Power Rankings: Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic

April 26, 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 unveils the new Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic this week.


The tournament will be played at Fallen Oak, a highly-rated Tom Fazio design featuring a wide range of natural features including dramatic elevation changes along the Gulf Coast.

The Mississippi Gulf Resort comes at a point in the Champions Tour season when a more definable form among the players is beginning to take place. The anticipation of a major championship always amps up the level of competition and preparation.

Only two events remain -- in Mississippi and the Regions Charity Classic in Birmingham, Ala. -- before the season's first major, the PGA Championship at Colorado Golf Club in suburban Denver, May 24-30.

This week's tournament was established by a consortium of Gulf Coast businesses for the purposes of promoting the area and providing charitable dollars to the Habitat for Humanity Mississippi Gulf Coast, Inc.

Power Rankings: Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic
Rank Player   Comment
He's been out of the top 10 only once in seven starts and out of the top 4 only twice. Already a two-time winner this year, Langer, who finished T4 last week with partner Tom Lehman, is the one to beat here.
Hard to overlook what he's accomplished with five straight top 10 finishes, including last week's victory in Savannah with partner Mark O'Meara. T13 is worst finish of the year and last four individual events all T9 or better.
Two playoff losses this year or he could already be on his way to a banner season. Likes to play, and win, in casino towns -- the Las Vegas Invitational (1992) and Reno-Tahoe Open (2001) among his 11 PGA TOUR victories.
The hard work he's putting in on his game is producing results and now that he's got a 'W' there should be more to follow. Putting performances remain stellar -- he's fifth in putts per round (27.73).
Still looking for his best form but he'll be sharp this week in preparation of THE PLAYERS where he and son, Bill, will make history as the first father-son combination to compete at the TPC Stadium Course in the same year.

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