Power Rankings: Dick's Sporting Goods Open

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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.

It’s time for the contenders to step up in the race for the Charles Schwab Cup. Also, who will be the 1,000th winner in Champions Tour history?

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Beginning with this week’s Dick’s Sporting Goods Open there are nine Champions Tour events left before the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, Oct. 31-Nov. 3, at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco.

Willie Wood is the defending champion at En-Joie Golf Club in Endicott, New York. He forced a playoff with Michael Allen by holing a 35-foot birdie putt on the final hole to shoot 68, then captured the title on the first extra hole.

The victory ended a victory drought of 16 years, 29 days since Wood’s win at the 1996 Deposit Guaranty Classic on the PGA TOUR. Two weeks later Wood won again in Hawaii.

The top three on the Charles Schwab Cup points list are entered at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open.

This week’s Power Rankings for the Champions Tour:

Power Rankings: Dick's Sporting Goods Open
Rank Player   Comment
Kenny Perry Kenny Perry No. 1 on the Charles Schwab Cup points list, he’s a two-time major winner this year at the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship and the U.S. Senior Open. Driving the ball beautifully and No. 1 in Putting Average.
Bernhard LANGER Bernhard LANGER Lost a playoff to Mark Wiebe at the Senior British Open but the big haul in points moved him back up to No. 2 on the Charles Schwab Cup points list ahead of David Frost. Langer is No. 2 in Scoring Average at 69.06.
David FROST David FROST He’s the other two-time winner on the Champions Tour this year. He’s won a major, the Regions Tradition, and the Toshiba Classic. He’s No. 2 in Putting Average at 1.728 and No. 7 in Greens in Regulation (72.88 percent).
Duffy WALDORF Duffy WALDORF The first victory has been elusive despite a very strong season. The last two starts haven’t been his best but he’s in the hunt (at No. 5) for the Charles Schwab Cup and knows he needs a big finish to contend.
Michael ALLEN Michael ALLEN Runner-up at En-Joie last year, the Mississippi Gulf Resort winner can never be counted out. Shot book-end 66s at En-Joie last year before letting the title slip away. No. 5 on the points list, he’d like nothing better than a big finish at TPC Harding Park, near his home in the San Francisco Bay area.
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