Week 4 Power Rankings: Toshiba Classic

March 01, 2010
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 five players going into the tournament, based on factors such as the player's strengths, the course setup, recent performances, etc.


The Champions Tour makes a quick one-tournament West Coast swing this week for the Toshiba Classic at Newport Beach Country Club.

Argentina's Eduardo Romero will defend the title he won by 1 stroke over Mark O'Meara and Joey Sindelar.

With his victory, Romero joined Rodger Davis of Australia, Jose Maria Canizares of Spain and Bernhard Langer of Germany as international winners of the Toshiba Classic.

Newport Beach CC has been the home of the tournament since 1996. It is a par 71 set along the Pacific Coast Highway. Originally designed in 1952 and renovated on several occasions, the latest in 1998 by Ted Robinson, it features mature trees and narrow fairways. Tom Purtzer set the courset record, 60, in 2004.

Power Rankings: Toshiba Classic
Rank Player   Comment
He shows no signs of slowing down, posting a T14 last week on the PGA TOUR. His driving skills (ranked No. 1 in distance, fourth in total driving and third in GIR) put him in the pole position on the 6,591-yard Newport Beach CC course.
Returned to the winner's circle at Allianz with another spectacular finish when he holed out from a greenside bunker. He's 3-for-3 in top 10s and now has eight straight. Leads Champions Tour with 50 birdies and should have plenty of chances for more this week.
Lehman has been in contention in all four starts this year, two on the Champions Tour and two on the PGA TOUR. On the Champions Tour, he finished fourth in Hawaii and T5 at Allianz, where he was tied for the lead early in the final round.
Runner-up last year at the Toshiba. O'Meara has plenty of local knowledge at Newport Beach CC where he first played in high school. He's sixth in putts per round (28.17) and 10th in scoring average (68.67) after a T11 at Hualalai and T20 at Allianz.
He's looking forward to a return to California. He won the '09 Charles Schwab Cup Champ. in San Francisco. And he's going back after losing two weeks ago in a playoff to Langer. All four of his Champions Tour wins have come west of the Mississippi.

This week's Champions Tour Power Rankings for the Toshiba Classic: