Power Rankings: Colombia ChampionshipFebruary 25, 2013
The Colombia Championship has a soft spot for the older generation of the Web.com Tour.
When the tour first ventured to Bogota in 2010, Steve Pate quickly gave it an entry in the record book with a victory at age 48. His mark as the tour’s oldest winner stood for 18 months until displaced by Kirk Triplett (49) in Knoxville.
Brenden Pappas (40) succeeded Pate in a weather-marred 2011 edition that ended after 36 holes, and Skip Kendall (47) kept the trend going last year with a 25-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole that gave him a one-stroke victory over Andrew Svoboda and Andres Gonzales.
Kendall is back to defend his title, with Pappas and Svoboda also in the field. So is Scott Dunlap, 49, who could have bumped Triplett from the oldest-winner perch last week in Panama but finished four shots behind Kevin Foley.
As in Panama, Bogota Country Club is one of the tougher venues on the Web.com Tour schedule. Pate’s inaugural victory at 11-under (beating Aaron Watkins in a playoff) remains the lowest anyone has gone in the event’s short history.
Power Rankings for this week’s Colombia Championship:
Power Rankings: Colombia Championship Rank Player Comment Mathew GOGGIN At 38, the Aussie isn’t quite in the same age bracket as the winners mentioned above. But Goggin held the three-round lead in Panama and stayed in the hunt to the final hole despite a triple bogey and a double during a closing 70. Paul CLAXTON Recently turned 45, the Georgia native notched a top-10 finish when the event made its debut and tied for 13th last year. This week will mark his 395th career Web.com Tour start, leaving him 15 shy of matching Ben Bates’ mark. Scott BROWN A closing 66 in Panama matched the best from a windblown final day, lifting Brown to third behind Foley and Goggin. The Georgia native also tied for fifth two years ago in Bogota, again using a 66 to make up for a slow start. Kevin FOLEY Positive momentum never hurts, and last week’s victory continued a steady climb since turning pro 2 1/2 years ago. He had no Web.com Tour status to begin last year, but made 16 starts via Monday qualifying and top-25 finishes. Jordan SPIETH Speaking of top-25s that lead to extra starts, Spieth’s closing 66 in Panama earned him a tie for seventh and an extra start on the Web.com Tour. That was the two-time U.S. Junior champion’s first top-10 since turning pro in December after 1 1/2 years at Texas.