May 28, 2012
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.
With the Charles Schwab Cup race heating up, the Champions Tour moves to West Des Moines, Iowa, for this week's Principal Charity Classic.
Bob Gilder is the defending champion. His 30-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole at Glen Oaks Country Club earned a one-shot victory over Mark Brooks.
It was the 10th Champions Tour victory for Gilder and first since 2006 at the Constellation Energy Classic. He shot 68-66-65 for 14 under total on the 6,879-yard par 71 Glen Oaks layout. Gilder became the second multiple winner of the Principal Charity Classic, joining Jay Haas (2007-2008). Gilder won the event for the first time in 2002.
Michael Allen leads the Charles Schwab Cup race with 923 points, followed by John Cook with 789. Roger Chapman, winner of the Senior PGA Championship and double points, is next with 756 points.
Keith Fergus shot 8-under 63 in the final round last year to set the course record.
|Power Rankings: Principal Charity Classic|
| || ||John |
|Posted his second straight runner-up finish in a major championship at the Senior PGA. He lost a playoff at the 2011 Constellation Senior Players to Fred Couples. He has finished second in four different majors since the 2008 Senior British. Last week, Cook became the first player in Senior PGA Championship history to shoot four rounds in the 60s and fail to win.|
| || ||Bernhard |
|He earned 148 points in the Charles Schwab Cup race, and is in fourth place behind Michael Allen, Roger Chapman and John Cook following his T4 finish in Benton Harbor. Langer put together a stellar finish at Harbor Shores with rounds of 68-69-65 and now has eight top-10s in his last nine events.|
| || ||Kenny |
|His final-round 62 shot him up the leaderboard at the Senior PGA, all the way to another top 10 finish. The score matched the lowest round ever in a senior major and is also the record for the Senior PGA Championship, one shot better than Arnold Palmer (1984) and Buck White (1961).|
| || ||Peter |
|His final-round 63 just missed matching Perry's new record and moved him into a T4 at the Senior PGA. It was his career-best score on the Champions Tour (Senior had 64 last year at the Songdo IBD Championship in South Korea) and he now has six top-five finishes in 11 career starts in majors.|
| || ||Hale |
|His third-place finish at Harbor Shores followed a fourth in 2011 at the Senior PGA Championship. It was the 207th top 10 finish on the Champions Tour for Irwin, who will celebrate his 67th birthday on Sunday. With three rounds in the 60s at Harbor Shores, he now has 24 sub-70 scores at the Senior PGA, seven more than the next best total (Sam Snead).|
This week's Power Rankings for the Principal Charity Classic: