PGA Tour Power Rankings: 2014 RBC Canadian Open

By Brandon Raper

Five Players To Watch at the 2014 RBC Canadian Open

2014 RBC Canadian Open Power Rankings
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There's no rest for the weary, as some of the PGA Tour's biggest stars leave the Open Championship in the rear-view mirror. This week's stop is the RBC Canadian Open at Royal Montreal Golf Club.

With just two events before the PGA Championship and four leading into the FedEx Cup Playoffs, positioning is critical. Who will top the field of 152 players this week? Here are five you need to keep an eye on in the days to come.

5. Hunter Mahan

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5. Hunter Mahan

Hunter Mahan Canadian Open

Hunter Mahan has had a rough go of things this season on Tour, but this event should hold some special meaning for him. Mahan withdrew from the Canadian Open a year ago as the 36-hole-leader to be with his wife, Kandi, as they welcomed their first daughter to the world.

Mahan closed the Open well last week with a Sunday 69, and seems to have his game getting back on track. Look for that trend to continue in Montreal, and going forward.

4. Matt Kuchar

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4. Matt Kuchar

Matt Kuchar PGA Tour

If only everybody could have a "skid" like Kuchar has been on. He's only finished in the top-25 three times in his last five events, but he did struggle a bit at Royal Liverpool last week. Still, Kuchar ranks fifth in adjusted scoring, and 12th in strokes gained putting. He doesn't suffer from the travel, either, with two top-tens in the last four years following the Open.

3. Dustin Johnson

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3. Dustin Johnson

Dustin Johnson PGA Tour

Johnson is still on a tear, with three top-25s in his last four starts. Although he dropped into a tie for 12th on Sunday at the Open Championship, he also matched the course record with his Friday round of 65.

Johnson finished tied for second with Kuchar last year at Glen Abbey, and although he's known for his power, his iron and wedge game is so solid that he ranks eighth in par-3 scoring on Tour in 2014. Don't sleep on DJ.

2. Graeme McDowell

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2. Graeme McDowell

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While McDowell was certainly happy for countryman Rory McIlroy's triumph at the Open, he had a quietly impressive showing himself, firing three straight rounds in the 60s to finish tied for ninth. He won in Paris a few weeks ago, and he's hitting fairways and sinking clutch putts (leads the PGA Tour in strokes gained putting), so he'll be a factor once again this week.

1. Jim Furyk

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1. Jim Furyk

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Jim Furyk has finished outside the top-25 just once since mid-March, and he bookended a pair of 71's with rounds of 68 and 65 to earn a solo fourth-place finish at Hoylake. He's come close several times to winning this year, and he's the clear favorite to take a third title north of the border since 2006. The veteran Furyk is playing incredible golf right now.

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