Pro Golf Power Rankings

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Rank   Team Record   Change   Comment
1 Justin Thomas Justin Thomas -
▲ 1
Still learning to match his game to the course. Finished T22 in second Masters a year ago with a 76 in round two. Seven wins in 33 events, with a major, has Tiger-like qualities.
2 Dustin Johnson Dustin Johnson -
▲ 1
Must wear shoes at the house he is renting. Two top 10s and WD in last three Masters. Absolutely has owned the par 3, 6th. Best player there since 1946. If he is on, he can dominate Augusta like no one else in the field.
3 Jon Rahm Jon Rahm -
▲ 1
Has to manage emotions on the course. Thirteen under-par holes in rookie debut. Thirteen over-par holes in T27 finish.
4 Justin Rose Justin Rose -
▲ 7
Appears past the demons of his playoff loss to Garcia a year ago. Has been good on the greens in 2018. Outside the top 30 in putting at Augusta eight times. Particularly dangerous at the 17th if in contention.
5 Jordan Spieth Jordan Spieth -
▼ 4
Must conquer his new-found failures inside five feet. Played from off the fairway too often last year to yardage his irons. Bookend 75s in his worst Masters appearance, still T11.
6 Jason Day Jason Day -
▼ 6
Among the group of restored winners this year on the PGA Tour. One top 10 in his last four starts at the Masters. The more success he has had on Tour, the less successful he has been at Augusta.
7 Phil Mickelson Phil Mickelson -
▲ 5
Now a winner after long drought. This is 27 straight starts at Augusta. Great lefthanders course, except for hole 11, where Mickelson is +22. Best performer on 13th in the last 50+ years.
8 Tiger Woods Tiger Woods -
▼ 8
36 wins and five majors since his last Masters win in 2005. Tiger needs to recalculate his Masters approach, starting with drivers in the fairway. Is +15 on the opening hole.
9 Rory McIlroy Rory McIlroy -
▲ 4
Bay Hill electric. Rory is +24 for his career on 10 and 11 but parred them all eight times a year ago. Must keep his lofted irons below the hole. Has at least one over-par round in eight of his nine Masters.
10 Bubba Watson Bubba Watson -
▼ 10
Watson wins where he has won in the past. LA win this year sets mood for his favorite course – Augusta. Match Play gives him even more reps with the new putter. Only seven players have won Masters more than twice.
11 Rickie Fowler Rickie Fowler -
▼ 6
A final round 76 in 2017 destroyed his chances. Plays the four par-5s at Augusta better than most. He is -47 on those four holes for his career and +54 on the rest of the course.
12 Hideki Matsuyama Hideki Matsuyama -
▼ 5
Putts Augusta better than on the rest of the Tour. Last three Masters finishes 5, T7 and T11.
13 Sergio Garcia Sergio Garcia -
▲ 1
Last repeat winner Tiger Woods in 2001-02. Green jacket, wife and baby for Sergio, all in one year. Can smile regardless of his finish.
14 Tommy Fleetwood Tommy Fleetwood -
▼ 14
One of the best players in Europe not named Rory or Sergio. MC in 2017 rookie start at Augusta.
15 Henrik Stenson Henrik Stenson -
▼ 9
Worst Masters record of any elite player in the game. Four MCs and no top 10s. Look at the putter.
16 Matt Kuchar Matt Kuchar -
▼ 7
Never missed a Masters cut as a professional. Four top 10s, including T4 in 2017. At 39, he is primed to be a green jacket version of Henrik Stenson at the Open.
17 Paul Casey Paul Casey -
▲ 3
Edged Woods at Valspar to break nine-year U.S. drought. Top 10 at Augusta last three years. Feast or famine in majors -- nine top 10s, 16 missed cuts.
18 Patrick Reed Patrick Reed -
▼ 3
Played college golf in Augusta. Played like a college golfer in four Masters starts. Two missed cuts and no top 20s.
19 Xander Schauffele Xander Schauffele -
▼ 19
2017 Rookie of the Year making Masters debut. Joined the Class of 2011 winners circle with wins at Greenbrier and Tour Championship.
20 Patton Kizzire Patton Kizzire -
▼ 20
Masters rookie who sits high on the FedExCup rankings due to wraparound wins. At 6’5”, likely the tallest player in the field. Among the Tour leaders in GIR.
21 Adam Scott Adam Scott -
▼ 21
Because of his 2013 win and four top 10s is always in the conversation. Rebounded with a top 10 last year. Wet greens would make him more of a threat.
22 Daniel Berger Daniel Berger -
▼ 12
Better known for his GEICO commercials than his emerging Tour record. Needs to imagine he is in Memphis, where he has won twice. T10 at the Masters as a rookie and T27 last year.
23 Alex Noren Alex Noren -
▼ 23
Sophomore year at the Masters. MC in 2017 with a closing 41. Knocked on the winners’ door at Farmers and Honda.
24 Bryson DeChambeau Bryson DeChambeau -
▼ 24
Handled pressure well at Bay Hill. Only Masters start was as an amateur, but finished T21 despite Saturday 77. An interview-room all-star.
25 Kevin Kisner Kevin Kisner -
▼ 6
Grew up within an hour of Augusta. Only his third Masters appearance. Made the cut both times. At 277 yards off the tee, par 5s wedges and putters are his weapons.

 

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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