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    • Power Rankings: Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship presented by Claro

    • Shane Bertsch finished third at last year's Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship. (Cohen/Getty Images) Shane Bertsch finished third at last year's Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship. (Cohen/Getty Images)

    John Schwarb is the Web.com Insider and a PGATOUR.COM Contributor. Each week, Schwarb 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.

    The 2014 Web.com Tour season gets under way this week with the first of four consecutive events south of the United States, but not at the event where the season has began the last few years.

    Instead of the Panama Claro Championship (now slated as the season’s fourth event), the Tour starts at the Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship presented by Claro. That means the Country Club de Bogota, which last year proved susceptible to low scores.

    Three players topped the previous tournament best score of 11 under, with Patrick Cantlay putting his name in the books with a 65-66 weekend and 18 under winning total. At 20 years, 11 months and 15 days, he became the second-youngest winner in Web.com Tour history.

    Worth noting this week is the $750,000 purse, the fourth highest of the 21 events prior to the Web.com Finals. A good finish will mean a strong start on the money list, the determining factor for 25 PGA TOUR cards. Every dollar counts – last year $1,223 separated No. 25 from No. 26.

    Power Rankings: Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship presented by Claro
    Rank Player   Comment
    Shane BERTSCH Shane BERTSCH The highest returning finisher from last year’s event, he led after the first round (65) and took third at 12 under.
    Alexandre ROCHA Alexandre ROCHA The Brazilian was 34th on last year’s money list and fared well in the international events, including a T4 in Colombia.
    Manuel VILLEGAS Manuel VILLEGAS Some of the biggest galleries will surely follow the Medellin native, who was T7 last year in Bogota.
    Mark ANDERSON Mark ANDERSON Eighth in regular-season money last year, the highest such earner in this week’s field.
    Zack FISCHER Zack FISCHER Q-school Finals were two months ago, with Fischer taking medalist honors at 31 under. Will the momentum carry over?
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