Power Rankings: South Georgia Classic

April 23, 2012
John Dell, PGATOUR.COM Correspondent

With a week off to refresh their batteries, the Nationwide Tour players will swing back into action this week with the South Georgia Classic Presented by First State Bank and Trust Company in Valdosta, Georgia.


It's a good bet that there will also be a new winner this week. Through the first six tournaments, six different players have won. The six winners are all among the top eight on the Nationwide Tour's money list.

The tour will have a two-week stay in Georgia with next week's Stadion Classic at the University of Georgia.

Power Rankings: South Georgia Classic Pres'd by First State Bank and Trust
Rank   Player Comment
Coming off the biggest win of his career at TPC Stonebrae, its unlikely that Aragon will be slowing down now. He hadnt been in contention a lot in his previous 40 tournaments on the Nationwide Tour, so he made the most of it. He also has a tie for fourth in the Chile Classic.
He quietly tied for fifth at TPC Stonebrae, and was in contention last year at the South Georgia Classic, where he tied for fifth. Its been feast or famine for Oppenheim this season, with three missed cuts and three top-five finishes in six tournaments. He also has a tie for fourth and a tie for fifth.
The former Clemson star has three career Nationwide Tour wins and tied for third last year at the South Georgia Classic. He wound up withdrawing during the weather-plagued TPC Stonebrae but does have a tie for sixth earlier this season. Hes 46th on the money list and is hoping to make up ground over the next two weeks.
He doesnt exactly come in with a head of steam, but Porter did win this event in 2010. This season, he missed his first three cuts, and then tied for 66th before withdrawing two weeks ago. Hes only broken 70 once this season in 11 official rounds.
Anybody coming off a final-round 61 at TPC Stonebrae should get noticed. The event was Harmons first Nationwide Tour tournament of the season. The 27-year-old former Michigan State player, who turned pro in 2007, tied for second with a final-round 61, and will be looking for more of the same this week.

The defending champion is Ted Potter Jr., who is not in the field, but made history last year when he was the first Monday qualifier to win since 2006.

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.