Power Rankings: Insperity Championship

April 30, 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.


The Insperity Championship has an earlier slot on the Champions Tour schedule, moving up from last year's October dates.

Brad Faxon, in his sixth start on the Champions Tour, claimed his first victory last year at The Woodlands when the final round was washed out.

Faxon put himself into the pole position with a terrific second-round 7-under-par 65 in difficult conditions. It gave him a 1-shot lead over Tommy Armour III. The Sunday round was finally washed out just before 1 p.m. after torrential rains in the Houston area twice forced delays and eventually made the course unplayable.

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Back-to-back victories have catapulted Allen into the catbird seat in the race for the Charles Schwab Cup. He has 850 points and a 350-point lead over Bernhard Langer. First-round leader last year (63) eyes atonement for second-round 79.
Three top 10s in four Champions Tour starts, and 11th in the other. The victory at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic in March was the seventh of his Champions Tour career. Won at The Woodlands in 2009.
Won the ACE Group Classic and added a runner-up finish in Tampa. He's tops on the Champions Tour in Driving Distance, averaging 294.2 yards, second in Putting Average (1.721) and fourth in Greens in Regulation (76.39 percent).
Top 7 finishes in the first three events, and has finished every tournament under par. Consistency remains his hallmark. Check out his All-Around statistical ranking, he's No. 1, and has a 69.33 scoring average. Runnner-up to Tom Watson in Tampa in '08.
He loves playing in Texas, where he won four times on the PGA TOUR. Posted his breakthrough Champions Tour win at Allianz. No. 3 on both the Charles Schwab Cup points list and Money List. T10 at Woodlands in 2011.

This week's Champions Tour Power Rankings for the Insperity Championship.