The art of Power Rankings is that there is no art to it at all. Make your pick, come up with an explanation and publish. It's a simple recipe that cooks up an imperfect dish of speculative analysis about who has the best chance of winning in any given tournament.
But, there's always room to analyze that which has already been analyzed by another, and frankly, that's just what we do here from time to time. Let's dig into my main source for PGA Tour Power Rankings, Rob Bolton of PGATour.com...
HP Byron Nelson Championship at TPC Four Seasons Resort in Irving, Texas
1. Adam Scott; 2. Jason Day; 3. Matt Kuchar; 4. John Rollins; 5. Phil Mickelson; 6. Brian Day; 7. Ernie Els; 8. Louis Oosthuizen; 9. Carl Petterson; 10. Jason Dufner
What I like
Every week, the Top 10 of a tournament changes dramatically due to qualifying, player schedules, sponsor exemptions and injuries. The hardest part about making any leaderboard predictions is deciding on which lesser-known players are going to crack the Top 10. Randomly picking names that are unfamiliar to you is as good a strategy as any, because that's just how the game of golf works. Depending on your level of golf fandom, John Rollins, Brian Day and Carl Petterson are probably names that don't make up pronouns in your golf sentences. I couldn't tell you if those are good picks, but I like that they're there.
Matt Kuchar in the Top 5 after winning THE PLAYERS last week is a good choice. He's got one win, a third place finish, five Top 10's, and eight Top 25's in the 10 events he's played in 2012. Logic says that his game is good and ready to notch another Top 10. Though golf is a seemingly illogical game, I like Kuchar's chances anyway.
What I don't like
Adam Scott has not had a great 2012 and even though he finished T15 at THE PLAYERS, I can't support anyone to win a tournament if they're using a long putter. Sure, the long putter has improved Scott's play on the green, but I hate long putters and think they should be banned, so I don't like Scott at No. 1 (for selfish reasons, obviously.)
Not having defending champion Keegan Bradley in the Top 10 when he's already had three Top 10 finishes this year. It's an oversight to not give the defending champion his due, especially when he's having a good season going into a tournament he's won in the past and I don't like that.
1. Phil Mickelson; 2. Jason Dufner; 3. Keegan Bradley; 4. Matt Kuchar; 5. Jason Day; 6. Adam Scott; 7. Vijay Singh; 8. Brendan Steele; 9. Padraig Harrington; 10. Johnson Wagner