Power Rankings: WNB Golf Classictext sizeApril 09, 2013
The Masters isn’t the only event on the golf calendar this week.
After more than a decade as a late summer/early fall event, the WNB Golf Classic settles into a new spring date this week as the Web.com Tour’s second stop of the season on U.S. soil. The move helps clear the deck for the new Web.com Tour Finals series in September.
It was just 6 1/2 months ago that Luke Guthrie was crowned champion, outlasting Cameron Percy and defending champion Danny Lee by one shot. Guthrie overcame a five-shot deficit for his second victory in as many weeks, eventually finishing No.2 on the money list.
Guthrie isn’t around to defend his crown, but 11 of this year’s top 12 in earnings will tee it up at Midland Country Club this week. Masters viewing will have to come between rounds.
It’ll be interesting to see what effect the new date has on scores at Midland CC. The winning total typically hovers around 18-under par, but spring tends to bring stronger winds that kick up some trademark West Texas dust.
Power Rankings: WNB Golf Classic Rank Player Comment Danny Lee A late bogey last year denied the former U.S. Amateur champ a chance to become the Tour’s first to successfully defend a title. He carries momentum back to Midland, holding last week’s 36-hole lead in Brazil before tying for 10th. Edward Loar The Tour’s leading money-winner returns from a two-week break, which followed his two-shot victory in Louisiana. Before that, he tied for second in Chile. The Dallas native also has plenty of experience playing in Texas winds. Steve Wheatcroft The Jacksonville pro was last seen holding the 36-hole lead at the Shell Houston Open, eventually tying for 22nd after getting in as a Monday qualifier. Before that, he shared 7th in Colombia in his last Web.com Tour appearance. Tim Wilkinson After sitting out the opening Latin American Swing, Wilkinson tied for 6th in Louisiana and shared 10th last week in Brazil. The New Zealand native has yet to post a round worse than 70, leading the Tour with a 68.0 scoring average. Michael Putnam A closing 64 in Brazil lifted Putnam to a share of 10th, his third top-15 finish in five Web.com Tour starts this year. The Washington native also tied for 7th last year in Midland, carding just two bogeys in a 69-68 weekend.