Power Rankings: Utah Championship presented by Zions Bank
July 09, 2018
By Stephen Andress, PGATOUR.COM
- July 09, 2018
- Josh Teater holds the trophy after winning the 2009 Utah Championship. (Kenneth E. Dennis/PGA TOUR)
After this week’s Utah Championship presented by Zions Bank, only five events will remain in the Web.com Tour Regular Season. What’s the significance of that? Those ranked in The 25 (top 25 on the money list) at the end of the Regular Season secure a PGA TOUR card for next season.
With that in mind, this week’s Power Rankings will take a look at some of the names in the field this week that have already done enough to be PGA TOUR-bound next season, as well as a few others that are very close.
The names include a former champion in Utah and some red-hot, young talents that are peaking at the right time.
Players descend upon Oakridge Country Club in Farmington, Utah outside of Salt Lake City this week, where the first hole upon making the turn provided the toughest test last season. The 517-yard, par-4 10th played as one of the 20 toughest holes on Tour last year.
Who will go west and rise up in 2018? Here are 10 players to look out for this week.
1. Sungjae Im. Until he relinquishes the top spot in The 25, this spot is his. He has yet to concede the top spot on the money list in any week this season. He has now played 12 Sunday rounds this season and carded a score under 70 each time. The latest? A 4-under 68 for a T8 finish at the LECOM Health Challenge. The TOUR-bound 20-year-old South Korean is an incredible model of consistency.
2. K.H. Lee. Scott Langley is second in The 25 but is taking a second week off in a row, which means Lee gets the second spot in the Power Rankings, by virtue of being No. 3 in The 25. Another promising South Korean talent, Lee has not won an event this year but his consistency to be ranked that high on the money list without a victory is remarkable. Lee is TOUR-bound after three consecutive top-20 finishes and four top-three results, overall, this season.
3. Sebastián Muñoz. It’s an international trio in this week’s top three, with this red-hot Colombian securing his TOUR card in western New York last week. His T2 finish at the LECOM Health Challenge marked his second runner-up this season and fifth top-10 to eclipse $200,000 in earnings this season.
4. Chase Wright - The Indiana alum has peaked at the right time, now fifth in The 25. He has a win and a top-five in his last four events. Wright also finished in the top 10 in Utah in 2014.
5. Wyndham Clark. Clark received text messages asking if he was okay after shooting an 80 in just his second Tour round in January. Six months later, we can report Clark is not just okay but TOUR-bound. He sits seventh in The 25, with more than $185,000 in season-to-date earnings. Clark has done it with three consecutive top-25 finishes, before taking last week off ahead of Utah.
6. Cameron Champ. Champ is maybe the hottest player on Tour among those who have not won this season. The Texas A&M product moved up another five spots this week to 27th on the money list, on the brink of joining The 25 after these finishes in his last five events: T11, T4, 7, T5, T8.
7. Anders Albertson. How did the Georgia Tech alum follow up his win in Lincoln Land? With another top-25 finish at the LECOM Health Challenge. That’s now 28 consecutive rounds under 72 for Albertson! He’s only about $1,000 from the $180,000 threshold we use as a fail-safe number to secure a spot in The 25.
8. Josh Teater. Teater fell four spots to 30th on the money list last week despite a T34 finish, but he’s still been playing great golf, and this week in Utah presents a great opportunity for him to permanently leap into The 25. Why? Because he won the Utah Championship in 2009.
9. Adam Long. The former Duke Blue Devil continues to climb into and now up The 25, moving from 21st to 18th. He followed a runner-up finish with a top-25 result last week. That’s now eight top-25s for Long this season.
10. Ben Taylor - Taylor is just living the dream right now, with his beloved World Cup team in the semifinals (England) and returning from three weeks off to make the cut at the LECOM Health Challenge. His T34 finish kept him 14th in The 25, but don’t count out this refreshed Englishman who already has a win this year.
"Thought, 'The boys have got it covered. We'll let them play.' I'm sure they thought the same thing about me.'"@BennyTaylor92 refrained from checking the @England @FIFAWorldCup score during his third round @LECOMHC. ⛳️— Web.com Tour (@WebDotComTour) July 7, 2018
And he figures the team managed the same. ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/qPkBJovyFm