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Five Players To Watch: 2014 Shell Houston Open

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2014 Shell Houston Open Power Rankings

PGA Tour Shell Houston Open Power Rankings

The golf world is abuzz, because there’s just a week left until the Masters Tournament. Of course, before Augusta, the PGA Tour still has a bit of business to conduct in the Lone Star State.

While many players are certainly looking ahead to their trip down Magnolia Lane, that doesn’t mean that the competition will be any weaker at the Shell Houston Open. Read on to see five players who should make an impact this week.

5. Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy Shell Houston Open

5. Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy Shell Houston Open

McIlroy struggled at Houston last season, only able to muster a tie for 45th place. Of course, 2013 was a wildly inconsistent year for McIlroy, and he seems to be on his way back to his dominant form that brought him to No. 1 in the world in the first place.

McIlroy has scored top-25 finishes in every start this year, and that trend should continue as he finishes his Masters tune-up.

4. Jordan Spieth

Jordan Spieth PGA Tour Shell Houston Open

4. Jordan Spieth

Jordan Spieth PGA Tour Shell Houston Open

Another week in Texas should do the sophomore star some good leading into his first Masters experience. Although his showing at the Valero Texas Open wasn’t stellar, Spieth recovered quickly from an opening-round 75. Spieth currently ranks sixth on Tour in birdie average.

3. Keegan Bradley

Keegan Bradley PGA Tour Shell Houston Open

3. Keegan Bradley

Keegan Bradley PGA Tour Shell Houston Open

Keegan Bradley has been in the top-25 in all but three starts this year, and he's coming off a runner-up at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Bradley's got a clear comfort level at Golf Club of Houston, as he's finished in the top ten twice in a row. Currently, he's ranked 11th in birdie average on Tour.

2. Matt Kuchar

Matt Kuchar PGA Tour Shell Houston Open

2. Matt Kuchar

Matt Kuchar PGA Tour Shell Houston Open

Windy conditions in San Antonio didn’t stop Kuchar from closing out yet another top-ten, his fifth of the season so far. Kuchar finished eighth in each of his last two trips to the Shell, and as he ramps up for a run at a green jacket, he should have his game dialed in just right.

1. Dustin Johnson

Dustin Johnson PGA Tour Shell Houston Open

1. Dustin Johnson

Dustin Johnson PGA Tour Shell Houston Open

Dustin Johnson is having an incredible start to 2014, and he's looking to improve on his fourth-place finish from last year's Shell Houston Open. Johnson is currently leading the Tour in Greens in Regulation percentage, and is backing it up with his flat blade, ranked 11th in strokes gained putting.

At this pace, he could be in line for a serious run at his first career major championship.