Power Rankings: Albertsons Boise Open Presented by KraftJuly 23, 2013
By Jeff Shain, PGATOUR.COM
One of the Web.com Tour’s four remaining original stops returns to center stage this week as the Albertson’s Boise Open plays its 24th edition, with a new July date to accommodate the advent of the Finals series in September.
Luke Guthrie won last year’s event in record fashion, completing four rounds at Hillcrest Country Club in 22-under-par 262 to notch his first win as a pro. Guthrie earned his way to the PGA TOUR and isn’t around to defend, though previous champions Hunter Haas and Fran Quinn are back.
Just five events are left in the Web.com Tour’s regular season, before the first 25 PGA TOUR cards for next year are handed out and the top 75 in earnings move on to the new Finals series that begins Aug. 29 in Indiana.
At just 6,807 yards, Hillcrest CC is the third-shortest course on the Web.com Tour schedule and smallest among U.S. venues. It ranked as last year’s third-easiest layout, with a scoring average of 69.22 that was 1.78 strokes below par.
Power Rankings: Albertsons Boise Open Presented by Kraft Rank Player Comment Michael PUTNAM The Tour’s money leader set 36- and 54-hole records at last year’s edition before getting passed by Guthrie on the final day. Putnam also has two other top-15 showings among his past four visits, posting six rounds of 66 or better. Jamie LOVEMARK His victory in Kansas was his second consecutive top 10 and further evidence that the back problems that have plagued the 2010 Player of the Year are resolved. Lovemark tied for seventh in his only previous visit. Tyrone VAN ASWEGEN Last week’s tie for 11th was Van Aswegen’s third top-15 outing of the year, providing a nice springboard to a venue he loves. In two visits to Hillcrest, the South African has finished sixth and 11th with six rounds in the 60s. Ben Martin The South Carolina native suffered a bit of a dropoff with last week’s tie for 14th, but he remains on a run of four straight top-15 finishes. He’s 59-under par for those last 16 rounds. Martin tied for 19th last year in his first trip to Boise. Hunter HAAS The 2010 champion makes his first visit back to Hillcrest since that victory, where a pair of 64s helped him match the tournament scoring record since broken by Guthrie. Haas also claimed a share of sixth in Boise two years earlier.