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Every week we’re going to do a power rankings of the top 17 players worldwide at the moment.  Why 17?  Because it’s my party and I can cry if I want to.  Also, we’ll just be naming it after the PGA Tour stop that week, but will be including international players, so don’t worry, we’re not oblivious to to the linksy goodness across the pond.

Another tough week to really rank these guys.  Sure, Dustin Johnson “won” but (and be honest, I know you were thinking it too) a Sunday choke was in the cards.  Yea, he’s got some impressive game, and can hit it a ton, but Pebble on Sunday isn’t the Turning Stone Resort.  Just saying…

Rankings…after the jump.

1. Tiger Woods (1): Because he’s back and healthy.

2. Sergio Garcia (2): Right now, this is just a barometer of his expectations.

3. Kenny Perry (3): t10 at Pebble.  He’s easily one of the top 5 players in the world, the way he’s been going this last year and a half.

4. Henrik Stenson (4): Another guy expected to play extremely well.

5. Geoff Ogilvy (6): See above.

6. Rory McIllroy (5): Had to knock him down because I feel better about Ogilvy than Rory, right now.  Can’t wait to see him in the US.

7. Vijay Singh (7): Obviously temporary.  Not a good showing at Pebble and the knee is a work in progress, but I’m going to hold off on dropping him for now.

8. Camillo Villegas (8): Still strangely impressed from last week.

9. Paddy Harrington (9): Ouch…

10. Charley Hoffman (11): A “final” round 74 hurt him badly because he was playing some ridiculous golf on the first two days.  He’s riding a hot streak.

11. Davis Love III (12): No idea why I bumped him up.

12. Zach Johnson (10): No idea why I bumped him down.

13. Nick Watney (NR): Probably should’ve been here from last week’s win at a full tourney, so this is kinda late but feels appropriate based on his rebound from an opening round 75.

14. Mike Weir (NR): And here we get Weir’s first of presumably man close misses on winning a tournament.  It seems Weir is in every single tournament, but always falls just short.  He’s a good player though.

15. Sean O’Hair (NR): This might surprised some people.  I expect HUGE things from O’Hair this year…awesome swing and he’s that typical dude who has an off year and then suddenly just bursts.  It’s a gut feeling.

16. Luke Donald (15): Still don’t like his game, but he’s been playing better.

17. Anthony Kim (14): He’s real close to falling off, but I think I’ve been a little hard on him because his expectations were so high.  If we did one of these at the beginning of the season, he’d probably have been 3 or 4.

Dropped Off: Webb Simpson (the sheen has worn off…nothing against him, but he’s not elite.), Robert Karlsson (no fault of his own, he’ll be back eventually), Ryo Ishikawa.

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