Week 11 Power Rankings: Melwood Prince George'sJune 02, 2009
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The Nationwide Tour has its annual stop near the nation's capital this week for the third playing of the Melwood Prince George's County Open in Mitchellville, Md. Just 17 miles from Washington D.C., The Country Club at Woodmore, a par-72, 7,059-yard course, has produced a couple of strong winners.
Both champions of the first two Melwood Prince George's County Opens went on to earn their PGA TOUR cards by finishing in the top 25 on the money list. In 2007, Paul Claxton finished one stroke ahead of James Driscoll and Jaco Van Zyl before finishing 10th on the money list. Last year, Jeff Klauk fired a four-round total of 276 (12 under) to capture his second Nationwide Tour title and went on to finish third on the money list.
Power Rankings: Melwood Prince George's County Open Rank Player Comment Alex
He won the Michael Hill New Zealand Open earlier this year and then missed the first three cuts once he got back to the U.S. However, it looks like he figured out the problem because he made his last two cuts and shot under par in six of those eight rounds. Jeff
Brehaut tied for second in this event last year. So far this year, he's made seven of 10 cuts with two top-25 finishes. Last week he shot all four rounds under par. Michael
It's probably starting to get boring that Sim is in here each week, but this guy is in the top 10 for nearly every statistic. Most importantly, he's No. 1 in putting. Last year, Jeff Klauk was No. 1 in putting for the week and walked away with the trophy. Craig
Driving accuracy is a premium at the Country Club at Woodmore. Two years ago, Paul Claxton finished No. 2 in driving accuracy yet No. 1 on the leaderboard. Going into this week, Kanada is No. 2, hitting 83.6% of the fairways. Jeff
Gallagher lost to Kevin Johnson in a playoff last week at the Rex Hospital Open; there's no doubt that left him with a bitter taste. There's only one cure -- the taste of sweet success. So far this year, he's made six of 10 cuts with four top-25 finishes.
Can the streak continue this year? With 22 of the top 25 players on the money list in the field, the odds look pretty good.