Power Rankings: The Players Cup
August 12, 2019
By Adam Stanley, PGATOUR.COM
- Lorens Chan tops the Power Rankings this week. (Mackenzie Tour)
The Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada is in its home stretch, with just three events left in the 2019 season.
This week the Tour heads to Winnipeg for one of the oldest tournaments not just on the Tour, but in professional golf – The Players Cup.
Last year it was Tyler McCumber who won his third event of the year and moved, permanently, into the top spot on the Order of Merit. McCumber, as of Sunday, earned a PGA TOUR card via his position on the Korn Ferry Tour season-long points list.
A week ago in Calgary it was Hayden Buckley who, after four previous top-10 finishes this year, finally broke through for a victory.
Buckley captured the ATB Financial Classic in a playoff over Sam Fidone and moved into fifth on The 5 – a Korn Ferry Tour card in his sights.
Here’s who to watch this week in Winnipeg.
1. Lorens Chan: Chan continued his reign as the most consistent player on the Mackenzie Tour this season with another fine finish in Calgary. The UCLA alum finished solo third, his seventh top-10 finish out of the nine tournaments on the Mackenzie Tour this year. Not only is Chan on an unprecedented hot streak, he also finished T-5 in Winnipeg last year.
2. Paul Barjon: Despite Lorens Chan’s steady play this season, there is someone whose results have been just a little bit better, and that’s Barjon. Barjon has also notched seven top-10’s this year out of nine events but two of those results were victories. He sits first on the Order of Merit after a fourth-place result last week in Calgary, and also, along with Chan, finished T-5 a year ago in Winnipeg.
3. Hayden Buckley: It just seemed like a matter of time before Buckley would break through for a victory and he did just that last week in Calgary. Buckley has been one of the most prolific scorers on the Mackenzie Tour this year – sitting third in Total Birdies, second in Birdie Average, and second in Birdie-or-Better Percentage – and that’s resulted in him notching five top-10’s.
4. Taylor Pendrith: The Canadian locked up his fourth straight Canada Life Canadian Player of the Week honour last week in Calgary, but had it not been for two bad holes Sunday it might have been a second-straight victory. Pendrith finished tied for fifth after bouncing back from two double-bogeys in a row to start his round Sunday. His last four results have been 2-T3-1-T5. Not a bad time to go on a heater.
5. David Pastore: The 27-year-old has had a bit of an up-and-down year, but when he makes the weekend he really makes the most of it. Pastore finished T-14 last week in Calgary and was also T-5 a year ago in Winnipeg, his best result of the season.
6. Jake Knapp: Paul Barjon bounced Knapp from the top spot in the Order of Merit last week (after missing the cut and Barjon finishing fourth) but every time after Knapp has missed a cut this year he’s bounced back in spades. He’s gone CUT-1, and CUT-3 so far this year. Look for him to have another good week after taking last weekend off.
7. Jonathan Garrick: Garrick’s season continues to be solid enough, as a T-30 last week in Calgary keeps him inside the top-10 on the Order of Merit. He opened last week with a 64 but was derailed by a 74 on Friday. Still, he seems to be scratching the surface of his potential – as evident by his two runner-up results in 2019.
8. Sam Fidone: Fidone, who won last year on the Mackenzie Tour, had a tough go in 2019 until last week in Calgary. He lost in a playoff but his runner-up result moved him all the way to 15th on the Order of Merit.
9. Greyson Sigg: Sigg continues to chug along solidly this season. At ninth on the Order of Merit, Sigg hasn’t missed a cut the last five weeks (and has only missed one all season). He finished T-30 last week in Calgary. He’s sixth on Tour in Total Birdies and finished T-20 in Winnipeg in 2018.
10. Ian Holt: Holt, who also finished T-20 in Winnipeg last year, is looking to take a queue from fellow Kent State alum Taylor Pendrith and lock up a win on the Mackenzie Tour this year. Out of the seven events Holt has found the weekend in, he’s finished in the top-25 in six of them.