Power Rankings: The Memorial Tournament


With the season's second major fast approaching, the PGA Tour heads to Ohio for The Memorial Tournament. Jack Nicklaus hosts a world-class field at Muirfield Village, where eight of the top 10 players in the latest world ranking will look to improve their season by hoisting the trophy. 

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Fresh off his victory at TPC Sawgrass, Tiger Woods returns as defending champion, in search of his sixth career Memorial title. Here are 10 players to watch this week in Ohio:

1. Tiger Woods: The defending champion and clear-cut favorite. Woods has won this event five times, while last finishing outside the top 25 in 1998. He enters off a win at The Players Championship, his fourth of the season, and has demonstrated an ability to dominate this year at his favorite Tour venues. There's no reason to believe that trend will change this week.

2. Justin Rose: A winner here in 2010, Rose was also a runner-up in 2008 and finished eighth here a year ago. The Englishman has six top-25 finishes this season, while ranking inside the top 10 on Tour in total driving (third), scoring average (sixth) and the all-around ranking (third).

3. Jim Furyk: The veteran has had a solid 2013 season, with five top-25 finishes against just a single missed cut. Furyk remains one of the most accurate drivers on Tour, ranking 11th in fairways hit, and his Memorial record includes a 2002 win, along with five other top-10 finishes.

4. Matt Kuchar: Already a winner this year at Dove Mountain, Kuchar appeared poised for another win last week at Colonial before finishing second. The former Players champ ranks eighth on Tour in scoring average and has thrived at Muirfield Village in recent years, finishing inside the top 10 each year from 2008-11.

5. Charl Schwartzel: After nearly winning in Dallas, Schwartzel surprisingly missed the cut by one shot in Fort Worth last week. The South African has been inside the top 25 each of the last two years in Ohio and has six such finishes thus far in 2013, including third-place results at both Riviera and TPC Four Seasons.

6. Adam ScottThe Masters champ continues to play a light schedule this year, but showed no post-Augusta rust with his tie for 19th at TPC Sawgrass. Though the Aussie hasn't experienced much success recently at Muirfield Village, he did notch top-five finishes in both 2006 (T-4) and 2007 (T-5).

7. Keegan Bradley: With six top-10 finishes already this season, Bradley is making his first start since setting the course record en route to a runner-up finish at the HP Byron Nelson Championship. The former PGA champion has missed the cut in both prior starts here, but this year, is sixth on Tour in total driving, eighth in the all-around ranking and 11th in scoring average.

8. Luke Donald: A somewhat disappointing 2013 campaign reached a low point last week when Donald missed the cut at Wentworth after winning each of the last two years. If he's to bounce back, though, Muirfield Village is a likely place for him to do so. Since 2008, Donald has finished inside the top 15 in each of his four appearances.

9. Rory McIlroy: One of many notables to miss the cut last week in England, McIlroy now returns to the U.S. where he has logged three top-10 finishes in his last four starts overall. While the Ulsterman missed the cut last year, he's also shown he can play well here, finishing fifth in 2011 and tying for 10th in his Memorial debut a year prior.

10. Bo Van Pelt: Though he has yet to demonstrate the consistency in 2013 that netted him a Tour-best 10 top-10 finishes last year, Van Pelt is no stranger to success in Dublin. He's tied for 13th each of the last two years at Muirfield Village and was T-3 the year prior, with just two of his last 13 rounds here over par.