Editor's note: Vartan Kupelian is the Champions Tour Insider and a PGATOUR.COM Contributor. Each week, Kupelian will size up the field and provide his top five players going into the tournament, based on factors such as the player's strengths, the course setup, recent performances, etc.
The Champions Tour unveils the new Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic this week.
The tournament will be played at Fallen Oak, a highly-rated Tom Fazio design featuring a wide range of natural features including dramatic elevation changes along the Gulf Coast.
The Mississippi Gulf Resort comes at a point in the Champions Tour season when a more definable form among the players is beginning to take place. The anticipation of a major championship always amps up the level of competition and preparation.
Only two events remain -- in Mississippi and the Regions Charity Classic in Birmingham, Ala. -- before the season's first major, the PGA Championship at Colorado Golf Club in suburban Denver, May 24-30.
This week's tournament was established by a consortium of Gulf Coast businesses for the purposes of promoting the area and providing charitable dollars to the Habitat for Humanity Mississippi Gulf Coast, Inc.
|Power Rankings: Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic|
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