Putting the Power in Power Rankings

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

RankPlayerComment
1
Steve Stricker
Steve Stricker
Two victories and a second-place finish are among six top-10s in his last seven official PGA Tour starts. He’s the default alpha male with Tiger and Phil on the sidelines this week at the Match Play.
2
Lee Westwood
Lee Westwood
Westwood has been a fixture in Europe, finishing second in Dubai and third in Qatar after a great end to 2009. He leads a deep European contingent into an event that could be dominated by players on that side of the pond.
3
Phil Mickelson
Phil Mickelson
His star power will be missed at the Match Play but Lefty’s tie for eighth at Pebble Beach is a sign that his game is close. He’ll win once this year before that little tournament in Augusta rolls around.
4
Dustin Johnson
Dustin Johnson
D.J. debuted in the Power Rankings last week at 10th and promptly collected his third Tour title a week after he tied for third. His length, and new-found wedge game, make him a natural this week in Arizona.
5
Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy
Tweaked his back with too much practice, but the Northern Irishman was solid in his Match Play debut last year. His play has been as solid as anyone this year with finishes of sixth or better in his last five starts.
6
Martin Kaymer
Martin Kaymer
Impossible to ignore at sixth in the Official World Ranking but if you’re betting on a European this week, Paul Casey and Rory McIlroy may be better picks. Still, he’s won and tied for fourth in his last three events.
7
Tim Clark
Tim Clark
The South African is enjoying a sneaky-good West Coast Swing (T-2 at the Bob Hope; T-10 at Pebble Beach) and is a match play assassin. He took down Tiger Woods last year here in the second round.
8
Paul Casey
Paul Casey
We’re still not sure if he’s 100 percent healthy from his rib injury, but the Match Play is practically a home game for the Arizona resident and he was, afterall, impressive as a finalist here last year.
9
Ernie Els
Ernie Els
The Big Easy slipped several spots from last week but his steady start to 2010 (finishes of T-5, T-12, T-10) and Match Play record are impossible to overlook. When will the Big Easy be 100 percent back?
10
Charl Swartzel
Charl Schwartzel
The young South African was in the hunt in Dubai after 36-holes but played poorly on the weekend and tied for 38th. Still, consecutive wins early in the year in South Africa and a tie for 14th in Qatar keep him barely on the list.


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