The Golf Rankings Power 18: Scottie Scheffler Stays On Top, Justin Thomas Jumps After Major Victory

1

No one expected Scheffler to be eliminated early from the 2022 PGA Championship, nor did they expect him to take a two-shot lead in Sunday’s Charles Schwab Challenge. Unfortunately, both happened, but he remains the best player in the game even after a playoff loss to good friend Sam Burns. With four wins in his last 10 starts, the Texan now heads north to the Canadian Open in preparation for next week’s US Open, where he is currently the betting favorite alongside Jon Rahm. He finished last season at Torrey Pines with a tie in seventh place, which was his best finish in four shows. Previous rank: 1 2
headshot image

Thomas smacked the monkey off his back in the biggest way with his win at Southern Hills as he won his second Wanamaker Trophy. His iron game fell off the card at Colonial the following week, but that can be blamed on a big hangover and there shouldn’t be any concerns as to the state of his game. The 29-year-old said all the right things after winning the PGA Championship, stating he just wanted to collect trophies, but now it’s time to put those words into action. He will try to shake off any cobwebs at the Canadian Open. PR: 5 3
headshot image

Not many people realize how close Smith came to being a serious threat at the PGA Championship. Ultimately, the typically red hot putter with a tie in 13th placed 76th out of 78 players on the greens and led the field with both shots coming from the tee and the shots approaching. Smith continued that feat by defending the 36-hole lead at Memorial, a tournament he’s struggled at in the past, and signaling that this new game of his can travel anywhere. While falling off the pace at Muirfield Village over the weekend, he continues to compete on golf’s biggest stages and has yet another great opportunity to do so at The Country Club. PR: 3 4
headshot image

McIlroy has been the best player in the world from tee to green for the past three months, but is still without a win. He reached 4-under early in his final round at the PGA Championship, and had he only played his remaining holes at 1-under he would have joined Thomas and Will Zulatoris in a playoff. Instead, he came in and did it again at Memorial last week when he played Muirfield Village in 3 overs through the final 36 holes after being within a three point lead at half-time. The Northern Irishman will defend his title at the 2019 Canadian Open this week before traveling to Boston for the US Open. PR: 6 5
headshot image

There’s a giant elephant in the room when he talks about Cantlay and that’s his important championship resume. He didn’t even sniff the cut line at the PGA Championship, marking his third weekend of absence in his last six big starts. The reigning PGA Tour Player of the Year quietly finished Memorial in a nice defensive performance with a third-place tie, but he’s more than overdue to fight in any of the Big Four. Perhaps it will be at the US Open, where Cantlay makes the cut with a perfect 6-6 and finished 15th with a tie last year. PR: 2 6
headshot image

It was an odd commemorative tournament for the Spaniard as his week at Muirfield Village was plagued by bad ball hits. Despite this, and after losing shots off the tee for the first time in two years, Rahm earned a top-10 finish thanks to an outstanding short game. His victory at the Mexico Open hasn’t translated into anything significant at the PGA Championship, but with the US Open around the corner, the defending champion may just be biding his time. PR: 4 7
headshot image

The first big jump in the rankings comes from Homa, who hasn’t missed the cut since the Farmers Insurance Open in late January. In that span, he has a win at the Wells Fargo Championship, a top-five finish at last week’s Memorial Tournament, and a top-10 finish at the Genesis Invitational. It’s clear that difficult, classic golf courses please this Californian’s eye, and with that has come improvement in major championships. The two-time winner this year finished 13th in the PGA Championship and has ranked fifth in strokes on the PGA Tour for the past three months. PR: 13 8th
headshot image

Four wins in a streak of 28 tournaments is absolutely ludicrous, and Burns has solidified in conversation about the next young American to take on the PGA Tour. He can be inaccurate off the tee at times, but otherwise the 25-year-old has no weaknesses in his game. His tie for 20th place in the PGA Championship was his career best in a major championship and propelled him to his comeback win at the Charles Schwab Challenge. Burns will be a popular pick at the US Open; However, it’s The Open at St Andrews later this summer that may suit his style of play better. PR: 12 9
headshot image

A missed birdie putt on the 71st hole at TPC Craig Ranch pretty much summed up Spieth’s season so far. He was great from tee to green and now has two second places to match his RBC Heritage win. His performance in the top 20 at the Memorial Tournament should inspire some optimism as he finished fifth on the Muirfield Village greens with his best putting of the year. All parts of his game are on the table, Spieth only has to put them together. PR: 10 10
headshot image

The top 10 shots have won from tee to green in the last three months, the putter often tells the story of Zalatoris’ week. It was cooperative in Southern Hills and Muirfield Village, and with that came two quality outings. His reputation as a big game hunter is well deserved as he now has two second places and five top 10 finishes in just eight major championship appearances. The 25-year-old was expected to contribute to that total at the US Open. PR: 16 11
headshot image

Fitzpatrick sits between Rahm and Zatoris in total strokes scored in 2022 but has yet to earn the same respect as his peers. A member of Sunday’s final pairing at the PGA Championship, Fitzpatrick would have signed for a round of even par had he won the Wanamaker Trophy. His missed cut at the Memorial Tournament was entirely down to his putter, as it stayed sharp from tee to green. It’s time for the Englishman to join the PGA Tour winners’ circle and I believe that will happen at the Canadian Open, which will boost his prospects for the country club, the site of his 2013 US amateur triumph. will only improve. PR: 18 12
headshot image

If you take away Niemann’s missed cut at the Honda Classic – the week after his Genesis Invitational win – his worst finish this year is a tie for 35th place. The young Chilean continues to impress and had his chance to pressure Billy Horschel at the Memorial Tournament. Instead, he opted for a tie for third place. His iron game disappointed in the final round of the AT&T Byron Nelson and PGA Championship but returned to form at Muirfield Village, making him all the more dangerous for a big break at the US Open. PR: 14 13
headshot image

A few mediocre starts does see Lowry jump up our leaderboard, but that has more to do with what others have achieved, not necessarily his game. The Irishman is in the midst of the best golf of his career and must be frustrated to know he hasn’t been able to capitalize on it, amassing three podiums since late February. He’s a big champion, yes, but Lowry has only won once on US soil, and that was at Firestone in 2015. PR: 7 14
headshot image

Retirements, disqualifications… Matsuyama has seen it all this season as he is by far the most difficult man to track down on the PGA Tour. Despite this apparent inconsistency, he has won twice and missed a cut at the Wyndham Championship since last August. In his last five US Open starts, Matsuyama has finished no worse than a tie in 26th place, even finishing second to Brooks Koepka in 2017. PR: 9 fifteen
headshot image

Billy Horschel, come down! The Memorial Tournament winner, the only man to climb our Power Rankings, is now on the inside track to be selected for this year’s US Presidents Cup team. Adding to the already outstanding 2022, he now has his sights set on the US Open. Aside from his top 5 at Merion, his results are as underwhelming as they are misleading, as last-lap problems at Oakmont and Winged Foot caused him to fall down the leaderboard. PR: Not applicable 16
headshot image

His stats are solid and deserve a higher rating, but Schauffele just didn’t fight enough to be in the top 15. A quick finish at TPC Craig Ranch put him in the top five and preceded top-20 finishes at the PGA Championship and Memorial Tournament. He hasn’t been alone in Sunday’s mix since the WM Phoenix Open, but that should change at the US Open, where his five previous starts have been: T5-T6-T3-5-T7. PR: 15 17
headshot image

It was a lot meh Gulf of Hovland after his short game on the Florida swing failed him. The Norwegian seemed poised to compete in the Charles Schwab Challenge but played his final 36 holes in 4 overs. He set the amateur record at the 2019 US Open in Pebble Beach — the venue of his 2018 US Amateur — and finished 13th at Winged Foot in his first appearance as a pro. He should be doing everything right at the country club, but only if he’s able to avoid the sand that prompted him to withdraw from last year’s championship. PR: 11 18
headshot image

If there was a place on the calendar for Morikawa to get back on track, it was last week at Muirfield Village, where he previously won and lost in a playoff. Instead, he was sent packing early as his struggles continued in 2022. The iron play wasn’t up to his high standards and the putter was abysmal, but another big championship is on the horizon. His big record speaks for itself and a win at the US Open would give the 25-year-old three stages of the career Grand Slam. PR: 8

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.