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Tampa Bay Championship: Power Rankings

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Power Rankings at the Tampa Bay Championship

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The Florida Swing continues this week on the PGA Tour with the Tampa Bay Championship Presented by Everbank. The event takes place at Innisbrook Resort’s Copperhead Course and its famed “Snake Pit” closing holes. Luke Donald is hoping that a solid performance this week will allow him to successfully defend his title.

We’re far enough into the 2013 season at this point that there are some golfers that have played consistently well, some that have played inconsistently and other that have just been flat out terrible. Thankfully for the majority of the entrants into this week’s event, most have either played consistently well or have played well for spurts and then regressed slightly.

The Copperhead Course is a ball striker’s paradise. It is imperative that the pros get themselves in good position off of the tee this week, especially on the double dogleg par fives. While there is some potential to get into trouble around the greens, this track ranked fourth easiest with respect to scrambling last year. So there are opportunities to get up and down.

While the field isn’t nearly as stacked as the WGC Cadillac Championship that took place last week, there are a handful of the top 20 golfers in the world teeing it up this week. In addition to those guys, there are some young golfers that have been playing lights out so far this year. I think this is going to a tournament that comes down to the wire. Hopefully at least one of the guys on the following list is able to legitimize my power rankings.

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#5 Jim Furyk

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Furyk won here in 2010, finished T13 in 2011 and lost in a playoff last year. So, yeah, his track record here is pretty good. He has yet to crack the top 10 this year, and this is just the place for him to contend for the first time.

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#4 Luke Donald

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The defending champion ranked also tied for sixth place here in 2011. He struggled a little last week, but it was really the 18th hole that was his nemesis. I see him getting back to posting some solid numbers this week.

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#3 Jason Dufner

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Dufner is coming off of his best finish of the year last week. He’s got things trending in direction and has more than enough game to at least get on the first page of the leaderboard.

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#2 Sergio Garcia

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Garcia is the sexy pick this week, and a lot of that is because of his T3 finish last week. He has finished in the top 25 in 12 straight events. I see no reason for that streak to end this week.

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#1 Adam Scott

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I like Scott a lot this week. He finished tied with Garcia for third place at the WGC Cadillac Championship. The thing that I really like about Scott is that each scored better with each round he played last week. That means he’s coming into Copperhead hot.