Losing His Grip

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

RankPlayerComment
1
Jim Furyk
Jim Furyk
Vaults to the top for the first week because of Anthony Kim’s drop. Furyk is back in major form and should play well at Quail Hollow, a place that will join the major rota sooner rather than later.
2
Phil Mickelson
Phil Mickelson
Lefty probably still hasn’t taken off his green jacket and it’s impossible to ignore his inspired finish at Augusta National despite a resume that was a bit lean before heading down Magnolia Lane.
3
Anthony Kim
Anthony Kim
AK held the top spot here the last two weeks but a less-than-inspiring tie for 16th at the European Tour stop in Korea was enough to bounce him two spots. He was nine shots off the lead in Korea.
4
Ernie Els
Ernie Els
The “Big Easy” has faded since his torrid Florida Swing but he did tie for ninth place in Korea last week, which may sound good but he shot 74 in the final round when he had a chance to contend for victory.
5
Lee Westwood
Lee Westwood
The Englishman has been as consistent as anyone this season and he’s the undisputed “best player without a major.” Will be interesting to see how he plays at Quail Hollow, where he hasn’t played in two years.
6
Steve Stricker
Steve Stricker
Hasn’t been as sharp as he was earlier in the season, but one of the game’s best short games is impossible to ignore. A little concerning that he pulled out of New Orleans with an injured clavicle.
7
Ian Poulter
Ian Poulter
Englishman withdrew from New Orleans with a knee injury and last tweeted that an MRI showed everything was fine and that he will play next week at The Players Championship.
8
Camilo Villegas Headshot
Camilo Villegas
The Colombian has been all over the board this year (win, T-16, missed cut, T-38), but his tie for fifth at the Heritage was an indication how versatile his game can be. He’s played average at Quail Hollow.
9
Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods
His return at Augusta National was well documented now it’ll be interesting to see how he fares in Act II. Tiger will be in the hunt as he has finishes of T-3, T-11, first, fourth at Quail Hollow.
10
Fred Couples Power Rankings
Fred Couples
It’s difficult to figure how to track Couples’ team performance (fourth) last week with Jay Haas at the Legends, but he’s played well enough to stay on this list. Will be at Quail Hollow, where he tied for eighth two years ago.


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