Power Rankings: Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn

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.

Fred Funk will defend his title at the Greater Hickory Kia Classic this week at Rock Barn Golf & Spa.


Funk closed with a 3-under 69 last year, converting a 2-foot birdie putt on the final hole, for a 15-under 201 total and 1-stroke victory over Duffy Waldorf. Funk had a bogey-free tournament at Rock Barn and will take a streak of 84 straight holes on the course without a bogey into this year’s event.

Mark Wiebe finished third with a 206 total. There was a five-way tie for fourth at 207: John Cook, Jay Don Blake, Peter Senior, Dan Forsman and Chip Beck.

Rock Barn, designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., is a 7,046-yard, par 72 layout in Conover, North Carolina.

This week’s Power Rankings for the Champions Tour’s Greater Hickory Kia Classic, the 23rd of 26 Charles Schwab Cup events on the 2013 schedule:

Power Rankings: Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn
Rank Player   Comment
David FROST David FROST Runner-up finish last week on rounds of 67-67-66 for a 200 total, making six birdies in each of the three rounds. Hit nearly 90 percent of the fairways in the second and third rounds combined. No. 3 in the Charles Schwab Cup points.
Russ COCHRAN Russ COCHRAN Cochran joined the list of two-time winners in 2013 with last week’s victory at the SAS Championship. His other victory came at the Principal Charity Classic in June. Moved from 13th to No. 6 in the Charles Schwab Cup points race.
Kenny PERRY Kenny PERRY Continues to lead in the Charles Schwab Cup race with 2,760 points, 609 ahead of Bernhard Langer. Perry has been in command since back-to-back major championships at the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship and the U.S. Senior Open.
Bernhard LANGER Bernhard LANGER T9 last year at Rock Barn, he’s coming off a T8 at SAS Championship despite a final-round 73. Needs a big finish in his bid to catch Perry in the Charles Schwab Cup points race.
Michael ALLEN Michael ALLEN His T5 at the SAS Championship earned valuable points in the Charles Schwab Cup race (he’s 7th) and the winner of the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic needs a couple more big performances down the stretch.