Power Rankings: 2014 RBC Canadian Open


This week marks the 37th event of the 2013-14 PGA Tour season, as the Tour heads north to Canada for the RBC Canadian Open. A field of 152 players will tee it up this week at Royal Montreal Golf Club, which will host the event for the first time since 2001.

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Brandt Snedeker returns to defend the title he won here a year ago by three shots over a quartet of players. Here are 10 names to watch this week in Montreal:

1. Jim Furyk: Coming off a solo fourth-place finish at Royal Liverpool, Furyk returns to an event where he won back-to-back titles in 2006 and 2007. The veteran has now locked up his spot on the Ryder Cup squad this fall and is in the midst of a stellar season, one that includes a runner-up showing at TPC Sawgrass. He'll add to that record this week.

2. Dustin Johnson: Johnson faded down the stretch in Hoylake, but his game is rounding back into form after top-15 finishes in each of the last two majors. After a strong start to his season, DJ now has five top-25 finishes in his last seven starts and has the game to overpower nearly any venue.

3. Graeme McDowell: The Ulsterman quietly notched a top-10 finish at the Open, tying for ninth on the heels of his win in France. McDowell has six top-10 finishes in 12 PGA Tour starts this season, and can owe much that success to his work on the greens, as he leads the Tour in strokes gained putting.

4. Matt Kuchar: Kuchar has cooled somewhat since a strong start to 2014, and his last top-10 finish at the HP Byron Nelson in May. Still, he was a runner-up at this event last year at Glen Abbey and tied for fourth in 2010, showing that he tends to have an effective remedy for any lingering Open hangover.

5. Charl Schwartzel: The South African tied for seventh in Hoylake and now has three top-15 finishes in his last four PGA Tour starts. Schwartzel has made the cut in each of his three Canadian Open starts, including a T-9 finish in 2011, and he is currently sixth on Tour in birdie average.

6. Luke Donald: Donald has struggled somewhat since a runner-up at Harbour Town, unable to crack the top 35 in four subsequent starts. The Englishman still has one of the best short games around - he ranks sixth on Tour in strokes gained putting - and is one of few in the field who played Royal Montreal in 2001, when he tied for 18th.

7. Brandt Snedeker: The defending champ failed to break 70 at the Open but had three straight top-25 finishes before that, as his putter has started to show signs of life. Snedeker also had top-10 finishes in this event in 2007 (T-7) and 2009 (T-5) and is now back inside the top 25 in strokes gained putting at No. 23.

8. Graham DeLaet: The top-ranked Canadian in this week's field, DeLaet will look to become the first to win his national Open since Pat Fletcher in 1954. DeLaet is among the Tour's best ball-strikers, ranking second in GIR percentage, but will need to make some putts if he's to contend for the first time since May.

9. Hunter Mahan: A karma pick, if nothing else. Mahan was the leader at the halfway point last year before withdrawing when his wife went into labor, paving the way to a Snedeker victory. The veteran could use some momentum, as his last top-10 finish came in March, but he has cracked the top 35 in each of his last two starts.

10. Charley Hoffman: Hoffman has missed just one cut in 20 starts this season, producing 10 top 25s including a tie for third at the Quicken Loans National last month. Hoffman tied for 16th last year at Glen Abbey and enters the week ranked ninth on Tour in both par-4 performance and birdie average.