Power Rankings: Tour Championship


This week marks the final PGA Tour stop for the 2013 season, the Tour Championship. East Lake Golf Club plays host to 30 of the world's best players, each hoping to walk away not only with the tournament title but the overall FedEx Cup crown as the season-long champion.

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Brandt Snedeker returns to defend the title he won last year by three shots over Justin Rose. Here are 10 players to watch this week in Atlanta:

1. Jim Furyk: The wounds from his near-miss in Chicago are fresh, but Furyk is undeniably riding some serious momentum heading into the season finale. The former FedEx Cup champ now has five top-10 finishes in his last six starts, not to mention Friday's 59 under his belt. Expect another big week on a course where Furyk claimed his most recent PGA Tour title back in 2010. 

2. Luke Donald: Getting to Atlanta was the hard part. Now that Donald is among the 30-man field, he should prosper. He's finished inside the top three at East Lake each of the last three years and has four top-five results among his seven starts here. The Englishman could end an otherwise disappointing season on a very high note this week.

3. Brandt Snedeker: Defending two titles this week in Atlanta, Snedeker enters off a tie for eighth at Conway Farms despite struggling over the weekend. Already with two wins this season, he ranks fourth on Tour in strokes gained putting, sixth in birdie average and is one of just four players in this week's elite field that knows what it feels like to hoist the FedEx Cup.

4. Tiger Woods: The current FedEx Cup points leader, Woods will look to cap a five-win season with another trophy in Atlanta - or perhaps even two. The current world No. 1 has only played in this event five times since 2004, but among those results are a win (2007) and three runner-up finishes.

5. Zach Johnson: His comeback win at Conway Farms was just the latest in a string of high finishes, as Johnson has six top-10s in his last seven starts. A runner-up at East Lake in 2007, Johnson has finished no better than a tie for ninth in three appearances since, but now enters with 19 of his last 20 competitive rounds at 70 or better.

6. Steve Stricker: Stricker doesn't boast a favorable East Lake pedigree - cracking the top 20 of the 30-man field just three times in six starts during the FedEx Cup era - but the 46-year-old is having a career year where stats appear irrelevant. Regardless of field size or venue, Stricker has found a way to contend time and again, with top-five finishes each of the last two weeks.

7. Hunter Mahan: A runner-up here in 2011, Mahan has put together a remarkably consistent season, with 15 of his 24 starts netting top-25 finishes. He has had three such results in the FedEx Cup Playoffs thus far, including last week's tie for fourth in Chicago, and now heads to a course where he has finished inside the top eight in three of his six career starts.

8. Henrik Stenson: Currently second in FedEx Cup points, Stenson will be using a new driver in Atlanta after breaking his old one in frustration on the 18th hole at Conway Farms Monday. Still, the Swede's overall stat line bodes well for the season finale: first in GIR percentage, second in total driving and fifth in scoring average. 

9. Roberto Castro: A resident of Atlanta and graduate of nearby Georgia Tech, Castro has plenty of local knowledge despite making his first official start this week at East Lake. He's logged five top-25 finishes in his last six starts dating back to the PGA Championship and has yet to shoot higher than 71 in the FedEx Cup Playoffs.

10. Jason Day: Though countryman Adam Scott is the Australian in control of his own playoff fate this week in Atlanta, Day may fare better having come close to winning it all in 2011. Arguably the best player with only a single PGA Tour win to his credit, Day has four straight top-25 finishes overall, including a tie for fourth in Chicago, and may be able to add to his trophy collection before the week is through.