Power Rankings: 2014 WGC-HSBC Champions


The PGA Tour continues to kick off the 2014-15 season with the WGC-HSBC Champions, the fifth event of the new season. A field of 78 players will tee it up at Sheshan International Golf Club, the second of two events on the Tour's Asian Swing.

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Dustin Johnson won this event a year ago by three shots over Ian Poulter, but will not defend his title. Here are 10 players to watch in China:

1. Sergio Garcia: Garcia tied for second last week at the CIMB Classic and is now up to No. 3 in the world ranking, his highest standing since March 2009. He has now cracked the top 10 in six of his last eight PGA Tour starts and finished fourth here last year thanks to a final-round 63.

2. Justin Rose: Rose missed the playoff at the BMW Masters by one shot last week, and now he heads to a course where he finished T-5 last year and T-7 in 2011. The Englishman remains one of the game's best ball-strikers and should still be buoyed by his standout performance at the Ryder Cup six weeks ago.

3. Martin Kaymer: The German won here in 2011 and has reeled off two top-10 finishes since then, including a T-8 finish last year when he played his final 36 holes in 14 under. He hasn't teed it up on the PGA Tour since East Lake, but he did close his playoff run with three straight top-25 finishes.

4. Adam Scott: The Aussie is still shopping for a full-time caddie, but he has enough game to contend this week even if carrying his own bag. Scott has cracked the top 25 in each of his three prior appearances in Shanghai, and at No. 2 in the OWGR he is the highest-ranked player in this week's field.

5. Graeme McDowell: GMac finished third in Shanghai in 2011, then duplicated that result in this event last year. While he's still getting used to fatherhood, McDowell bounced back from an unexpectedly early exit at the Volvo World Match Play Championship last month by finishing T-16 at the BMW Masters last week.

6. Henrik Stenson: The Swede got off to a horrendous start here last year, shooting 74-76, but he found something at the halfway point and came back with rounds of 67-65. That's the kind of turnaround opportunity a no-cut event will afford, and it should boost Stenson's confidence from the get-go this time around.

7. Rickie Fowler: Fowler is finishing off a career year, albeit one that has not yet yielded a victory. While he hasn't played since the Ryder Cup, Fowler capped off last season with a run of seven top-10 finishes in his last eight starts beginning with the U.S. Open. His record in Shanghai isn't spectacular, though: he failed to break 70 last year en route to a T-55 finish.

8. Jamie Donaldson: The Welshman clinched the Ryder Cup in September, and since then has continued a strong run that included a T-4 finish last week at the BMW Masters. Donaldson was T-8 in Shanghai last year after bookend rounds of 67.

9. Gary Woodland: Woodland was a runner-up in Malaysia last week for the second year in a row, but his quietly successful play of late is beginning to garner attention - and rightfully so. The long hitter notched a pair of top-15 finishes during the playoffs, then went 66-67 over the weekend in Kuala Lumpur.

10. Bubba Watson: The southpaw tied for eighth in Shanghai last year, carding four straight rounds in the 60s, and now will look to pick up where he left off following four straight top-30 finishes in the playoffs to finish off his 2013-14 season.