May 31, 2010
Vartan Kupelian, PGATOUR.COM Contributor
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 5 players going into the tournament, based on factors such as the player's strengths, the course setup, recent performances, etc.
Mark McNulty will defend his title this week at The Principal Charity Classic where his 30-foot birdie putt on the fourth playoff hole at Glen Oaks Country Club in West Des Moines, Iowa, completed the 2009 victory over Fred Funk and Nick Price.
It was McNulty's seventh win on the Champions Tour. He closed with a final-round 5-under 66, matching Funk's closing round and two shots better than Price's 68. The trio finished at 10-under 203.
McNulty earned his place in the playoff with birdies at the 16th and 17th holes. Price made birdie at the 18th and all three players birdied the 18th hole to begin the playoff. Glen Oaks, designed by Tom Fazio, is a 6,877-yard, par 71 layout.
|Power Rankings: The Principal Charity Classic|
| || ||Fred |
|Lost a playoff in his first Champions Tour major but demonstrated once again at the Senior PGA that his driving skills make him a dominating player. The back-to-back eagle 3s in the final round exhibited Couples unique potential to light things up like nobody else.|
| || ||Corey |
|Passed on the Senior PGA Championship to play at Colonial, where he is a two-time champion, and proved he can still mix it up successfully with the youngsters with a 15-under-par performance and a T7 finish featuring a 64 and three 67s. |
| || ||David |
|Closed with two outstanding rounds -- 65-67 -- to get into the playoff in Colorado but instead of a victory he had to settle with matching his best showing on the Champions Tour, a tie for second. He will be energized by the performance.|
| || ||Nick |
|He showed excellent form in a fifth-place finish at the Senior PGA Championship. Price would like to build on some good memories he has at Glen Oaks and at the same time atone for losing in last years playoff to McNulty.|
| || ||Mark |
|Keeps putting himself into position to contend and one of these weeks hes going to break through. OMeara finished fourth alone at the Senior PGA, missing the playoff by two shots. His putting continues to be stellar.|
This week's Champions Tour Power Rankings for The Principal Charity Classic: