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

Rank ChangePlayerComment
1
Phil Mickelson
Phil Mickelson
Hard not to keep Lefty atop ranking, but consider this: in 14 Open Championships he has just a single top-10 and in three starts at St. Andrews his best showing is a T-11 (2000). Just a thought.

2
Graeme McDowell
Graeme McDowell
They are still celebrating in Portrush, and it’s hard not to like the Northern Irishman at the Open Championship.

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Lee   Westwood
Lee Westwood
“Best Player Never to Win a Major” is not even the top European in the Power Ranking anymore, but we still like him at St. Andrews.


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Justin Rose
Justin Rose
Sunday struggles at TPC River Highlands aside, Englishman has separated himself from the pack over the last month.

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Tim Clark
Tim Clark
As predicted, new groove rule has given the likes of Clark and Luke Donald an edge over their big-hitting fraternity brothers.

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Ernie Els
Ernie Els
Missed cut at BMW International Open was likely the byproduct of jet lag more so than a lagging game.

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Jim Furyk
Jim Furyk
Other than Woods, Furyk is the only player in the top 10 in action this week at AT&T National and tree-lined Aronimink Golf Club is a perfect fit for him.

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Bubba Watson
Bubba Watson
Gets first victory in style, but the Travelers is his first top-10 since March. Still enough to crack the top 10 this week.


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Dustin Johnson
Dustin Johnson
Luckily, he’s currently fifth on the U.S. Ryder Cup points list, but make no mistake, the athletic American would be a lottery pick for any team.

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Bo Van Pelt
Bo Van Pelt
Eighteen starts, three missed cuts and $1.9 million in single-season earnings. In baseball, that’s called hitting for average.



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