Power Rankings: Air Capital ClassicJune 11, 2013
By Jeff Shain, PGATOUR.COM
With the Web.com Tour embarking on the regular season’s second half at this week’s Air Capital Classic, the money list could be a little more volatile than usual.
No. 2 Edward Loar and No. 14 Mathew Goggin are competing in this week’s U.S. Open, while No. 22 Dawie van der Walt is in the midst of a six-week European Tour hiatus. In all, five members of The 25 are standing pat this week.
That means greater opportunity for those in Wichita, as the Tour returns to one of four original stops left on the schedule. Tom Lehman captured the inaugural event in 1990, joined by David Duval (1993) and David Toms (1995) as champions who went on to win majors.
This week has a chance to make history, as Michael Putnam seeks to become the first man to win three consecutive events on the schedule. Jason Gore won three starts in a row in 2005, but sat out two events prior to his third win.
Whoever wins will need to make a lot of birdies, with the winning score in each of the past eight editions no higher than 16-under. Last year, two of Crestview Country Club’s par-5s were among the four easiest holes on the entire tour – No. 14 and No. 18.
Power Rankings: Air Capital Classic Rank Player Comment Michael PUTNAM The record-seeker has no trouble making birdies, with a season total of 163 that leads the Tour. He also ranks fifth in total driving and second in greens in regulation. If he brings that form to Crestview, he has a great chance. Alex PRUGH The Las Vegas pro finally found his groove in May, scoring a pair of top-six finishes and eight of 12 rounds in the 60s. Two previous visits to Wichita have produced seven rounds in the 60s, including a tie for ninth in 2007. Chesson HADLEY A 67-67 weekend wasn’t quite enough to chase down Putnam at the Mid-Altantic Championship, but the runner-up finish was his third straight placement among the top six. Five of his past 12 rounds have been 67 or better. Tim WILKINSON The New Zealander still hasn’t placed outside the top 15 when he’s gone more than one round, coming in 10th at the Mid-Atlantic Championship. Wilkinson’s ratio of 4.39 birdies per round is No. 3 in the Tour rankings. Wes ROACH Though an opening 78 led to an early exit from the Mid-Atlantic Championship, Roach leads the Tour with 4.63 birdies per round. He also ranks No. 2 in total driving and eighth in putting, but needs to avoid big numbers on the card.