Power Rankings: AT&T Championship

October 25, 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.

This week's AT&T Championship is the final full-field event on the 2010 Champions Tour schedule.


Phil Blackmar will defend the title he won last year by one stroke over a trio of golfers: Jay Haas, Tom Kite and Andy Bean. Blackmar fired a final round 7-under 64 at Oak Hills Country Club in San Antonio.

The top 30 golfers on the money list after the AT&T Championship will qualify for next week's season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship at Harding Park. Blackmar made an enormous leap last year, moving up 27 spots in the Charles Schwab Cup points list to claim the last spot in the field for the finale.

Designed by A.W. Tillinghast in the golden era of golf course architecture in the 1920s, Oak Hills is the kind of course many of the Champions Tour players grew up playing, so the positive feelings dominate.

Power Rankings: AT&T Championship
Rank Player   Comment
Shook off an uncharacteristically poor start to shoot 68-66 and finish T13 at the Administaff. Goes into the final two events with a solid lead in the Charles Schwab Cup points standing. T6 last year in San Antonio.
Won this event in 2007 and 2008 and finished solo fifth last year, two shots behind the winner. Clearly, he's got good vibes about Oak Hills. Plus, he's prepping for defense of his Charles Schwab Cup Championship.
A misstep at the 17th hole in Saturday's third round in Houston, where he made an eight, cost him a chance to win but still finished T9 last week with a closing 67.
The 36-hole leader at Houston let it slip away but his 66-68 for T5 suggests he's closing in on his first Champions Tour victory. With his short game, it can't be far off.
A 66-66 weekend in Houston and a season-best T3 for the man from Amarillo, who is 29th in money. One more good week in Texas and he'll be off to San Francisco.

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