Power Rankings: 2014 Tour Championship


This week marks the 45th (and final) event of the 2013-14 PGA Tour season, as the playoffs conclude with the Tour Championship. A field of 29 players will tee it up this week at East Lake Golf Club, where a FedEx Cup champion will also be crowned.

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Henrik Stenson won here a year ago over Jordan Spieth and Steve Stricker, but failed to qualify for this year's event. Here are 10 names to watch outside Atlanta:

1. Jim Furyk: He quietly tied for third last week in Denver, and now returns to East Lake where he won both the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup crowns in 2010. Furyk is still without a win this year, but he's been among the most consistent performers all summer, with exactly half of his last 12 starts going for top-five finishes.

2. Rory McIlroy: If he can avoid the four-putts, he just might leave Atlanta with the FedEx Cup. McIlroy still netted a T-8 in Denver despite his putting woes, and now looks to check another accomplishment off his to-do list in what has already been a career year. He contended well into the weekend at East Lake in his lone prior appearance in 2012, netting a T-10 finish despite a Sunday 74.

3. Billy Horschel: Horschel has the ability to get hot and stay hot, a feature that was on full display last week at Cherry Hills. He heads to East Lake as one of five players who control their own FedEx Cup destiny, and it's a course where he tied for seventh in his 2013 debut. East Lake rewards tee-to-green consistency, and Horschel ranks fourth on Tour in GIR percentage.

4. Adam Scott: Scott is somehow flying under the radar despite the fact that he hasn't finished worse than T-16 since the Players Championship. The Aussie ranks third this season in scoring average, 10th in total driving and 11th in GIR percentage, a combination that should put his name again near the top of the leaderboard on a course where he won back in 2006.

5. Justin Rose: Rose finished in the middle of the pack last week after skipping the Deutsche Bank Championship, but he now heads to a course where he was a runner-up in 2012 and finished sixth a year ago. He ranks fifth in the new strokes gained, tee-to-green category, seventh in the all-around and 10th in scoring average, which means the Englishman is likely to contend at East Lake for the third straight year.

6. Rickie Fowler: Like Furyk, Fowler is looking to end a successful season by notching his first win. While his track record at East Lake isn't the best - a T-23 finish in 2012, his lone prior start - he does have six top-10 finishes in his last seven starts, a streak that dates back to the U.S. Open and includes a T-4 finish last week in Denver.

7. Jordan Spieth: It was just a year ago that Spieth capped an unprecedented rookie season with a runner-up finish in the Tour Championship, and while his sophomore season has brought more of the same, he's cooled somewhat in recent weeks. Spieth bounced back last week with a T-8 finish at Cherry Hills, and now returns to a venue where he has more experience than a third of the field - surely a first in his brief career.

8. Sergio Garcia: Garcia flirted with victory in Denver before unraveling over the weekend, but his game should again allow him to contend this week at East Lake, where he tied for ninth last year and also notched high finishes in both 2007 (fourth) and 2008 (second). The Spaniard has turned it around on the greens, and now ranks second on Tour in overall strokes gained.

9. Bill Haas: Haas knows what it takes to win at East Lake, having done so three years ago, and he hasn't finished worse than T-16 in any of the first three playoff events. One of the most consistent players this season, he enters this week ranked ninth in GIR percentage and coming off a 67-68 weekend at Cherry Hills, where he finished T-15.

10. Bubba Watson: Watson will have plenty of support from the Georgia Bulldog crowd in Atlanta, and he comes in off of three straight 66s en route to a runner-up finish at the BMW. Watson's game at first glance doesn't appear ideally suited for East Lake, but he did tie for fifth in his most recent appearance (2012) and ranks sixth on Tour this season in the all-around.