Power Rankings: Cox Classic Presented by Lexus of OmahaAugust 20, 2013
By Jeff Shain, PGATOUR.COM
The Web.com Tour’s Regular Season comes down to its final week at the Cox Classic, where anyone looking to move up the rankings needs some deep-red numbers.
Champions Run outside Omaha, Neb., has ranked as the easiest course in each of the past two Web.com Tour seasons, and hasn’t been outside the top six since 2005. Last year, the par-71 layout produced a scoring average of 68.76 – nearly a half-shot easier than any other venue.
Ben Kohles matched the Classic’s scoring record with last year’s winning total of 24-under 260. It marked the seventh time in the past eight editions that the winner has reached at least 20-under.
PGA TOUR cards await the top 25 on the money list at the end of Sunday’s play, to be handed out at a ceremony following the Cox Classic trophy presentation. All but No. 1 still have to play for seeding at the Web.com Tour Finals, which will take the top 75 in earnings to fill its field.
Power Rankings: Cox Classic Presented by Lexus of Omaha Rank Player Comment Ben MARTIN Before taking a two-week break, Martin merely had won twice with three other top-six finishes in his previous six starts. And he tied for 14th in the other one. We’ll see if he’s gathered any rust, but he’s mentally fresh for a run at No. 1. Jamie LOVEMARK Also back from two weeks off, Lovemark finally is showing the form that made him the Tour’s top player in 2010. The California native has fared especially well in go-low events, winning in Kansas City with top-10s in Utah and Boise. Russell KNOX Hopping between the PGA TOUR and Web.com circuit, Knox has broken 70 in 18 of his past 22 rounds with top-20 finishes in five of the six events. That includes recording just the fifth 59 in Web.com competition. Peter MALNATI The Web.com Tour’s newest winner faces a tall order to go back-to-back. Then again, it was a pretty tall order for Malnati to go from zero status at midseason to a string of five top-25 finishes in just six starts. Matt BETTENCOURT Last week’s share of runner-up honors continued a strong closing kick for the South Carolina pro, who has broken 70 in each of his past nine Web.com Tour rounds. The Tour’s top putter also ranks No. 3 in birdie conversion.