Power Rankings: JELD-WEN Tradition

August 16, 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.


All eyes will be on Bernhard Langer at the JELD-WEN Tradition to see if he can win a third straight Champions Tour major.

Mike Reid is the defending champion. He made a 12-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole at Crosswater Golf Club last year to post his second career Champions Tour victory, both majors. He also won the 2005 Senior PGA Championship.

Reid shot a final-round 70, finished at 16-under 272 and defeated John Cook in the playoff:

Power Rankings: JELD-WEN Tradition
Rank Player   Comment
Easily the man to beat in his quest to win a third Champions Tour major championship in a row after his victories at the Senior British Open and U.S. Senior Open. His name has come up as a potential member of Europe's Ryder Cup team.
The American Ryder Cup Captain is No. 3 in scoring average on Champions Tour (69.03). Has made par or better 62 times after missing 106 greens in regulation -- 67.92 percent -- tops on the Champions Tour.
Already has one Champions Tour major championship on his resume this year at the Senior PGA Championship, where he won a playoff over Fred Couples and David Frost. Finished worse than T12 only once in nine events.
He's hot. A birdie-birdie-eagle start in the final round led to a front nine 7-under-par 29 and eventual victory at the 3M Championship. An 11-under 61 enabled him to tie the Champions Tour 54-hole scoring record of 191 (25 under).
The popular veteran has a victory (Principal Charity Classic), a fifth at the Senior PGA Championship and back-to-back top-5 finishes in his last two starts. He's in top form -- he's got nine top-10 finishes in his last 10 starts.

This week's Champions Tour Power Rankings: