Pro Golf Power Rankings

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Rank   Team Record   Change   Comment
1 Dustin Johnson Dustin Johnson -
Came off the DL after Masters injury. Did the hiatus break the momentum of a brilliant start to 2017? May has not always been kind to him.
2 Jordan Spieth Jordan Spieth -
Contends but hasn’t finished since AT&T win. Putts better on speedy greens, and warm weather is his fiend for that. Players will be a big test of where he is.
3 Rory McIlroy Rory McIlroy -
Newlywed needs to become newly won. Last first-place check was September 2017.Wells Fargo, Memorial and Players have been good stops for him.
4 Justin Rose Justin Rose -
▲ 1
Did Masters loss negate confidence gained from Olympic Gold. Four top 10s and six top 20s say he is always a threat.
5 Rickie Fowler Rickie Fowler -
▲ 2
Great run from Phoenix through the Masters. MC at New Orleans with partner Day. Solid on the greens. A little loose with the driver.
6 Jason Day Jason Day -
In his last nine starts two MCs, one WD and four straight outside the top 20.
7 Jon Rahm Jon Rahm -
▲ 1
Has not had a bad start in 2017 including win in San Diego. Toughest test (Masters) was his weakest outing T27. One of the most dramatic putters on Tour.
8 Sergio Garcia Sergio Garcia -
▲ 7
How much does a major win do to his confidence? Said afterward it wouldn’t be a factor. Players will be a measure where he has been electric and tragic at Sawgrass.
9 Hideki Matsuyama Hideki Matsuyama -
▲ 3
Was late 2016 a streak or a plateau? T11 at the Masters stopped a streak of four straight mediocre starts. T7 at the Players a year ago.
10 Justin Thomas Justin Thomas -
▼ 6
Like Matsuyama, looked like he was breaking out at the start of 2017. Three MCs since. Seventh in driving distance, 184th in driving accuracy.
11 Adam Scott Adam Scott -
Same story for Scott has settled in. If he can get the ball in the hole, he can be a factor. Ranks 102th on Tour in putts per round and 63rd in fourth round.
12 Henrik Stenson Henrik Stenson -
▼ 2
Missed three straight cuts including the Masters and then MC with Rose as a partner in New Orleans. Is length of the tee becoming an issue – 286.1 in 2017. Hits fairways at 75% rate.
13 Tyrrell Hatton Tyrrell Hatton -
▲ 11
Shot up the world rankings late in 2016 and the start of 2017. Needs to hang up a “W” to complete the climb.
14 Thomas Pieters Thomas Pieters -
▲ 8
World-class talent in everywhere other than on the greens. Low ball flight off the tee may hurt him in warm-weather events in the US. Hits a lot of greens despite missing a lot of fairways
15 Phil Mickelson Phil Mickelson -
▼ 2
An enigma maybe explained by age. Only one MC since US Open at Oakmont a year ago. No wins since 2013. Gearing up for another USGA disappointment. More major seconds than any player other than Nicklaus.
16 Alex Noren Alex Noren -
▲ 9
Gets a lot of love coming out Europe. Has yet to perform as well in the US. One of the best putters inside 10 feet on Tour.
17 Bubba Watson Bubba Watson -
▼ 8
Has slid from 4th to 21st on world rankings in the last year. Last win was at Los Angeles a year ago. Only two PGA Tour top 10s since that win. It’s all on the greens. Outside the top 150 in almost every putting category.
18 Kevin Kisner Kevin Kisner -
▼ 18
A consistent bridesmaid who missed a chance at New Orleans, with partner Scott Brown, to add to his win a year ago at Harbour Town. Eleven top 10s in the last two years with only the one win.
19 Matt Kuchar Matt Kuchar -
▼ 19
May be the most consistent quality performer in the game who rarely wins. Twenty top 10s in the last two years with only a win in Fiji to show for it.
20 Paul Casey Paul Casey -
Quiet 6th at the Masters. Still looking for his first win on US soil since Houston in 2009. Has resurrected his career in every way other than a trophy.
21 Patrick Reed Patrick Reed -
▼ 2
Believes he belongs in top five in the world. Got to eight but has slipped back to 15th. Misses greens too often. Five career wins including Barclays in 2016.
22 Cameron Smith Cameron Smith -
▼ 22
First win on the PGA Tour was partnered with Jonas Blixt in New Orleans. Only 23, but has played professionally for five years. Ranks 20th in FedEx, but only 112th in the world.
23 William McGirt William McGirt -
▼ 23
Flashed for days on the leaderboard at Augusta. Coming up on the anniversary of his Memorial win. May have his feet on the ground more than any player on Tour.
24 Charley Hoffman Charley Hoffman -
▼ 24
Like McGirt, had three great days at the Masters. Unlike McGirt, has been playing decent three-round golf for a long stretch. Ranks 162th in final-round scoring.
25 Marc Leishman Marc Leishman -
▼ 9
A perimeter talent who flashes impressively every once in a while. Emotional win at the Palmer when he posted early. Ranks 13th on Tour in scoring average, third over the first two rounds.

 

Dan Reardon has covered golf for radio station KMOX in St. Louis for 32 years. In that time, he has covered more than 100 events, including majors and other PGA, LPGA and Champions Tour tournaments. During his broadcast career, Reardon conducted one-on-one interviews with three dozen members of the World Golf of Fame. He has contributed to many publications over the years and co-authored the book Golf’s Greatest Eighteen from Random House. Reardon served as Director of Media relations for LPGA events in both St. Louis and Chicago for 10 years.

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* Power Rankings updated monthly.

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