cook is on course to return to the Champions Tour at TPC Sugarloaf after missing two months with sore ribs. Cook is just $28,000 short of becoming the 17th player to win over $10 million in Champions Tour earnings.

    This week’s Champions Tour Power Rankings for the Greater Gwinnett Championship presented by Mitsubishi Cooling and Heating.

    POWER RANKINGS: GREATER GWINNETT CHAMPIONSHIP

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    PLAYER

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    1 Bernhard Langer Bernhard Langer

    A final round 69 moved him into an impressive T8 finish in the Masters. He’s got a victory in Hawaii, a pair of T2s, a T3 and a T7 in his five Champions Tour appearances this year.

    A final round 69 moved him into an impressive T8 finish in the Masters. He’s got a victory in Hawaii, a pair of T2s, a T3 and a T7 in his five Champions Tour appearances this year.

    2 Fred Couples Fred Couples

    He’s No. 2 on the Charles Schwab Cup points list behind Langer in only three events, all top 5 finishes including a victory at the Toshiba Classic. T20 at the Masters with a performance that was more impressive than the final result.

    He’s No. 2 on the Charles Schwab Cup points list behind Langer in only three events, all top 5 finishes including a victory at the Toshiba Classic. T20 at the Masters with a performance that was more impressive than the final result.

    3 Michael Allen Michael Allen

    Let’s not forget the man who is No. 3 on the Charles Schwab Cup list. Allen won the Allianz Championship and has three top 6 finishes in five starts. T13 at Greater Gwinnett last year.

    Let’s not forget the man who is No. 3 on the Charles Schwab Cup list. Allen won the Allianz Championship and has three top 6 finishes in five starts. T13 at Greater Gwinnett last year.

    4 Miguel Jimenez Miguel Jimenez

    Based on his solo fourth-place finish in the Masters Tournament, the Spaniard proved he’s in excellent form and will be a threat in his Champions Tour debut. His performance at Augusta National was quite remarkable.

    Based on his solo fourth-place finish in the Masters Tournament, the Spaniard proved he’s in excellent form and will be a threat in his Champions Tour debut. His performance at Augusta National was quite remarkable.

    5 Colin Montgomerie Colin Montgomerie

    Has finished top 10 in all four starts this year, including a T2 at Toshiba Classic where he closed with 62, a round that has provided a great deal of confidence that he will soon win on the Champions Tour – and he will.

    Has finished top 10 in all four starts this year, including a T2 at Toshiba Classic where he closed with 62, a round that has provided a great deal of confidence that he will soon win on the Champions Tour – and he will.

    … and one more to keep an eye on

    Kirk Triplett – The winner of the ACE Group Classic is fifth on the Charles Schwab Cup points list and No. 8 in Scoring Average (68.67).

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