Power Rankings: 2015 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational

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The 40th event of the wraparound season is upon us, as the PGA Tour heads to Ohio for the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. A field of 77 will tackle Firestone Country Club, where players will get in final preparations before the season's fourth major.

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Rory McIlroy won this event a year ago but is unable to defend because of injury. Here are 10 players to watch in Akron:

1. Jordan SpiethWith McIlroy unable to defend, Spieth is a clear favorite. While he failed to break 70 in his tournament debut last year, Spieth has cracked the top five in five of his last six starts, including a pair of wins and a near-miss at St. Andrews.

2. Jason DayThe Aussie has top-10 finishes in half of his 14 starts, including a stretch of three in a row that he culminated with a win in Canada. Day finished T-4 at Firestone in 2011, leads the Tour in birdie average and ranks second in driving distance.

3. Sergio GarciaThe Spaniard led for much of the way last year after firing a course-record 61 in the second round. He enters off a streak of four straight top-25 finishes that dates back to his playoff loss at TPC Sawgrass and includes a T-6 finish at St. Andrews.

4. Rickie FowlerFowler was a runner-up last week in Virginia, continuing a torrid summer stretch that began at the Players. He tied for second at Firestone in 2011 and finished T-8 last year after three rounds of 67.

5. Justin RoseRose finished T-4 in defense of his Quicken Loans title, his third top-10 finish in his last four starts. The Englishman has cracked the top five twice in the last three years, including last year's T-4 result, and he also was a runner-up in 2007.

6. Zach JohnsonThe Open champ's win on the Old Course was his third straight top-10 finish and his seventh top-20 result over his last eight starts. Johnson is clearly brimming with confidence and now heads to a course where he finished T-4 in 2013 and T-6 in 2011.

7. Keegan BradleyBradley hasn't been heard from much this season, but he has shown signs of life this summer and has a stellar record at Firestone. He has top-30 finishes in four of his last six starts and followed his 2012 Bridgestone win with a runner-up in 2013 and a T-4 finish last year.

8. Adam ScottScott continues to thrive in his renewed partnership with caddie Steve Williams, with top-10 finishes at each of the past two majors. The Aussie won at Firestone in 2011 and finished inside the top 15 each of the past two years.

9. Hideki MatsuyamaMatsuyama continues to impress with his consistency, now with a streak of 10 straight top-25 finishes that dates back to early February. He finished T-21 in his Firestone debut in 2013, then improved to a T-12 finish a year ago.

10. Jim FurykFuryk let one slip away at Firestone in 2012, but his overall record here includes three top-10 finishes among five straight top-25 results. After some mediocre results this summer, the veteran contended in Canada en route to a fourth-place finish in his last start.