Power Rankings: Albertsons Boise Open

September 13, 2010
John Dell, PGATOUR.COM Correspondent

It's getting late in the season on the Nationwide Tour.


The tour moves to the 21st playing of the Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft, and there are just six tournaments left before the year-ending Nationwide Tour Championship.

On Sunday, Michael Putnam became the 19th different winner this season when he fired a 67 to finish at 18 under at the Utah Championship.

As the season winds down, players continue to battle for a spot in 'THE 25' on the money list. Those who survive inside the top 25 on the money list secure PGA TOUR cards for 2011.

Putnam is a prefect example of what can happen with a victory. He vaulted all the way from 47th on the money list to 15th to put himself in great shape to stay in the top 25 by the end of the season

Here are the Power Rankings for the Albertsons Boise Open Pres'd by Kraft:

Power Rankings: Albertsons Boise Open Pres'd by Kraft
Rank Player   Comment
It's hard not to go with the talented Kirk, who has two victories and leads the Naitonwide Tour's money list. He is coming off a tie for 17th in Utah and has been the model of consistency. He has 11 top 25 finishes in 19 events.
He already has one victory this season, winning the South Georgia Classic in April. And he tied for third in Boise last year. Since his victory, however, he has made just one cut in his last 12 tournaments.
It would be safe to bet on Vegas this week, especially after his tie for second on Sunday in Utah. He fired rounds of 69-66-67-67 and has also won earlier this season. He won the Preferred Health Systems Wichita Open in early August.
Beware of those guys lurking just outside the top 25 on the money list. Staten is ranked 28th coming into this weeks play and last year in Boise he tied for third. That all adds up to him having a good week.
He fired a 64 on Sunday and jumped up the leaderboard to tie for fourth. He also tied for 20th the week before. He is just inside the top 25 on the money list and needs a good week to stay there.

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.