Golf Rankings for Shell Houston Open
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1. Keegan Bradley [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #18

Over his last three events, Bradley has finished T4 in the Honda Classic, solo seventh at Doral and is coming off a season-high T3 last week at Bay Hill. Look for Bradley to stay hot this week after finishing T4 at Redstone last year. Bradley currently ranks seventh in total driving, eighth in scoring average and 12th in All-Around Ranking.

2. Rory McIlroy [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #9

After quitting in the second round of the Honda Classic, McIlroy came right back with a T8 at Doral. Following a two-week layoff, McIlroy returns to action at Redstone, his first start since missing the cut back in 2010. Despite a limited history on this track, McIlroy should be highly motivated after losing his worldwide No. 1 ranking last week to Tiger Woods.

3. Steve Stricker [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #15

Stricker has only made a pair of starts in stroke play events this season, finishing solo second in each. Since 2006, Stricker owns a pair of top-fives at Redstone and four finishes of 11th or better over the last six starts. A limited schedule makes Stricker a quick choice anytime his name appears in the field.

4. Phil Mickelson [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #5

Mickelson won in Phoenix and placed third at Doral, but has struggled nearly everywhere else this season. Despite that (and missing the cut last week at Bay Hill), Lefty is on the short list of big-time names in this field and has played Redstone very well the last two years. Mickelson won here in 2011 and recorded another top-five last year.

5. Hunter Mahan [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #32

Since 2006, Mahan has finished 11th or better five times at Redstone, capped off by a victory last year. Mahan has made all of his cuts this season, finishing 25th or better in six straight stroke play events. A title defense is possible, but Mahan is more of a solid performer right now than a player challenging for wins.

6. Chris Kirk [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #53

In his lone appearance at Redstone, Kirk earned a share of second and was the only player to shoot four sub-70 rounds during the 2011 event. This year, Kirk has made the cut in six of his seven events with a pair of top-fives. Last week at Bay Hill, Kirk finished T16 to give him four top-25s this season.

7. Bill Haas [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #31

In his last five stroke play events, Haas has recorded four finishes inside the top-10. He missed the cut at Redstone every year from 2006-09 and hasn’t been back since. The ugly streak was years ago and Haas is coming off a T8 at Bay Hill after earning a share of the lead after two rounds.

8. Lee Westwood [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #37

Westwood has played Redstone each of the last four years, all resulting in top-30 finishes. He’s played five stroke play events this season and hasn’t missed a cut. However, Westwood is coming off a season worst T63 at Bay Hill.

9. Brandt Snedeker [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #19

In his first start since suffering a rib injury, Snedeker missed the cut at Bay Hill. He began the year with four podium finishes, but hasn’t been to Redstone since a missed cut in 2010. Snedeker may bounce back, but it i’s far from guaranteed at the moment.

10. Dustin Johnson [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #11

Johnson’s T12 at Doral in his most recent outing marked his best performance since winning the season opener. DJ is playing Redstone for the first time since missing the cut in both 2008 and 2009.

11. Louis Oosthuizen [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #35

After missing two of his three cuts, Redstone could prove to be a springboard for Oosthuizen’s struggling season. After a T16 in this event last year, Oosthuizen returned to Redstone with a solo third in 2012.

12. Jimmy Walker [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #24

Walker has been rock solid all year. He’s made all eight of his cuts with a pair of top-fives and a T8 last week at Bay Hill. Walker has played in this event frequently, but has yet to finish better than 30th. He ranks seventh in both birdie average and scoring average, in addition to sitting 11th in All-Round Ranking.
 
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