Power Rankings: AT&T Championship

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October 10, 2011
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.

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Rod Spittle became only the 11th golfer in Champions Tour history to win after Monday qualifying, and the first in six years, when he captured the AT&T Championship last year.

Spittle got into a playoff with Jeff Sluman by making three straight birdies on the back nine, beginning at the 15th hole, then won with a 4-foot par putt on the first extra hole. His first title earned Spittle a $262,500 payday and a spot on this year's Champions Tour.

A former collegiate star at Ohio State, Spittle turned professional in 2004 in anticipation of the Champions Tour after spending a career selling insurance.

The AT&T Championship at the new TPC San Antonio (Canyons Course) is the final full-field event on the 2011 Champions Tour. The top 30 on the money list -- Spittle is safely in that group -- will tee it up in two weeks at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship. The season-ending $1 million bonus will be up for grabs at TPC Harding Park.

Power Rankings: AT&T Championship
Rank Player   Comment
Tom
LEHMAN
He added 84 Charles Schwab Cup points with a T4 finish at Insperity and padded his lead in the season-long race to 421 points ahead of Mark Calcavecchia. With two events left, only eight players have a mathematical chance to catch Lehman.
Mark
CALCAVECCHIA
He continues to be a top-10 machine, posting his 13th last week in 20 events this year. He's first in scoring average (69.13) and first in Par Breakers at a rousing 27.23 percent.
John
COOK
Lots of success at AT&T Championship when it was at Oak Hills C.C. He won back-to-back in 2007 and 2008 and last year was T3, missing the Rod Spittle/Jeff Sluman playoff by a stroke. Will he be looking ahead to the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, where he is two-time defending champion.
Jay
HAAS
Haas also has a proven record at the AT&T Championship, where he won in 2005, finished T2 in 2009 and T4 last year. Besides, he's coming off a T4 at Insperity and is obviously energized by son Bill's extraordinary triumph in the FedExCup.
Brad
FAXON
He became the 19th different winner on the Champions Tour this year at the rain-shortened 36-hole Insperity Championship and that just demonstrates the depth of the field. It's wide-open every week. Faxon became the sixth first-time winner on the Champions Tour and fourth in a row.

This week's Power Rankings for the AT&T Championship:

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