Power Rankings: Wichita Open

August 02, 2010
John Dell, PGATOUR.COM Correspondent

With Martin Piller's win last week in Omaha, there are now two players -- along with Tommy Gainey -- eligible for a battlefied promotion to the PGA TOUR with their next victory.

Only Piller and Gainey will have a chance to finalize their 2011 TOUR card this week as the Nationwide Tour heads to Wichita, Kansas for the Preferred Health Systems Wichita Open, but it's never easy to win three times in a season on the Nationwide Tour.

Piller, who came from behind to get his most recent win, said that low scores changed his mindset to focus on one thing: attack every hole.

"I knew today that par was not going to be good and I knew that I was going to have to go out and make something happen," he said after Sunday's round. "I didn't have a number in mind. The only number I had in mind was one."

The tournament this week is the fifth week of an important six-week stretch as players continue to jockey for position inside the top 25 on the money list.

There are 11 tournaments left before the Nationwide Tour Championship at Daniel Island in Charleston, S.C.

Here are this week's Preferred Health Systems Wichita Open power rankings.

Power Rankings: Preferred Health Systems Wichita Open
Rank Player   Comment
Go with the hottest player, and what he did this past week to win the Cox Classic in Omaha was pretty special. With rounds of 69-66-62-64, he picked up his second win of the season. Piller is a great example of how somebody can get hot at any time.
He is another player to watch this week, thanks to a solid showing in Nebraska. He shot four great rounds to finish at 20 under and tied for third. Sitting 18th on the money list, the rookie's in great position heading down the final stretch.
Has quietly made three cuts in a row with a T27, T3 and T27. He's inside the top 25, but needs some more strong play down the stretch to stay there. He has four top-10s in 12 tournaments and that consistency is coming at the perfect time.
He hasn't had a win this season but picked up his second top-10 finish this past week. He's been consistent with 12 cuts made in 16 tournaments. He's 47th on the money list and needs some more top-5 finishes to get inside the top 25 by the end of the year.
He has two wins in the last six tournaments and is coming off a T28 in Omaha. Scoring was low so his 13-under finish doesn't look all that impressive. But he's very capable of winning this week to earn that battlefield promotion to the PGA TOUR.

John Dell has covered golf for the Winston-Salem Journal in North Carolina for the last 16 years. His views do not necessarily represent the views of the PGA TOUR.