PGA Tour Power Rankings: Ten Players To Watch At The Players Championship

Power Rankings: The PLAYERS Championship 2014

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The richest tournament in all of golf, The PLAYERS Championship is the flagship event for the PGA Tour. Played at the Tour's home course, TPC Sawgrass and its famed island green will challenge one of the deepest fields of the year.

With such a talented lineup, it's only fair to give you ten players who will be looking for a win in the unofficial "fifth major" in Florida this weekend. It's a big week; read on to see who you should be watching.

10. Phil Mickelson

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10. Phil Mickelson

Phil Mickelson The Players Championship 2014

The winner at Sawgrass in 2007, Mickelson's been all over the place in 2014 as he's struggled with back issues. He seems to finally be healthy again, and even though he didn't finish well in Charlotte, he also carded the best round of the week with a Saturday 63. Don't sleep on Lefty.

9. Jimmy Walker

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9. Jimmy Walker

Jimmy Walker The PLAYERS Championship

Walker finished outside the top-25 for the first time since January at last week's Wells Fargo Championship. Of course, after he missed the cut at Torrey Pines, he went on to win his next start. That may not happen this week, but Walker has made his last two cuts at the PLAYERS, including a tie for 15th last year. Walker leads the Tour in birdie average, and ranks fifth in strokes gained putting.

8. Henrik Stenson

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8. Henrik Stenson

Henrik Stenson The PLAYERS Championship

Stenson's been relatively quiet this year on the PGA Tour, especially compared to his torrid finish that won him last year's FedEx Cup. However, he's coming off the best finish of his year after firing a Sunday 65 in the Volvo China Open two weeks ago. Stenson has top-15 finishes each of the last two years at Sawgrass, and won the title in 2009.

7. Zach Johnson

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7. Zach Johnson

Zach Johnson The PLAYERS Championship

Zach Johnson had a couple rough weeks between the Masters and the RBC Heritage, but he seemed to get things back on track in Charlotte. More than anything, he's enjoyed a lot of success at Sawgrass the last few years, with four straight top-25 finishes. Expect that positive trend to continue this week on one of the game's biggest stages.

6. Adam Scott

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6. Adam Scott

Adam Scott The PLAYERS Championship

Back in action for the first time since the Masters, nobody should be better rested than Adam Scott. Extended layoffs haven't hurt him much in the past, so that shouldn't be too much of a worry. When Scott won here in 2004 he was the youngest champion in the tournament's history, and he's even better now. He's struggled a bit on par-3's this season, but is putting exceptionally well overall.

5. Jordan Spieth

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5. Jordan Spieth

Jordan Spieth The PLAYERS Championship

This is Spieth's first time at the PLAYERS, but with the way he handled himself at Augusta, his debut here should be nothing in terms of pressure. Hitting just over 65% of his greens in regulation hasn't slowed Spieth down, as he's converting over a third of his birdie or better opportunities, good for 12th on Tour. The kid just knows how to take care of business.

4. Jim Furyk

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4. Jim Furyk

Jim Furyk The PLAYERS Championship

After he nearly came back to win the Wells Fargo Championship, it's hard not to like Furyk this week. With four top-tens on the year, the only thing Furyk hasn't done is win, and that could easily change at the PLAYERS. He leads the Tour in scrambling this season, so even when things don't go perfectly, he has a knack for not giving back too many strokes.

3. Sergio Garcia

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3. Sergio Garcia

Sergio Garcia The PLAYERS Championship

Sergio Garcia may not have a major championship under his belt yet, but he does have a win at The PLAYERS Championship to his credit. He's always played well at Sawgrass, and other than missing the cut at Augusta, he's been incredible in 2014 thus far. A win this week wouldn't surprise me at all.

2. Rory McIlroy

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2. Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy The Players Championship

With five top-ten finishes on the year, you'd think McIlroy would be ranked higher than 38th in the FedEx Cup and 11th in the world, but the former is due to a limited schedule, and the latter due entirely to his down year in 2013. Neither of those will be a factor in Ponte Vedra Beach.

McIlroy ranks third in par breakers and fourth in scoring average, and should be a favorite again this week.

1. Matt Kuchar

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1. Matt Kuchar

Matt Kuchar The PLAYERS Championship

As good as McIlroy's been this season, Kuchar has been even better, cranking out eight top-tens in 11 events. After winning the RBC Heritage in thrilling fashion, Kuchar is riding high and could make it two in a row at the PLAYERS. Kuchar leads the Tour in adjusted scoring average (despite only one eagle all year) and ranks second in par-4 scoring. It should be a great week for Mr. Consistency.


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