Power Rankings: News Sentinel Open Presented by Pilottext sizeAugust 13, 2013
By Jeff Shain, PGATOUR.COM
On a circuit of wide-open possibilities every week, the handicapping task is just a little tougher for this week’s News Sentinel Open.
Five of the top six on the Web.com Tour money list are taking a breather this week, with only No. 1 Michael Putnam making the trip to Knoxville. In all, just eight of the top 20 will tee it up at Fox Den Country Club.
That means plenty of opportunity for those just below that threshold, though, with just two events left to lay claim to one of the 25 PGA TOUR cards to be handed out at the end of the Regular Season. Next week’s Cox Classic presented also sets the 75 spots for the inaugural Web.com Tour Finals.
Knoxville is one of the four stops that have been on the Web.com Tour schedule since the beginning, with Fox Den serving as host since 1999. Darron Stiles captured last year’s title, joining Hunter Haas as two-time winners at Fox Den, but he’s signed up for the Wyndham Championship this week.
Power Rankings: News Sentinel Open Presented by Pilot Rank Player Comment Hunter HAAS A champion at Fox Den in 2004 and ’06, the former Oklahoma standout is on a recent run of three top-20 finishes in his past five outings. Haas lurked two strokes off pace entering last week’s final round, but struggled to a closing 74. Adam HADWIN The Canadian pro returns fresh after taking last week off, with three finishes of 21st or better in his past four Web.com outings. Hadwin tied for 10th in Knoxville a year ago, and could use a boost to improve from 63rd on the money list. Michael PUTNAM The earnings leader also returns after a week’s hiatus, which followed a missed cut at the Mylan Classic. He has three other MCs this season, each time bouncing back with a finish no worse than 15th. Tied for 20th here last year. Peter MALNATI With five top-25 finishes in six Web.com Tour starts, Malnati has achieved special temporary status and lurks just outside the Finals cut line at No. 80. The Tennessee native has played Knoxville once before, tying for 16th in 2010. Tyrone VAN ASWEGEN With last week’s tie for 19th, the South African now has seven top-25 finishes in his past 13 starts dating back to April’s South Georgia Classic. Nine of Van Aswegen’s past 14 rounds have broke 70, including a 63 in Boise.