Power Rankings: Encompass Championship

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 Champions Tour returns to the greater Chicago area this week with the new Encompass Championship at North Shore Country Club.

The Encompass Championship features a Pro-Am format with Champions Tour professionals joining amateurs and celebrities on the first two days of the tournament, Friday and Saturday. The normal Wednesday and Thursday Pro-Am events also will be held.


The Encompass Championship is the second of three new events on the Champions Tour calendar for 2013.

North Shore opened in 1924 and was host to the 1933 U.S. Open, and the U.S. Amateur in 1939 and 1983. It was designed by Harry S. Colt, Alister MacKenzie and Charles Alison.

The Encompass Championship is presented by CareerBuilder.

The Power Rankings for this week’s Encompass Championship:

Power Rankings: Encompass Championship
Rank Player   Comment
David FROST David FROST Looking for back-to-back titles after winning the Regions Tradition. He’s No. 1 on the Charles Schwab Cup points list and No. 2 on the Money List, with an average of more than $100,000 per start.
Fred COUPLES Fred COUPLES Runner-up at the Regions Tradition is No. 2 in both Driving Distance and Greens in Regulation, which means he continues to shorten the courses on the Champions Tour. He’s had 4 top 10s in 5 starts, including two runner-up finishes.
Esteban TOLEDO Esteban TOLEDO Has moved steadily up the rankings and is now No. 4 on the Money List and No. 5 on the Charles Schwab Cup points list. Quite an accomplishment for somebody who started the year on conditional status.
Bernhard LANGER Bernhard LANGER A two-time winner, he’s experiencing a tough patch but a T10 at the Regions Tradition could be the turnaround. No. 1 on the Money List and tied for 3rd with Frost in Greens in Regulation.
John COOK John COOK The winner in Hawaii also has a pair of T3 finishes. He’s No. 3 in both the Charles Schwab Cup points and the Money List while enjoying another quietly efficient season.