Power Rankings: Principal Charity Classic

May 30, 2011
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.

Calling it some of his best golf on the Champions Tour, Nick Price cruised to a four-shot victory last year at the Principal Charity Classic.


A final-round 67 enabled Price to hold off Tommy Armour III at Glen Oaks Country Club in Des Moines for his second victory of 2010. The victory gave Price multiple victories in the same season for the first time since 1994 when he won six titles on the PGA TOUR and was Player of the Year. The '94 victories included major titles at the British Open and PGA Championship.

Price, a three-time major champion, finished at 14-under 199. For the third straight year, Price led entering the final round of the Principal Charity Classic but this time he held on for the victory.

Power Rankings: Principal Charity Classic
Rank Player   Comment
Put himself into position with a strong third-round 68 before a closing 77 knocked him out of contention at Valhalla. Still, his three victories and top ranking in Charles Schwab Cup points make him the man to beat.
The defending champion at Glen Oaks extended his streak of top seven finishes to six straight in individual events with a seventh at Valhalla. The streak includes a first, second and a third. Good stuff.
Backed up his victory at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf (with partner Mark McNulty) with a near-miss at Valhalla, where he lost a playoff to Tom Watson. All the way up to fourth on the Charles Schwab Cup points list.
Peaking at the right time. A closing 69 lifted him to T5 at Valhalla following a playoff loss to Tom Lehman at the Regions Tradition. Senior has posted four straight top 10s.
A two-time winner this year, Cook tied for third last year in Des Moines and found his bearings in the final two rounds of the Senior PGA Championship, closing with 70-70 to finish T13.

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