Power Rankings: Panama Claro Championship

February 27, 2012
John Dell, PGATOUR.COM Correspondent

The Nationwide Tour swings back into action this week with the Panama Claro Championship in Panama City.

The Tour opened its season with a bang two weeks ago as veteran Skip Kendall won the Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship in Bogota.

Power Rankings: Panama Claro Championship
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The former N.C. State golfer had a decent showing at the PGA TOUR's Mayakoba Golf Classic where he wound up T16. Turnesa should be feeling pretty good heading into this weeks tournament. Last season on the PGA TOUR Turnesa played in 20 tournaments and made eight cuts and also played five times on the Nationwide Tour in 2011.
The Australian had a solid year in 2011, playing 24 times on the Nationwide Tour and making 13 cuts. He missed the cut in the season-opener this year but has some good memories of last year's tournament in Panama. He shot 69-65-64-73 to tie for second at 9-under. That should help his mindset this week.
Maybe it's the year of the veteran on the Nationwide Tour. After Kendall won two weeks ago, maybe it's Stiles turn. He tied for 33rd in the season opener but last season in Panama he tied for second thanks to a final-round 66. He has 263 starts on the Nationwide Tour and has four victories.
He got 2012 off to a great start with a tie for second in Bogota after shooting 70-66-67-72 to tie for second. Svoboda, 32, only had two top-10 showings last season in 25 tournaments. While he made the cut in 18 tournaments, if he can continue to finish in the top 10 this season will be a whole lot better.
He played a full season on the PGA TOUR in 2011 making nine cuts in 21 tournaments. He's off to a good start on the Nationwide Tour after tying for second in Bogota. He played very consistent golf to finish at 9-under. The 28-year-old from Olympia, Wash. had some flashes of good play last season and is looking for more consistency.

This week the Tour moves to the Panama Golf Club, a par-70 that measures 7,102 yards.

John Dell has covered golf for the Winston-Salem Journal in North Carolina for the last 18 years. His views do not necessarily represent the views of the PGA TOUR. You can reach him at johndell@triad.rr.com.