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    • Bernhard Langer won the Senior Open Championship by 13 shots. He now has 13 top 10s in 14 starts this season. (Clint Hughes/Getty Images) Bernhard Langer won the Senior Open Championship by 13 shots. He now has 13 top 10s in 14 starts this season. (Clint Hughes/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.

    Tom Pernice, Jr., will defend his title at the 3M Championship this week. He birdied the final two holes last year to win the title at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine, Minnesota.

    Pernice shot 17-under 199, good for a 1-stroke victory over Jeff Sluman and Corey Pavin. Pernice made a 45-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole in the final round to move into a share of the lead before a two-putt birdie gave him the victory. 

    Sluman shot a final round 10-under 62.He started the final round with seven straight birdies and birdies on nine of his first 10 holes. The 62 matched his low round on the Champions Tour and also his low round on the PGA TOUR. Rod Spittle, Jay Haas and Bart Bryan tied for fourth with 202 totals.

    The victory was the second for Pernice on the Champions Tour and came in his 51st start since his initial victory at the 2009 SAS Championship.

    The Power Rankings for the Champions Tour’s 3M Championship:

    3M Championship

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    PLAYER

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    1 Bernhard Langer Bernhard Langer

    Will the virtuoso performance and runaway victory at Royal Porthrawl be a precursor for the rest of the season for Langer? Will he leave everybody in his wake? Twice a winner of the 3M Championship – 2009 and 2012.

    Will the virtuoso performance and runaway victory at Royal Porthrawl be a precursor for the rest of the season for Langer? Will he leave everybody in his wake? Twice a winner of the 3M Championship – 2009 and 2012.

    2 Colin Montgomerie Colin Montgomerie

    He was right when he said it would be a battle royal to the wire of the Champions Tour season. Runner-up finish at Royal Porthcawl just another of his excellent efforts in ’14.

    He was right when he said it would be a battle royal to the wire of the Champions Tour season. Runner-up finish at Royal Porthcawl just another of his excellent efforts in ’14.

    3 Kenny Perry Kenny Perry

    He won the first major of the year at Regions Tradition before turning the spotlight over to Langer and Montgomerie, the two men who are clear favorites to replace Perry as winner of the Charles Schwab Cup.

    He won the first major of the year at Regions Tradition before turning the spotlight over to Langer and Montgomerie, the two men who are clear favorites to replace Perry as winner of the Charles Schwab Cup.

    4 Tom Pernice Jr. Tom Pernice Jr.

    The defending 3M champion is looking for second victory of 2014 after claiming the Principal Charity Classic in a playoff. T3 at the Senior Open.

    The defending 3M champion is looking for second victory of 2014 after claiming the Principal Charity Classic in a playoff. T3 at the Senior Open.

    5 Jeff Sluman Jeff Sluman

    He’s in the midst of a solid stretch, highlighted by a 29 on the front nine at Royal Porthcawl in the third round of the Senior Open. He had nine 3s in a 67 – and knows how to play TPC Twin Cities.

    He’s in the midst of a solid stretch, highlighted by a 29 on the front nine at Royal Porthcawl in the third round of the Senior Open. He had nine 3s in a 67 – and knows how to play TPC Twin Cities.

    And another to watch:

    Vijay Singh – Making his first Champions Tour start this season in a non-major. Does this represent a change of heart by Singh? Is the Champions Tour becoming a viable option?

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