Power Rankings: Rex Hospital Opentext sizeJune 18, 2013
By Jeff Shain, PGATOUR.COM
Though Scott Parel isn’t quite the defending champion at this week’s Rex Hospital Open, he ought to receive a fair amount of attention.
Parel, beaten by James Hahn in a playoff at last year’s edition, comes to TPC Wakefield Plantation as the Web.com Tour’s newest winner after capturing last week’s Air Capital Classic.
It was the first career win for Parel, who spent his first 10 years out of college as a computer programmer before opting to pursue professional golf at age 31. He’s now 14th on the Web.com Tour money list, with a chance to land one of the first 25 PGA TOUR promotions for 2013-14.
Each of the top 10 on the money list is in Raleigh this week, with nine regular-season events left to determine those 25 cards. The top 75 will advance to the Web.com Tour Finals, joined by Nos. 126-200 on the PGA TOUR money list as they play for another 25 cards and entry priority.
This year marks the 20th edition of the Rex Hospital Open. Skip Kendall won the inaugural event in 1994; he’s also entered this week.
Power Rankings: Rex Hospital Open Rank Player Comment Will WILCOX In two previous visits to TPC Wakefield Plantation, Wilcox has finished sixth and 11th with six rounds in the 60s. The Alabama native also turned in one of the year’s best rounds on the way to winning the South Georgia Classic. Chesson HADLEY No entrant will be more familiar with TPC Wakefield Plantation than Hadley, a Raleigh native who lives five minutes from the front door. The rookie posted three straight top-10 finishes until missing last week’s cut in Wichita. Mathew Goggin If four days at the U.S. Open didn’t take too much out of him, the Aussie has been on form. Goggin was one shot off the first-round lead at Merion on the way to a tie for 21st, which followed a pair of top-15 finishes in Web.com play. Scott PAREL Last week’s triumph jump-started what had been a trying season for the 48-year-old pro, whose best finish to that point had been a tie for 34th. A hot putter and a place where he’s had some success should keep the good vibe going. B.J. STATEN Though he’s still seeking his first top-20 finish of the season, the Utah pro seems to find a comfort zone at TPC Wakefield Plantation. His past three visits have produced finishes of no worse than 15th, including a T3 last year.