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Here are GolfChannel.com’s Power Rankings, a weekly barometer of the hottest players in the game. This is the final installment for the 2010 season:

2010 Power Rankings: Week 39

RK(LW)NAMECOMMENTS
Martin Kaymer1(1)Martin Kaymer

European captain Colin Montgomerie’s wildcard did nothing last week. But then he’s done nothing but win his last two starts (PGA Championship and KLM Open) and has the potential to be a 5-0 guy this week for the home team.

Jim Furyk
2(NR)
Jim Furyk

Unranked last week, but his third win of 2010 and the FedEx Cup are impossible to ignore. Interesting that one of America’s quietest players may be the emotional spark the team needs in Wales.

Paul Casey
3(8)
Paul Casey
Monty’s Ryder Cup snub aside the Englishman finished the playoffs with a runner-up (BMW Championship) and T-4 (Tour Championship). Not bad for Europe’s 13th, or maybe 14th, best player.
Dustin Johnson
4(3)
Dustin Johnson
Like Kaymer for Europe, Johnson will be an “X” factor for the U.S. team this week. Let’s just hope he hits more fairways at Celtic Manor than he did at East Lake (23 of 56).
Matt Kuchar
5(2)
Matt Kuchar
Running on fumes at East Lake he comes up short in the $10 million cash grab and will need to find his second wind in Wales.
Edoardo Molinari
6(5)
Edoardo Molinari
One half of the Italian duo that may well rule this week’s Ryder Cup hasn’t played since the first week of September, but the card doesn’t lie. In his last two starts he’s finished 1 (Johnnie Walker Championship), 2 (European Masters).
Luke Donald
7(NR)
Luke Donald
Chip-in at East Lake’s 17th was a bonus, but his runner-up at the finale was no fluke. A pair of near-misses in the playoffs proves Monty’s captain’s pick was deserved.
Steve Stricker
8(4)
Steve Stricker
Another American that’s a tad off form, but Tiger Woods needs his calming influence, to say nothing of his putting stroke, and the U.S. needs Woods.
Retief Goosen
9(NR)
Retief Goosen
Starting to play like the Goose of old and his solid playoff finish (seventh at BMW, third at Tour Championship) is a sign of what we can expect next season.
Charley Hoffman
10(9)
Charley Hoffman
Among those who “controlled their own destiny” at East Lake only Hoffman and Casey gave it honest runs. All totaled, he jumped from 77th to fourth in the final FedEx Cup standings.

Dropping out: Louis Oosthuizen (6), Jason Day (7), Miguel Angel Jimenez (10)
Receiving votes: Louis Oosthizuen, Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy

Note: This list is compiled from rankings submitted by members of GolfChannel.com's editorial team and a ranking of average World Ranking points compiled per event over the past three months
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