Power Rankings: Price Cutter Charity Championship Presented by Dr PepperAugust 06, 2013
By Jeff Shain, PGATOUR.COM
With just three events left in the regular season, the Web.com Tour returns to one of its original venues for what figures to be a go-low exhibition at the Price Cutter Charity Championship.
Highland Springs Country Club in Springfield, Mo., was part of the schedule during the Tour’s inaugural season in 1990 and has ranked among the easiest venues for the past decade or so. The par-72 layout produced a scoring average of 70.14 last year.
Chris Wilson outlasted Scott Harrington in a one-hole playoff last year, after both men finished with totals of 21-under 267. That was a little high in comparison to preceding editions, in which 2011 winner Steve Friesen and 2010 champ Hunter Haas both went 26-under.
Springfield finds itself without the top three men on the Web.com Tour money list, as No. 1 Michael Putnam, last week’s winner Ben Martin and Chesson Hadley take a breather ahead of the stretch run.
Every dollar counts, though, in the races for the top 25 to receive PGA TOUR cards at the end of the regular season and top 75 for berths in the Web.com Tour Finals. Just $9,636 separates No. 70 Len Mattiace from No. 80 James Nitties.
Power Rankings: Price Cutter Charity Championship Presented by Dr Pepper Rank Player Comment Chad COLLINS Last week’s tie for third at the Mylan Classic was Collins’ third top-3 of the year, including a birdiefest at Utah where he shot 60. The Indiana native was runner-up at Highland Springs in 2009, with two other top-11 finishes there. Hunter HAAS The 2010 Price Cutter champion returns after a week off, with a pair of top-10s in his previous four outings. This marks his first visit to Highland Springs since his victory there, part of a run of three top-15s in a four-year span. Will WILCOX Three top-10s in his past four starts included go-low locales Utah and Boise, where he shot a combined 41-under and grabbed headlines with a 59 in Utah. Wilcox’s 12 eagles shares the Tour lead, and he’s fifth in birdies per round. Edward LOAR After dropping from second to No. 4 on the money list during his week off, Loar has plenty of incentive to come out firing. The lefty has a pair of top-5s in his past four starts, but finished only middle of the pack in Utah and Boise. Kelly KRAFT A solo second last week continues a late push for the former U.S. Amateur champion, following a tie for 17th in Boise. Seven of Kraft’s past eight rounds have broken 70, including Sunday’s closing 64. This is his first visit to Springfield.