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2014 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational Power Rankings: Five to Watch This Week

WGC Bridgestone Power Rankings

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With only a handful of events left on the PGA Tour schedule, each week takes on a whole new level of importance. The PGA Championship and FedEx Cup playoffs are coming up soon, but first, the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational will be decided this week.

Tiger Woods, the tournament's most successful player, is back, but with him struggling, who else will challenge for one of the biggest titles in golf? Read on for our official rankings.

5. Sergio Garcia

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5. Sergio Garcia

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Garcia doesn’t have a great history at Firestone, but he’s peaking lately, with back-to-back runner-up finishes and four top-threes in his last six PGA Tour starts. His progress shows the most around the green. Garcia is ranked fourth in greens in regulation in 2014, sixth in birdie average, and 18th in total putting. Don’t sleep on the Spaniard’s chances for his first Tour win in two years.

4. Jim Furyk

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4. Jim Furyk

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One of these days, Jim Furyk is going to win again, and it could be this week at Firestone. Getting run down by Tim Clark at the Canadian Open had to hurt, but everything seems to be falling into place for the veteran right now. In his last 11 starts, Furyk has three runner-ups, six top-tens and 10 top-25s. Add to that his three top-tens at Firestone in the last four years and his experience, and Furyk is a strong contender once again.

3. Keegan Bradley

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3. Keegan Bradley

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Bradley’s performances at Firestone over the last several years have been as impressive as any player, at any course, on the entire PGA Tour. He finished 15th in his 2011 debut, won in 2012, then finished second behind a surging Tiger Woods in 2013. Bradley also has two top-fives in his last five starts, and he made a solid weekend run at the Open. Look for Bradley to post another solid outing this week.

2. Adam Scott

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2. Adam Scott

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Once again, Adam Scott is coming into an event with the possibility of being overtaken at No. 1 in the official world rankings. Of course, with seven top-ten finishes in his 11 PGA Tour starts this year, he should be comfortable in holding on for at least another week. Scott shot an opening-round 62 on his way to victory in 2011, and finished T14 last year. The limited schedule hasn’t hurt him at all, so he’s a favorite until he proves otherwise.

1. Rory McIlroy

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Rory McIlroy

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The obvious pick, McIlroy is fresh off his victory at the Open Championship, where he completed the third leg of the career Grand Slam in dominant fashion. The Ulsterman finished T-27 at Firestone in a down year in 2013, and that’s his worst finish since his 2009 debut at the event. Leading the Tour in birdie average and ranked second in adjusted scoring, McIlroy is on a tear as the season reaches its peak.