Power Rankings: Lincoln Land Championship presented by LRS
June 10, 2019
By Zephyr Melton, PGATOUR.COM
- June 10, 2019
- Xinjun Zhang will be looking for his second win of the season. (Michael Cohen/Getty Images)
Following a rain-shortened week in South Carolina that featured Rhein Gibson securing his first-career win, the Web.com Tour heads back to the Midwest for the Lincoln Land Championship presented by LRS.
Panther Creek Country Club plays host for the fourth-consecutive year in Springfield, Illinois. Last year featured Anders Albertson taking the title after a four-round total of 25-under. Albertson, in addition to 2017 winner Adam Schenk and 2016 winner Martin Flores, went on to earn his PGA TOUR card after winning in Springfield.
The par-71 Panther Creek measures at 7,228 yards and was designed by World Golf Hall of Famer Hale Irwin.
Who is ready for a big week in the Midwest? Here are 10 players to watch.
1. Xinjun Zhang. There have been few players more consistent than Zhang this season. He has missed just one cut on the year and has finished in the top 25 eight times in 13 events. Expect his consistency to be on full display once again in Springfield as he looks for his second victory of the season.
2. Rhein Gibson. After a bit of a mid-season slump, Rhein Gibson has been on fire the last two weeks. A T4 followed by his first-career Web.com Tour victory at the BMW Charity Pro-Am has secured the Australian a return to the PGA TOUR. He should keep rolling at Panther Creek.
3. Chase Seiffert. Seiffert has been a staple on the first page of leaderboards over the past two months. His worst finish over that stretch is T19 in Chicago, and he has four other top-15 finishes. Expect Seiffert to be in the conversation come Sunday.
4. Robby Shelton. With two wins on the season and being No. 1 in The 25, it’s hard to bet against Shelton any given week. Could this be the week Shelton claims his third victory of the season and an immediate promotion to the PGA TOUR?
5. Ryan Brehm. After a slow start to the year, Brehm has put together a solid string of golf over the last two months with four top-15 finishes in six starts. The 33-year-old is slowly trending towards a spot in The 25, and a return to the PGA TOUR.
6. Brian Campbell. The former University of Illinois standout should feel right at home competing so close to his old college stomping grounds. Campbell has climbed to No. 20 in The 25 after a strong finish in South Carolina, and another solid week would come as no surprise.
7. Harry Higgs. The SMU alum has missed just one cut since February, highlighted by a T2 showing in his hometown of Kansas City. Expect Higgs to be around for the weekend once again this week as he competes in Springfield for the first time.
8. Michael Miller. After missing his first eight cuts of the season, Miller has been trending in the right direction as of late. A career-best second-place finish in South Carolina could be the week that inspires a run for the rest of the season.
9. Drew Weaver. The Virginia Tech product has successfully made the cut in two previous tries in Springfield. Weaver should continue that trend this week and improve his standing in The 25.
10. Jonathan Randolph. It’s been feast or famine for Randolph this season. He has three top-20 finishes on the year, including a T3 last week, but also has missed seven cuts. His T2 finish in Springfield in 2016 should give him some confidence to continue his recent success.