Power Rankings: Reno-Tahoe Open


The Reno-Tahoe Open is the alternate event for those who don't get into the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. Having moved to the Modified Stableford scoring system this year, the tournament is promoting aggressive play. Scott Piercy would be the defending champion this week, but he earned a spot in the Firestone field after winning the RBC Canadian Open. The most intriguing name in the field may well be a rejuvenated Padraig Harrington.

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Here are 10 players to watch:

1. Padraig Harrington: He's 60th in the world and playing great golf. He's never seen Montreux, but he will be captivated by Stableford scoring.

2. Seung-yul Noh: The rookie is playing great and this event should be right up his alley.

3. Pat Perez: There are few players on the PGA Tour more aggressive than Perez. He lost a heartbreaker here last year to Scott Piercy.

4. J.B. Holmes: A long-ball hitter who is playing really well of late. He finished T-15 at the Canadian Open.

5. Chris Kirk: Kirk has found his game after an up-and-down season. He finished T-4 last week in Canada and T-10 in Mississippi.

6. Troy Matteson: He got into the Deere playoff and finished T-10 in Canada. He performs well in these types of events.

7. Dicky Pride: In limited starts this season, Pride has done his best when going low is a priority.

8. Vaughn Taylor: Taylor has won this event twice - the only guy to do that. Hasn't been spectacular this year, but tough to ignore the track record.

9. John Rollins: He's T-21 on the Tour in birdie average. He's a go-for-broke kind of player, which may mean disaster or a great payoff in this format.

10. John Daly: Consider this a flier. He's missed two cuts all year. He does not tend to go low, but might be a fun pick this week.