Big tournaments lead to big moves, and now that two of the season’s four majors are in the books, it’s time to fire up another edition of theScore’s PGA Tour Power Rankings.
Taking wins, consistency, and strokes-gained statistics into consideration, here’s how the top 10 golfers shake out.
*Change from previous rankings in parentheses.
1. Brooks Koepka (+4)
Withwinning four majors in less than 24 months, it’s hard to argue who’s the best. His results in regular PGA Tour events can’t even be judged at this point, as it’s clear the 29-year-old only really cares about four weeks a year.
There are no weaknesses in his game, making it easy to like his chances at every major championship venue moving forward.
2. Dustin Johnson (-1)
finished as a runner-up in both majors this season. While losing to only two players in two tournaments is an impressive feat, Koepka losing to just one is even better.
It’s only a matter of time before DJ claims career major No. 2, but it’s clear he’ll have to go through Koepka.
3. Rory McIlroy (-1)
looked to be putting together a fantastic season, starting with his win at the Players Championship. But with his talent, performances at major championships will always be used to judge the Northern Irishman.
McIlroy was a non-factor at Augusta despite playing incredibly well prior to the Masters. He snuck into a top-10 finish at the PGA Championship, but McIlroy wasn’t close to threatening the lead all week. The 30-year-old has missed the last three cuts at U.S. Opens, a streak he’ll be looking to end this season at Pebble Beach.
4. Tiger Woods (+3)
proved he belongs back in golf’s top tier with his win at the Masters, and his defeat of McIlroy at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. He drove the ball beautifully at Augusta, but his driver failed him en route to a missed cut at the PGA Championship. Still, Tiger will continue to give himself chances to win if he’s hitting fairways.
5. Justin Rose (-)
is on an under-the-radar run since his win at Torrey Pines in January. His missed cut at Augusta stands out like a sore thumb, but other than that, he’s been very solid.
Starting at The Players, he’s recorded three top-10 finishes over his last five events. The Englishman ranks 14th in strokes gained: approach and, surprisingly, eighth in putting, which is usually his weak area.
6. Justin Thomas (-3)
‘ season took a turn for the worse after he hit a tree with his follow through at The Honda Classic. The resulting wrist injury has lingered since, forcing him to skip both the PGA Championship and Wells Fargo Championship.
He did, however, finish T-12 at the Masters in his last appearance, even while dealing with the ailment. His performance at this week’s Memorial will be very telling for both his health and form moving forward.
7. Jason Day (+2)
is off to a strong start in 2019, with a T-5 at the Masters highlighting his multiple top-10 finishes. He poked his head near the top of the leaderboard at the PGA Championship before fading later in the tournament.
He ranks seventh and 12th in strokes gained: off the tee and putting, respectively. If he cleans up his iron play over the next couple of months, a win will definitely come before season’s end.
8. Francesco Molinari (-)
The folks at Augusta National were likely picking out‘s green jacket as he made the turn during the final round, but everyone knows how that story unfolded.
Molinari’s collapse doesn’t take away from his hot streak over the past year that’s featured four wins, including The Open. If he stays in top form, the Italian will be in the hunt at the next two majors.
9. Xander Schauffele (+1)
continues his trend of showing up at majors, finishing as a runner-up at the Masters and turning in a T-16 at the PGA Championship, where he bogeyed his final five holes in tough conditions.
He’s now finished inside the top 16 in four of his last five majors. Expect another high-end showing for the San Diego native at the U.S. Open.
10. Bryson DeChambeau (-4)
is clinging to the final spot during a substandard season so far.
Despite his lone top-10 finish this season occurring at the Sony Open in January, no other player can say they’ve claimed five worldwide wins on the PGA and European tours over the past calendar year. The 25-year-old needs a productive June, starting with his title defense at the Memorial Tournament this week, to get his season back on track and remain inside the top 10.
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