September 12, 2011
John Dell, PGATOUR.COM Correspondent
After a week off to recharge their batteries, players on the Nationwide Tour realize the season is winding down fast.
With that in mind just about all of the big guns will be playing this week in the Albertsons Boise Open at Hillcrest Country Club in Idaho. The top five on the money list - J.J. Killeen, Mathew Goggin, Troy Kelly, Gary Christian and Ted Potter, Jr. -- are all expected to play.
The Nationwide Tour has just six tournaments left on the schedule before the Tour Championship at Daniel Island in late October.
|Power Rankings: Albertsons Boise Open Pres'd by Kraft|
| || ||Gary |
|Good things happen to those who wait and the 40-year-old is coming off the biggest win of his career. He won the Mylan Classic two weeks ago and is fourth on the money list, which should be enough for him to get his first PGA TOUR card next season.|
| || ||Billy |
|The former Navy officer is looking very good these days with eight straight cuts made. He spent five years in the Navy before going after his dream of playing pro golf and his ship has nearly come in. He tied for fifth at the Mylan Classic and heads into this week ranked 19th on the money list.|
| || ||J.J. |
|The Tour's leading money winner has two victories and tied for fifth at the Mylan Classic. He knows how to win and it wouldn't be surprising to see him in contention yet again this week. Leads the Tour in putting average, which is probably why some like to say "drive for show, putt for dough."|
| || ||Mathew |
|The Australian has had two weeks off and is second on the Tour's money list. He tied for eighth at the News Sentinel Open, his last tournament, and like Killeen has two victories this season. In 13 tournaments hes made 10 cuts and has six top 10s, which proves he's been one of the most consistent players all season.|
| || ||Mark |
|Why put him in the power rankings this week? Just a hunch. Because he ranks 44th on the money list and missed the cut at the Mylan Classic it wouldn't appear that he would be a good pick. But a closer look finds that he tied for 15th last season in Boise. He is also one of those guys between No. 25 and 60 on the money list who needs to make a move.|
It's a good idea to start watching players who are ranked No. 26 to 60 because those are the ones who can make a big jump forward with a great week.
John Dell has covered golf for the Winston-Salem Journal in North Carolina for the last 18 years. His views do not necessarily represent the views of the PGA TOUR. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.