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    • David Frost, a two-time winner in 2013, is finding his groove in 2014 and trending upward. (Michael Cohen/Getty Images) David Frost, a two-time winner in 2013, is finding his groove in 2014 and trending upward. (Michael Cohen/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.

    After back-to-back majors, it’s on to the Principal Charity Classic for the Champions Tour. Russ Cochran will defend the title he won last year at the Wakonda Club, where he outlasted Jay Don Blake.

    It was the fourth career Champions Tour victory for Cochran, who shot a final-round 67. Cochran’s 11-under-par 205 total was the highest winning score at the Principal Charity Classic since Mark McNulty won the 2009 event in a playoff after shooting 10-under 203 at Glen Oaks Country Club.

    Blake was a shot behind Cochran with Mark Calcavecchia, Kirk Triplett and Duffy Waldorf finishing in a tie for third.

    This week’s Power Rankings for the Champions Tour’s Principal Charity Classic:

    PRINCIPAL CHARITY CLASSIC

    RANK

    PLAYER

    COMMENT

    1 Jay Haas Jay Haas

    T3 at the Senior PGA Championship continued his outstanding form in ’13. It was his 8th top 5 finish in nine starts and his second straight T3 in a major. Haas has won the Principal Charity Classic three times (2007-08, 2012).

    T3 at the Senior PGA Championship continued his outstanding form in ’13. It was his 8th top 5 finish in nine starts and his second straight T3 in a major. Haas has won the Principal Charity Classic three times (2007-08, 2012).

    2 Michael Allen Michael Allen

    Winner of the Allianz Championship tied for seventh last year in Des Moines. He’s top 10 in Scoring Average (69.97), Driving Distance, Putts Per Round, CSC points and Money List.

    Winner of the Allianz Championship tied for seventh last year in Des Moines. He’s top 10 in Scoring Average (69.97), Driving Distance, Putts Per Round, CSC points and Money List.

    3 Joe Durant Joe Durant

    The rookie has top 10 finishes in both of his major appearances – T5 at the Senior Players Championship and T9 at Regions Tradition. Lit it up in final round at Harbor Shores with 64, matching the low round of the tournament.

    The rookie has top 10 finishes in both of his major appearances – T5 at the Senior Players Championship and T9 at Regions Tradition. Lit it up in final round at Harbor Shores with 64, matching the low round of the tournament.

    4 David Frost David Frost

    A solid finish in Benton Harbor featured 69-69-68 in the final three rounds. It resulted in a T5 to match the best of the season (Greater Gwinnett Championship) for Frost, a two-time winner last year.

    A solid finish in Benton Harbor featured 69-69-68 in the final three rounds. It resulted in a T5 to match the best of the season (Greater Gwinnett Championship) for Frost, a two-time winner last year.

    5 Jeff Maggert Jeff Maggert

    Won his Champions Tour debut at Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic and has three top 10s in four starts. He’s coming off a T9 at the Senior PGA Championship. Among the statistical leaders in Greens in Regulation and Total Driving.

    Won his Champions Tour debut at Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic and has three top 10s in four starts. He’s coming off a T9 at the Senior PGA Championship. Among the statistical leaders in Greens in Regulation and Total Driving.

    And another to keep an eye on:

    Russ Cochran – The defending champion put together four good rounds at Harbor Shores to finish 12th … a sign of better things to come, perhaps?

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