Charl Schwartzel is No. 1
Tiger and Rory and Phil, move aside. This year's green jacket belongs to Charl Schwartzel. While other players suffered Sunday collapses, Schwartzel was as cool as the other side of the pillow. So cool, in fact, that he birdied his last four holes and climbed his way to the top of the Augusta leaderboard, ultimately winning the 2011 Masters by two shots. It's because of his impressive performance on golf's biggest stage that Schwartzel lands at No. 1 on the Cross-Sport Power Rankings this week. Rounding out the top five are NBA MVP front-runner Derrick Rose, No. 1 WNBA pick Maya Moore, golf legend Tiger Woods and veteran first baseman Paul Konerko.
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2010-11 Power Rankings: Week 50
|Last year, the South African golfer used hunting as a conversation starter the first time he met Jack Nicklaus, just so they'd have something in common. After finishing this weekend with four straight birdies to win the Masters, Schwartzel earned another link to the Golden Bear: a green jacket.|
|Rose had a defining game Sunday at Orlando, as the Bulls needed every one of his 39 points to get past the Magic. Everyone from fans to analysts, and even the the president, is ready to recognize the season he's had. Say it with us: M-V-P! M-V-P!|
|The Final Four last week wasn't the coronation many expected to conclude Moore's career. Still, one of the all-time great college players was honored as the first overall selection in the WNBA draft.|
|He's baaaack (or close to it). Woods had his best career Sunday round at the Masters, shooting a 5-under 67. Out-buzzing the green jacket winner? Power in our books.|
|Despite taking extra work in the batting cage because "I'm just grinding out there and I don't kind of have it," the 13-year vet has at least one hit in every game this season and at least one RBI in every game but one. Imagine what his stats would look like if he actually thought he was playing well.|
|With an exhausted bullpen just nine games into the season, L.A. needed Weaver to pitch deep into the game Sunday. He responded with dominance, baffling Toronto for 15 strikeouts over 7 2/3 innings for the win.|
|Melo has demonstrated a taste for drama this season. But the kind he provided Sunday vs. the Pacers was one that pleased his employer: He sank the go-ahead jumper with less than five seconds remaining, then added a block to seal it for the Knicks.|
|Perry might not have been on many top-10 lists for preseason Hart Trophy predictions. But after becoming the NHL's lone 50-goal scorer this season and vaulting the Ducks to a surprising playoff berth, the winger has made a solid case.|
|In 2009, Adams was a junior college basketball player. What has she done lately? For starters, she scored 30 points in the national championship game to lead the Aggies to their first title. She then capped off her week by getting selected 20th overall in the WNBA draft.|
|Messi scored twice in Barcelona's 3-1 win over Almeria on Saturday, tying his career high with 47 goals for the season. That concluded a week in which "La Pulga" also found the time to join Facebook and land almost 7 million followers in less than seven hours.|
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CROSS-SPORT POWER RANKINGS 2011
Cross-Sport Power Rankings compares the best athletes across all professional sports. Check out the rest of our individual sport power rankings.
MORE POWER RANKINGS
• NASCAR Power Rankings: Carl Edwards, No. 1
• NBA Power Rankings: Bulls finish No. 1
• NHL Power Rankings: Canucks finish No. 1
• MLB Power Rankings: Rangers are No. 1
2011 champion: Charl Schwartzel
Course: Augusta National Golf Club
Where: Augusta, Ga.
Yardage, par: 7,435 yards, par-72
Augusta flyovers: Front 9 | Back 9