Power Rankings: Encompass Championship
June 16, 2014
By Vartan Kupelian, PGATOUR.COM
- 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:
… 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.