Week 11 Power Rankings: Principal Charity Classic

May 26, 2009
Vartan Kupelian, PGATOUR.COM Contributor

Editor's note: Vartan Kupelian is the Champions Tour Insider and a PGATOUR.COM Contributor. Each week, Kupelian 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. MORE POWER RANKINGS: PGA TOUR | Nationwide Tour


With Bernhard Langer taking the week off and Michael Allen -- the winner of last week's Senior PGA Championship -- planning his return to the PGA TOUR, the Champions Tour Power Rankings have a new look.

Jay Haas is the two-time defending champion at this week's Principal Charity Classic. After a solid performance at the Senior PGA Championship, where he finished with rounds of 69-68 to tie for ninth, Haas is poised and positioned to post his first victory of 2009.

Haas won the Principal Charity Classic by a stroke over Andy Bean last year.

There is a prophetic aside to the finish of the 2008 tournament in West Des Moines.

Following Haas and Bean in the top five were Nick Price, Joey Sindelar and Loren Roberts, and based on performances this year, it would be difficult to dismiss those five golfers as the top contenders at the Principal Charity Classic. Roberts (4), Sindelar (6), Bean (7) and Haas (10) are in the top 10 in the Charles Schwab Cup points standings and Price is 14th.

Power Rankings: Principal Charity Classic
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He's looking for a hat trick in Iowa, where he successfully defended his title in 2008 with four birdies on the final nine Sunday. On his way to a 10-under-par winning total, Haas hit an astonishing 95 percent of the fairways and 78 percent of greens in regulation.
Bean shot a final-round 67 in '08, including birdies at Nos. 15 and 16. He hasn't won in 2009 but remains solidly in contention for top honors, including the Charles Schwab Cup and the money list (5th). He is also fifth in scoring average at 69.89.
He finished runner-up behind Haas at Glen Oaks in 2007. He held the final-round lead two years ago before two closing bogeys cost him the title. Roberts leads the Tour in the scrambling statistic with 84 pars or better after missing the green 127 times.
He played his way into position last week with a pair of 69s in the first and third rounds before a final-round 75 dropped him into a T22. He's second in scoring average, third in the all-around statistical category and fourth on the money list in 2009.
Fergus and Langer are the only two-time winners this year, and Fergus is No. 2 on the money list with $660,498 and third in driving distance (294.4). He tied for 16th last year at the Principal with rounds of 69-70-70 and is coming off a T22 at the Senior PGA.

Here's a look at the Power Rankings for this week's event: