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Monday, November 5, 2012

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic - Power Rankings

When breaking down the field at the CMNHC, there are few options that jump off the page. I assume that should be expected given the world's best are either on a long vacation or playing in the Far East. This week isn't about the elite, rather those that are fighting for playing status in 2013. In that light, here is the best of the rest, in this week's Dandy Dozen.
  1. Brendon de Jonge - I have a hard time believing I'm leading off with the Virginia Tech product, but given he's finished 2/T4/T4 in his last three starts it seems he's overcome the plague of falling down the leaderboard on the weekend. He's eighth in GIR, 26th in scoring average and has nine tournaments where he's posted scores of 10-under or better. This tournament will require low scores.
  2. Robert Garrigus - All the guy does is finish second; so why not slot him in here. He posted a runner-up at the CIMB to go with four others in 2012. He won here in 2010 despite not being the best of putters.
  3. Jonas Blixt - His trend is fading fast, with a 3/1/T84 in his last three starts. To be fair, the T84 came very quickly after his win, allowing him little time to celebrate. He leads the TOUR in SGP and is 28th in scoring average. I expect him to have cleared his head after the win and be ready for a big week.
  4. Chris Kirk - You could argue that nobody on TOUR has been as consistent over the last few months; at least not that is in this field. He's cashed in his last 11 events with a T4 at The McGladrey Classic his last. Seven different weeks he's taken it 10-under or deeper, but his 124th SGP ranking is concerning.
  5. Davis Love III - DL3 had a chance to win at The McGladrey Classic, and now returns to the site of his most recent win. He claimed his 20th victory in 2008 at Disney, and looks to recapture the magic once again. Why not?
  6. Tommy Gainey - It's not an accident that I slid Two Gloves in a slot behind DL3, as Gainey was the runner-up in 2008. He is coming off his first TOUR win and, though his stats are record aren't great this year, he can get hot with the putter and roll off some lower number. After all, we saw that in Sea Island.
  7. Jeff Overton - He's been a cut-making machine with a T16 at the CIMB and an eighth at the Frys.com on the recent resume. He notched a T6 in 2007 in what stands as his best of many decent finishes at Magnolia GC.
  8. Justin Leonard - His stats suck this year, but he's finished runner-up in this event in two of the last three years, giving hope that he could finish high enough to crack the top 125 on the money list. He enters the week 138th in cash.
  9. Nick O'Hern - Keeping with the theme of guys with poor stats but great history, the Aussie finished T6 in 2011 and T4 in 2009. Historically, he plays some of his best TOUR golf in the fall, ahead of his return to Australia for the major events in that country.
  10. John Rollins - He's got a decent history in this event, including a T6 last year. He's always dangerous due to his streaky nature, but in the 10th slot he's probably a steal.
  11. Billy Horschel - He's made 14/16 cuts, including 10 consecutive. He posted 20-under to finish third at the True South Classic. He's too good to be struggling to earn a card this far into his professional career. He came out with the same star-power as guys like Webb Simpson.
  12. Charles Howell III - You never know about Three Sticks, as his putter is prone to disappear at any time. That said, he's finished T11 and T7 in his last two events and has twice tied for ninth in Disney. He leads the TOUR with 16 eagles, which could be a factor in a go-low like this.
Next 5: Ryan Palmer, Rory Sabbatini, Chad Campbell, Brian Harman and Harris English.

Check back tomorrow for notes on various games!

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