Power Rankings: United Leasing Championship Presented by PTI

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June 25, 2013
Jeff Shain, PGATOUR.COM
The second playing of the United Leasing Championship figures to keep heat and high pressure largely inside the ropes this week.
 
The thermometer topped 100 degrees on all four days of last year’s inaugural edition, including a final day in which four extra holes were needed before Peter Tomasulo outlasted Sweden’s David Lingmerth.
 
Tomasulo is back to defend his title at Victoria National Golf Club outside Evansville, Ind., where only the opening round figures to make temperatures uncomfortable. Forecasts call for Thursday’s high in the low 90s, with the rest of the week about 10 degrees cooler.
 
Victoria National received high marks last year, especially for the way the Tom Fazio layout stood up to the heat. Though the course ranked just No. 8 among last year’s toughest tracks, its total of 349 double bogeys and worse was by far the highest on Tour.

Many of those came at Nos. 17 and 18, a pair of par 4s that combine to make the toughest closing stretch on the circuit. The two holes combined to give up just 80 birdies last year, with 282 bogeys or worse.
Power Rankings: United Leasing Championship Presented by PTI
Rank Player   Comment
Danny LEE Danny LEE The former U.S. Amateur champion appeared in line for his first win in nearly two years until chased down by Chesson Hadley’s closing 64. Instead, Lee settled for his sixth top-15 finish of the year and third in his past five starts.
Michael PUTNAM Michael PUTNAM The Tour’s money leader placed sixth last week in Raleigh, showing his missed cut the previous week was a mere blip. That also gave him a Tour-topping seven top-10 finishes, and his 68.2 scoring average leads the circuit.
Scott DUNLAP Scott DUNLAP Two months shy of his 50th birthday, the Georgia pro now has three top-20 finishes in his past four starts after last week’s tie for 13th. One of the Tour’s most accurate ballstrikers, that trait ought to play nicely at Victoria National.
Chesson HADLEY Chesson HADLEY The Tour’s newest winner may also have the hottest hand, with four top-6 finishes in his past five starts. Biggest question for Hadley is how much he has left in the tank after a hometown win that required a big Sunday charge.
Andrew PUTNAM Andrew PUTNAM While older brother Michael gets all the attention atop the money list, Andrew has put together a nice recent stretch with two top-10s in his past four starts. That includes a course record with last week’s opening 62.
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