Power Rankings: Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends

April 17, 2012
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.


This week, Mark McNulty and David Eger will defend the Legends Division title they captured last year at the Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf.

McNulty and Eger teamed for a final-round 11-under 61 and a 27-under 189 total. That got them into a playoff against Scott Hoch and Kenny Perry, which ended when McNulty got up-and-down for par on the second extra hole. It was a key victory for McNulty and Eger, who were back after missing much of the 2010 season with injuries and subsequent surgery.

Seventy-one teams will compete in three divisions at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa. Seven of the 16 World Golf of Fame members will play in the Legends Division. They are Hubert Green, Hale Irwin, Lanny Wadkins, Larry Nelson, Bernhard Langer and Tom Kite.

Competition in the Demaret Division -- for Grand Champions ages 70 and above -- is Monday and Tuesday. Mark James and Des Smyth will defend their title in the 36-hole Raphael Division Friday and Saturday.

Three players will make their first appearances in the Legends. The newcomers are Steve Pate, who will team with U.S. Senior Open champion Olin Browne; John Huston, with partner Jim Gallagher, Jr., and Brad Faxon, with Jeff Sluman. Faxon won the Insperity Championship in Houston in his rookie season last year.

Power Rankings: Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf
Rank Players Comment
BERNHARD LANGER, TOM LEHMAN: The 2009 champions return. Langer added to his string of top performances with a fifth at Tampa and now has been fifth or better in four of his six starts. The '09 victory was Lehman's first on the Champions Tour.
JAY HAAS, FRED COUPLES: Haas finished T8 in Tampa while Couples took the week off so he should be rested and ready. Haas won the tournament, when it was contested in a different format, in 2007 and 2008, and has a winning history with Captain Couples at the Presidents Cup.
KENNY PERRY, RUSS COCHRAN: Perry, with partner Hoch, lost the playoff last year. Cochran, with partner Mark Wiebe, tied for third. That made Cochran/Perry a formidable duo even before the results from Tampa were in: Perry was runner-up to Michael Allen and Cochran was T6.
MICHAEL ALLEN, DAVID FROST: Tied for third last year, missing the playoff by a single shot after a final-round of 10 ynder. Allen is coming off an impressive victory in Tampa, his second on the Champions Tour and first since 2009 Senior PGA Championship, so his game if fit and hardy.
MARK MCNULTY, DAVID EGER: The defending champions found magic last year and won a playoff after they combined for a 27-under total 189 with rounds of 64-64-61. Eger had a strong week in Tampa (T8).

This week's Champions Tour Power Rankings for the Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf: