Power Rankings: South Georgia Classic

April 23, 2013

By Jeff Shain, PGATOUR.COM

You don’t have to be able to drive it 300 yards to win the South Georgia Classic – but it sure doesn’t hurt.

At 7,781 yards, Kinderlou Forest Golf Club has been the longest course on the Web.com Tour schedule since the Classic made its debut in 2007. Only one layout on the PGA TOUR or European Tour is longer – the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain, site of the WGC Accenture Match Play.

It should come as no surprise, then, that five of the event’s six previous winners topped the 300-yard threshold in driving distance in the year in which they won. Last season, Luke List wound up leading the tour with a 323.5 average.

The lone champion not classified as a big hitter: Ted Potter Jr., who stayed hot after getting in as a Monday qualifier two years ago. Potter, though, was among 2011’s best in par breakers and finished atop the tour’s all-around category while earning his PGA TOUR card.

Kinderlou Forest also has a habit of crowning first-time Web.com Tour winners. Only Ewan Porter (2010) had been a champion before winning in South Georgia.

Power Rankings for this week’s South Georgia Classic:

Power Rankings: South Georgia Classic
Rank Player   Comment
Nick FLANAGAN Nick FLANAGAN The Aussie is coming off a tie for fourth two weeks ago in Midland, where a final-round 74 derailed his chance for a fifth career win. Flanagan stands No.2 in the all-around stats, including a respectable 302.4 yards off the tee.
Edward LOAR Edward LOAR The Tour’s earnings leader slowed little after winning in Louisiana, holding the 54-hole lead in Midland before finishing tied for fourth. Not only does Loar hit it long enough (306.7), but he’s also top-15 in GIR and putting.
Brice GARNETT Brice GARNETT The Missouri pro is an exception to this week’s big-hitter premise, with three top-6 finishes in his past four outings that can’t be ignored. Though averaging just 292.3 yards off the tee, his 86 birdies are the year’s fifth-best count.
Benjamin ALVARADO Benjamin ALVARADO The Chilean native makes his first Web.com Tour start since earning full membership with his victory at the Brasil Classic. Alvarado has broken 70 in seven of 10 rounds thus far, including a 63 in Brazil and 64 in Chile.
Will MACKENZIE Will MACKENZIE Though a tie for fourth in Midland was MacKenzie’s first top-10 of the year, he quietly stands No.4 in the all-around rankings. In his first visit to Kinderlou Forest last year, he opened 70-67-69 on the way to finishing seventh.