Power Rankings: Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft Nabisco
September 10, 2018
By Adam Stanley, PGATOUR.COM
- Kramer Hickok leads the field this week at the Albertsons Boise Open. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
After a week off, the Web.com Tour returns to action for this week’s Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft Nabisco, one of four events that has been played each year since the Tour’s inception in 1990.
University of Texas alum Kramer Hickok moved to second on The 25 with his victory at the DAP Championship presented by NewBrick, as he aims to track down Sungjae Im, who has maintained the money lead for the entire season, and ensure fully exempt PGA TOUR status for next season as well as a spot in THE PLAYERS Championship.
Hickok also leads the Finals money list, and if he maintains this spot through Boise and next week’s Web.com Tour Championship, he can secure fully exempt TOUR status and a PLAYERS berth even if he fails to surpass Im in the season-long race.
With just two Finals events remaining, plenty is at stake at venerable Hillcrest CC, as players jockey for spots in The Finals 25 and resultant PGA TOUR cards.
Reigning Albertsons Boise Open winner Chesson Hadley enjoyed a strong season in his return to the PGA TOUR, where he advanced to the BMW Championship, the third FedExCup Playoffs event.
Will this year’s winner enjoy the same fate as Hadley?
Here are 10 players to watch this week in Boise, Idaho:
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1. Kramer Hickok
Hickok broke through last week to win the DAP Championship and showed serious mental toughness after bogeying his first two holes Sunday. He birdied five of his next 10 holes, however, and his 2-under-par 68 was enough to win by three shots. He has earned the most Finals money through two events, and after a week off, he’ll be refreshed and ready to go.
2. Denny McCarthy
McCarthy locked up a return to the PGA TOUR after finishing tied for ninth at the DAP Championship, after placing T5 at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship. The University of Virginia alum notched a top-10 result in Boise a year ago, so his good play combined with good vibes could mean another solid result.
3. Hunter Mahan
The TOUR veteran secured a TOUR return two weeks ago, finishing T2 at the DAP Championship. He made the cut here a year ago, and with the huge weight off his shoulders by securing a spot in The Finals 25, look for Mahan to have another good week.
4. Peter Malnati
Malnati has been Mr. Consistent so far during these Web.com Tour Finals, having gone T2-T6 in the first two events. He’s third on the Web.com Tour Finals money list, and with a TOUR return locked up, he’s playing with house money.
5. Seth Reeves
After two seasons on the Web.com Tour, Reeves secured his first trip to the TOUR last week after finishing T4 at the DAP Championship. His 66 at Canterbury was the second lowest round of the day.
6. Sungjae Im
The rookie from South Korea won the season-opening The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay, taking the money lead that he has not relinquished. With 14 top-25 finishes in 24 starts, he has been a picture of consistency.
7. Max Homa
The two-time Web.com Tour winner secured a TOUR return via a T6 at the DAP Championship, where he sniffed the lead for some of Sunday’s final round. Homa last competed in Boise in 2016, finishing T12.
8. Rico Hoey
On the cusp of earning a PGA TOUR card for the first time, Hoey captured the Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada’s Freedom 55 Financial Championship this exact week in 2017. He’s 21st on the Web.com Tour Finals money list, hasn’t missed a cut since July, and has notched three top-10s in his last five starts.
9. Sam Burns
Despite a withdrawal at the DAP Championship, Burns was No. 2 on the money list through the Regular Season for a reason – he’s as solid as they come. Burns won this year’s Savannah Golf Championship and had three other top-3 finishes.
10. Jonathan Randolph
It’s been a year of change for Randolph, as he and wife Lacy welcomed their first child in March. He finished 174th on the 2017-18 FedExCup, but finished T2 here in 2017 to lock up a PGA TOUR card, and is hopeful for more of the same this year.