Power Rankings: SAS Championshiptext sizeOctober 07, 2013
By Vartan Kupelian. PGATOUR.COM Contributor
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.
Nick Faldo, a three-time winner of both the Masters and the Open Championship, makes his Champions Tour debut in the United States this week at the SAS Championship at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary, N.C.
The former No. 1-ranked player in the world has played twice in the Senior British Open. He is the only living British golfer who has received knighthood from Queen Elizabeth. Faldo teed it up at the British Open for the first time in three years in July. He shot 79-78 and missed the cut at Muirfield.
Defending champion Bernhard Langer is among the former SAS Champions in the field. The others are: Kenny Perry (2011), Russ Cochran (2010), Tom Pernice, Jr. (2009), Mark Wiebe (2007), Tom Jenkins (2006), Hale Irwin (2005), Craig Stadler (2004), and D.A. Weibring (2003).
Langer shot a final round 9-under 63 to win the title by 2 strokes last year over Jay Don Blake. Langer wiped out a 4-shot deficit in the final round to post a 13-under 203 total.
This week’s Champions Tour Power Rankings for the SAS Championship:
Power Rankings: SAS Championship Rank Player Comment Kenny PERRY As the points leader in the Charles Schwab Cup race, he controls his destiny. Perry ranks in the top 10 in 10 statistical categories and is No. 1 in the all-around stat, No. 3 in scoring average at 69.39 and No. 3 in putting average at 1.731. Bernhard LANGER Has allowed some valuable Charles Schwab Cup points slip away with poor finishes but don’t forget he’s on a run of six straight top-10 finishes. Besides, he will have good vibes returning to the SAS Championship as defending champion. David FROST Among the two-time winners this season, he needs a big finish to overtake Perry. The strength of his well-rounded game has been putting. Frost is No. 1 in putting average (1.722) and No. 4 in putts per round (28.53). John COOK He’s coming off a T4 in Hawaii and a T6 at Pebble Beach. That’s now four top 10s in seven starts, including a runner-up at the Boeing Classic. Remember, he has traditionally played his best late in the season and was a back-to-back Charles Schwab Cup Championship winner in 2009-10. Estaban TOLEDO A two-time winner, he’s on a roll that includes a playoff victory in Montreal, a T4 at the Pacific Links in Hawaii and a T9 at Pebble Beach. Toledo has put a solid short game on display in his rookie season.