PGA Tour Power Rankings: 2014 Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village

Five Players to Watch: The Memorial Tournament 2014

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With just two events before the second major of the year, the PGA Tour rolls into Muirfield Village once again for the Memorial Tournament.

The annual visit to "Jack's Place" isn't just a warm-up, though, as the stars will be out in force vying for the title and valuable momentum with a huge summer ahead. It's hard to narrow down such a strong field, but these five players are poised for success this weekend.

5. Justin Rose

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5. Justin Rose

Justin Rose PGA Tour Memorial Tournament 2014

With top five finishes in his last two stateside starts, Rose is trending up at the right time, as he'll be looking to peak heading into his US Open title defense at Pinehurst in two weeks.

Rose has gotten along well with Muirfield Village in the past, with two straight eighth-place scores in 2012 and 2013, and a victory in 2010. Don't be surprised if this is a breakthrough week for the South African star.

4. Adam Scott

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4. Adam Scott

Adam Scott Memorial Tournament 2014

It's a testament to not only the strength of this field, but the challenge of the course itself that Scott isn't on top of my list this week. Scott has every shot in the bag to go back-to-back and win at Muirfield Village. That said, he's also gotten off to poor starts in each of his last two tournaments, and he needs to avoid that if he hopes to score the victory here.

3. Dustin Johnson

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3. Dustin Johnson

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If there were any doubts about Johnson's ability to bounce back after his rough April, those should be gone by now. He notched two top-15 finishes in Texas over the last two weeks, and looks primed and ready for a run to the US Open.

Johnson has hit over 70% of his greens in regulation this year, and is third in birdie or better conversion. He's giving himself every chance to score, and that's never a bad thing.

2. Matt Kuchar

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2. Matt Kuchar

Matt Kuchar Memorial tournament 2014

As the defending champion, Kuchar would likely be on top of my list if it weren't for that pesky missed cut at Colonial. This isn't doom and gloom, as I still think Kuchar has a great shot at success this week, but I'm going with a different hot hand on top.

Really, there's no reason Kuchar shouldn't do well. He's hitting fairways and greens, putting like crazy, and seems to somehow keep getting better. This is as close of a No. 2 as I've had.

1. Rory McIlroy

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1. Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy Memorial Tournament 2014

Call this a gut feeling. McIlroy had a tough week, dealing with his public breakup with Caroline Wozniacki, and he still went out and won the BMW PGA Championship. That's a side of Rory we haven't seen in a while, and as far as on-course business is concerned, I like it.

Now we'll see if he can keep it up. This is the time for Rory to prove that last year was an aberration, and to start moving back to the top of the golf world.


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