Power Rankings: WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by Kraft-Heinz
August 13, 2018
By Kevin Prise, PGATOUR.COM
- Kansas alum Chris Thompson has recorded top-4 finishes in his last three Web.com Tour starts. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
NORTH PLAINS, Ore. -- We have reached the final week of the Web.com Tour Regular Season, and as players arrive in the Pacific Northwest for this week’s WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by Kraft-Heinz, there is no shortage of ramifications.
Upon the conclusion of play Sunday at Pumpkin Ridge GC’s Witch Hollow track, The 25 PGA TOUR cards will be awarded to the top 25 players on the Regular Season money list.
While the battle for TOUR cards ensues this weekend in Oregon, a race of similar magnitude will be unfolding around the 75th position on the money list, as players strive to finish inside the top 75 in order to gain entry into the four-event Web.com Tour Finals – providing another opportunity at a TOUR card – and secure fully exempt status for the 2019 Web.com Tour Regular Season.
That’s not all. Players who finish inside the top 100 on the money list will retain Web.com Tour membership for next season; those who finish Nos. 76-85 can begin their quest to secure guaranteed starts at Final Stage, while finishers 86-100 can begin at Second Stage.
In the first four iterations of the WinCo Foods Portland Open, the winning score has fallen between 14-under and 20-under each year. Players have grown to respect and enjoy the challenge presented by Pumpkin Ridge GC (Witch Hollow), which demands accuracy and creativity.
Who will rise to the top in the Beaver State? Here are 10 players to watch.
1. Sam Burns. The rising star has recorded five consecutive top-15 finishes entering Portland, and the demands of Pumpkin Ridge should suit his well-rounded game.
2. Sungjae Im. The South Korea native has led the Web.com Tour money list all season, and he’s coming off an appearance at the PGA Championship, where he made the cut and finished T42 at Bellerive.
3. Chris Thompson. For the 42-year-old Kansas alum, the PGA TOUR has been a long time coming. Coming off three consecutive top-4 finishes, that dream is on the verge of becoming a reality.
4. Carlos Ortiz. The 2014 champ at Pumpkin Ridge shot a closing 63 at last week’s Ellie Mae Classic to move onto the verge of a TOUR card. He has 10 top-25s in 19 starts this season.
5. Trevor Cone. After a four-shot win at TPC Stonebrae, the Virginia Tech alum will arrive in Oregon freed up by the knowledge that he has the game to win on Tour, and that he won’t have to play Q-School this fall.
6. Scott Langley. It has been a resurgent season of sorts for the University of Illinois product, with four top-five finishes as he readies for a TOUR return.
7. Kyle Jones. The Baylor alum has recorded two runner-up finishes this season, but he’s still searching for his first Web.com Tour win. The pinpoint-accurate driver should find Pumpkin Ridge to his liking.
8. Brandon Hagy. The Cal-Berkeley is taking full advantage of rehab starts as he fine-tunes his game for a TOUR return in 2018-19. He finished second in Wichita and fourth last week in the Bay Area.
9. Scott Harrington. The Tour veteran has taken a competitive leave to support his wife Jenn as she battles Hodgkin’s lymphoma, but he’ll play one final 2018 event in his home region. Safe to say he’ll have plenty of support.
10. Vince India. The Illinois native shot a final-round 65 at TPC Stonebrae to record a season-best T24, and the resultant confidence could propel him to an even bigger week.