Westwood takes over No 1 - for now

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

RankPlayerComment
1
Lee   Westwood
Lee Westwood
The Englishman had been No. 2 in these rankings for several weeks and his St. Jude victory pushes him to the top. We know Westwood is pleased with the victory but it will go unnoticed unless he backs it up with something good this week.
2
Phil Mickelson
Phil Mickelson
Lefty drops from the top spot on an off-week when the man behind him (Westwood) wins on the PGA Tour. He’s been so close so many times at the U.S. Open that you have to think this is Phil’s greatest chance to win his beloved Open.
3
Jim Furyk
Jim Furyk
Took the week off to prepare for the U.S. Open. His two victories earlier in the year still weigh heavily but anytime you show up at an event where par is going to be a great score, you know that Furyk is likely to be in the mix.
4
Bo Van Pelt
Bo Van Pelt
Can BVP contend at the U.S. Open? Sure he can. In fact, he traveled a similar path as Lucas Glover last year by qualifying to get to Pebble. He has five top-10 finishes in his last six Tour events. The only thing missing is a victory.
5
Luke Donald
Luke Donald
Take a peek at the World Ranking. Donald is sixth. He’s torn up the European Tour the last month and he has four top-three finishes in his last four events, including a victory at the Madrid Masters. Should play well at Pebble.
6
Rory  McIlroy
Rory McIlroy
Tie for 10th at the Memorial was his first top-10 since Quail Hollow, but steady game (72-68-68-71) is a good sign of his continued development. He tied for 29th at St. Jude and played well the first two days, but faltered on the weekend.
7
Zach johnson
Zach Johnson
Not many of the top players were at the St. Jude but Zach was there for an Open tune-up and tied for 12th. He’s getting some mentions already this week for the Open and should be on a short list of people who you think can win at Pebble.
8
Justin Rose
Justin Rose
Memorial victory put him onto this list at No. 8 and he stays there again this week. Truth is, he wasn’t playing particularly well heading into the Memorial. It’ll be interesting to see how he rebounds from his victory when he plays next.
9
Tim Clark
Tim Clark
Keeps sliding down these rankings since his Players victory. Here’s his rundown of finishes the past five events – missed cut, 63, 1, T-56, T-68. He did, however, pick the right one to win at The Players. Still, he needs to step it up this week.
10
Ben Crane
Ben Crane
Crane never seems to get much love but he keeps on producing great finishes. He won earlier in the year, but now seems to have found his A Game again with four consecutive top-12 finishes, including a tie for 12th at the St. Jude.


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