It has been nearly a month since the Masters, the first major championship of the season, and the PGA Championship, the second major, is just two weeks away.
Not much has changed since Scottie Scheffler won his first major and slipped on a green jacket at Augusta National Golf Club on April 10. Scheffler is still red-hot and remains the No. 1 player in the world.
Tiger Woods played a practice round last week at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he won the 2007 PGA Championship, and seems ready to compete there again.
We still haven’t heard from defending PGA Championship winner Phil Mickelson, who hasn’t played in more than three months after his controversial comments about the PGA Tour and the financiers of a breakaway league fronted by Greg Norman.
Last week, a video emerged on social media showing Mickelson playing on a California golf course. The six-time major champion has registered to play in the PGA Championship and the U.S. Open in June, and his agents have requested a release from the PGA Tour to allow Mickelson to play in the first event of the Saudi Arabian-financed LIV Golf Invitational Series in London in June. His agent, Steve Loy, said in a statement that Mickelson hasn’t decided if he’ll play in any of those events.
With the PGA Championship a couple of weeks away, here are Sport365Day’s latest PGA Tour Power Rankings:
1. Scottie Scheffler
Previous rank: 4
With his victory at the Masters, Scheffler became the first player since Bob Tway in 1986 to claim his first four PGA Tour wins in the same season. Scheffler is a big fan of Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the site of this month’s PGA Championship. As a freshman at Texas, he won an individual title there at the 2015 Big 12 championship.
2. Jon Rahm
Previous rank: 2
Rahm is no longer the No. 1-ranked player in the world after cooling off at the Players (tie for 55th) and the Masters (tie for 27th). The Spaniard rebounded by winning the Mexico Open on Sunday, his first victory of the season. It is his sixth straight season with at least one win.
3. Patrick Cantlay
Previous rank: 1
Cantlay rebounded nicely from his playoff loss to Jordan Spieth at the RBC Heritage by winning the Zurich Classic of New Orleans with teammate Xander Schauffele. The pair led the two-man team event wire-to-wire and set the tournament’s 72-hole scoring record at 29-under 259. Cantlay has five victories since the start of last season, the most by any player.
4. Cameron Smith
Previous rank: 9
Smith, from Australia, won the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii in January and then the Players, which came with a $3.6 million winner’s check, the largest in PGA Tour history. He faltered in the final round at Augusta National, but otherwise has played as steadily as anyone else on tour this season. He led the Masters field in birdies (22) and par-5 scoring average (4.44).
5. Collin Morikawa
Previous rank: 3
Morikawa, a two-time major champion, hasn’t yet won this season but has six top-10s in 10 tour starts. He was solo second at the CJ Cup at the Summit and tied for second at the Genesis Invitational. He finished solo fifth at the Masters, his best finish in three starts at Augusta National. He shot 5-under 67 in the final round at the Masters; he leads the tour in final-round scoring with a 66.57 average.
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6. Viktor Hovland
Previous rank: 5
After a blistering start to the season, which included a victory at Mayakoba and the Hero World Challenge, an unofficial event, Hovland has cooled off a tad in the spring. After tying for ninth at the Players, he tied for 33rd at the Valspar Championship, tied for 18th at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play and tied for 27th at the Masters. His short game remains a work in progress; he is losing .838 strokes to the field around the green this season.
7. Rory McIlroy
Previous rank: 7
McIlroy’s solo runner-up finish at the Masters seemed like a breakthrough for him. He shot 8-under 64 in the final round and holed out from a bunker on the 72nd hole. McIlroy has played very well this season, with a victory at the CJ Cup at the Summit in October and three top-10s in six tour starts. He’ll try to defend his Wells Fargo Championship title at TPC Potomac this week.
8. Justin Thomas
Previous rank: 6
Thomas hasn’t picked up a victory yet this season, but he was solo third at Mayakoba and tied for third at the Valspar Championship. JT tied for eighth at the Masters, his second top-10 at Augusta National. Thomas has made the cut in 19 consecutive events, the longest streak on tour. He last missed one at the 2021 PGA Championship at Kiawah Island, South Carolina.
9. Sam Burns
Previous rank: 12
Burns won the Valspar Championship for the second consecutive year by defeating Davis Riley in a playoff with a 32-foot birdie on March 20. It was his second victory of the season; he won the Sanderson Farms Championship in early October. The next step for Burns is to perform better in the majors. He missed the cut at the Masters, and his best finish in a major was a tie for 29th at the 2019 PGA Championship.
10. Xander Schauffele
Previous rank: 10
Even though the Zurich Classic was a team event, Schauffele gets credit for a victory, which was his first on tour since winning the 2019 Sentry Tournament of Champions. He also won a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics. Schauffele had eight runners-up finishes in between tour victories.
11. Hideki Matsuyama
Previous rank: 8
The 2020 Masters champion won twice earlier this season — at the Zozo Championship in Japan in October and the Sony Open in Hawaii in January — but he has been hampered by neck and back injuries lately. After withdrawing from the Players and the Valero Texas Open, he tied for 14th at the Masters.