Power Rankings: BMW Charity Pro-Am

May 14, 2012
John Dell, PGATOUR.COM Correspondent

The Nationwide Tour swings back into action this week with the always-popular BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation in South Carolina.

The tournament features celebrities from the entertainment and sports world. The expanded field spreads the tournament out over three courses -- Thornblade Club in Greer, S.C., Greenville Country Club in Greenville, S.C. and The Carolina Country Club in Spartanburg, S.C.

The Golf Channel will be broadcasting the tournament that has a $600,000 purse with $108,000 going to the winner.

Power Rankings: BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation
Rank   Player Comment
It only seems like a former Georgia player wins every week on the Nationwide Tour. Last time out it was Swafford. He shot a final-round 62 to win his first Nationwide Tour tournament at the Stadion Classic in Athens, Ga. He's on a roll and wants to stay there.
Former Georgia Tech golfers are also doing well these days. Matt Kuchar, a former Yellow Jacket, picked up the biggest win of his career at THE PLAYERS. Thompson tied for 24th last time out but might just be inspired by seeing what Kuchar accomplished.
He had a great time in Georgia over his last two tournaments with a win at the South Georgia Classic and a T2 at the Stadion Classic. He's now the top money winner on the Nationwide Tour and has four top 10s in eight events.
He has made three straight cuts and is showing signs of life. What should help is the memory of last year's BMW Charity Pro-Am where he tied for fourth. He is coming off a T18 two weeks ago at the South Georgia Classic. He also had a tie for ninth in Panama .
The former Penn State golfer is taking full advantage of his opportunities. Foley, the leading money winner on the eGolf Tour this season, tied for seventh at both Nationwide Tour stops in Georgia. If he can make $9,000 more he'll secure special temporary membership for the rest of the season.

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 mailto:johndell@triad.rr.com.