Week 13 Power Rankings: Dick's Sporting Goods Open

June 22, 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


Eduardo Romero claimed his second Champions Tour victory at the 2008 Dick's Sporting Goods Open.

Romero dedicated the win to his native Argentina, saying, "Golf is growing up and up and up. This is a very important for Latin America, especially Argentina."

In his next two starts following the victory last year in Endicott, N.Y., Romero finished third at the British Senior Open and won the U.S. Senior Open. Two events later, he won again at the SAS Championship.

Power Rankings: Dick's Sporting Goods Open
Rank Player   Comment
Now that he's healthy again, expect Funk to be a force. He was the oldest golfer to qualify for the U.S. Open and has claimed top-10 finishes in five of his eight appearances on the Champions Tour this year, including four top-10s in the last five starts.
Winner of the Toshiba Classic returns to the Champions Tour in search of a second victory this year following a respectable showing at the U.S. Open. Romero is eighth in driving distance (288.8 yards) and 26th in total driving.
The Dick's Sporting Goods Open was one of three fourth-place finishes in '08 for Sindelar, who has had two more fourths this year - at the AT&T Champions Classic and Capa Cana. Coincidentally he's fourth on the '09 money list.
A two-time winner this year, Fergus tied for 10th in Endicott last year thanks largely to an opening 68 and a closing 66. He's fourth in driving distance (295 yards) on the Champions Tour, third on the money list and fifth in Charles Schwab Cup points.
Finding his stride after breaking through for first win in April. He had another near-miss at the Principal Charity Classic where he lost in a three-way playoff. Solid statistical numbers to support his climb, including 12th in Total Driving and 12th in All-Around.

Will Romero begin another roll this week? He's one of the golfers to watch closely according to Champions Tour Insider Vartan Kupelian's Power Rankings.