Power Rankings: Midwest Classic Presented by Cadillac

July 16, 2013
By Jeff Shain, PGATOUR.COM
The Web.com Tour comes to Kansas City a month earlier than usual for this week’s Midwest Classic, as the clock counts down to six events left before 25 PGA TOUR cards are finalized and 75 players move on to the new Web.com Tour Finals series.

The first three editions of the Midwest Classic were played in August, but moved forward as the Tour revamped its calendar to make room for the four-event Finals that begin the week of Labor Day.

Shawn Stefani captured last year’s edition when a final-round 64 overcame a four-shot deficit to Matt Weibring. Stefani went on to earn his PGA TOUR card and will play this week’s event in Mississippi; Weibring returns in his fourth start on the road back from a bout with Bell’s palsy.

As in Utah last week, it’ll take a lot of birdies to win the Midwest Classic. Stefani’s total of 17-under 267 last year at LionsGate was the highest in its short history. One year earlier, James Nitties took the crown with an aggregate of 26-under.
Power Rankings: Midwest Classic Presented by Cadillac
Rank Player   Comment
Ben MARTIN Ben MARTIN With two weeks to soak up his first career win, Martin showed no letdown in Utah with his third straight finish of fourth or better. Ten of the South Carolina native’s past 11 rounds have been in the 60s, with eight at 67 or lower.
Ashley HALL Ashley HALL Though that first win remains elusive, back-to-back playoff losses have vaulted the Aussie from 167th on the money list all the way to 21st. After flirting with a 59 on Friday, Hall followed with a 67-65 weekend to take it to extra holes.
Will WILCOX Will WILCOX Coming down from Sunday’s 59 could prove a tall task, but Wilcox will have had a few days to let it sink in before he tees it up again. When the Alabama native starts getting on a roll, you don’t want to leave him too early.
James NITTIES James NITTIES The 2011 Midwest champion also tied for 11th at Nicklaus GC last year, giving him six rounds of 66 or better in eight trips around the place. Currently 73rd on the money list, Nitties could use a good springboard about now.
Alex CEJKA Alex CEJKA Finishes of sixth and seventh in the past two weeks have kick-started the German pro’s season, with only one other top-25 early on. Though not the most prolific ballstriker, he’s on a run of 116 holes without a double bogey.