Power Rankings: Mexico ChampionshipMay 21, 2013
By Jeff Shain, PGATOUR.COM
Winning the Web.com Tour’s annual stop in Mexico has proven to offer a pretty good leg up on PGA TOUR status.
Four of the five previous champions wound up getting a promotion at the end of the season by virtue of finishing among the top 25 in earnings. The lone exception was Troy Merritt, whose 2009 win ignited a year-end hot streak that ended with him atop Q-School’s leaderboard.
Last year’s champion, Lee Williams, used a clutch up-and-down from behind the 18th green to capture his first Tour title by a stroke over Paul Haley II. Combined with two other top-10 finishes, he earned promotion at No.16 on the money list.
One year earlier, Erik Compton made up a two-stroke deficit with a 7-under-par 65, eventually finishing two shots ahead of Richard H. Lee. Merritt and 2010 champion Jamie Lovemark claimed their victories in playoffs.
El Bosque boasts two of the Web.com Tour’s three toughest holes returning from last year’s schedule. The par-4 ninth gave up 43 double bogeys or worse in 2012, a total exceeded only by No.11 at TPC Potomac. El Bosque’s par-4 sixth wasn’t quite so penal, but surrendered just 25 birdies.
Power Rankings: Mexico Championship Presented by Banamex Rank Player Comment Miguel Angel CARBALLO The Argentine hasn’t finished outside the top 20 in over a month, currently on a four-tournament run that began with a tie for seventh in blustery Midland. Carballo has fired a 66 or better three times in his past eight rounds. Tyrone VAN ASWEGEN The South African pro tied for fourth last year in Mexico, and appears to be hitting his stride in time for this year’s trip. A 65-65 weekend in South Carolina lifted him to a share of sixth; he tied for eighth two weeks earlier in Valdosta. Alexandre ROCHA The Brazilian pro tied for 66th at last week’s HP Byron Nelson, which followed a pair of top-5s during the Web.com Tour’s Georgia fortnight. His final-round scoring average (68.6) is more than a stroke better than rounds 1-3. Kevin KISNER The Chile champion is heating up again just as the Tour heads back to international territory. Last week’s tie for 14th was just one place lower than Kisner’s finish two weeks ago in Athens. One-fourth of his holes end in birdie or eagle. Tim WILKINSON A tie for 11th last week kept his run of top-15s going – the only time he didn’t came via a first-round DQ in South Georgia. Wilkinson leads the tour in scoring average and ranks No.3 in birdies per round. All that’s missing is a win.