Power Rankings: BMW PGA Championship


While the PGA Tour remains in the Lone Star State for the Crowne Plaza Invitational, the European Tour hosts many of the game's best at Wentworth for its flagship event of the season. With four players in the top 10 of the world rankings, the BMW PGA Championship boasts the strongest field in worldwide golf this week.

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Luke Donald returns to defend the title that he won for the second year in a row last year, claiming the trophy over Justin Rose. Here are 10 players to watch in England:

1. Luke Donald: A clear-cut favorite this week as the Englishman goes for his third straight title at Wentworth to go along with a runner-up finish in 2010. Donald also finished inside the top 10 in both 2007 and 2008.

2. Graeme McDowell: Coming off a match-play win in Bulgaria last week in addition to his win at the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head last month. McDowell is very clearly rounding into form as the U.S. Open approaches and will look to bounce back from a pair of missed cuts the last two years at Wentworth.

3. Justin Rose: A runner-up to Donald last year, Rose also tied for 10th here in 2010. His missed cut at The Players Championship broke a lenghty streak of worldwide top-25 finishes, one that he hopes to restart this week in his native land.

4. Sergio Garcia: The Spaniard makes his first start since his much-publicized weekend at TPC Sawgrass. A meltdown across the final two holes aside, Garcia played remarkably well at the Players, a trend that has emerged across most of his worldwide starts in 2013.

6. Ian Poulter: After a surprising exit from the Volvo World Match Play in Bulgaria, Poulter vowed to 'fly to England and win at Wentworth.' While that might be setting the bar high, a strong finish is certainly within reach for the Englishman, who tied for 18th at Wentworth in 2011 and tied for 10th a year ago.

7. Rory McIlroy: The highest-ranked player in this week's field, McIlroy enters off a strong showing at TPC Sawgrass, where he tied for eighth. The Ulsterman now has four straight top-25 finishes, dating back to his runner-up showing in San Antonio, and appears to be shaking off the rust he showed in switching to new equipment and playing sparingly to start the year.

8. David Lynn: The Englishman doesn't have a strong record at Wentworth; in fact, he's missed the cut six of the last seven years. What Lynn does have, though, is momentum, coming off a playoff loss at the Wells Fargo Championship that he backed up with a tie for 26th at the Stadium Course.

9. Martin Kaymer: The German had a successful week of ball-striking at TPC Sawgrass that he turned into a successful week overall in Dallas, tying for fifth at TPC Four Seasons. Kaymer has made the cut in five of six appearances at Wentworth, finishing no worse than T-31 each time that he's played the weekend.

10. Kiradech Aphibarnrat: Don't let the name fool you. Aphibarnrat has been inside the top 12 in each of four stroke-play starts on the European Tour this year, including a win at the rain-shortened Maybank Malaysia Open. The Thai is currently third in Europe in stroke average, 12th in driving distance and 13th in putts per GIR.