PGA Tour Power Rankings – Cameron Smith rises, Rory McIlroy surges and LIV players exit

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The 2021 major championship seasons are over, but the FedEx Cup Playoffs events for 2021 are still on the horizon.

There has been quite some change since the Last edition of PGA Tour Power RankingsThanks to LIV Golf. You wont believe what you will see Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Patrick ReedTheyve been suspended by The PGA TourFor lucrative signing bonuses, they resigned their memberships to play in LIV Golf Invitational Series.

While Scottie Scheffler, the only four-time winner of the PGA Tour this year, is still No. He is now No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

The FedEx Cup Playoffs are just two weeks away. Here are the most recent PGA Tour Power Rankings.

Previous rank: 4

The Australian golfer has already earned nearly $10 million this year, thanks to wins at two of the sport’s biggest events — The Players ($3.6 million) & The Open ($2.5million). He is now No. He has climbed to No. 2 in Official World Golf Ranking, his highest rank of his career.

Previous rank: 1

Scheffler remains No. Scheffler is still No. 1 in the world, having won his first four career victories, which included his first major at Masters. He was also tied for second in U.S. Open. Scheffler is the highest-paid player on the PGA Tour this season with more than $13.1million.

Previous rank: 7

McIlroys eight year drought without a major win will continue into 2023. He was still the most consistent player in majors this year. His aggregate score of 29-under is the lowest among all players who have made it to the finals in each of the majors — and 8 shots higher than his best. Will ZalatorisHe was second. He is the third player in 50 years to finish eighth in all four majors during the same season.

Previous rank: 10

Smith won at St. Andrews. Schauffele was also victorious. Patrick CantlayThe 2023 season will see Schauffele as the best player in the world, without having won a major championship. Schauffele has been winning a lot of trophies in recent years. He won the Travelers Championship the first week, and then the Scottish Open in the second week. He also finished first at JP McManus Pro-Am in Ireland, a 36-hole charity tournament.

Previous rank: 8

Thomas ended a nearly 5-year drought without a major with the win of his second Wanamaker Trophy, at the PGA Championship in Southern Hills. JT has placed in the top ten in half of his 18 tours this season. He ranks among the top five for shots gained approach to the green (.855) and tee-to-green (1.716), respectively (1.938).

Previous rank:2

Rahm was in the top 10 at each of the four majors for 2021 but didnt finish that in any one of these events this season. He tied for 27th at The Masters, 48th at The PGA Championship, tied 12th at The U.S Open, and 34th at The Open. Rahms game was just one tick off this season, even with his win at The Mexico Open.

Previous rank: 3

The FedEx Cup Player of year hasnt won an individual race this season. Schauffele and Cantlay did however team up to win the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Cantlay still has nine top-10s, and 11 top-25s in 16 starts. A disappointing slide in majors was stopped by his tie for eighth at The Open.

Previous rank: Not ranked

Fitzpatrick waited for three seasons before he could win his first professional triumph on American soil. But, he finally got it — the U.S. Open at The Country Club Brookline, Massachusetts. He then tied for sixth at The Scottish Open and tied for 21st at The Open. His transformation over the past few years has been remarkable.

Previous rank: 9

After taking down Burns, Burns has won three times in this season. Davis RileyScheffler in a playoff for the Valspar Championship, and Scheffler in the Charles Schwab Challenge playoff. He also won Octobers Sanderson Farms Championship. After some previous struggles in majors he tied for 20th at PGA Championship, and tied for 27th U.S. Open. He also demonstrated that golfers can struggle to get a tan.

@espn⁩The Body Issue

— Sam Burns (@Samburns66) July 19, 2022

Previous rank: 15

Zalatoris has been one the most outstanding players in the world for the past two seasons, but he doesn’t have any trophies. He tied for sixth at The Masters and was second at The PGA Championship, where he lost to Thomas in a playoff. He also tied for second place at The U.S Open and was tied for 28th at The Open. He was also second at Farmers Insurance Open, but lost to Luke ListIn a playoff.

Previous rank: 22

Young was probably awarded PGA Tour Rookie Of The Year when he finished solo second at The Open. He finished third at the PGA Championship. He is only the second player to finish in the top 3 in his debut at The Open and the PGA Championship since 1958. Collin Morikawa is his only competitor to both. Young averages 317.6 yard off the tee. He ranks second in shots taken off the tee at.942.

Previous rank: 5

Morikawa has not had a bad year, but his play hasn’t lived up to the high expectations he set when he won the 2020 PGA Championship as well as the 2021 Open Championship. He has seven top-25s this season, including solo 2nd at the CJ Cup @ Summit as well as a tie for 2nd at the Genesis Invitational. He was fifth at Masters and tied for fifth at U.S. Open. Morikawa missed the cut in both his previous starts at The Open and The Scottish Open.

Previous rank: 11

The bizarre summer of the 2020 Masters champion continued at last week’s 3M Open. Matsuyama threw his ball into the water three more times on the par-5 18th hole. He took a quadruple-bogey 9. Matsuyama withdrew from the round after a sore wrist. Matsuyama was disqualified in June from the Memorial for a white substance that had formed on his 3-wood. Matsuyama has also suffered from neck and back injuries. Matsuyama won two of the U.S. Open titles this season, and he placed fourth.

Previous rank: 6

Hovland had his best chance at a major at The Open. He entered the final round tied for fourth with McIlroy at top of the leaderboard. Hovland was tied for fourth after a 2-over 74. Hovlands win has not come since Decembers Hero World Challenge. Hovlands top-5 at St. Andrews halted a nine-start streak in which he finished outside the top 15. Although the Norwegian golfer is a great player, his work around the green has been a disaster. Josh Gregory, Patrick Reeds Augusta State coach, was his short game coach. He is now helping him to turn things around.

Previous rank: 12

Spieth saved a disappointing majors campaign by finishing tied for eighth at The Open. He has six top-10s from 19 starts, including a victory in Aprils RBC Heritage. Spieth was once one of the most skilled putters in the world. However, his flat stick skills have been a problem this season. He ranks 146th in shots put (-.144). He ranks 199th for tour from 3 feet, 5th for 4 feet, and 157th for 5 feet.

Previous rank: 18

Homa, who earlier this season won the Fortinet Championship as well as the Wells Fargo Championship, was not able to make it to The Open. His poor performance at St. Andrews didnt affect his senses of humor. It didnt matter if he was taking a swipe at Henrik StensonTo join LIV Golf, he renounced the European Team captaincy for Ryder Cup.

— max homa (@maxhoma23) July 20, 2022

Homa is still winning social media, tweeting about his wifes pregnancy brain.

My wifes pregnancy brain , as it is known, has started and its nice that we are now on an equal playing field mentally. If you are interested in laughing at silly mishaps, I will share some stories as they occur.

— max homa (@maxhoma23) July 24, 2022

Previous rank: 16

Horschel took home his seventh PGA Tour title at the Memorial in Juni. He was also second at The Arnold Palmer Invitational, and second in the Zurich Classic team tournament. Although his performance in the majors was not what he expected, he tied for 21st in The Open, his first top-25 finish in eight starts. Horschel landed a 30-foot Kingfish on Friday as Smith took the Claret Jug.

From hitting greens to sailing on the big blue. The @PGATOURIs in the house!@BillyHo_GolfCaptain Cam Smith was at the helm as he reeled in a 30-pounder. .

— Marcel Robinson (@MarcelASJax) July 22, 2022

Previous rank: Not ranked

Finau was not able to start the 2021 season, but he felt that his form was improving over the last few months. He tied for second at Mexico Open and finished solo second at RBC Canadian Open. He finally won the 3M Open after overcoming a 5-shot deficit in round three to win his third PGA Tour title. Finau moved up to seventh in the Presidents Cup standings with the win. The U.S. teams captain will be the six top-ranked players in the standings. Davis Love IIIThere are six other options.

Previous rank: 17

Niemann, a wire to wire winner at the Genesis Invitational in Feb, hasn’t been in contention at a major. But Niemann, a 23-year old Chilean player, has made the cut in nine majors. That is more than two other PGA Tour players. Rahm has been a winner in 13 consecutive majors. Robert MacIntyreCurrently in 10 consecutive.

Previous rank: 13

Im finished eighth at the Masters, his second top-10 at Augusta National after three starts. Unfortunately, Ims major championship season didn’t turn out as planned. After testing positive for COVID-19 in South Korea, he had to withdraw from PGA Championship. He missed the cut at The U.S. Open, and then tied for 81st at The Open. He finished second at the 3M Open. This was his seventh top-10 finish in 22 starts this year.

Previous rank: 19

Lowry is still looking for his first win since the 2019 Open Championship in Royal Portrush. Lowry has enjoyed some highlights this season including a tie for third at The Masters and a memorable two hole sequence at The Open. He had consecutive chip in eagles on Nos. 9 and 10 at St. Andrews; both par-4s. He became 21 years first player to win back-toback eagles in The Open. Phil MickelsonIt was achieved on consecutive par-5 golf holes at Royal Lytham in 2001.

Previous rank: 20

Kisner is a true grinder. After barely making it to the cut at The Open, he made six birdies in the third round for a 6-under 30. This was one less than the Open Championship record at St. Andrews. Tony JacklinIn 1970. Kisner had a 7 under 65. He was tied for 21st, which is his best finish at a major this year.

Previous rank: Not ranked

Talk about perseverance. Poston missed the cut in six of his six starts this season. Poston tied for second at Travelers Championship and won John Deere Classic the following week, his second PGA Tour triumph. He was also tied for 11th at 3M Open. Poston was the John Deeres third wire-to-wire winner. Scott HochIn 1980, and David Frost1992

Previous rank: Not ranked

Riley is coming off a miss cut at the 3M Open but has had a solid rookie season on tour. In 25 starts, Riley has had nine top-25s and six Top-10s. He was second at the Valspar Championship and tied for fourth at the Zurich Classic, the Charles Schwab Challenge, and fifth at the Mexico Open.

Previous rank: Not ranked

The former world No. The former world No. 1 golfer isn’t playing as often or as well as he used to, but he still has a solid season. He tied for 14th at The U.S. Open, and was tied for 15th at The Open. He was tied for ninth at WGC Match Play, and fourth at Genesis Invitational. Hes saving his best for the tour’s most important events.

Whos out: Talor Gooch (LIV Golf), Sepp Straka, Tyrrell Hatton, Tom Hoge, J.J. Spaun

You just missed the cut: Tyrrell Hatton Seamus Power, Brian Harman, Cameron TringaleLuke List Maverick McNealyTom Hoge Tommy Fleetwood, Daniel Berger, Corey Conners, Harold Varner III, Aaron Wise

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