Week 10 Power Rankings: Puerto Rico OpenMarch 11, 2009
Mike Vitti, PGATOUR.COM
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PUERTO RICO OPEN PRESENTED BY BANCO POPULAR
Power Rankings: Puerto Rico Open presented by Banco Popular Rank Player Comment Jerry
Kelly tied for second in Puerto Rico last year and tied for sixth at this year's Mayakoba Classic. Kelly enters this week ranked fourth in sand save percentage, 11th in putting average, 18th in birdie conversion percentage and 17th in scoring average. Bo
Van Pelt finished tied for second last year at this event. This year, he led after the third round at the Mayakoba classic until a final-round 79 knocked him down to a T-29 finish. Van Pelt enters this week ranked 11th in total driving and 17th in proximity to the hole. Briny
Baird enters this week ranked 16th in scoring and has made the cut in six of his seven starts this season. He finished in the top 10 at the Mayakoba Classic this season and tied for fourth in this event last year. Jeff
Currently 19th in the FedExCup standings as a rookie, Klauk has made the cut in each of his seven starts this season finishing in the top 15 in half of them. He ranks ninth in scrambling and is 24th in total putting. Charles
Howell started strong this season with a top-5 finish in Hawaii, but has not done a lot in his five subsequent starts. Howell is ranked in the top 30 in scoring average. Robert
Big hitter Garrigus ranks fourth on the PGA TOUR in driving distance and is 22nd in greens in regulation. Garrigus has made the cut in each of his last four starts. He is making his first start at the Puerto Rico Open. Jeff
Overton is coming off of his best performance of the season -- a T9 at the Honda Classic. It was his second top-25 finish and his fifth cut made in six starts this season. Greg
Kraft is the defending champion this week, but enters this event having missed the cut in his last four starts. He has recorded only two rounds under par in 13 rounds played this year. Jonathan
Byrd has only one top-25 and four missed cuts in his first five starts of the season, but he comes in ranked eighth in ball striking and has averaged over four birdies per round this season. If he can eliminate the big mistakes, he could be in contention this week. Kevin
Stadler has only made three starts this season, but has finished in the top-20 in two of them. He finished tied for fourth at this event last year.
Last season Greg Kraft was the inaugural winner of the Puerto Rico Open presented by Banco Popular. He returns this year to defend his title and may find that the field is a bit tougher than last year.