Power Rankings: 3M Championship

July 30, 2012
Vartan Kupelian, PGATOUR.COM Contributor

The Champions Tour returns to the United States for this week's 3M Championship at the TPC Twin Cities in Blaine, Minnesota.


Jay Haas will defend the title he won last year with a birdie on the 18th hole in Sunday's final round. Haas shot a closing 68 for a 15-under-par 201 total and a 1-shot victory over Kenny Perry, Peter Senior and Minnesota native Tom Lehman.

The TPC Twin Cities produced one of the tightest finishes of the 2011 season. Seven players were in contention late in the final round before Haas made birdie at No. 14 to take a 2-shot lead. Lehman started the final round 2 strokes behind Haas and matched the winner's third-round 68. Perry finished with 66 and Senior had 70.

Fred Couples, winner of last week's Senior British Open in Scotland - the fifth and final major championship of the Champions Tour season - is not in the field.

Power Rankings: 3M Championship
Rank Player   Comment
No. 1 on the Charles Schwab Cup list and No. 2 on the Money List, he'd like nothing better than to win in Minnesota. He's on a roll with seven top 10 finishes in eight starts, including a victory at the Regions Tradition. No. 1 in greens in regulation.
Failed for the second straight major to deliver the final touch at Turnberry but it's not possible to discount his overall record this season. Winner at TPC Twin Cities in 2009, runner-up in 2008.
The defending champion at the 3M Championship was runner-up in 2007. He's No. 4 in putting average (1.747) and No. 5 in all-around statistical category. Winner of Principal Charity Classic in June.
Back-to-back T6 finishes in major championships at the U.S. Senior Open and the Senior British. Solid statistically in some key areas: driving accuracy (8th), putting average (7th), scoring average (9th), all-around (9th), money list (8th).
Tied for eighth last year at TPC Twin Cities after a runner-up finish in 2010 to David Frost. Finished 69-66 at Turnberry to grab a top 10 in Scotland. Makes more birdies than anyone on the Champions Tour.

The Champions Tour Power Rankings for this week's 3M Championship: