Power Rankings: Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship
- By Ryan Ballengee
- Jan 24, 2012 1:28 PM ET
The West Coast swing is, well, in full swing after last week’s Humana Challenge. We detailed our power rankings earlier for this week's Farmers Insurance Open.
Keep in mind, though, that this week is the first of several weeks with two tournaments. The deep field assembled in Abu Dhabi is the real kick off to the European Tour season, as well as the jumpstart to 2012 for Tiger Woods. Below we are offering power rankings for the start of the Desert Swing this week.
While we humbly submit our power rankings for this week, we always want to hear from you. Share your picks with me on Twitter @RyanBallengeeGC and be sure to use the hashtag #GCFantasy. Also be sure to join the Golf Channel Fantasy Challenge to test yourself against our panel of experts, including defending champion Win McMurry.
1. Martin Kaymer: Winner in three of the last four years, the German seems like a mortal lock to perform well again in Abu Dhabi.
2. Rory McIlroy: Making his 2012 debut, McIlroy was runner-up here last year, in the top-5 in the last three years and has finished outside of the top-4 just once since the PGA Championship.
3. Luke Donald: The top-ranked player in the world led the Euro Tour in greens in regulation last season - important to setting up birdies, which are needed in spades this week. He was T-11 in his lone start here.
4. Tiger Woods: Woods closed 2011 in strong fashion, finally notching a win at the Chevron World Challenge. Reports say he looks good entering '12, but Abu Dhabi is a world away from Torrey Pines.
5. Nicolas Colsaerts: The Belgian waffler could not seem to decide last week if he was in form or not. After a breakout '11, however, the bomber appears to be in form. He finished T-11 here last year.
6. Sergio Garcia: Garcia has been playing excellent golf since last June, including consecutive wins last October. In four Abu Dhabi starts, he has not finished worse than 14th.
7. Louis Oosthuizen: The '10 Open champion is already a winner this year and went T-2 and fifth in this event in '09 and '10, respectively.
8. Lee Westwood: The world No. 2 has a poor record here in his last two starts, but he has a T-2 in 2008. He closed '11 in Dubai with a sputter, however.
9. Padraig Harrington: It might seem silly, but Harrington has an excellent record here. Apart from the rules dust-up last year, he has a pair of top-five finishes in the brief history of this event.
10. Branden Grace: How can you not stick with the hot hand? Two weeks, two wins for Grace.
You can watch complete coverage of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship live Wednesday on Golf Channel from 10PM-3:30AM ET and Thursday-Sunday on from 4-8AM ET.
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