Power Rankings: Nationwide Children's Hospital

July 18, 2011
John Dell, PGATOUR.COM Correspondent

Russell Knox summed it up best after the first victory of his career on the Nationwide Tour on Sunday. "There are so many good players out here and you have to bring it every week," he said.

This week the Tour stays in Ohio and moves to Columbus for the Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational at Ohio State's Scarlet Ccourse. It will be the second week of an eight-week stretch of events on the Nationwide Tour.

Much has been made about the veterans winning on the Nationwide Tour this season but Knox, 26, became the third player in his 20s to win this season. The other two are Ted Potter, Jr. and amateur Russell Henley.

Other than the year-ending Nationwide Tour Championship, this week's event has the biggest purse on Tour with $800,000 and $144,000 going to the winner. D.J. Brigman won last year's tournament.

Here are this week's power rankings:

Power Rankings: Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational
Rank   Player Comment
When you go 25-under over four rounds to win your first career Nationwide Tournament it means you are doing something right. Knox moved from 27th to fifth on the money list and is looking to do more damage. With one of the best fields of the season here this week hell have to continue his outstanding play if he wants to contend.
The former Navy lieutenant has his ship going in the right direction after a second place showing on Sunday. Hes in his first full season on the Nationwide Tour and has jumped from 173 to 22nd on the money list over the last few weeks. Look for him to be in contention again.
The Tours leading money winner has two victories this year, but missed the cut at the Chiquita Classic. He has four top-10s in ten tournaments and another victory would give him an instant promotion to the PGA TOUR. He ranks second on Tour in scrambling.
Hes coming off a tie for 22nd with rounds of 70-70-67-68 and is 21st on the money list. Hes been consistent on the Nationwide Tour all season with six tournaments and six made cuts. This just might be the week where the 20-year-old breaks through for a win. He turns 21 on Sunday so it would be a nice present if he could get that first Nationwide Tour victory.
The amateur who is in the field because he was a first-team All-America at Oklahoma State is coming off a tie for 48th at the British Open. If he avoids jet leg he could make a run. He also played in the Nationwide Childrens Hospital Invitational last year but missed the cut.



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.