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    • Colin Montgomerie is brimming with confidence after winning his first Champions Tour major. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) Colin Montgomerie is brimming with confidence after winning his first Champions Tour major. (Gregory Shamus/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.

    Craig Stadler will defend his title at the Encompass Championship this week.

    Stadler made a 12-foot par putt on the final hole last year in the inaugural event at North Shore Country Club to post a 1-shot victory over Fred Couples. Stadler’s final-round 1-under-par 71 gave him a 13-under 203 total.

    Stadler went eight years and almost nine months, and 170 events between victories, the longest such stretch on the Champions Tour. J.C. Snead had gone almost seven years between victories, 1995 to 2002.

    Couples birdied the first three holes and posted a final-round best 66 but made bogey on the final hole. Seven players tie for third at 205.

    The Power Rankings for this week’s Encompass Championship:

    ENCOMPASS CHAMPIONSHIP

    RANK

    PLAYER

    COMMENT

    1 Bernhard Langer Bernhard Langer

    Twice a winner this year, he shared third last year at North Shores. Tops the Charles Schwab Cup points standing by 240 points ahead of Jay Haas, who is not in the field this week.

    Twice a winner this year, he shared third last year at North Shores. Tops the Charles Schwab Cup points standing by 240 points ahead of Jay Haas, who is not in the field this week.

    2 Colin Montgomerie Colin Montgomerie

    Third in the Charles Schwab Cup race, he’s coming off his first Champions Tour victory and it’s a major, the Senior PGA Championship. He’s third on the Money List in his first full season.

    Third in the Charles Schwab Cup race, he’s coming off his first Champions Tour victory and it’s a major, the Senior PGA Championship. He’s third on the Money List in his first full season.

    3 Kenny Perry Kenny Perry

    His eagle on the 14th hole at Pinehurst No. 2 in the third round of the U.S. Open was the shot of the championship. He used a hybrid club out of an area of hardpan and scrub to hole the 220-yard shot.

    His eagle on the 14th hole at Pinehurst No. 2 in the third round of the U.S. Open was the shot of the championship. He used a hybrid club out of an area of hardpan and scrub to hole the 220-yard shot.

    4 Michael Allen Michael Allen

    Back-to-back top 10s, including third at the Wakonda Club. He’s No. 3 in putts per round (28.32) and No. 7 in putting average (1.726). Winner of the Allianz Championship has a 69.81 scoring average.

    Back-to-back top 10s, including third at the Wakonda Club. He’s No. 3 in putts per round (28.32) and No. 7 in putting average (1.726). Winner of the Allianz Championship has a 69.81 scoring average.

    5 Tom Pernice Jr. Tom Pernice Jr.

    Won the Principal Charity Classic in a playoff in his most recent start, giving him a win and a 5th (Insperity Championship) in last three tournaments.

    Won the Principal Charity Classic in a playoff in his most recent start, giving him a win and a 5th (Insperity Championship) in last three tournaments.

    … and another to keep an eye on

    Mark Calcavecchia – Statistically impressive. He’s fourth in birdie average, fifth in total driving, seventh in both greens in regulation and all-around ranking.

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