Power Rankings: Shell Houston Open


Just a week away from the Masters, the PGA Tour makes a brief stop in the Lone Star State for the Shell Houston Open. Redstone CC is set up to be Masters Lite, which entices many of the world's top players to descend into Houston before heading to Augusta. Phil Mickelson headlines the field of notables as the defending champion.

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1. Lee Westwood: The world No. 3 heads into the Masters under the radar, but in excellent form. Westwood has been in the top 11 here in two of the last three years.

2. Phil Mickelson: With his mind on Augusta, Mickelson still managed to win here last year. If he can picture Augusta at Redstone, he could picture a repeat victory.

3. Steve Stricker: At a great pacing with his schedule, Stricker gets Redstone. In his last five starts, he has been in the top 11 in four of them. He was T-8 in his last start at Doral.

4. Ernie Els: This is a do-or-die week for Els. He must win to get into the Masters. Beyond that, he's playing well enough to win with top-5 finishes in his last two starts.

5. Charl Schwartzel: Though he missed the cut in his last start, Schwartzel has been great this year. He was T-3 here in 2010 before dipping to T-30 last year. We know how that turned out for him.

6. Hunter Mahan: Mahan will either miss the cut or finish in the top 10. That's what he does in Houston. In his last five starts, Mahan has three top-10 finishes and two missed cuts.

7. Johnson Wagner: Coming off a T-4 finish at Bay Hill, Wagner is a past champion here (2008). He hasn't been as strong the last two years, but Wagner is playing care-free golf this week.

8. Aaron Baddeley: Badds is hit or miss at Houston, but was in the top five last year. He has been in the top 12 in his last two stroke-play starts at Riviera and Doral.

9. Ryan Moore: After a sold T-4 at the home of the King, Moore is in Houston for the first time since 2009, when he finished T-11.

10. Ben Crane: Crane has cooled since a hot start to the year, but he is clearly excited to head to Augusta. He has been in the top 25 in Houston in three of his last four appearances.

You can watch complete coverage of the Shell Houston Open Thursday-Friday on Golf Channel from 3PM-6PM ET.