Pro Golf Power Rankings

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Rank   Team Record   Change   Comment
1 Dustin Johnson Dustin Johnson -
▲ 1
1. For world #1, he has a tendency to disappear at this time of the year. Leads the Tour in eagles, scoring average and second in birdies but only one win in 2018. MC at Memorial and U.S. Open a year ago.
2 Justin Thomas Justin Thomas -
▼ 1
Was worried about elevated expectations going into 2018. Appeared to solve that early. Last five tournaments in April were T9, first, fourth, T17 at Augusta.
3 Jordan Spieth Jordan Spieth -
▲ 2
Loves the Texas stops. Great at Augusta. Struggled at Zurich. Fully recovered from mono in December.
4 Rory McIlroy Rory McIlroy -
▲ 5
Wells Fargo on favorites list. Still only one win in last 12 months. Second-round scoring average is two strokes higher than on Sunday.
5 Patrick Reed Patrick Reed -
▲ 13
Will have to adjust to Masters attention. Four straight top 10s, culminating in Masters win. Statistically poor in accuracy off the tee and consequently GIRs.
6 Justin Rose Justin Rose -
▼ 2
Next to Thomas, may be the most predictable contender on a week-by-week basis. Twelve top 10s since his last missed cut at the PGA Championship. Recent history at the Players is average.
7 Henrik Stenson Henrik Stenson -
▲ 8
Three consecutive top 10s, including the Masters. The best stat double on Tour. First in driving accuracy. First in Greens in Regulation. Outside of the top 150 in driving distance.
8 Jon Rahm Jon Rahm -
▼ 5
Two wins and four top 10s in 2018. MC last year at Memorial and U.S. Open. Getting close to the next level. Has no weaknesses in his game.
9 Rickie Fowler Rickie Fowler -
▲ 2
Two courses where Rickie has posted wins – Quail Hollow and Sawgrass. Only one top 10 to date in 2018.
10 Jason Day Jason Day -
▼ 4
Bad decisions on the 72nd hole at 2017 PGA Championship doomed a great run on Sunday. Win at Farmers, second at AT&T. Nothing special since then. No health issues of late. Players would be a nice time to post a second win.
11 Phil Mickelson Phil Mickelson -
▼ 4
Phil has only one thought on his mind – Long Island in June. A U.S. Open is the one thing on his bucket list, and but for a few closing holes, Shinnecock is a positive memory. He needs one strong tournament in the next five weeks to erase the memory of the Masters.
12 Hideki Matsuyama Hideki Matsuyama -
Is beginning to slide since world #2 ranking. Has slipped 70 positions in driving distance since last year. Locked into being an average putter at best.
13 Tony Finau Tony Finau -
▼ 13
Beginning to take advantage of his talents. Needs to learn how to turn poor rounds into average. Among the best on Tour in first-round scoring average.
14 Bubba Watson Bubba Watson -
▼ 4
May/June has never been the best part of his schedule save Memorial. After an early success on the greens, now ranks outside the top 100 in most key putting categories.
15 Tiger Woods Tiger Woods -
▼ 7
It’s time for reps to turn into wins. Memorial is a favorite stop. Quail Hollow is a new venture. Shinnecock is the real target. It begins and ends with the driver.
16 Matt Kuchar Matt Kuchar -
More than a year since he missed a cut. A dozen top 10s in that time. Last win was 2014 Heritage. Ranks 155th in driving distance. Scoring average rises after opening rounds.
17 Paul Casey Paul Casey -
How much did breaking a nearly decade long winless drought change his confidence in the heat? Needs to make the first round less of an ordeal. Ranks 190th on Tour on Thursday. Ranks second on Sunday.
18 Sergio Garcia Sergio Garcia -
▼ 5
The Players has been good to Sergio over the years, not always with a win. Three straight bad starts – Augusta, Valero and Zurich.
19 Charley Hoffman Charley Hoffman -
▼ 19
Better player than finisher. He ranks 186th in final-round performances. It’s the putter that betrays him in contention.
20 Kevin Kisner Kevin Kisner -
▲ 5
Has positive feelings about Quail Hollow because of 2017 PGA Championship showing and geographically comfortable. Runner-up at match play, T7 at Heritage. Team faltered over last 27 at Zurich, but putter was clicking.
21 Ian Poulter Ian Poulter -
▼ 21
Showed that he can perform when he is desperate. Needs to be as effective when he is secure. Win at Houston, T44 at Augusta, T7 at Heritage. May be the right horse on courses that don’t demand distance.
22 Marc Leishman Marc Leishman -
▼ 22
Misses half of the fairways, one-third of the greens. Still manages to contend. Missed the top 10 in 200 career Tour starts.
23 Alex Noren Alex Noren -
Was the favorite flavor of the month early on the 2018 schedule. T2 at Farmers, third at Match Play. Outside the top 100 on Fridays; eighth on Sundays. Doesn’t hole many long putts.
24 Patrick Cantlay Patrick Cantlay -
▼ 24
Only one MC in more than 20 consecutive starts – Masters. First win in Las Vegas in 2017, T4 at Genesis, T7 at Heritage. Climbed more than 100 positions in World rankings in the last year.
25 Tommy Fleetwood Tommy Fleetwood -
▼ 11
Looked to be taking a next step at the start of the year with a fourth at Honda and a couple of top 20s. Needs to demonstrate that he wins on the American Tour. Needs to sharpen his iron and find more greens.

 

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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