Power Rankings: Mid-Atlantic ChampionshipMay 28, 2013
By Jeff Shain, PGATOUR.COM
After a year on the frosty outskirts of the Web.com Tour schedule, the Mid-Atlantic Championship returns to its traditional spot in the first weekend of June.
Last year, the tournament’s first venture to TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm in the end of September was met with a cold drizzle that vexed golfers in the final round. Perhaps not surprisingly, a Swede emerged victorious as David Lingmerth fired three 66s on the week.
Now the event is back in the summer, where it began six years ago. June also is the time when TPC Potomac spent 20 years as host of the old Kemper Open.
This week calls for temperatures hovering around 90 degrees, with only a slight chance of rain once Tuesday thunderstorms move through the area.
The cold weather may have been a factor as TPC Potomac ranked No. 2 among the Web.com Tour’s most difficult courses last year. Just 22 scores in the 60s were posted on the weekend, and only two men broke 70 on both days.
Power Rankings: Mid-Atlantic Championship Rank Player Comment Tim WILKINSON With Michael Putnam winning last week, Wilkinson is the only man among the top 10 on the money list to get there without a victory. The New Zealander placed fifth in Mexico, running his string to six top-15 finishes in seven starts. Edward LOAR Dethroned from atop the money list in a week he didn’t play, Loar arrives at TPC Potomac with renewed determination. Last outing at the BMW Charity Pro-Am ended in a share of sixth, the lefty’s fourth top-10 result of the year. Michael PUTNAM Sunday’s victory in Mexico was no fluke – merely Putnam’s sixth top-15 finish this year. The Seattle-area native has been one of the Tour’s top ball-strikers this year, complementing power off the tee with a No. 5 ranking in GIR. Joe DURANT The 49-year-old vet is one of the few who can recall TPC Potomac in summer conditions, having teed it up in 10 Kemper Opens starting in the late 1990s. Tied for eighth in his last Web.com start, then missed cut at the Byron Nelson. Chesson HADLEY After tying for third at the BMW Pro-Am, the Web.com Tour rookie followed it up by earning a share of sixth in Mexico. Six of his past eight rounds have been in the 60s, including Sunday scores of 63 in Carolina and 69 last week.