Here are GolfChannel.com’s Power Rankings, the top 10 favorites for the Greenbrier Classic:
1. Phil Mickelson: He begins a three-week stretch, which culminates with the PGA Championship, this week in West Virginia. Given how he performed at Royal St. George's in his last outing, this may be the start of something special.
2. Sergio Garcia: Improved results recently say the Spaniard is back and he’s got some experience at The Old White TPC, albeit a mediocre one, per his T-60 finish last year. But a re-energized attitude – and putter – can make for a lot of birdies this week, which he'll need to finish well.
3. Brandt Snedeker: Placed T-16 here last year and, even though he missed the cut at the British Open – his last start – Sneds has been trending upward recently, with T-16, T-15, T-11, T-6 and T-24 finishes in his previous five events.
4. Webb Simpson: This third-year Tour member has come into his own this year, nearly winning twice and making over $2.5 million. At ninth on the FedEx Cup points list, he leads the Tour's all-around stat, which means he should be among the favorites nearly every week he tees it up.
5. Jeff Overton: Locked in a duel to the end with Stuart Appleby in the event’s inaugural year, it took a 59 from the Australian to deny Overton his first PGA Tour win. A player who can make birdies in bunches, perhaps this year Overton gets the job done.
6. J.B. Holmes: Played respectably here last year – a T-16 finish – and his distance on a course like the Old White makes Holmes a prime target to tear it apart.
7. Jonathan Byrd: Byrd has struggled with three missed cuts in his last three events. But he's stepped the boundaries of becoming a marquee player in 2011 after winning twice since October and almost winning another at the Wells Fargo Championship, so maybe a score-fest like the Greenbrier is where he gets it back.
8. Anthony Kim: After showing signs of life with his T-5 at the British Open, Kim fooled us last week with a strong opening round before his sign-for-an-incorrect-card-DQ 81 in Round 2. Fool us once, our panelists still have faith. Fool us again … TBD.
9. Spencer Levin: Held strong on a difficult course last week, finishing tied for ninth, and his 22nd-place standing in the FedEx Cup race compliments the T-21 in West Virginia last year.
10. Chris Kirk: While Darren Clarke was winning his first major an ocean away, this Tour rookie was bringing home his first PGA Tour title at the Viking Classic. A player to watch this week in his first start since the win, it's all gravy for Kirk from here on in.
Note: This list is compiled from rankings submitted by members of GolfChannel.com's editorial team, based on who is most expected to contend in each upcoming event.
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