Power Rankings: Did Tiger crack the top 10?


Here are GolfChannel.com’s Power Rankings, the top 10 favorites for the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational:

1. Dustin Johnson: A co-runner-up at the Open Championship, Johnson has four top-5 finishes on the PGA Tour this season without a win. Karma works better regarding a victory next week, but it's doubtful he'll complain if he gets one this week as well.

2. Steve Stricker: He has never won a major, but few play as well prior to them as does Stricker. He was T-4 the week before the Masters, won the Memorial in his last start before the U.S. Open and won the John Deere Classic leading into the British Open.

3. Nick Watney: He hasn't fared well in majors this year, with two missed cuts and a 46th-place showing at Augusta. But this isn't a major. Watney won the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral and the AT&T National in July. He's well suited for mini-majors.

4. Rory McIlroy: This will mark McIlroy's first appearance on American soil since his U.S. Open runaway. His biggest obstacle this week may be not allowing the Twitter controversy - which will follow him from overseas - distract or frustrate him.

5. Luke Donald: The Englishman doesn't have a great record at Firestone, with three consecutive finishes outside the top 20. However, this is a far different Donald than that of the past. This is the No. 1 player in the world.

6. Lee Westwood: He has a mixed bag at this event: three top-10s, three WDs. Heading into the PGA Championship, Westwood has something to prove after his MC at Royal St. George's.

7. Martin Kaymer: Has showed signs of life recently with a fourth-place finish in France and a couple of good rounds to start the British Open. He needs to keep improving if he plans to keep hold of the Wanamaker Trophy.

8. Hunter Mahan: Has gone from T-22 to T-10 to T-4 to victory in this event over the last four years. Some might say, 'No where to go from here but down.' But staying put is a possibility as well.

9. Darren Clarke: The Open Championship winner should be well rested - and more dried out - after missing the cut in the Irish Open. He'll be grouped with Woods over the first two days and is one of only five players in the last 12 years not named Tiger to win this event (2004).

10. Jason Day: The Aussie grabs the final spot in this week's rankings, eking out Phil Mickelson. Where was Woods? Well down the list.

Note: This list is compiled from rankings submitted by members of GolfChannel.com's editorial team, based on who is most expected to contend in each upcoming event.

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