Pro Golf Power Rankings

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Rank   Team Record   Change   Comment
1 Dustin Johnson Dustin Johnson -
▲ 1
World #1 has been top 10 last two Masters. T4 in 2016. Over par on three of Augusta’s par 3s. Owns #6. First year playing the Masters committed to left to right.
2 Jordan Spieth Jordan Spieth -
▲ 3
One swing away from going for three green jackets in a row. Last three majors in 2016 out of the top 10. Only player who can win the Masters with his putter.
3 Rory McIlroy Rory McIlroy -
▲ 4
Big green monkey beginning to grow on his back. Nine bogeys and a double on the weekend a year ago. Two years without a major. Two FedEx wins a year ago.
4 Justin Thomas Justin Thomas -
▲ 17
Three wins in first five starts this season. Three MCs in last six starts. Two rounds over 75 in first Masters appearance.
5 Justin Rose Justin Rose -
▼ 5
Never out of the top 40 at Augusta. Four top 10s, including T2 in 2015. Seven times 30th or worse in Masters putting field.
6 Jason Day Jason Day -
▼ 2
Issues off the course continue to haunt former world #1. Two WDs and one MC in last 10 starts. Can dominate from the tee and on the greens. Hasn’t shown that since Baltusrol.
7 Rickie Fowler Rickie Fowler -
▼ 7
Misses too many fairways and greens at Augusta to date. Honda win a confidence boost. His 2016 MC first in Masters career.
8 Jon Rahm Jon Rahm -
▼ 8
Last Masters rookie winner Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979. Pushing the learning curve with Farmers win and T3 and 2 in 2017 WGC events. Has Masters length.
9 Bubba Watson Bubba Watson -
▼ 9
Two MC and one WD in 2017. 186th in GIR in 2017. 204th around the greens. Both Masters wins he was top five in GIR.
10 Henrik Stenson Henrik Stenson -
▼ 10
Since his breakthrough major at the Open has nine top 10s but no wins. Only two US starts in 2017. Has never cracked the top 10 at Augusta.
11 Adam Scott Adam Scott -
▼ 8
Former Champion has been trending the wrong direction in 2017. Three PGA Tour starts – no top 10s. Last win was back to back early in 2016. No Masters top 10s since 2013 win.
12 Hideki Matsuyama Hideki Matsuyama -
Five worldwide wins between October and February. Last two Masters 5th and T7.
13 Phil Mickelson Phil Mickelson -
Lefty has done everything other than win since his last major win at the 2013 Open Championship. Fifteen career Masters top 10s. Two MCs in the last three.
14 Danny Willett Danny Willett -
▼ 14
Largely unknown before the final-nine win at Augusta in 2016. Largely unheard from since that win.
15 Sergio Garcia Sergio Garcia -
▼ 15
Nineteenth Masters appearance. One top five. Three top 10s. Needs to hit more Augusta fairways.
16 Marc Leishman Marc Leishman -
▼ 16
Palmer win puts his name in the mix. Split personality in Masters appearances. Three career MCs and one T4.
17 Matthew Fitzpatrick Matthew Fitzpatrick -
▼ 17
Added length makes him more Augusta competitive. Quiet T7 in 2017. Top 20 in last three PGA Tour starts.
18 Adam Hadwin Adam Hadwin -
▼ 18
Has Augusta putting talents. Only one major appearance on his resume and first Masters start.
19 Patrick Reed Patrick Reed -
▼ 18
Hazeltine Ryder Cup was supposed to get him to the next level. Has not cracked the top 20 since Phoenix. Augusta St. collegian with no Masters success in three appearances.
20 Paul Casey Paul Casey -
▼ 14
Great FedEx finish in 2016. Still only one career US win. Has never led a Masters round. Has six top 10s, including T6 in 2016.
21 Brandt Snedeker Brandt Snedeker -
▼ 1
Three Masters top 10s, including T10 a year ago. Never out of the top 20 in putting at Augusta.
22 Thomas Pieters Thomas Pieters -
▼ 22
Two top fives in last five starts. Two MCs in same stretch. Masters rookie.
23 Charl Schwartzel Charl Schwartzel -
▲ 2
Has never been in the top 25 since 2011 win. MC in 2014 and 2016. When he won in 2011, he ranked second in putting. Never better than 27th since.
24 Tyrrell Hatton Tyrrell Hatton -
▼ 24
European climbing rankings. Up 40 spots since 2016 Open Championship. First Masters.
25 Alex Noren Alex Noren -
▼ 25
Demonstrated Masters putter at Match Play. Four worldwide wins in last 18 months

 

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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