Power Rankings: Principal Charity Classic

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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.

Jay Haas will defend his title at the Principal Charity Classic this week. That’s nothing new.

Haas has won the Principal Charity Classic three times in six years. He will arrive at the Wakonda Club in Des Moines, Iowa, on the heel of his best finish of 2013, a tie for second at last week’s Senior PGA Championship.

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Haas has four top-6 finishes in his last six starts on the Champions Tour. He posted a 16-under 197 total to win by a commanding five shots last year at Glen Oaks Country Club. The 16-under matched the tournament record set in 2006 by Gil Morgan.

The Principal Charity Classic moves to Wakonda Club this year. It will be the third different venue for the tournament. The classic course was designed by William B. Langford and opened in 1922. Wakonda is where Deane Beman won the second of his two U.S. Amateur titles in 1963.

Kirk Triplett fired a course record 9-under 62 in the final round last year at Glen Oaks to finish second, one stroke better than Larry Mize, Fred Funk and Tom Lehman.

The Power Rankings for this week’s Principal Charity Classic:

Power Rankings: Principal Charity Classic
Rank Player   Comment
Jay HAAS Jay HAAS Add his excellent outing at the Senior PGA Championship to the good vibes he gets every time he travels to Iowa and this pick is obvious. Also won the Principal Charity Classic in 2007 and 2008.
Bernhard LANGER Bernhard LANGER An opening 79 at the Senior PGA Championship was followed by three straight 67s that moved him all the way up to T13, a commendable showing for the leader of the Charles Schwab Cup points list.
Mark O'Meara Mark O'Meara A fourth-place finish at the Senior PGA Championship was his third straight top 10, and sixth in eight events. Statistically, he’s No. 5 in the all-around ranking and No. 9 in putting average (1.736).
Kirk TRIPLETT Kirk TRIPLETT Runner-up last year on the strength of a course-record 62 in the final round, he’s coming in with his game in good form. Triplett tied for sixth at the Senior PGA Championship at Bellerive.
Peter SENIOR Peter SENIOR He’s still looking for his first Champions Tour victory but after two first-time winners in the last two events – Estaban Toledo and Kohki Idoki – who’s to say that Senior (T11 at Senior PGA) won’t make it three straight?
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