Power Rankings: RBC Canadian Open


With the season's third major in the rear-view mirror, the PGA Tour heads north of the border for the RBC Canadian Open. A full field of players will look to conquer Glen Abbey Golf Club, which hosts the event for the 26th time in its history, but for the first time since 2009.

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Scott Piercy returns to defend the title he won last year at Hamilton Golf & Country Club over Robert Garrigus and William McGirt. Here are 10 players to watch this week in Ontario:

1. Hunter Mahan: His tie for ninth at Muirfield was his second consecutive top-10 in a major and 12th top-25 finish of the 2013 season. He has four top-25s in eight starts in Canada, with his best career result coming at Glen Abbey in 2004 (T-4).

2. Matt Kuchar: Quietly notched a T-15 finish at the British Open, his 10th top-25 finish in 16 starts this year. Kuchar remains remarkably consistent on the stat sheet, ranking sixth on Tour in scoring average, 12th in strokes gained putting and 13th in scrambling.

3. Charl Schwartzel: The South African tied for 15th in Scotland, his fourth top-15 finish in his last five starts overall, and currently sits third on Tour in scoring average. He's making just his third career start in Canada, though he tied for ninth in his debut in this event in 2011 at Shaughnessy.

4. Brandt Snedeker: Without a Friday 79 at Muirfield, Snedeker may very well have contended down the stretch at the British Open. With three straight top-20 finishes, he's beginning to show signs of the form that made him the hottest player in the game during January and February.

5. Graham DeLaet: Though a Canadian hasn't won this event since 1954, DeLaet is likely the nation's best hope. With five top-10 finishes this year and two in his last four starts overall, DeLaet leads the Tour in GIR percentage and will be in search of a strong finish as he continues his quest to make Nick Price's squad for the Presidents Cup this fall.

6. Luke Donald: Though the Englishman missed the cut last week, his last six starts in North America each went for a top-25 finish. Donald has been equally consistent in this event across multiple venues, with three straight top-25 results from 2009-2011, including a third-place finish in 2010 at St. George's.

7. Hideki Matsuyama: The Japanese sensation broke through for a T-6 finish at Muirfield, a strong follow-up to his T-10 result at Merion last month. Now 34th in the world, the 21-year-old has been on an international tear since turning pro this spring, including a pair of wins on the Asian Tour, and appears ready to continue his hot play this week in Canada.

8. Graeme McDowell: Though he finally broke his 'feast or famine' streak last week by making the cut at the British Open but not winning the event, McDowell can still pull off an 'RBC double' this week after winning the RBC Heritage in April. The Ulsterman still ranks 10th on Tour in driving accuracy and 11th in strokes gained putting.

9. Daniel Summerhays: A week after missing a playoff in Illinois by a shot, Summerhays earned a spot in the playoff Sunday in Mississippi, ultimately finishing behind Woody Austin. In addition to his T-9 finish at Greenbrier earlier this month, he heads to Canada on the heels of three straight top-10 finishes with a 67.2 stroke average across that span.

10. David Lingmerth: The Swede has quietly compiled a solid stretch since his breakthrough runner-up finish at TPC Sawgrass, with three top-20 finishes. Lingmerth has compiled a 69.8 scoring average before the cut since The Players Championship, making the cut in each of his six starts, and ranks 34th on Tour in total driving.