Power Rankings: Nationwide Children's Hospital Invt.

July 09, 2012
John Dell, PGATOUR.COM Correspondent

The Web.com Tour's season will begin the second half this week with the playing of the Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational at Ohio State's Scarlet Course.


This will be key stretch to the season because the Web.com Tour will play six straight weeks, the longest stretch so far.

There have been 14 different winners this season with Casey Wittenberg the only player to have won twice. Of the 14, seven players are in their 20s with five in their 30s and one player, Skip Kendall, who is in his 40s.

One of the unique aspects of this week's tournament stop is the tradition of inviting some of the best college golfers. And twice during the last six years, an amateur has won. Daniel Summerhays of Brigham Young won in 2007 and last season Harris English of Georgia won as an amateur.

Power Rankings: Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational
Rank   Player Comment
Everything fell into place for LeBelle two weeks ago when he won the Utah Championship thanks to four rounds in the 60s. His closing-round 68 gave him his second career Web.com Tour victory and it helped him move to 14th on the money list. After his win he said his putting has finally come around.
He's having his best season as a pro and what's the most telling is how consistent he's been. He already picked up his first career win earlier in the season and two weeks ago tied for second at the Utah Championship. He's fifth on the money list and ninth in putting and in the all-around category he's very solid at No. 8.
After missing two straight cuts he bounced back with a tie for 19th at the Utah Championship. He's made just six cuts in 12 tournaments and needs to get back to his consistent ways. Last year at the Scarlet Course he tied for fourth so that should help him with a little bit of confidence this time around.
He started out the season in a funk missing four straight cuts but has recently righted the ship. Gutschewski has a tie for 16th and a tie for second in his last two tournaments. What helped him get that tie for second in the Utah Championship were four solid rounds of 67-67-69-67 and he's now up to 29th on the money list.
The rising sophomore at Texas finished tied for 21st this summer at the U.S. Open and he'll be one of the many talented college players in this week's field. His tie for 21st at the U.S. Open was good enough to be the low amateur. He will turn 19 on Friday and it wouldn't be a shock to see him in the hunt on Sunday.

This week's tournament will be broadcast on the Golf Channel.

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.