Power Rankings: Dick's Sporting Goods Open

August 13, 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.


John Huston returns to En-Joie Golf Course this week to defend the Dick's Sporting Goods Open he won a year ago with a 16-under-par 200 total.

Huston's final round 65 held off Nick Price (203) and Mark Wiebe (204), the 36-hole leader. Huston, making his third Champions Tour start, and Wiebe shared the first-round lead with 65s. Wiebe added a second-round 68 to claim the lead after two rounds at 11 under. But Huston wiped out a two-shot deficit on the final 18 to post his breakthrough victory on the Champions Tour just 25 days after his 50th birthday.

The Dick's Sporting Goods Open in Endicott, N.Y., has a new August date this year and a new contract with the Champions Tour extending its title sponsorship through 2015. The move to August was made to allow the golf course more time to recover from last year's floods in the area

Power Rankings: Dick's Sporting Goods Open
Rank Player   Comment
Finally posted his much-anticipated first victory of 2012 at the 3M Championship and he did it in style with a closing 62, which left no doubts. It was his 12th top-10 in 14 starts this year, and it came after four runner-up finishes.
Still tops the Charles Schwab Cup points list and is No. 1 in greens hit and total driving. He's due for a second victory to add to the Regions Tradition. Tied for 15th at En-Joie last year on the strength of closing 66.
He finished T6 last year and has three top-10s in the last four starts, which means he's getting back into the form he exhibited last year when he contended regularly. It's just a matter of time before his breakthrough, isn't it?
It's hard to overlook his two victories in major championships - at the Senior PGA and the U.S. Senior Open. And he's No. 3 in the Charles Schwab Cup points list which should provide plenty of motivation.
He's hoping the good feelings he had last year at En-Joie will help him regain his rookie form on the Champions Tour -- seven top-10s in 14 starts. He's had only three in 14 events this year, including a T6 at the U.S. Senior Open.

This week's Power Rankings for the Champions Tour's Dick's Sporting Goods Open: