Power Rankings: World No. 1 vs. defending champion for BMW title


Here are GolfChannel.com’s Power Rankings, the top 10 favorites for the BMW Championship:

1. Luke Donald: The Chicago resident and Northwestern grad can leap forward in the race to win the FedEx Cup and claim Player-of-the-Year honors with a victory this week - a couple of nice additions to his No. 1 world ranking.

2. Dustin Johnson: The defending BMW champion is second in the playoff standings courtesy his weather-shortened win at The Barclays. A week off should prove beneficial after a disappointing T-42 at the Deutsche Bank Championship. 

3. Nick Watney: One of six multiple winners on Tour this season, Watney is still in the hunt for Player of the Year. His victories at Doral and Aronimink prove he can handle challenging venues.

4. Adam Scott: It's not how he starts; it's how he finishes. Every time he has shot par or better in the final round of a Tour event this season, Scott has recorded a top-10. 

5. Webb Simpson: The current FedEx Cup leader tied for 61st in his only start at Cog Hill, but chances are, coming off two wins in his last three starts, he'll improve upon that performance this week.

6. Steve Stricker: Mr. September has been strangely subdued during this playoff run with T-24 and T-42 showings. It's time he wakes up, at a place where he has six career top-10 finishes.

7. Jason Day: The Aussie hasn't scored worse than 69 in seven playoff rounds this year. He's seeking seeking win No. 1 in a year in which he has five top-5 results.

8. Matt Kuchar: Was T-3 here a year ago and enters this event third in the points standing. As has been the case for Day, it's been a productive yet winless campaign for Kuchar.

9. Jim Furyk: His confidence buoyed by a season-best T-6 at the Deutsche Bank, Furyk heads to a venue where he's posted six top-5 finishes - including a win in 2005 - in his last nine appearances.

10. Brandt Snedeker: Finished T-3 at each of the first two playoff events. That has him in fifth place with two tournaments remaining.

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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