Power Push for Kuchar

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

2010 Power Rankings: Week 35

RK(LW)NAMECOMMENTS
Martin Kaymer1(1)Martin Kaymer

He’s barely hanging on at the top, more so due to inactivity than poor play. But the German still promises to be a centerpiece of the European Ryder Cup team in October.

Matt Kuchar
2(NR)
Matt Kuchar

Victory at The Barclays was Tiger-esque with a birdie on the first extra hole and his 10 top-10 finishes this year are tops on the PGA Tour.

Steve Stricker
3(10)
Steve Stricker
Tie for third at The Barclays was a good sign, but it is Stricker’s resurgent putting (he didn’t need more than 29 putts for any round at Ridgewood) that makes him the playoff favorite.
Louis Oosthuizen
4(3)
Louis Oosthuizen
He has cooled since his torrid post-Open Championship run and hasn’t played since missing the cut at the PGA Championship.
Rory McIlroy
5(2)
Rory McIlroy
Dropped because he struggled mightily on the weekend at Ridgewood Country Club, but the Northern Irishman is still the game’s most explosive player.
Edoardo Molinari
6(NR)
Edoardo Molinari
Victory at Gleneagles, his second in Scotland in just over a month, was a Ryder Cup walk-off and sets the stage for a potent partnership with brother Francesco in Wales.
Dustin Johnson
7(9)
Dustin Johnson
Rebounded, again, from disappointment at PGA Championship and he may be the hottest American right now, but he needs to find the Sunday answer to move to the next level.
Graeme McDowell
8(4)
Graeme McDowell
Slides again because of inactivity and a missed cut at the PGA Championship leaves a bad taste in the mouth of voters as his last start. The Europeans needs him playing well.
Bubba Watson
9(5)
Bubba Watson
It’s tough to tell which Bubba will show up. In his last six starts he has (in order) a victory, two missed cuts, T-22, second, T-31. He’s either due for another top-10 or a 50th-place finish.
Hunter Mahan
10(8)
Hunter Mahan
Still hanging because of his impressive victory at the Bridgestone but his last two finishes have been less-than-stellar with a T-39 at the PGA Championship and a T-31 at The Barclays.

Note: This list is compiled from rankings submitted by members of GolfChannel.com's editorial team and a ranking of average World Ranking points compiled per event over the past three months.