Power Rankings: BMW Charity Pro-Am

May 16, 2011
John Dell, PGATOUR.COM Correspondent

The Nationwide Tour will move into an important stretch on the schedule with five tournaments over the next six weeks.

It begins this week with the BMW Charity Pro-Am at three different courses in Greenville and Spartanburg, S.C. and Mill Spring, N.C. The format includes celebrities playing with the Nationwide Tour players. Some of the celebrities scheduled to appear are Wayne Gretzky, Cheech Marin and Brad Brownell, who is the Clemson men's basketball coach.

Thanks in part to the celebrities who participate in the BMW Charity Pro-Am, the tournament has raised nearly $8 million for its more than 150 charities since 2001.

Power Rankings: BMW Charity Pro-Am
Rank   Player Comment
The leading money winner, who now lives in Charlotte, played in the Wells Fargo on the PGA TOUR and made the cut to finish in a tie for 48th. In his last outing on the Nationwide Tour at the South Georgia Classic he was second.
Has missed his last two cuts on the Nationwide Tour, but last year at this tournament he tied for seventh. It's more of a difficult challenge than most tournaments because it's played on three different courses.
Had a chance to gain ground on Goggin in the money race but tied for 73rd at the Stadion Classic. He has a win and a tie for 13th this season on the Nationwide Tour and has also played in two PGA TOUR events.
He has made jut one cut in four Nationwide Tour tournaments but the Australian had a good run here last year when he tied for 11th. He shot 68-65-55-72 for one of his best finishes in 2010. He's playing in his third full season on the Nationwide Tour.
Beware of the left-hander. Potter came out of nowhere to win the South Georgia Classic after he Monday-qualified to get into the tournament. He now has a place to play for the rest of the season thanks to the victory, and is fourth on the Nationwide Tour money list.

Not only are 23 of the top 25 on the money list scheduled to play, but Champions Tour player Jay Haas, who lives in Greenville, will also compete. Jay Haas Jr. is also among those in the field.

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.