Power Rankings: Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach

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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.

Kirk Triplett will defend his title at this week’s Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

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A final round 6-under 66 last year gave Triplett his first Champions Tour title by 2 strokes over Mark McNulty.

The Nature Valley First Tee Open is a global showcase for The First Tee, and brings junior participants, Champions Tour pros and select amateurs together in a Pro-Am format. Monterey Peninsula Foundation is the tournament host.

After the First Tee Open there are three events left before the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, Oct. 31-Nov. 3, at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco.

This week’s Power Rankings for the Champions Tour:

Power Rankings: Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach
Rank Player   Comment
Bernhard LANGER Bernhard LANGER Missed the playoff in Hawaii by 1 shot, finishing third alone – his eighth top 10 in the last nine events. Earned 130 Charles Schwab Cup points and trails Kenny Perry by 727 points. He’s No. 1 on the Money List.
Mark WIEBE Mark WIEBE Became a two-time winner in 2013 with his playoff victory over Corey Pavin in Hawaii. It was his fifth career title on the Champions Tour. Fifth multiple winner this year. Won the Senior British Open in July at Royal Birkdale in a playoff over Bernhard Langer.
Corey PAVIN Corey PAVIN Has posted 11 straight rounds in the 60s, a streak that started back in July at the Senior British Open. The playoff loss in Hawaii was his third straight runner-up finish and fifth straight tournament that he’s finished either second or third.
Jeff SLUMAN Jeff SLUMAN He’s won Champions Tour events at Pebble Beach three times since 2008, including back-to-back in 2008 and 2009, and again in 2011 at The First Tee Open. No reason to think he won’t be in the mix again.
David FROST David FROST No. 3 in the Schwab Cup points list, he’s picked up points in three straight events and finished T6 in Hawaii. No. 1 in Putting Average (1.716) and No. 5 in Scoring Average (69.52).
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