Power Rankings: Children's Hospital Invitational

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July 19, 2010
John Dell, PGATOUR.COM Correspondent

Editor's note: This week's Power Rankings were changed on Tuesday to reflect Tommy Gainey's inclusion in the Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational. The Power Rankings that were originally posted on Monday did not include Gainey. Considering that "Two Gloves" leads the Nationwide Tour in money winnings, it would be remiss not to include him in this week's Power Rankings.

Tommy Gainey broke through last week to become the first two-time winner on the Nationwide Tour this season.

The Tour travels up I-71 to Columbus, Ohio for this week's Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational with a field of 144 players.

Gainey sits atop the money list after his win on Sunday at the Chiquita Classic and he's looking to do more damage.

There have been nine players who have earned a battlefield promotion to the PGA TOUR since it began in 1997. Gainey can become the next one if he wins again.

One of the unique aspects to this week's tournament is the invitation of some of the top amateurs in the country. Out of the 12 amateurs invited 11 of them were All-Americans this past season as selected by the College Golf Coaches of America.

This week's tournament will be at The Ohio State University's Scarlet Course with a purse of $775,000 and $139,500 going to the winner.

The Tour's season has passed the halfway mark but the jockeying for the top 25 on the money list continues.

Here are the power rankings for the Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational.

Power Rankings: Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational
Rank Player   Comment
Tommy
GAINEY
The man they call “Two Gloves“ is on a serious roll. He was an amazing 27 under last week in his victory in Cincinnati . If he can win this week, hes back on the PGA TOUR where he spent his time in 2008 and most of 2009.
Chris
KIRK
He quietly tied for fifth last week at the birdie fest in Cincinnati, Ohio. Kirk is second on the Tour's money list and a win this week would put him at No. 1.
Tag
RIDINGS
Among the top 12 on the money list, he's the only player without a victory. Even though he missed the cut last week, his second-round score was a 66. Look for him to have another solid week as one of the most consistent players on Tour this season.
Joe
AFFRUNTI
A rookie on Tour, this former University of Illinois player shot 24 under last week and finished second to Gainey. He has made nine of 14 cuts and anybody who shoots 67-65-67-65 has to be considered a hot player going into his next tournament.
Peter
UIHLEIN
He is one of the 11 college All-Americans who earned an invite this week. If history is any indication, one of the college guys might contend this week. Uihlein, a sophomore at Oklahoma State, is ranked No. 1 in the R&A's World Amateur Golf Ranking.

John Dell has covered golf for the Winston-Salem Journal in North Carolina for the last 16 years. His views do not necessarily represent the views of the PGA TOUR.

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