Power Rankings Last Stop Before Augusta

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Here are GolfChannel.com’s Power Rankings, the top 10 favorites for the Shell Houston Open:


2011 Power Rankings: Week 13

RANKNAMECOMMENTS
Lee Westwood1Lee Westwood

Usually plays well leading into majors as evidenced by his victory last year in Memphis prior to the U.S. Open. Has a T-8 and a T-11 the last two years, respectively, in Houston.

Steve Marino
2
 Steve Marino

Coming off another near-miss, still seeking that first PGA Tour victory, Marino's Houston results have gotten increasingly better, from a T-69 in 2007 to a T-14 last year.

Matt Kuchar
3
Matt Kuchar
Mr. Top 10 has five on the PGA Tour this year and one at this event – last year. Should be well rested after taking off the last two weeks.
Hunter Mahan
4
 Hunter Mahan
It's an odd year and that's good news for Mahan who has gone T-5, MC, T-6, MC since 2007 at this event.
Spencer Levin
5
 Spencer Levin
Wilted Sunday at Bay Hill, but played strong for three days. He's a good scrambler, which is a good thing at Redstone. He also leads the Tour in birdies this year and is third in scoring average.
Steve Stricker
6
 Steve Stricker
Haven't heard much noise from Stricker this year, but he's got three top-11 finishes at this tournament and needs to find some form heading to Augusta.
Phil Mickelson
7
 Phil Mickelson
Speaking of trying to find one's form, Mickelson is in the same boat as the aforementioned Stricker. He's never had a top-20 in this event, but you never know what you're going to get from the three-time Masters champion.o.
Gary Woodland
8
 Gary Woodland
Redstone is a 7,457-yard layout which makes length a premium this week. Few hit the ball longer than this guy.
Fred Couples
9
 Fred Couples
Houston this week, Augusta the next, this is perfect timing for the former Houston Cougar. He showed he can still hang with the younger set by tying for seventh this year at Riviera.
Ernie Els
10
 Ernie Els
Els hasn't missed a cut this year, but he hasn't contended either. This is his last chance to get things going before he heads to the tournament he most wants to win.

Note: This list is compiled from rankings submitted by members of GolfChannel.com's editorial team, based on who is most expected to contend in each upcoming event.

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