Golf Power Rankings: Dustin Johnson stakes No. 1 spot going into playoffs


The regular season is over for the PGA Tour, which means we have a fresh batch of power rankings for the FedEx Cup Playoffs. For the second week in a row, there wasn’t a ton of movement at the top, but that should change this week as most of the top players are back for The Barclays.

Let’s take a look at our top 18 going into the final four events of the season, but first, a reminder of the parameters.

  1. Scope is last two months of tournaments
  2. We value different things but will take into account wins, top 10s and
  3. If you haven’t played, you don’t get ranked (i.e. Tiger Woods)
  4. Recency matters
  5. PGA Tour will be main focus but bigger European events will be factored in

1. Dustin Johnson (Last week: 1): Johnson enters the playoff where he’s been for most of the summer: No. 1. He can be unseated this week if Henrik Stenson, Jason Day or Jordan Spieth win The Barclays. But probably not otherwise. Official World Golf Ranking: 2

2. Henrik Stenson (2): Stenson is certainly in the running for PGA Tour player of the year and can cinch it up with a big FedEx Cup run. OWGR: 4

3. Jason Day (3): Day is having the best putting season of the past 10 years. Is that sustainable? Maybe, but he needs to squeeze some more wins out of it while his putter is flaming. OWGR: 1

4. Jordan Spieth (4): Feels like we’re still going hear from Spieth this season. I’m not sure if that means back-to-back Tour Championships, but he’s been playing consistently better than most people think. OWGR: 3

5. Phil Mickelson (5): It’s insane to me that Mickelson doesn’t have a win this year. He and Rory McIlroy are both in the top five on the PGA Tour in strokes gained, and neither has a win. OWGR: 13

6. Sergio Garcia (6): Garcia is skipping this week’s The Barclays. Should be back for the Deutsche Bank Championship. OWGR: 11

7. Brooks Koepka (7): Koepka is another player who has been terrific this year (No. 10 in strokes gained) and doesn’t have a win. Zero surprises if he wins a playoff event. OWGR: 18

8. Patrick Reed (8): Solid top 25 at the Wyndham Championship last week for Reed. He’s a top-25 machine right now. That’s five straight including the Olympics and two major championships. OWGR: 14

9. Branden Grace (9): Grace sat out the Wyndham Championship last week with most of the rest of the top 18. OWGR: 12

10. Matt Kuchar (11): Kuchar took a rare week off last week at the Wyndham. One of the other players in the top 10 in strokes gained without a win so far this season. He’s playing for a Ryder Cup slot this week at The Barclays. OWGR: 15

11. Russell Knox (12): We have not seen Knox since he was flinging his hat all over the 18th green at the Travelers Championship. OWGR: 20

12. Rory McIlroy (13): There is a lot going on with McIlroy right now. He was in Las Vegas last week for UFC 202. He’s vying for his first (!) win of the PGA Tour season. And he might be changing putters. OWGR: 5

13. Justin Rose (14): Rose said this week that the Olympics wasn’t about the money. This is the first time I’ve ever believed an athlete who said that. Related: No money was given out. OWGR: 9

14. Jimmy Walker (10): Walker missed the cut at the Wyndham Championship, which was his first outing after winning the PGA Championship. OWGR: 19

15. Zach Johnson (15): Chris Solomon wrote interestingly over at No Laying Up about how if you scored Ryder Cup qualifications differently, Johnson might be in trouble. OWGR: 24

16. Daniel Summerhays (16): Summerhays skipped the Wyndham Championship. OWGR: 55

17. Jim Furyk (18): Furyk finished T10 at the Wyndham Championship, which was his first post-58 outing. Played well until Sunday. OWGR: 22

18. Si Woo Kim (NR): Won the Wyndham. His swing is a total delight. Oh, and he made some history with that Tiger Woods fellow. OWGR: 62

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