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

RankPlayerComment
1
Phil Mickelson
Phil Mickelson
Lefty came up short for his second consecutive jacket ceremony at Quail Hollow but it wasn’t for lack of effort. Besides, if he can play like that on those “worst-designed greens” imagine what he can do at TPC Sawgrass.
2
Jim Furyk
Jim Furyk
Solid the final three days at Quail Hollow after shaky start and the Players is a home game for the resurgent star. Two victories and a T-7 in last five starts is pretty strong.
3
Anthony Kim
Anthony Kim
His play at Quail Hollow proved why AK may be the most explosive – and after Mickelson, the most implosive – player in the game. A victory, second, third and seventh-place finishes in the last two months.
4
Ernie Els
Ernie Els
Rested after a frenzied spring, Els is still a two-time winner on Tour this year and impossible to ignore at Sawgrass. Still, he’ll need a good finish this week at the Players to remain among the top on this list.
5
Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy
We will reminisce about McIlroy’s four-stroke breakthrough at Quail Hollow for some time, but the Northern Irishman jumps in the middle of this pack because his best stroke-play finish on Tour was 40th.
6
Lee Westwood
Lee Westwood
Englishman never had his best stuff in Charlotte and failed to break 70 in four rounds. But the Players is shaping up to be a European-dominated affair and Westwood is a top Euro.
7
Ian Poulter
Ian Poulter
That WGC-Match Play victory seems like ancient history, but the colorful Brit is at his best in the biggest events. And, afterall, the Players is the fifth. . . . well, you know. Poulter played well there last year.
8
Ryo Ishikawa
Ryo Ishikawa
Lost in all the Ryo hype is the fact he’s been a non-story in his efforts on Tour, but at 58 on any course, particularly with the title on the line, qualifies as scorching in any language.
9
Steve Stricker
Steve Stricker
Stricker’s tumble in the Power Ranking is more a testament to a lingering injury than it is his status as an elite player. But the fact is he’ll miss the Players and that’s a concern.
10
Alvaro Quiros
Alvaro Quiros
The long-bombing Spanish sensation has played better than people think. Sure, the victory at the Spanish Open is impressive, but he’s finished in the top-six four times this year.


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