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Power Rankings: PGA Championship

Rory McIlroy
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Here are’s Power Rankings, the top 10 favorites for the PGA Championship:

1. Rory McIlroy: He doesn't like cold, wet, windy weather like players' experienced at the British Open. He won't have to worry about those elements in Atlanta, unless you count soaked shirts from all the humidity.

2. Jason Day: Tied for fourth at the WGC-Bridgestone and has a pair of runner-up showings in majors this year. Every reason to believe he will be a factor again on golf's biggest stage.

3: Dustin Johnson: He played a role in last year's PGA, didn't he? Name seems familiar. Motivation and length will be huge factors this week at a par-70 Atlanta Athletic Club course which can stretch over 7,500 yards.

4. Adam Scott: Full steam ahead for the Aussie after last week's brilliant showing at Firestone. However, if Scott wins the PGA he will be unable to declare it his first major title as Steve Williams will get full credit for the triumph.

5. Luke Donald: At a disadvantage with his lack of pop off the tee, but he's not the No. 1-ranked player in the world for nothing. The rest of his game is good enough to keep him in contention. 

6. Steve Stricker: Won in his starts before the previous two majors. Perhaps after his 14th-place finish in Akron, he's waiting a week for the 'W'.

7. Lee Westwood: Is slipping down the list of major favorites as each championship goes by. But maybe that's a good thing for Westwood, who is now working with a mental coach. Being overlooked worked well for good friend Darren Clarke at the British.

8. Nick Watney: Led by three through 54 holes of the 2010 PGA, in case you forgot. Watney hasn't. 

9. Phil Mickelson: Mickelson could win. Mickelson could miss the cut by five. Each scenario - and everywhere in between - is plausible when it comes to Lefty, who lost to David Toms on the 72nd hole the last time AAC hosted the PGA in 2001.

10. Rickie Fowler: Of the players on our top-10 list, only two (McIlroy and Mickelson) have previously won majors. Each of the last six major championships have gone to newbies.

Note: This list is compiled from rankings submitted by members of's editorial team, based on who is most expected to contend in each upcoming event.

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