On Top of the Hill

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

RankPlayerComment
1
Ernie Els
Ernie Els
The King of the Florida Swing, with two victories, is also the player with the most up-side heading toward Magnolia Lane. No one can fill the void left by Tiger Woods, but Els has done everything he can to try.
2
Steve Stricker
Steve Stricker
A tough week at Bay Hill, but don’t put too much stock in his 79-74 weekend. If anyone can bounce back it is a two-time Comeback Player of the Year.
3
Paul Casey
Paul Casey
Inactive again this week, but impossible to ignore after the year he’s had (seven starts, just one finish worse than T-11). These rankings don’t look ahead, but it helps that Casey is the defending champion this week in Houston.
4
Jim Furyk
Jim Furyk
One of the game’s best clutch putters turned his putter grip upside down and has been turning back the clock ever since, following his Transitions triumph with a tie for 11th at Bay Hill.
5
Charl Swartzel
Charl Schwartzel
Didn’t have his best stuff at Bay Hill (T-52) and his decision to play the Shell Houston Open is a scheduling curiosity, but he is still among the year’s top performers.
6
Retief Goosen
Retief Goosen
This is not the smooth-putting Goose who won two of four U.S. Opens starting in 2001, but the new version has six top-10 finishes in eight total starts this season.
7
Camilo   Villegas Headshot
Camilo Villegas
Slid a little bit this week because of a missed cut at Bay Hill. Still he beat a quality field at the Honda, was among the Final Four at the Match Play and has two other impressive top-10s.
8
Ian Poulter
Ian Poulter
Poulter won the Tavistock Cup, didn't play Bay Hill, and missed the cut at the Transitions, but all indications are his game will be peaking in time for the Masters.
9
Padraig Harrington
Padraig Harrington
The Irishman has a clear mind, unlike last year, and a clear path to Augusta National as one of the betting favorites to capture the green jacket. Didn’t play Bay Hill but had consecutive top-8s before that.
10
Robert Allenby
Robert Allenby
The Aussie is always hovering near the top of the leaderboard but hasn’t found his way to victory yet. He has six top-20 finishes in eight events and tied for 14th at Bay Hill.


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