Mickelson leads inaugural rankings

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Here is GolfChannel.com’s inaugural Power Rankings, the first of what will be a weekly barometer of who the hottest players in the game are at this moment:


RankPlayerComment
1
Phil Mickelson
Phil Mickelson
Lefty’s modus operandi is to play his way into winning form the next couple months, but his stellar finish to 2009 has him still radiating.
2
Martin Kaymer
Martin Kaymer
The German has won three times since July – including against an impressive field at Abu Dhabi – and has only three finishes outside the top-20 in that span.
3
Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy
Nearly won the Race to Dubai at the end of 2009, had strong major showings last year and played well in a third-place finish at Abu Dhabi.
4
Geoff Ogilvy
Geoff Ogilvy
Victory at the SBS Championship, paired with a strong showing at the HSBC Champions at the end of last year add to his heat index.
5
Steve Stricker
Steve Stricker
Impressive finish last year and a strong start to 2010. It seems he’s in the hunt nearly every time he tees it up.
6
Lee Westwood
Lee Westwood
Won Dubai World Championship to claim inaugural Race to Dubai just nine weeks ago.
7
Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods
There was dissention as to where the world No. 1 should go given his uncertainty, but if there’s ever a list of golf’s hot topics, his name has to be on it.
8
Ian Poulter
Ian Poulter
No. 2, as Tiger Woods calls him, started his season with a runner-up in Abu Dhabi and has his sights set keenly on the Ryder Cup.
9
Charl Swartzel
Charl Schwartzel
This hot list is about performance, not “Q rating” and the South African began 2010 with consecutive victories on the European Tour.
10
Tim Clark
Tim Clark
The South African may be the best player without a Tour title and the new groove rule favors the fairways-and-greens magician.