Power Rankings: Big Cedar Lodge Legends of Golf
June 02, 2014
By Vartan Kupelian, PGATOUR.COM
- Bernhard Langer and Tom Lehman are expected to be a formiddable duo in Missouri. (Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)
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 breaks new ground this week with the inaugural Big Cedar Lodge Legends of Golf presented by Bass Pro Shops.
The unique event is a two-man team competition over 54 holes on the par-3 course Top of the Rock, designed by Jack Nicklaus, and the 18-hole Buffalo Ridge Course, formally known as Branson Creek Golf Club, which has been redesigned by Tom Fazio. Following Friday and Saturday rounds at Buffalo Ridge and Top of the Rock, all contestants will play the nine-hole Top of the Rock in the final round.
The tournament will use four-ball and alternate shot formats. There are 42 teams in two divisions. The Champions Division (ages 50-65) consists of 31 teams and the Legends Division (65-and-older) has 11 teams.
The event has a purse of $2,750,000. The Legends of Golf has relocated to Ridgedale, Missouri, after 11 years in Savannah, Georgia.
The Power Rankings for this week’s competition in the Champions Division:
1. Bernhard Langer/Tom Lehman – They won this event in 2009. Langer continues to lead the Charles Schwab Cup points race by a comfortable margin and Lehman is coming off two top 10s in three starts, including a T3 at the Regions Traditioin.
2. Jay Haas/Peter Jacobsen – Haas posted his fourth third-place finish in five events and ninth top 10 last week. He missed the playoff at Principal Charity Classic by 1 stroke. Haas joins up with Jacobsen, who replaces Fred Couples.
3. Michael Allen/David Frost – Always a formidable duo, they won this event in 2012. Allen is another who missed the playoff at Principal Charity Classic by 1 shot. The Allen/Frost team finished fourth last year.
4. Jeff Sluman/Fred Funk – Sluman is one-half the defending championship team who always seems to be near the top in this event. He had runner-up finishes in 2008 and 2009. Funk, who tied for second last year, replaces Brad Faxon.
5. John Cook/Joey Sindelar – Twice runners-up in 2010 (lost a playoff to O’Mara/Price) and 2012 (by 1 stroke), they are reunited this week in Missouri and love to carry the Buckeye banner.
… and another to keep an eye on
Tom Watson/Andy North – The U.S. Ryder Cup captain and his assistant won this event in 2008 and North also has two previous victories. Watson is coming off a terrific performance at the Senior PGA Championship. They finished T4 last year.