Power Rankings: Charles Schwab Cup Championship

October 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.

Bernhard Langer's runner-up finish at the AT&T Championship put him over the $2 million mark on the Champions Tour for the fourth time in the last five years.

It also increased Langer's lead in the Charles Schwab Cup points race going into this week's season finale. He earned 163 points in San Antonio and now has a 2,413-point total, and a 211-point lead over Tom Lehman. Langer had a chance to expand his lead even more but lost a playoff for the AT&T Championship against David Frost.

Double points will be available this week at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, with 880 points going to the winner in Scottsdale. That means only Langer, Lehman and Roger Chapman, who has 1,756 points (657 behind Langer) can claim the $1 million bonus.

For the third straight year, the final event produced no changes to the top 30 who have qualified to advance to the Charles Schwab Cup Championship. Mark McNulty held on to the 30th spot by just under $4,000 ahead of Tom Kite.

Power Rankings: Charles Schwab Cup Championship
Rank Player   Comment
The man to beat at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, and it won't be easy to catch him in the season-long points race. Since the Regions Tradition in early June, he has won twice, finished runner-up three times and only once has failed to finish ninth or better.
Tied for 7th at the AT&T Championship, worth 63 points, and has 2,202 entering the final event. Lehman won the Charles Schwab Cup last year, going into the final event as the leader and holding on when Jay Don Blake won the 2011 tournament.
The two-time major champion this year is the only other player with a chance to unseat Langer. His only top 10 finishes this year were victories at the Senior PGA Championship and the U.S. Senior Open, both in Michigan. Scottsdale is in Arizona.
He's No. 4 on the Charles Schwab Cup points list and has no chance to catch Langer but a third victory in 2012 would put a nice exclamation point on his achievements during the season. No top 10s since the Boeing Classic (T4).
The second-half of his season has been impressive, and he added another top 10 with a T5 at the AT&T Championship. Since late August, Wood has had two wins and a T3 to go along with the strong performance in San Antonio.

This week's Champions Tour Power Rankings for the Charles Schwab Cup Championship: