Power Rankings A New Beginning

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Here are GolfChannel.com’s Power Rankings, the top 10 favorites for this week's PGA Tour event:

2011 Power Rankings: Week 1

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Geoff Ogilvy1Geoff Ogilvy

Ogilvy displays a Jekyll-and-Hyde game at times, but the back-to-back defending champion has owned Kapalua the last two years, meaning it won't be surprising to see Dr. Jekyll  – or is it Mr. Hyde  – show up for a third consecutive year. 

Graeme McDowell
2
Graeme McDowell

2010 was G-Mac's year and if 2011 has similar designs, he'll be a high Power Rankings pick in nearly every event he plays.

Ernie Els
3
Ernie Els
Els won at Kapalua in '03 and with a victory at the South African Open just a few weeks ago, the Big Easy looks primed to make good during the last few years of his prime. He'll start 2011 looking competitive.
Dustin Johnson
4
Dustin Johnson
DJ had a big 2010 and many expect 2011 to be even bigger for the lanky South Carolina native. Should be fun to watch Johnson crushing drives this week with the wind at his back.
Jim Furyk
5
 Jim Furyk
He's riding a $10 million high after last fall's FedEx Cup victory, which proved he can still hang with the best of 'em. But it will be interesting to see if he continues his clutch play, or comes into the season with a FedEx hangover. 
Stuart Appleby
6
 Stuart Appleby
Appleby shot 59 to win at the Greenbriar last summer, won in his native Australia in November and captured this event in '04, '05 and '06. He could be a real diamond ... er, apple ... in the rough this week.
Matt Kuchar
7
 Matt Kuchar
Including his dramatic win at The Barclays last summer, Kuch was one of the most consistent players in the game last year, with 11 top-10s and 23 of 26 cuts made. He's a good bet to always place or show, if not win.
Hunter Mahan
8
Hunter Mahan
Mahan is a big question to many because of the emotional singles loss at the Ryder Cup. He could easily rebound and use the experience as a positive, but it's possible the scar hasn't fully healed yet.
9
Adam Scott
Scott's got his groove back after winning the Singapore Open in November and there's no doubt he has the talent to win anywhere and everywhere. He just needs to keep his mind on the course and not the surf this week.
Steve Stricker
10
Steve Stricker
Stricker has won over $10 million on the PGA Tour the last two years, meaning the Wisconsinite should never be counted out as a top contender.  But it's been a cold winter in the Midwest, so we'll see how well he adapts to the warm Hawaii sun in his first event back.

Also receiving votes: Ian Poulter, Anthony Kim, Bubba Watson, Jason Day, Ben Crane.

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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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