Power Rankings: Regions Tradition
May 12, 2014
By Vartan Kupelian, PGATOUR.COM
- Bernhard Langer has been dominant this season and is showing no sign of letting up. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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.
David Frost will defend his title this week at the Regions Tradition, the first of five major championships on the Champions Tour.
Frost held off Fred Couples at Shoal Creek last year to win his first senior major. The final round was interrupted by a lightning storm and driving rain. Frost and Couples matched final-round 68s, with the champion posting a 16-under-par 272 total.
It was Frost’s second victory of the season. He also won the Toshiba Classic, where Couples again was runner-up.
John Cook and Esteban Toledo finished three strokes back at Shoal Creek, with Michael Allen, Russ Cochran and Duffy Waldorf another shot back at 276. Cook closed with a 66 and Toledo had a 67.
Like each of the majors, the Regions Tradition offers double points in the Charles Schwab Cup points race to the top 10 finishers. Bernhard Langer is atop the list with 1,169 points.
This week’s Champions Tour Power Rankings for the Regions Tradition:
… and one more to keep an eye on
Michael Allen – Four times he’s played in the Tradition, and each time he has finished in the top 10 – T5 last year, T9 in 2012, T4 in 2011 and T2 in 2010. He’s No. 5 on the CSC points list so all signs point up.