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Here are GolfChannel.com’s Power Rankings, a weekly barometer of the hottest players in the game:

RankPlayerComment
1
Steve Stricker
Steve Stricker
It’s difficult to overlook his first-round exit at the Match Play but the man with the world’s best short game (active division) will deliver again as the Tour heads east to harder, more demanding golf courses.
2
Lee Westwood
Lee Westwood
Was sloppy in a second-round loss at the Match Play to Nick Watney, but he still has a victory, a second and two third-place finishes on his resume the past couple months. Still the best player never to win a major.
3
Ian Poulter
Ian Poulter
The first Tour title lifted the Englishman to fifth in the World Ranking and one step closer to his coveted No. 2 spot. But this isn’t a flash in the pan. Five of Poulter’s last six finishes have been in the top 10.
4
Paul Casey
Paul Casey
Success at the Match Play is lucrative but in the big competitive picture this means little other than to reinforce a stellar start of the year for the Englishman, who was as high as No. 3 in the world last year.
5
Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy
It was less than a headline-making Tour debut for the Northern Irish phenom but his ailing back seemed fine and his game seemed solid. He has tied for sixth or better in five of his last six starts.
6
Phil Mickelson
Phil Mickelson
Lefty has been quiet since taking the infamous groove debate into the heart of America, but his record at TPC Scottsdale is solid and he is due for a strong performance this week.
7
Dustin Johnson
Dustin Johnson
First-round Match Play loss was as much a byproduct of timing, little more than 48 hours after his third Tour victory at Pebble Beach. Skipping this week's 'home' event at TPC Scottsdale.
8
Tim Clark
Tim Clark
His record makes the South African impossible to ignore (T-9, T-10, T-32, T-2 in his last four starts) and his game makes him a new-groove era favorite every week.
9
Charl Swartzel
Charl Schwartzel
The young South African won two matches at the Match Play and lost a heartbreaker to Stewart Cink in 19 holes. That performance combined with consecutive wins early in the year keep him barely on the list.
10
Martin Kaymer
Martin Kaymer
The German has cooled off a little since his victory at Abu Dhabi last month and he ran into a match play buzzsaw in Tim Clark in the second round of the Match Play.


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