1: Justin Thomas
The number one golfer in the world weighs the same amount as I do. Now he does stand three more inches taller than me and his golf game is light years ahead of mine. At the age of 25, Thomas leads the PGA in FedEx Cup Points, 2018 earnings, and third in scoring average at 69.362. It’ll be interesting to see how Thomas fares as he is grouped up with Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson at the U.S. Open.
2: Dustin Johnson
A few things our No. 1 and No. 2 players share which makes it tough to distinguish who is playing the best. Both players have six top 10 finishes this year. Both players are paired with Tiger Woods competing in the U.S Open next week. One aspect of Dustin’s game I noticed is that he plays many tournaments. He currently is tied for the lead at the St. Jude Classic at -15 headed into Sunday.
3: Justin Rose
If medals were given out for PGA’s top golfers, Justin Rose would hold bronze. Two victories in 2018 including the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions and the Forth Worth Invitational. Second in FedEx Cup Points, he shares six top finishes with our #1 & #2 players. He will be paired with 2010 British Open winner Louis Oosthuizen and 2016 PGA Champion winner Jimmy Walker. So far this year, Rose has won more money per start than anybody else on tour ($442,787 in 10 PGA Tour starts).
4: Jon Rahm
The Spaniard comes in at four in the world. Turning pro in 2016 has helped him accumulate over $3 million in earnings. This year, Rahm ranks second in strokes gained off-the-tee. Strokes gained compares a player’s performance to the rest of the field. Last year’s U.S. Open Rahm put on a show as in the golf world he had a “meltdown.” In the NBA he would have been assessed a technical foul or in the NFL, a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty. Rahm has a chance to redeem himself as he’s grouped with fellow Spaniards; Sergio García and Rafa Cabrera Bello.
5: Jordan Spieth
Closing out our top five golfers in the world comes young phenom Jordan Speith. Although he boasts no wins in 2018, he has earned over$2 million in PGA earnings, while placing top 10 in four tournaments. Spieth has hit 71.98% in greens in regulation this season, which ranks second in all of the PGA. With the U.S. Open looming next weekend, Spieth is grouped along Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson.
6: Rory McIlroy
One of the most exciting stories of this year’s season is the resurgence of McIlroy. Winning his first tournament since 2016 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and sitting at fourth in the PGA with an average driving distance of 314.7 yards, Rory looks to cap off this season with a second U.S. Open Championship (2014). He’s grouped with Spieth and Mickelson.
7: Rickie Fowler
Next is the newly engaged Rickie Fowler. With four top 10 finishes this year he has to begin winning majors. Three second places at majors excluding the PGA Championship, Rickie isn’t getting any younger. He currently sits 14th in FedEx Cup Points with over $3 million earnings.
8: Jason Day
The former #1 golfer in the world is currently ranked eighth in. With wins at the Wells Fargo Championship and the Farmers Insurance Open, 2018 has been successful. Add two more top 10 finishes and Day is playing well this year. He also is first in strokes gained pertaining to putting int the PGA and third in 2018 earnings ($4,200,887). Day is grouped with Brooks Koepka and Bubba Watson at the U.S. Open Championship.
9: Brooks Koepka
Fresh off injury is Brooks Koepka. Although ranking at 47 in FedEx Cup Points, Brooks has two top 10 finishes. Currently he holds at T10 in the St. Jude Classic heading into Saturday.
10: Hideki Matsuyama
Rounding off our Detroit Sports and Entertainment PGA Power Rankings, the best Japanese golfer of all-time. Turning pro five years ago at the age of 21, Hideki has earned over $1 million while placing top 10 in two tournaments this year. He holds 9th in eagles per hole at 97.7 while only being cut from one tournament this year. He is grouped with Fowler and Marc Leishman in the 118th U.S. Open beginning June 14-17 at the Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y.