Power Rankings: Utah Championship presented by Zions Bank
June 24, 2019
By Zephyr Melton , PGATOUR.COM
- June 24, 2019
- Fresh off a win in Wichita, Henrik Norlander will look to keep up his stellar play at the Utah Championship presented by Zions Bank. (Michael Cohen/Getty Images)
With the wild finish in Wichita (featuring Henrik Norlander winning in a Monday playoff) behind us, the Korn Ferry Tour sets its sights west for the Utah Championship presented by Zions Bank. The tournament was first played in 1990 and will be contested at Oakridge Country Club.
With Oakridge Country Club sitting at over 4,300 feet of elevation, expect to see jaw-dropping drives and plenty of power on display off the tee. The course measures 7,045 yards and is a par-71.
Last year, Cameron Champ took the title in Utah, firing a four-day total of 24-under 260. Other past winners of the event include PGA TOUR winners John Daly (1990), Zach Johnson (2003) and Patton Kizzire (2015).
Who is ready to join the illustrious list of past champions? Here are 10 players to watch.
- Henrik Norlander. Fresh off a win in Wichita and securing a return to the PGA TOUR, Norlander will look to keep up his stellar play he’s put together over the last two months. The Swede is up to No. 5 in The 25 and the five-straight missed cuts to begin the season seem long forgotten.
- Scottie Scheffler. Scheffler’s last seven starts: T7, CUT, 1, 2, T7, 5, 2. Oh, and he competed in the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach during that stretch. At this point it’s more surprising when Scheffler’s name isn’t near the top of the leaderboard.
- Chris Baker. The 33-year-old is trending. Baker has four top-10s in his last six starts and flirted with 59 a few weeks ago in Raleigh. This could be the week he breaks through for his first-career Korn Ferry Tour victory.
- Vincent Whaley. In his rookie season on the Korn Ferry Tour, Whaley has displayed impressive consistency, highlighted by two top-3 finishes including a T3 performance in Springfield two weeks ago. Locking up his spot in The 25 is well within reach at this point in the season, and a big week in Utah could guarantee he’s playing on the PGA TOUR next season.
- Sebastian Cappelen. Cappelen has locked up his first PGA TOUR card by virtue of his T2 finish in Wichita. Now the 29-year-old can set his sights on improving his standing in The 25 and fine-tuning his game for the next level.
- Lanto Griffin. Griffin has six top-25 finishes in his last seven starts, including a victory in Alabama. He is a safe bet to be a factor on Sunday as he looks for his second title of the season.
- Davis Riley. Coming into the year, Riley was not even a Korn Ferry Tour member. Now after securing Special Temporary Membership with his stellar play, the former Alabama standout is climbing his way towards a spot in The 25. Look for Riley to be in the mix in Utah.
- Robby Shelton. The young star has cooled considerably since his two-win-in-three-week stretch last month, but he has the talent and winning experience to win every time he tees it up. This could be the week he does just that and earns an immediate promotion to the PGA TOUR.
- Doug Ghim. The former Texas Longhorn has had an up-and-down rookie season on the Korn Ferry Tour, but his bright spots have been enough to keep him within reach of The 25. Ghim has two top-10s in his last three starts and he has the game to win any given week.
- Kevin Dougherty. Dougherty was inches from his first-career Korn Ferry Tour victory in Wichita before ultimately falling in a five-man playoff. Nevertheless, Dougherty’s game is in a good place as he heads to Oakridge.