August 02, 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.
Defending champion Bernhard Langer returns to the 3M Championship with back-to-back Champions Tour major titles in his possession.
It didn't take Langer long to add his second Champions Tour major. A week after winning the Senior British at Carnoustie, he triumphed again last week at the U.S. Senior Open at Sahalee.
Langer captured the 3M Championship last year by chipping in for eagle 3 on the 72nd hole at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine, Minnesota.
It gave him a 7-under-par 65 and a 16-under 200, one shot better than runner-up Andy Bean. Langer set up the winning eagle with a 216-yard second shot over a lake.
Langer's track record at TPC Twin Cities is impressive. In addition to last year's victory, he was runner-up in 2008 with a 199 total.
|Power Rankings: 3M Championship|
| || ||Bernhard |
|Soars back to the top of the Power Rankings by claiming his first two senior major titles in a fortnight. He has won four times in 13 starts this year and extended his lead in the Charles Schwab Cup points list.|
| || ||Tom |
|The Minnesota native returns home. The winner of the first 2010 major at the Senior PGA Championship in May has five top 5 finishes, 10th and 11th in nine starts. Ranks in top 10 in 7 statistical categories.|
| || ||Larry |
|Hes on a nice roll with a victory in Montreal followed by a T14 at the Senior British and a T8 at the U.S. Senior Open. A year ago, he closed with a 67 at TPC Twin Cities to finish T7. Ranks 10th in driving accuracy.|
| || ||John |
|A final-round 67 moved him to a T3 finish at the U.S. Senior Open. Like Mize, hes making a big move following runner-up to Mize in Montreal and T11 at Carnoustie. Two playoff losses (Allianz, Liberty Mutual) to go with the second in Canada.|
| || ||Dan |
|A poor start cost him at Sahalee but finished strong with 69-67 for a T12. Likes TPC Twin Cities, where he finished T7 last year with a closing 67. Solid stats - No. 2 in Greens in Regulation and No. 6 in both Driving Distance and All-Around.|
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