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    • Power Rankings: Chile Classic

    • Sam Saunders finished fifth at the Web.com Tour season opener. (Stan Badz/PGA TOUR) Sam Saunders finished fifth at the Web.com Tour season opener. (Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)

    John Schwarb is the Web.com Insider and a PGATOUR.COM Contributor. Each week, Schwarb will size up the field and provide his top 5 players going into the tournament, based on factors such as the player's strengths, the course setup, recent performances, etc.

    After a three-week break following the season opener in Colombia, the Web.com Tour season resumes with three more events in Central and South America, opening with the Chile Classic.

    Kevin Kisner won a year ago, helped by a third-round 61. A final-round 68 gave him a one-shot victory over Brice Garnett.

    The event is contested at the par-72 Prince of Wales Country Club in Santiago, which despite being in the country’s central valley is still some 1,700 feet above sea level, so altitude is a factor when playing and figuring distances.

    Power Rankings: Chile Classic

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    1 Andrew Putnam Andrew Putnam

    Finished second in Colombia despite fighting food poisoning early in the week.

    Finished second in Colombia despite fighting food poisoning early in the week.

    2 Sam Saunders Sam Saunders

    A tie for fifth in Colombia is a strong start, plus he’ll have good vibes from a T12 last year in Chile.

    A tie for fifth in Colombia is a strong start, plus he’ll have good vibes from a T12 last year in Chile.

    3 Andres Gonzales Andres Gonzales

    Was making a run at the top before the final round was suspended in Colombia but took T14 when scores reverted to 54 holes.

    Was making a run at the top before the final round was suspended in Colombia but took T14 when scores reverted to 54 holes.

    4 Carlos Ortiz Carlos Ortiz

    Mexico native finished third in Colombia; might he be this year’s rookie star?

    Mexico native finished third in Colombia; might he be this year’s rookie star?

    5 Benjamin Alvarado Benjamin Alvarado

    Chilean native pleased the hometown fans with a T4 last season en route to becoming first countryman to earn a PGA TOUR card.

    Chilean native pleased the hometown fans with a T4 last season en route to becoming first countryman to earn a PGA TOUR card.

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