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PosNameTodayThruScore
1Ben Martin-414-6
2K.J. Choi-4F-5
T3Jim Furyk-417-4
T3Richard H. Lee-313-4
T5Scott Langley+2F-3
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Anyone know who is No. 1 in the world right now?

In what is quickly becoming a fantastic virtual game of match play, Luke Donald and Rory McIlroy continue to leapfrog each other atop the Official World Golf Rankings, with McIlroy moving back to No. 1 with his T-2 finish at the Wells Fargo Championship this past weekend.

At least a pair of our fantasy panelists believe that will change again this week, seeing TPC Sawgrass as a perfect place for Donald to pick up his second victory of the season and reclaim the world's top spot.

As a whole, our panel seems to think there will be an international flavor atop the leaderboard come Sunday, with two panelists picking Donald, another two taking Lee Westwood, one taking McIlroy and another taking Sergio Garcia.

As for the panel, the race is heating up, with Alex Miceli putting a bit of pressure on leader Jim McCabe with last week's best pick of McIlroy. McCabe still holds a $600,000 lead overall.

Here is a look at the panel's picks this week:

Rank Winner Wild Card Last Week
Rude Luke Donald

Has game that suits the target golf of TPC Sawgrass. Chance to reclaim world No. 1 ranking. Tied for fourth here last year.

Ryan Moore

Rounding into fine form, with three top-10 finishes in his last four starts.

Winner: Jim Furyk ($47,125); wild card: Ben Curtis ($237,250). 2012 total: $5,725,992.

McCabe Luke Donald

Ho-hum, another week, another change at the top of the world rankings.

Ben Crane

He's starting to become a fixture, waiting for his friends to be crowned champions. Bubba Watson at the Masters, Rickie Fowler at the Wells Fargo. It's time for Crane to be there for himself – and why not TPC Sawgrass where he finished T-6, T-5, and T-4 between 2008-2010?

Winner: Phil Mickelson ($47,125); wild card: Johnson Wagner ($13,455). 2012 total: $6,974,107.

Martin Lee Westwood

He's finished in the top five in his past three worldwide starts – third at the Masters, first at the Indonesian Masters, T-5 at the Wells Fargo – and was fourth in his last start at TPC Sawgrass, in 2010.

Chris Stroud

He's finished in the top 25 in five of his past seven starts. He was 12th at last year's Players and 10th in 2010.

Winner: Hunter Mahan ($15,048); wild card: David Toms ($100,750). 2012 total: $3,732,724.

Miceli Rory McIlroy

Missing last year, McIlroy seems to have thought the best way to attack the Pete Dye layout, using 2-iron off the tee and not forcing the issue. Sounds like a good formula.

Francesco Molinari

Great ballstriker on a ballstriker's golf course. Perfect combination..

Winner: Rory McIlroy ($572,000); wild card: Brendon de Jonge ($24,700). 2012 total: $6,342,431.

Ringler Sergio Garcia

It's not really a major, so Sergio will be just fine this week. Plus, he has played as well as any player in the field at this venue, making 10 of 12 cuts and a victory in 2008.

Jeff Overton

Trending in the right direction with five top 20s in his last eight starts and has made three consecutive cuts at TPC Sawgrass.

Winner: Jim Furyk ($47,125); wild card: Brian Davis ($156,000). 2012 total: $4,434,572.

Lavner Lee Westwood

Ballstriking machine, the most-important attribute at Sawgrass. Got a feeling he worked out the kinks last week with interim looper Cayce Kerr.

Brian Davis

Three top 10s in his past five starts, including a 9th-place finish last week at Quail Hollow.

Winner: Phil Mickelson ($47,125); wild card: J.B. Holmes ($14,235). 2012 total: $569,347.

The field, according to the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings:

  • 1. Rory McIlroy
  • 2. Lee Westwood
  • 3. Steve Stricker
  • 4. Luke Donald
  • 5. Webb Simpson
  • 6. Sergio Garcia
  • 7. Zach Johnson
  • 8. Matt Kuchar
  • 9. Jason Day
  • 10. Hunter Mahan
  • 11. Adam Scott
  • 12. Phil Mickelson
  • 13. Tiger Woods
  • 14. Peter Hanson
  • 16. Martin Kaymer
  • 17. Fredrik Jacobson
  • 19. Charles Howell III
  • 21. Bo Van Pelt
  • 22. Nick Watney
  • 23. John Senden
  • 25. Rickie Fowler
  • 27. Brandt Snedeker
  • 28. Bud Cauley
  • 29. Carl Pettersson
  • 30. Spencer Levin
  • 31. Justin Rose
  • 32. Keegan Bradley
  • 33. Gary Woodland
  • 34. Francesco Molinari
  • 36. Y.E. Yang
  • 37. Bill Haas
  • 38. John Huh
  • 39. Ernie Els
  • 40. K.J. Choi
  • 41. Louis Oosthuizen
  • 42. Ian Poulter
  • 43. Graeme McDowell
  • 44. Robert Karlsson
  • 46. Kyle Stanley
  • 47. Retief Goosen
  • 48. Jason Dufner
  • 49. Jim Furyk
  • 50. Bryce Molder
  • 52. Jeff Overton
  • 53. Ryan Moore
  • 55. Aaron Baddeley
  • 56. David Toms
  • 57. Brian Davis
  • 58. Simon Dyson
  • 59. Chris Stroud
  • 61. Ryan Palmer
  • 64. Sean O'Hair
  • 65. Pat Perez
  • 66. Cameron Tringale
  • 67. Sang-Moon Bae
  • 68. Kevin Streelman
  • 71. Padraig Harrington
  • 72. Geoff Ogilvy
  • 74. Mark Wilson
  • 75. Greg Chalmers
  • 76. Martin Laird
  • 78. Harris English
  • 79. Scott Piercy
  • 80. Kevin Na
  • 83. Charley Hoffman
  • 84. Kevin Stadler
  • 86. Charlie Wi
  • 88. J.B. Holmes
  • 89. Robert Allenby
  • 90. Vijay Singh
  • 91. Michael Thompson
  • 94. Chad Campbell
  • 95. Davis Love III
  • 96. Robert Garrigus
  • 97. Brendon de Jonge
  • 98. Matt Every
  • 99. John Rollins
  • 103. Brandt Jobe
  • 104. George McNeill
  • 105. Trevor Immelman
  • 106. Johnson Wagner
  • 107. Ben Crane
  • 109. D.A. Points
  • 110. Josh Teater
  • 111. John Mallinger
  • 112. Jerry Kelly
  • 114. Kris Blanks
  • 115. Jimmy Walker
  • 118. David Hearn
  • 122. Jonathan Byrd
  • 123. Ricky Barnes
  • 124. Chris Kirk
  • 125. Chez Reavie
  • 127. Kevin Chappell
  • 128. Rod Pampling
  • 133. Camilo Villegas
  • 134. Brian Gay
  • 138. Alvaro Quiros
  • 139. Harrison Frazar
  • 143. Billy Mayfair
  • 145. Henrik Stenson
  • 148. Blake Adams
  • 151. Rory Sabbatini
  • 153. Heath Slocum
  • 155. Stewart Cink
  • 157. Lucas Glover
  • 161. Tim Herron
  • 162. James Driscoll
  • 165. Andres Romero
  • 166. Ben Curtis
  • 173. Ken Duke
  • 186. Jhonattan Vegas
  • 190. Marc Leishman
  • 192. Paul Casey
  • 193. John Merrick
  • 195. J.J. Killeen
  • 197. Briny Baird
  • 201. Graham DeLaet
  • 207. Brendan Steele
  • 208. Chris Couch
  • 221. Chris DiMarco
  • 222. Justin Leonard
  • 225. Tom Gillis
  • 227. Nick O'Hern
  • 230. J.J. Henry
  • 238. Scott Verplank
  • 255. Michael Bradley
  • 263. Bob Estes
  • 268. D.J. Trahan
  • 270. Hunter Haas
  • 282. Sung Kang
  • 284. Troy Matteson
  • 329. Joe Ogilvie
  • 331. Scott Stallings
  • 341. Colt Knost
  • 357. David Mathis
  • 361. Tom Pernice Jr.
  • 365. Jeff Maggert
  • 367. Tommy Gainey
  • 395. Arjun Atwal
  • 455. Ryuji Imada
  • 486. Matt Bettencourt
  • 525. Angel Cabrera
  • N/R. Tim Clark
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