Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Power rankings: WGC-Cadillac Championship

The first World Golf Championships of the year kicks off on Thursday at Trump National Doral, as the Blue Monster serves as host for the WGC-Cadillac Championship.

Dustin Johnson is the defending champion here, and he faces a stiff challenge to hold on to that title, with the likes of Bubba Watson and Adam Scott playing great golf coming to a course on which they fare very well. And that's to say nothing of Jordan Spieth, Jason Day and Rory McIlroy, who will be grouped together for the first two days this week.

Here are our top five players for this week:

1.  Adam Scott -- The Honda Classic winner has gone T-2, WIN. Sounds good to me. And, oh yeah, four top-15 finishes here in the last five years. Auto pick.

2. Bubba Watson -- Watson is also another automatic pick this week, despite the fact that he has been a vocal critic of Gil Hanse's redesign. The Riviera winner has been in the top three here in three of the last four years.

3. Rory McIlroy -- McIlroy missed the cut again at Honda, which leads us to believe that's just not his bag. However, he loves Doral. Four top 15s here in the last five years.

4. Rickie Fowler -- Fowler fell apart a little on Saturday at the Honda after playing what amounts to a perfect first 36 at PGA National. Two top 15s here, playing great overall.

5. J.B. Holmes -- How no one is talking about J.B. Holmes of late is a crime, so let us do it. Four top 15s in the last five PGA Tour events. Runner-up here last year.


Ryan Ballengee is a Yahoo Sports contributor. Find him on Facebook and Twitter.

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