Power Rankings: Knoxville Open
May 13, 2019
By Adam Stanley, PGATOUR.COM
- Henrik Norlander's pair of top-4 finishes in each of his last two starts has moved him inside The 25. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
The 2019 Web.com Tour season has reached its halfway point, and this week the Tour heads back to Tennessee for the Knoxville Open.
It’s the 30th playing of the tournament, one of the oldest on the Web.com Tour schedule, and its past winners include multi-time PGA TOUR champions like Jeff Maggert, J.J. Henry, Chez Reavie, and Patton Kizzire. The late Jarrod Lyle also won the tournament in 2008 as he went on to earn his TOUR card for 2009.
The tournament returns to the Fox Den Country Club in 2019, the 7,000-yard layout that opened exactly 50 years ago.
Last year it was Stephen Jaeger, a Tennessee resident, who won by three shots over eventual Web.com Tour Player of the Year Sungjae Im.
At the KC Golf Classic last week, it was 2018 Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada graduate Michael Gellerman who topped local favourite Harry Higgs and Argentine Nelson Ledesma by one shot to capture his first Web.com Tour title and move to No. 8 on The 25.
Gellerman tops this week’s Power Rankings, but who joins him? Here are the players to watch this week in the Volunteer State.
1. Michael Gellerman: Last week’s winner managed to stay steady all week in Kansas City as weather wrecked havoc on the schedule. Gellerman’s game was trending the last two weeks (with back-to-back top-30 finishes) before his win. He’s looking to keep it rolling this week.
2. Henrik Norlander: It wasn’t the start to the year Norlander was looking for – he missed his first five cuts – but he is on some kind of heater now. His last two results are 3-T4 and he’s moved inside The 25.
3. Robby Shelton: A misstep by Shelton last week in Kansas City, as he missed his first cut since February. But Shelton told PGATOUR.com that while many were choosing not to play this week in Knoxville, it’s another opportunity for him to play well. He finished T-27 here in 2018.
4. Xinjun Zhang: Zhang remains tops on The 25 after a T-14 last week in Kansas City, his seventh top-20 result of the year. He hasn’t missed a cut since the first event of the season.
5. Jack Maguire: Maguire notched his first top-10 of the season last week in Kansas City. He started the year strong, with a T-24 in the Bahamas, but ended up missing nine straight cuts after that. He finished T-8 at this tournament in 2016 after finishing with a Sunday 65.
6. Wes Roach: Roach has played 13 times on the PGA TOUR this year but will be teeing it up for the second time on the Web.com Tour in 2019. He finished tied for fourth here a year ago en route to finishing as part of The 25. Also has an 11th and a T-25 at this event.
7. Dan McCarthy: A winner already this year, McCarthy notched his second-best result of 2019 last week in Kansas City after a few weeks off. With his victory in the rearview mirror, McCarthy said he’d be playing at golf courses that fit his game for the balance of the year. Finished T-27 here in 2018.
8. Jamie Arnold: The Australian has been trending of late, with his three best finishes of the year all coming in the last five weeks – including two top-10s. Sits 36th on the season-long points race.
9. Talor Gooch: Gooch hasn’t teed it up on the PGA TOUR since THE PLAYERS Championship as he rehabs a hurt hand. But he’ll be in the field this week on the Web.com Tour, and the 2017 winner in Knoxville sits 80th in the FedExCup standings.
10. Ben Taylor: Missed the cut last week but has had a steady year so far – six top-25’s – and is just missing a breakout week. Finished T-7 here in 2017.