Power Rankings: 2014 BMW PGA Championship


This week is a two-event week for fantasy. While the PGA Tour tees it up at the Crowne Plaza Invitational (Power Rankings can be viewed here), the European Tour hosts the BMW PGA Championship. A field of 156 players will tee it up this week at Wentworth Golf Club, where the best in Europe will contest the circuit's flagship event.

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Matteo Manassero returns to defend the title he won a year ago in a playoff over Simon Khan and Marc Warren. Here are 10 players to watch this week in England:

1. Luke Donald: The King of Wentworth. Donald followed a runner-up finish in 2010 with back-to-back wins in 2011 and 2012, and the Englishman has five top-10 finishes here since 2007. After nearly winning at Hilton Head last month, Donald should have another back week back on the "proper" side of the Pond.

2. Sergio Garcia: The Spaniard tied for 19th a year ago and continues to be one of the best players on the planet for the early part of 2014. Garcia has three top-10 finishes in his last five starts on the PGA Tour, including a third-place showing earlier this month at TPC Sawgrass.

3. Justin Rose: Rose has been feast or famine in this event, with a pair of runner-ups and a T-10 sprinkled around two missed cuts and last year's T-50 finish. As his defense of the U.S. Open approaches, Rose is looking to round into form and appears to be doing just that, with three straight top-10 finishes overall.

4. Miguel Angel Jimenez: Who is hotter than Jimenez right now? After a top-10 finish at the Masters, the 50-year-old won his Champions Tour debut, then last week won his national open at the Open de Espana. Oh, and in between he got married. Jimenez won here in 2008 and tied for fourth last year.

5. Ernie Els: Els has a solid track record at Wentworth, with eight top-25 finishes since 2003. While he has eight top 10s here dating back to 1994, Els has never won the event despite no shortage of opportunities to contend. The South African has struggled to find his groove this season, but his history at this event could help him break out of his pseudo-slump.

6. Martin Kaymer: Kaymer has kept up the momentum after his breakthrough win at TPC Sawgrass, though he faded a bit over the weekend en route to a T-29 finish in Dallas. The German now has four straight top-30 finishes overall and his record at Wentworth includes three top-20 finishes since 2008.

7. Lee Westwood: Westwood has three top-10 finishes in this event over the past four years, including a runner-up showing in 2011. The Englishman's tie for sixth at TPC Sawgrass was his third top-20 finish in his last four PGA Tour starts, with a win in Malaysia sandwiched in between.

8. Francesco Molinari: Molinari watched his fellow Italian win a year ago, but he also boasts back-to-back top-10 finishes at Wentworth. The Ryder Cup veteran acquitted himself well en route to a T-6 finish at The Players Championship and also tied for fifth earlier this season at Bay Hill.

9. Matteo Manassero: The defending champ has struggled to rekindle his form in 2014, but his record at Wentworth includes three top-20s and no finish worse than T-43 in four career starts. Manassero has broken par in 10 of 16 career rounds at Wentworth and he did notch a pair of top-15 finishes during the PGA Tour's Florida Swing.

10. Simon Khan: Khan was a bit of a surprise contender last year, but he also won in 2010 and finished second in 2006, so clearly Wentworth suits him. Overall, Khan has seven finishes of T-27 or better here since 2004 and, while he missed the cut in his last start in Asia, he clearly has a tendency to play some of his best golf at this event.