Power Rankings: Chitimacha Louisiana Open

March 21, 2011
John Dell, PGATOUR.COM Correspondent

The Nationwide Tour will make its domestic debut this week with the Chitimacha Louisiana Open near Lafayette, La.

The season opened in late February with the Panama CLARO Championship in Panama City where Matthew Goggin was the winner. The tour then moved to Bogota, Colombia for the Pacific Rubiales Bogota Open, where Brenden Pappas won the rain-shortened event.

The Nationwide Tour had two weeks off after the 36-hole Bogota Open.

Fabian Gomez was the winner last season winning by a commanding six shots.

Power Rankings: Chitimacha Louisiana Open
Rank   Player Comment
With a victory and a tie for 38th, Pappas leads the tour money list with a little more than $110,000. Last time out, he shot 67-66 in the rain-shortened tournament but that was good enough to win. He wouldn't mind proving it wasnt a fluke.
He finds himself in the Power Rankings thanks to his consistency in the first two tournaments of the season. He has a tie for second and a tie for eighth and is inside the top 5 on the money list. In his six rounds this season, he has shot par or better in every round.
He's had the best of both worlds in his two events so far this season, with a victory and a missed cut. At least there's been two weeks between the missed cut, so that should help his frame of mind.
Going strictly by last season's tournament in Louisiana, where he tied for fifth, he could make a move this week. So far this season, he has finished 58th and tied for 40th. Too talented to ignore on this list.
Has quietly tied for sixth and tied for 13th in his first two tournaments this year on the Nationwide Tour. In his six rounds this season, he is 11 under and is off to a good start in his bid to regain his PGA TOUR card.

Here are the power rankings for this week's event:

John Dell has covered golf for the Winston-Salem Journal in North Carolina for the last 17 years. His views do not necessarily represent the views of the PGA TOUR. You can reach him at johndell@triad.rr.com.