Pro Golf Power Rankings

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Rank   Team Record   Change   Comment
1 Dustin Johnson Dustin Johnson -
▲ 6
Last player to win both Opens with a PGA Tour win in between was Lee Trevino in 1971. If DJ continues to dominate from the tee, he can be unbeatable. Halfway leader at St. Andrews and faded badly. Four PGA top 10s in his last six starts.
2 Jason Day Jason Day -
▼ 1
Five straight major top 10s in last five appearances. Tied Spieth at St. Andrews. PGA win was his only major title. Last year’s Open was his only top 10. Memorial was his only start out of the top 10 in the last two months.
3 Jordan Spieth Jordan Spieth -
▼ 1
Shows signs his game is piecing together. Better speed putter than on slow-paced greens. Oakmont was his only start out of the top five in his last six majors.
4 Rory McIlroy Rory McIlroy -
▼ 1
Putting changes in the spring. Swing changes to start the summer. Needs to change the pattern of too many over-par holes in majors. Troon greens fit his game. Last Open start was a win after last year’s DNP.
5 Henrik Stenson Henrik Stenson -
▲ 15
Finally a win at BMW International. Last major appearance was a questionable WD at Oakmont. First Troon appearance. Some experts think greens play to his strength.
6 Adam Scott Adam Scott -
▼ 1
Top 10 at the Open in his last four starts. Knows both Troon and Baltusrol. Plays a Tiger schedule with only five starts since the Masters. Has found ways not to win the Open in the past.
7 Louis Oosthuizen Louis Oosthuizen -
▲ 11
No top 10s since the Match Play. Playoff loser at St. Andrews. Has one Claret Jug in his trophy case but never has come close for the Wannamaker at the PGA.
8 Matt Kuchar Matt Kuchar -
▼ 4
More a wage earner than a trophy carrier. Last win was more than two years ago. One Open and two PGA top 10s. No history of handling weather.
9 Scott Piercy Scott Piercy -
▼ 9
Second at Oakmont. Second at Bridgestone. Hottest golfer not named Johnson. Only one Open start (MC) and five PGAs on his resume. T5 at 2013 PGA.
10 Justin Rose Justin Rose -
▼ 4
Another good fit for his putting flaws. Only major win came in Open-like weather at Merion. Two top fives in last four PGA starts. No history on either Open or PGA venues.
11 Danny Willett Danny Willett -
▲ 3
Last player to win either the Open or the PGA in the same year as a Masters win was Tiger Woods. T6 a year ago at St. Andrews. Hung out at Wimbledon in his green jacket. Three MCs in seven starts since the Masters.
12 Bubba Watson Bubba Watson -
▲ 7
Has no history on either course. Has missed the cut in Britain in four of the last seven Opens. Only PGA top 10 was a playoff loss to Martin Kaymer at Whistling Straits in 2010
13 Rickie Fowler Rickie Fowler -
▼ 5
Since four consecutive major top fives in 2014, nothing challenging with three MCs in his last six majors. T10 at Bridgestone broke a run of four consecutive bad outings that included three MCs.
14 Jim Furyk Jim Furyk -
▲ 1
MC at Troon in 2004; not a factor at Baltusrol in 2005. T2 at Oakmont the exception rather than the rule since his return from surgery. With two PGA top fives in his last three starts, could be a factor, as at Oakmont.
15 Branden Grace Branden Grace -
▲ 2
Three top fives in last six major appearances. Seven career wins in Europe. Solo third at Whistling Straits a year ago. The Players is his only time out of the top 10 since Augusta.
16 Patrick Reed Patrick Reed -
▼ 7
No top 10s since Houston. T20 a year ago his only quality major start in 10 tries.
17 Sergio Garcia Sergio Garcia -
▼ 5
First, T5, T5 in his last three starts. Rested as he was heading into Oakmont. Three top 10s in last five Open starts. MC at Troon in 2004. Hasn’t been a serious threat at the PGA since 2008.
18 Russell Knox Russell Knox -
▼ 18
Two runner-up finishes in his last seven starts. Never made the cut in either the Open or PGA. Desperately needs a high finish to maintain Ryder Cup hopes.
19 Phil Mickelson Phil Mickelson -
▼ 3
Best opportunity to use experience to win another major. Third at Troon in 2004; won at Baltusrol in 2005. Despite one Open win, history says the PGA is the better chance.
20 Matthew Fitzpatrick Matthew Fitzpatrick -
▲ 4
First professional Open appearance. Two wins in Europe in the last two years.
21 David Lingmerth David Lingmerth -
▼ 21
Another player desperate for Ryder Cup points. Twelfth at Oakmont. T12 a year ago at Whistling Straits. T7 last week at Bridgestone.
22 Lee Westwood Lee Westwood -
▼ 22
Fourth at Troon in 2004. Five top 10s and six MCs in Open history. Like Mickelson, running late in major career. Quietly T2 at this year’s Masters.
23 Shane Lowry Shane Lowry -
▼ 23
Are there any scars from Sunday collapse at Oakmont? U.S. Open top 10 was one of only two in 2016. Reputation is when he starts well, he contends. When he starts poorly, he phones it in. Three top 10s in his last eight major starts.
24 Paul Casey Paul Casey -
▼ 1
Three top 10s and four MCs in 2016. T4 at the Masters. T4 at Troon in 2004 and never has threatened in his PGA Championship career. Last win in Europe was 2014; in the US 2009. Only way to play Ryder Cup is to win.
25 Ernie Els Ernie Els -
▼ 25
The Open has been his best major with 13 top 10s and two wins. Second at Troon in 2004. Three MCs in his last four Opens. Hasn’t played Baltusrol in 23 years.

 

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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