Power Rankings Sabbo and the Nelson


Here are GolfChannel.com’s Power Rankings, the top 10 favorites for the Crowne Plaza Invitational:


Rory Sabbatini

1. Rory Sabbatini

The 2009 Nelson champion is the favorite because he's had solid weeks since his T-3 at Quail Hollow, he's playing at home and some think he plays best while embroiled in controversy – which he's neck deep in right now.

Jason Day

2. Jason Day

Defending champ Day has been playing well since his T-2 at the Masters and there's no reason to think Tour victory No. 2 can't come a year later at the site of his maiden title.

Dustin Johnson3. Dustin Johnson

A new caddie on the bag this week, but still the same old DJ. He's been off form since his runner-up finish at Doral, but he was in contention here last year and this budding superstar is destined to win again soon.

Brian Gay4. Brian Gay

Runner-up last year, Gay finished T-12 at The Players and has missed just one cut on the year. If nothing else, consistency is the mark of his game so it's a good bet he'll contend two years in a row.

Matt Kuchar5. Matt Kuchar

It's hard to say Kuch has struggled lately – with T-27, T-21, T-54 and T-16 finishes coming in his last four starts – but that's testament to his game. 'Mr. Top 10' started to show promise at Colonial last week, so look out again.

Nick Watney6. Nick Watney

Watney started off 2011 on fire – T-6, T-5, T-6, T-9, 1st and T-13 finishes in his first six starts – then had a disappointing Masters after heading in as one of the favorites. But a T-4 at The Players says he's back.

K.J. Choi

7. K.J. Choi

The 2011 Players champion has proved that his game has reached the big time. He finished T-6, T-8 and T-3 in his three starts before The Players to boot, so Choi has also become a big-time favorite nearly every week.

Charlie Wi

8. Charlie Wi

So close to his first Tour win at Colonial, the 39-year-old Wi showed true grit down the stretch. With the title destined for Toms, however, maybe he'll remain hot for the second consecutive week in Dallas.

Gary Woodland

9. Gary Woodland

The long-bombing Woodland showed he's got a fully-rounded game in his win at the Transitions, but his strength is length and most TPC layouts favor that. This week at TPC Four Seasons is no different.

Ben Crane

10. Ben Crane

Crane contended here in 2010 and even though he missed the cut at Colonial, he's been playing well. Need we say more? If there was a new video of his to show, we'd let his own crazy antics do the talking.


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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