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Power Rankings: Puerto Rico Open

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Jordan Spieth of the United States watches his tee shot on the 16th hole during the second round of the 2015 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 10, 2015 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)  - 

This week marks the 16th (and 17th) events of the 2013-14 PGA Tour season. While many of the game's best tee it up at Trump Doral (our Power Rankings for that event can be viewed here), a full field will tackle another Trump product on the Isle of Enchantment. Trump International Golf Club - Puerto Rico will host the Puerto Rico Open this week, where many players will look to give their season a spark with a high finish.

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Scott Brown returns to defend the title he won last year by one shot over Jordan Spieth. Here are 10 players to watch this week in the Caribbean:

1. Matt Jones: The Aussie has been viewed as a rising star for several months, and this may prove to be his opportunity for a breakthrough win. Jones already has top-15 finishes in Palm Springs and Phoenix this year, two places where low scores were the name of the game. He's comfortable in Puerto Rico, having cracked the top 15 in each of his prior two starts, and was near the lead through two rounds at TPC Scottsdale. Might be able to stay near the top a little longer this week.

2. Chris Stroud: Stroud lost in a playoff last year at the Travelers Championship but has been solid to begin his 2013-14 campaign, notching five top-20 finishes in eight starts this season. That streak includes three top 20s in four starts this year, capped by a T-12 last week at the Honda Classic in which he broke par three times. Tied for 18th in Puerto Rico a year ago.

3. Brooks Koepka: While he's not a PGA Tour member, Koepka is the highest-ranked player in this week's field at No. 70. After climbing the ranks in Europe, Koepka nearly won the Open in October and narrowly missed out on a spot in the WGC-Accenture Match Play field last month. This event offers him an opportunity to gain valuable world ranking points - as Spieth did with his runner-up showing a year ago - and potentially earn full-fledged membership with a victory.

4. George McNeill: The 2012 champ was fifth in Puerto Rico the year prior, and now returns to a familiar venue off a pair of top-15 finishes at the Northern Trust Open and Honda Classic. McNeill shot par or better in each round last week at PGA National and now has eight straight rounds of 71 or better.

5. Scott Brown: The defending champ, like McNeill, preceded his win with a fifth-place showing. Brown got off to a strong start this season, with top-five finishes at both the Open and McGladrey Classic, but has cooled considerably since then. A return to Puerto Rico might be just what he needs to get his game back on track, though, as he has shot 70 or better in seven of eight competitive rounds at Trump International.

6. Brian Stuard: Stuard notched three straight top-six finishes earlier this season, including a runner-up showing at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba the last time the PGA Tour ventured outside the 50 states. He enters this week off a T-24 at Honda, where he played himself back into the mix with a Saturday 65, and Stuard tied for fourth in this event a year ago.

7. Nicolas Colsaerts: The Belgian Bomber is likely one of the more recognizable names in this week's field, and Colsaerts tied for 19th at the Farmers Insurance Open in January. This will be his first start in Puerto Rico, but Colsaerts possesses the length off the tee to take advantage of Trump International. Should his putter heat up, Colsaerts will likely factor over the weekend.

8. Seung-Yul Noh: The South Korean has been solid so far in 2013-14, making eight straight cuts and cracking the top 30 on three occasions, including a T-10 at Torrey Pines. He tied for 25th at this event in his lone start here in 2012, and last year showed that he can make the most of an opportunity against a somewhat lesser field when he won the third event of the Tour Finals.

9. David Hearn: The Canadian played well last week, closing with a 3-under 67 to earn a tie for sixth, his best finish on Tour since he lost a playoff at the John Deere Classic in July. Hearn has played in this event twice and finished inside the top 15 both times, with a tie for 14th in 2011 followed by a T-8 result last year. 

10. Emiliano Grillo: The Argentine may not be well-known among American golf circles, but he made headlines earlier this year when he finished second at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic among a field that included Tiger Woods. Grillo also finished fifth at the Joburg Open last month in South Africa, going 63-62 across the second and third rounds. He has the game to go low, and clearly the confidence is brimming of late.