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Here are this week's rankings for ESPN's Best Ball Challenge. Look for new rankings every Tuesday!
1. Phil Mickelson, USA ($16.2) - La Quinta (Wednesday)
Mickelson has not played a competitive round since the Ryder Cup debacle last September. But he has dominated this tournament the last five years, including two wins - 5th ('06), 12th ('05), 1st ('04), 6th ('03), 1st ('02). While being the most expensive player in the field this week makes him somewhat of a risk, expect Lefty to post a lot of sub-par holes and play on Sunday.
2. Jesper Parnevik, SWE ($13.4) - Bermuda Dunes
The 2000 Hope champion tied for second in the event last year (with a course record 62 at Classic Club on Saturday). Parnevik seems to relish in pro-am part of the event being one of a dozen or so players paired with celebrities the first four rounds. He also recorded the second most birdies last week at the Sony Open and at this value he's a recommended play.
3. Scott Verplank, USA ($13.0) - PGA West
Last year over the same layout Verplank led the field in putting average (1.582) and posted the second-most birdies (29) en route to a tied-for-second finish.
1. Justin Rose, ENG ($12.8) - Bermuda Dunes
Rose ranked second in birdies in last year's event (with 29) and looks to carry his season-ending momentum into 2007.
2. John Senden, AUS ($11.0) - PGA West
The steady Aussie played solid in both Hawaii events and finished tied for fifth at the Hope last year, recording three eagles.
1. Bill Hass, USA ($9.3) - La Quinta
Haas posted 25 birdies at last year's event, finishing tied for 19th.
2. Bernhard Langer, GER ($9.9) - PGA West
Playing on a sponsor's exemption, Langer has a solid track record at the Hope.
3. David Duval, USA ($8.1) - Classic Club
Playing this season on a one-time career earnings exemption, it's make it or break it time for Duval. Carded a final-round 59 and won the Hope in 1999.
1. George McNeill, USA ($5.9) - Classic Club
The Q-School medalist started his rookie season with a solid T13 finish at the Sony in Hawaii (carding an eagle on the 72nd hole). His 18 holes-under-par ranked fifth most in the tournament.
2. Anthony Kim, USA ($5.4) - Bermuda Dunes
While Kim missed a lot of putts as well as the cut last week, I'm looking for a rebound in the desert. The La Quinta High School star has local course knowledge which should show up on your scorecard.
3. Lee Janzen, USA ($6.0) - La Quinta
Playing on a sponsor's exemption the two-time U.S. Open champ seems like a bargain at this value. Two top 10s in his last five 2006 events showed the 42-year-old still has some game left in him.
John Diver covers fantasy golf for ESPN.com