Power Rankings: Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf
April 16, 2018
By Vartan Kupelian, PGATOUR.COM
- Vijay Singh and Carlos Franco teamed up to claim the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf in 2017. (Ryan Young/PGA TOUR)
Vartan Kupelian is a PGATOUR.COM contributor. Each week, Kupelian will size up the field and provide his top five players going into the tournament, based on factors such as the player's strengths, the course setup, recent performances, etc.
Editor's note: This week is a team event, so Kupelian will be breaking down his top five teams to watch.
Vijay Singh and Carlos Franco combined for a 12-under 42 – the lowest 18-hole score in the history of the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge – to win by 1 shot last year over three teams.
The winning team also set the mark for the lowest front nine, a 7-under 20. They made 12 birdies, another tournament record. Singh and Franco will tee it up again this week as one of the teams to beat.
The victory in last year’s rain-shortened event was the first for Singh in nine years.
“It feels good,” said Singh, who won the Toshiba Classic this year for his first individual victory on PGA TOUR Champions. “It didn’t feel that strange, put it this way. It’s nice to win after a long time. I just enjoy playing with Carlos. If it wasn't for Carlos, I wouldn't be here.”
Franco said playing with a close friend is always special.
“We played together two times in The Presidents Cup,” Franco said. “Great guy, great player and I'm so happy when I know we play together in this tournament, and to win is unbelievable.”
Paul Goydos/Kevin Sutherland, Corey Pavin/Duffy Waldorf and Fred Funk/Jeff Sluman shared second place with 45.
RANK TEAM COMMENT 1. Steve Stricker & Jerry Kelly
What do you get when you put No. 1 and No. 2 in the Charles Schwab Cup points race together? You get the favorites. 2. David Toms & Steve Flesch
Toms is always in the hunt and left-hander Flesch is the hot guy right now with his playoff victory at the Mitsubishi Electric Classic. 3. Vijay Singh & Carlos Franco
The defending champions are eager to get back at it after shattering scoring records last year. 4. Billy Andrade & Joe Durant
A record-setting final round in 2015 sent them soaring to a 3-stroke victory and backed it up with a T3 in 2016. 5. Miguel Angel Jimenez & Jose Maria Olazabal
The Spaniards tied for 8th in their tournament debut last year on the strength on a final round 8-under 46.