Power Rankings: Chile Classictext sizeMarch 04, 2013
The Web.com Tour concludes its three-week Latin America kickoff with its second visit to Chile, where Paul Haley won last year’s inaugural crown by three shots over Joseph Bramlett at Prince of Wales Country Club.
Haley won’t be around to defend his title, joining four current Web.com Tour members in the field for the PGA TOUR’s Puerto Rico Open. But Bramlett, Paul Claxton and Alex Aragon will return from last year’s top five in Santiago.
At just 6,711 yards, Prince of Wales CC is the shortest layout on the Web.com Tour schedule yet maintains a par of 72. By comparison, the season opener in Panama was held on a course more than 400 yards longer but playing as a par-70.
All four par-5s at Prince of Wales CC ranked among the 35 easiest on last year’s schedule, combining for 44 eagles and 794 birdies over four days. Bramlett played them in 11-under par a year ago; Haley was 10-under.
Power Rankings: Chile Classic Rank Player Comment Joseph Bramlett Not only did Bramlett’s charging 64 last year cap off a week of steadily improving scores, he’s off to a decent start in 2013. Ties for 13th in Panama and 24th in Colombia make him one of the few men with top-25s in both starts thus far. Jim Renner The Massachusetts native broke the Colombia Championship’s scoring record last week – and still couldn’t keep up with winner Patrick Cantlay. Even so, it was Renner’s best finish since joining the Web.com Tour last year. Shane Bertsch After missing the cut in Panama, Bertsch broke par all four days in Colombia for a third-place finish that was his best on the Web.com Tour. Despite the MC, he currently ranks 8th in scoring average on the year. Mathew Goggin The Aussie backed up his opening runner-up finish with a tie for 24th in Colombia, moving up the board with a closing 69. Goggin’s 32 birdies thus far trails only Andres Echevarria (35), but is countered by 16 bogeys and a double. Manuel Villegas The brother of Camilo Villegas punched his ticket to Chile with a tie for 7th last week in his native Colombia. That led him to withdraw from Puerto Rico, focusing instead on obtaining Web.com Tour status for the rest of the year.