1. Dustin Johnson
Topping the Official Golf World ranking for his overall 60th week, DJ is still leading the pack ranking seventh in FedEx Cup Points. Winning back in January at The Sentry Tournaments of Champions, DJ is currently the most efficient Par 5 player this year on tour. I chose Johnson to win a major this year (PGA Championship), keep an eye on him as his next scheduled play is in May at The Players.
2. Justin Thomas
In my opinion the hottest golfer on tour right now. JT not only ranks #1 in the 2018 PGA Money List (just $5.2 million), but he also ranks #1 in FedEx Cup Points. With Thomas looking to regain the #1 golfer in the world title, The Players Championship will be interesting to see who reigns atop.
3. Jordan Spieth
I chose the current number three golfer in the world to win The Masters this year, he did not win, but he did improve his Masters’ record to four top 3 finishes at 24 years old. In addition to having four top ten finishes, Jordan looks to add to his 11 PGA and two International victories.
4. John Rahm
Number four ranked golfer in the world is Jon Rahm. Falling from number two would discourage any golfer, right? Not this guy, after placing 4th at The Masters this month, the 23-year-old is currently ablaze. He is tied for first at 17 under at the Open De España today. Be sure to check if a win here can catapult him in the top two! (P.S. He won for his fifth professional title, Monday, I think he’ll be at least ranked third).
5. Justin Rose
The fifth player in the world plays under the radar. The 37-year old South African finished just outside the top at The Masters this month (T-12). Rose also holds two top-five finishes in the month of March.
6. Rickie Fowler
One of my favorite golfers on tour is Rickie Fowler. Not only his play on the course but his personality off it. Rounding out top five golfers in the world, Fowler is no stranger to success. Fowler nearly forced a playoff as he birdied hole 18 at The Masters.
7. Rory McIlroy
Coming in at number seven is Rory McIlroy. Coming up short for his career Grand Slam at The Masters, Rory has played himself back into the mix of things in 2018.
8. Hideki Matsuyama
Number eight in the world is arguably the greatest Japanese golfer of all-time. At 24 years old, Matsuyama passed Shigeki Maruyama for the all-time PGA Tour wins for a Japanese player. Placing 19th at The Masters, Hideki looks to continue his success building on two top 10 finishes this year.
9. Brooks Koepka
The reigning U.S. Open Champion is currently ranked number nine in the world. He has not played since The Sentry Tournament of Champions in January due to a wrist ligament tear. He was rumored to come back during The Masters but he informed the public he was only at 80%.
10. Sergio Garcia
The number 10 player in the world is coming off one of the strangest four round of golf I have ever seen. After winning his first major championship at The Masters last year, Sergio was cut at this year’s event. Serge looks to bounce back as he already has three top 10 finishes.
11. Patrick Reed
Now to our reigning Masters Champion. With the Masters being Reed’s first major championship, look for him to continue his success down the stretch as he confidently strung along the competition at Augusta.
12. Tommy Fleetwood
Tommy Fleetwood is not a household name, but he is currently the 11th ranked golfer in the world. Mainly playing on The European Tour, Fleetwood placed top 20 (T-17) at this year’s Masters. Fun fact: Tommy Fleetwood scored an albatross (scoring a -3 on one hole) in 2015 at The BMW PGA Championship.
13. Paul Casey
Number thirteen in the world is also a fellow Englishmen reigning from the U.K. Casey finished this year’s Masters T-15. The 40-year-old is number 10 in FedEx Cup Points winning at the Valspar Championship last month.
14. Jason Day
Next up on our list is the Aussie Jason Day. Day currently ranks 11 in FedEx Cup Points as he is holding two top 10 finishes including a win at Farmers Insurance Open. And let me add he placed T-11 at the World Golf Championships
15. Henrik Stenson
No matter what tournament he plays in, I can always count on Stenson to be in the mix. With four top-six finishes this year including T-5 at The Masters, Henrik is playing as good as anybody on tour right now. The 42-year-old Sweeden turned pro in 1999 and is in perfect position to compete for the remaining major championships.