Power Rankings: PHS Wichita Open

June 18, 2012
John Dell, PGATOUR.COM Correspondent

After a week off the Nationwide Tour returns with this week's playing of the Preferred Health Systems Wichita Open.


So far this season there have been 11 different winners on the Nationwide Tour. This week's field includes 23 of the top 25 on the current money list.

This week's purse is $600,000 with $108,000 going to the winner.

The field will try to tame Crestview Country Club in Wichita, Kansas.

Power Rankings: Wichita Open
Rank   Player Comment
He finally got his season going in the right direction with a third-place showing at the Mexico Open presented by Banamex earlier this month. He started the season by missing four straight cuts but his latest finish moved him up to 41st on the money list. He ranks 15th in driving distance on the Nationwide Tour at 302.3 yards.
The leading money winner this season is coming off a second-place showing in Mexico. He rebounded nicely after a missed cut at the Rex Hospital Open by shooting 65-71-71-68. The former Georgia Tech player has a victory and two second-place finishes this season.
Wadkins, a son of Hall-of-Famer Lanny Wadkins, hasn't done much this season but with one of his college teammates at Wake Forest winning the U.S. Open on Sunday maybe that will spark him. Wadkins and Webb Simpson were teammates at Wake Forest for two years. So far this season Wadkins has played in five Nationwide Tour events and made just one cut.
He became the 11th different winner this season when he won in Mexico. He finished tied for 10th in his previous tournament at The Rex Hospital Open and has made nine of 11 cuts this season. He's in a good groove heading into this week's tournament thanks to his supreme iron play.
He had a great week at the U.S. Open where he T15 with rounds of 72-71-72-71. Not bad for his first major of his career. Watkins heads into this week at No. 65 on the money list but he hopes to use some of his U.S. Open momentum this week.

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.