Power Rankings:The Bahamas Great Abaco Classic at The Abaco Club
January 17, 2019
By Adam Stanley, PGATOUR.COM
- Willy Wilcox finished T4 last week at The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
What a way to get the 2019 Web.com Tour season started.
Zecheng (Marty) Dou was getting chased through most of Sunday as he made the turn at The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay. He made three bogeys in six holes to start his back nine.
But after birding his final three holes – including an emphatic fist-pump on the 72nd hole after rolling in a long putt – Dou had notched his second career Web.com Tour win.
With the victory, he leads the season-long Web.com Tour Points list.
Can Dou keep it rolling in the Bahamas this week? Or can another notable name snag a victory at the second event of the year?
Here are 10 players to watch this week at The Bahamas Great Abaco Classic at The Abaco Club.
1. Zecheng Dou. Easy to ride the hot hand this week, and Dou is the hottest. Dou, who won the KC Golf Classic in 2017, (and became the first golfer from Mainland China to win on the Web.com Tour in the process) notched his second Web.com Tour victory last week at The Great Exuma Classic. Dou didn’t go super low in any one round last week, but his consistency was rewarded (and he now leads the Tour in Total Birdies). Given the unpredictable weather conditions set to come again this week, it wouldn’t be surprising to see a steady player like Dou at the top of the leaderboard again.
2. Willy Wilcox. Wilcox, a past winner on the Web.com Tour, is hoping to build off his results from both last week and last year at The Bahamas Great Abaco Classic. Wilcox finished T4 in 2018, his first of three top-5 finishes last year, and he was also T4 last week. The combination of solid experience here, plus coming into the week with some momentum, should make Wilcox one to keep an eye on this week.
3. Ben Kohles. It was almost Kohles’ tournament to win last week after running up the leaderboard Sunday with an 8-under-par 64. Alas, the two-time Web.com Tour winner had to settle for a T2 – his best result on the Web.com Tour since his pair of victories in 2012. Kohles bounced back nicely a week ago after starting with a 73 on Thursday with rounds of 67-68-64.
4. Billy Kennerly. With his Alma matter, Clemson, on top of the college football world, Kennerly is looking to sit atop the Web.com Tour world sooner rather than later. Kennerly finished T12 last week and is looking to build on the T19 finish at The Bahamas Great Abaco Classic he notched last year.
5. Steve LeBrun. What a run for LeBrun. The 40-year-old, in December, made five-straight birdies to end Final Stage in order to secure guaranteed starts on the Web.com Tour for 2019. At the first event of the year LeBrun started the week with a 76, but had an impressive rally from Friday onwards firing rounds of 65-66-65 to finish T2. LeBrun had his wife on his bag last week as he notched his best-ever finish on the Web.com Tour.
6. Zac Blair. Blair ended his final round last week on quite the heater, and he’s looking to carry that momentum into this week as well. Blair, who finished 170th on the FedExCup standings last year, was 6-under in his final six holes Sunday to move to 8th place. It was his best result on the Web.com Tour since his runner-up result at the 2014 Web.com Tour Championship.
7. Ben Taylor. Taylor played much better than his T20 result last week shows. He made two double bogeys in the final round, which dropped him 10 spots on the leaderboard. But Taylor, who won on the Web.com Tour last year, continues to have solid results during the early part of the season and will look to improve on his T19 finish here a year ago.
8. Kevin Dougherty. It’s the season debut for Dougherty, who was painstakingly close to earning his PGA TOUR card via The 25 in 2018. Dougherty finished T4 at this event a year ago and considering his freshness, and past success, he’ll be one to watch out for this week as he looks for redemption. Dougherty’s T4 in 2018 was his first of five top-10 finishes.
9. Callum Tarren. Tarren finished T12 last week at The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic in his Web.com Tour debut. Tarren, who captured the PGA TOUR China money list a year ago, hasn’t played much golf in North or South America, but so far, so good for the Englishman.
10. Albin Choi. The Canadian looks to follow in the footsteps of his countryman Adam Svensson, who won this event last year en route to earning PGA TOUR status via The 25. Choi missed the cut a year ago but spent the winter tightening up his game and after firing rounds of 69-68 on the weekend last week, he finished T16 – his best Web.com Tour result since the Rex Hospital Open last year.
Web.com Tour season tees off in the Bahamas