Power Rankings: BMW Charity Pro-Am Presented by SYNNEX CorporationMay 14, 2013
By Jeff Shain, PGATOUR.COM
It’s the one week each year where the Web.com Tour imitates Pebble Beach, or at least Palm Springs.
The BMW Charity Pro-Am brings the celebrity component to the Tour for the 13th time this week, giving Web.com pros an early taste of what to expect should a PGA TOUR card give them entry to the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am or Humana Challenge.
A total of 28 celebrities have signed up to play this week in South Carolina’s upstate, with the Thornblade Club in Greer again serving as host course.
Hockey’s Wayne Gretzky and actress/wife Janet Jones-Gretzky return to the lineup this year, joining actors Craig T. Nelson, Kurt Russell and Anthony Anderson and musicians from both Rascal Flatts (Joe Don Rooney, Jay DeMarcus) and Hootie & the Blowfish (Mark Bryan, Dean Felber).
There’s a change in the course rotation this year as well, as The Reserve at Lake Keowee moves into the lineup. The Jack Nicklaus signature course replaces the Carolina Country Club in Spartanburg.
Power Rankings: BMW Charity Pro-Am Presented by SYNNEX Corporation Rank Player Comment Ben MARTIN The South Carolina native – and Clemson graduate – has been knocking on the door for three straight events now. A eight-place finish at the Stadion Classic two weeks ago was his best yet, following back-to-back ties for 11th. Tim WILKINSON The New Zealand native owns four top-15 finishes in just five starts this year, interrupted only by a first-round DQ in South Georgia. He bounced back from that blip, though, to finish second when rain wiped out the final round in Athens. Nick FLANAGAN The defending champ also won in 2007, so he knows how to handle the three-course rotation. Flanagan also has a pair of top-10 finishes this year, most recently a fourth in Texas, and ranks No. 2 in the Tour’s all-around stat. Michael PUTNAM No one on Tour has more top-10 finishes this year than the Washington native, who notched his fourth with his performance in Athens. He’s also No. 2 in total birdies, third in scoring average and fifth in GIR. Seems like he’s due. Brent DELAHOUSSAYE The Greenville resident and Clemson alum needed a sponsor invite to make his first Web.com Tour start of 2013, but he has a knack for playing well on home soil. Last year’s share of 12th followed a fourth-place tie in 2011.