Power Rankings: Mayakoba Golf Classic


The PGA Tour's West Coast Swing concludes this week with the first World Golf Championships event of the year, the WGC-Accenture Match Play in Arizona. Sixty-four of the top 66 players in the world will meet up at Dove Mountain in the year's only official match play event on this side of the Atlantic and you can see our rankings for that event here.

Meanwhile, the players who didn't qualify for Road to the Final Fore are teeing it up in Riviera Maya, Mexico for the Mayakoba Golf Classic and we rank the contenders below. This full-field event can propel its winner to bigger and better things; just ask last year's winner, Johnson Wagner.

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1. Jarrod Lyle: The Aussie finished T-5 near Cancun last year and T-9 in '10. He had a chance on Sunday at Riviera - a good combo for the week ahead.

2. Johnson Wagner: The defending champion didn't make the WGC field, so he gets another crack in Mexico. A winner already at Sony, Wagner is playing great golf.

3. Spencer Levin: Falling to Wagner in a playoff last year, Levin rebounded nicely from the collapse in Phoenix with a T-9 in Pebble Beach.

4. Charles Howell III: He knocked on the door at the Sony, finishing T-2, and has been in the top 20 in Mexico in the last two years.

5. Brian Gay: Gay was T-5 here last year, and the three-time PGA Tour winner is playing well. He's fresh with a week off after finishing T-20 at Pebble.

6. Cameron Beckman: The 2010 champion has made three PGA Tour cuts in a row and been in the top 15 at Mayakoba in four of five starts.

7. Briny Baird: Baird has been in the top five here in each of the last two years. Made his first cut of the year at Riviera. 

8. John Huh: For the rookie Huh, he's made four cuts in four events. His best finish is a T-6 at Torrey, then a T-12 in Phoenix. Meld the two courses and Huh finds himself at Mayakoba.

9. Joe Ogilvie: Ogilvie made his 10th ace at Riviera, though a poor Sunday made his finish look worse than he played. Was in the top 20 here in 2007 and '08.

10. Tom Lehman: Finishing T-3 last week on the Champions Tour, Lehman was T-13 in this event last year. He can still hang on the PGA Tour.

You can watch complete coverage of the Mayakoba Golf Classic Thursday-Sunday on Golf Channel from 6:30PM-8:30PM ET.