June 28, 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.
The new Montreal Championship is in store for a shoot-out this week with Fred Couples, Corey Pavin, Tom Lehman, Loren Roberts and a host of others set to provide some fireworks.
Roberts returned to the winner's circle last week and he'll go for two in a row at the new Montreal Championship at Club de Golf Fontainebleau.
Roberts offered his personal spin on celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Champions Tour by shooting a back-nine 30 in the final round at En-Joie Golf Club to win the Dick's Sporting Goods Classic. He finished at 15-under-par 201 to win for the 12th time on the Champions Tour, and first this year. Roberts rallied from a 5-shot deficit with eight holes to play.
The Montreal Championship is the 14th of 25 official Charles Schwab Cup events.
|Power Rankings: Montreal Championship|
| || ||Fred |
|He's back with visions of victory No. 4 on his mind. Couples has been the dominant figure on the Champions Tour and theres no reason to think he won't pick up where he left off. He's tops on the Charles Schwab Cup points and Money lists.|
| || ||Corey |
|The U.S. Ryder Cup captain returns to the Champions Tour after an outstanding performance at the Travelers, where he reached a three-man playoff before losing on the first extra hole. His sterling short game is No. 1 in the Scrambling statistic.|
| || ||Tom |
|Returns to the Champions Tour for the first time since winning the Senior PGA Championship in May. Lehman has finished T5 or better in five of his six Champions Tour starts this year. A threat every time he tees it up on the Champions Tour.|
| || ||Loren |
|Followed T3 at Principal Charity Classic with a victory at Dick's. The two-time Charles Schwab Cup winner is positioning himself to go for a third title. No. 5 in putting average (no surprise) and No. 9 in All-Around stats.|
| || ||Dan |
|The Dick's Sporting Goods title slipped away but he's playing too well not to get back into the hunt this week. Drives it long and is No. 1 in Greens in Regulation at an impressive 80 percent. Top 10 in most key statistical categories.|
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