Power Rankings: Sanderson Farms Championship


While the world's best players contest the season's third major this week along the Scottish coast (our British Open Power Rankings can be found here), a full field will head to Mississippi for the Sanderson Farms Championship in search of a season-changing victory. Annandale Golf Club plays host to 132 players with valuable FedEx Cup points on the line.

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Scott Stallings won last year's event by two shots, but won't be teeing it up this year since he's earned a spot in the field at Muirfield. Here are 10 players to watch this week in Mississippi:

1. Brendon de Jonge: The Zimbabwean ranks 11th on the PGA Tour in the all-around ranking and has shown signs of great play the past two weeks, but hasn't been able to put it all together. This may be his best chance yet to claim a maiden PGA Tour victory, against a diluted field and on a track where he tied for third in 2010 and finished T-13 in 2011.

2. Chris Kirk: A winner here in 2011, Kirk tied for 10th last year in defense of his title and enters of a T-22 finish at the John Deere Classic. It marked his seventh top-25 finish in 17 starts this season, and the Georgia native enters the week 13th on Tour in birdie average. He boasts a 67.4 scoring average across his last eight competitive rounds at Annandale.

3. Daniel Summerhays: His near-miss last week at TPC Deere Run was not his first flirtation with victory this season, as Summerhays also tied for ninth the week prior at Greenbrier and tied for seventh at the Valero Texas Open in April. In an event where birdies will fall often, the BYU alum enters having carded 67 or better in six of his last eight rounds overall.

4. Chez Reavie: After a slow start to the year, Reavie has now made seven consecutive cuts, with four top-25s along that stretch, including a T-15 last week that was sparked by his Saturday 61 at TPC Deere Run. The veteran is second on Tour in driving accuracy and tied for 16th in 2011 in his lone appearance at Annandale.

5. Charles Howell III: One of only four players in this week's field ranked in the top 100 in the world, Howell has cooled considerably since his torrid start to the 2013 season. This could be the week to get things back on track, though, as Howell still ranks 21st on Tour in scoring average, 32nd in the all-around ranking and tied for 23rd in this event in 2010.

6. Jason Bohn: With the defending champ absent, Bohn holds the distinction of having the best finish last year of any player in this year's field, a runner-up result having led after both 18 and 36 holes. While his 2013 season has been largely inconsistent (nine missed cuts in 19 starts), he has notched top-25 finishes at three of his last six events, including a T-22 result last week.

7. Chris Stroud: A runner-up last month at TPC River Highlands, Stroud has three top-10 finishes among his last eight starts dating back to April and is second on Tour in scrambling. He's made the cut in four of five appearances in Mississippi, most notably a tie for fifth in 2010.

8. Jonathan Byrd: Sidelined earlier this season with a wrist injury, Byrd returns to a course where he has three top-10 finishes in four career appearances, with the fourth resulting in a tie for 17th. While he has largely struggled this year, Byrd did show signs of his former self with a T-10 result in Memphis and clearly feels comfortable at Annandale.

9. Nicholas Thompson: Thompson is quietly putting together a solid 2013 campaign, with four top-30 finishes in his last six starts overall. Known for his length off the tee, Thompson ranks 15th on Tour in total driving but is also 34th this year in GIR percentage. His tie for 12th last week at TPC Deere Run, thanks in large part to a Saturday 64, was his best result since a tie for sixth at the Humana Challenge.

10. Steven Bowditch: Like countryman Matt Jones, Bowditch strung together solid results each of the past two weeks, following a co-runner-up at Greenbrier with a tie for 12th at Deere. The Aussie will look to capitalize on that momentum this week in Mississippi, as at 117th in the most recent FedEx Cup standings, Bowditch needs all the points he can get to secure playing privileges for the 2013-14 season.