It has been almost a month since the Masters, the primary main championship of the season, and the PGA Championship, the second main, is simply two weeks away.
Not a lot has modified since Scottie Scheffler received his first main and slipped on a inexperienced jacket at Augusta Nationwide Golf Membership on April 10. Scheffler remains to be red-hot and stays the No. 1 participant on the earth.
Tiger Woods performed a apply spherical final week at Southern Hills Nation Membership in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the place he received the 2007 PGA Championship, and appears able to compete there once more.
We nonetheless have not heard from defending PGA Championship winner Phil Mickelson, who hasn’t performed in additional than three months after his controversial feedback in regards to the PGA Tour and the financiers of a breakaway league fronted by Greg Norman.
Final week, a video emerged on social media displaying Mickelson enjoying on a California golf course. The six-time main champion has registered to play within the PGA Championship and the U.S. Open in June, and his brokers have requested a launch from the PGA Tour to permit Mickelson to play within the first occasion of the Saudi Arabian-financed LIV Golf Invitational Sequence in London in June. His agent, Steve Loy, stated in an announcement that Mickelson hasn’t determined if he’ll play in any of these occasions.
With the PGA Championship a few weeks away, listed here are ESPN’s newest PGA Tour Energy Rankings:
1. Scottie Scheffler
Earlier rank: 4
Together with his victory on the Masters, Scheffler grew to become the primary participant since Bob Tway in 1986 to say his first 4 PGA Tour wins in the identical season. Scheffler is an enormous fan of Southern Hills Nation Membership in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the location of this month’s PGA Championship. As a freshman at Texas, he received a person title there on the 2015 Large 12 championship.
2. Jon Rahm
Earlier rank: 2
Rahm is now not the No. 1-ranked participant on the earth after cooling off on the Gamers (tie for fifty fifth) and the Masters (tie for twenty seventh). The Spaniard rebounded by profitable the Mexico Open on Sunday, his first victory of the season. It’s his sixth straight season with no less than one win.
3. Patrick Cantlay
Earlier rank: 1
Cantlay rebounded properly from his playoff loss to Jordan Spieth on the RBC Heritage by profitable the Zurich Basic of New Orleans with teammate Xander Schauffele. The pair led the two-man staff occasion wire-to-wire and set the match’s 72-hole scoring report at 29-under 259. Cantlay has 5 victories for the reason that begin of final season, probably the most by any participant.
4. Cameron Smith
Earlier rank: 9
Smith, from Australia, received the Sentry Event of Champions in Hawaii in January after which the Gamers, which got here with a $3.6 million winner’s test, the most important in PGA Tour historical past. He faltered within the closing spherical at Augusta Nationwide, however in any other case has performed as steadily as anybody else on tour this season. He led the Masters subject in birdies (22) and par-5 scoring common (4.44).
5. Collin Morikawa
Earlier rank: 3
Morikawa, a two-time main champion, hasn’t but received this season however has six top-10s in 10 tour begins. He was solo second on the CJ Cup on the Summit and tied for second on the Genesis Invitational. He completed solo fifth on the Masters, his greatest end in three begins at Augusta Nationwide. He shot 5-under 67 within the closing spherical on the Masters; he leads the tour in final-round scoring with a 66.57 common.
6. Viktor Hovland
Earlier rank: 5
After a blistering begin to the season, which included a victory at Mayakoba and the Hero World Problem, an unofficial occasion, Hovland has cooled off a tad within the spring. After tying for ninth on the Gamers, he tied for thirty third on the Valspar Championship, tied for 18th on the WGC-Dell Applied sciences Match Play and tied for twenty seventh on the Masters. His quick sport stays a piece in progress; he’s dropping .838 strokes to the sphere across the inexperienced this season.
7. Rory McIlroy
Earlier rank: 7
McIlroy’s solo runner-up end on the Masters appeared like a breakthrough for him. He shot 8-under 64 within the closing spherical and holed out from a bunker on the 72nd gap. McIlroy has performed very effectively this season, with a victory on the CJ Cup on the Summit in October and three top-10s in six tour begins. He’ll attempt to defend his Wells Fargo Championship title at TPC Potomac this week.
8. Justin Thomas
Earlier rank: 6
Thomas hasn’t picked up a victory but this season, however he was solo third at Mayakoba and tied for third on the Valspar Championship. JT tied for eighth on the Masters, his second top-10 at Augusta Nationwide. Thomas has made the reduce in 19 consecutive occasions, the longest streak on tour. He final missed one on the 2021 PGA Championship at Kiawah Island, South Carolina.
9. Sam Burns
Earlier rank: 12
Burns received the Valspar Championship for the second consecutive yr by defeating Davis Riley in a playoff with a 32-foot birdie on March 20. It was his second victory of the season; he received the Sanderson Farms Championship in early October. The subsequent step for Burns is to carry out higher within the majors. He missed the reduce on the Masters, and his greatest end in a serious was a tie for twenty ninth on the 2019 PGA Championship.
10. Xander Schauffele
Earlier rank: 10
Though the Zurich Basic was a staff occasion, Schauffele will get credit score for a victory, which was his first on tour since profitable the 2019 Sentry Event of Champions. He additionally received a gold medal on the Tokyo Olympics. Schauffele had eight runners-up finishes in between tour victories.
11. Hideki Matsuyama
Earlier rank: 8
The 2020 Masters champion received twice earlier this season — on the Zozo Championship in Japan in October and the Sony Open in Hawaii in January — however he has been hampered by neck and again accidents currently. After withdrawing from the Gamers and the Valero Texas Open, he tied for 14th on the Masters.
12. Jordan Spieth
Earlier rank: not ranked
Simply when it appeared Spieth had misplaced his swing once more, he received the RBC Heritage at Hilton Head on Easter Sunday. Spieth made two eagles within the closing spherical to earn his thirteenth profession tour victory. He received the Valero Texas Open on Easter Sunday in 2021 to finish a four-year drought. He missed the reduce on the Gamers and the Masters previous to his newest win.
13. Sungjae Im
Earlier rank: 11
The South Korean had the first-round lead on the Masters and tied for eighth, his second top-10 in three begins at Augusta Nationwide. In 2020, he grew to become the primary Asian participant to complete runner-up on the Masters, 5 photographs behind winner Dustin Johnson. Im received the Shriners Kids’s Open in October.
14. Talor Gooch
Earlier rank: 15
Gooch retains quietly posting top-25s. He picked up his first PGA Tour victory on the RSM Basic in November and has 11 top-25s and 4 top-10s in 17 tour begins, together with a tie for 14th on the Masters. It was his greatest end at a serious championship. The previous Oklahoma State star, who’s from Midwest Metropolis, Oklahoma, returns residence for the PGA Championship later this month.
15. Will Zalatoris
Earlier rank: 18
After a troublesome stretch following his near-miss on the Farmers Insurance coverage Open in late January, Zalatoris has performed very effectively in his previous three begins. He tied for fifth on the WGC-Dell Applied sciences Match Play, tied for sixth on the Masters and tied for fourth on the Zurich Basic with Riley. Zalatoris’ putter — he ranks 169th in strokes gained: placing (-.300) — appears to be the one factor holding him again from profitable on tour for the primary time.
16. Billy Horschel
Earlier rank: 17
Horschel is not making apologies for his scorching mood on the golf course, which has gotten him into hassle at occasions. Earlier than the Zurich Basic, he instructed reporters, “That is going to sound blunt, it’ll sound dangerous, however in case you do not prefer it, I truthfully do not care anymore.” Horschel would not need to apologize for his outcomes, both. He and Burns completed second in New Orleans, 2 photographs behind Cantlay and Schauffele. Horschel additionally tied for second on the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March.
17. Joaquin Niemann
Earlier rank: 16
In February, the 23-year-old from Chile grew to become the primary wire-to-wire winner of the Genesis Invitational with a 72-hole whole of 19-under 265, one shy of the report rating Lanny Watkins posted in 1985. He has two different top-10s in 14 begins. He caught a nasty break on the Zurich Basic when his Chilean teammate, Mito Pereira, was pressured to tug out with a again harm previous to the second spherical.
18. Max Homa
Earlier rank: 13
Homa picked up his third PGA Tour victory on the Fortinet Championship in September. He would possibly nonetheless rank first in social media presence on tour. Whether or not it is asking for barber suggestions in Arizona (“And since I perceive how this app works I am going to get in entrance of the ‘he misses extra cuts than his hair’ crowd”) or providing to refund cash to individuals who misplaced bets on him, Homa retains it gentle. He and his spouse, Lacey, introduced final week that they are anticipating their first baby, a boy.
19. Shane Lowry
Earlier rank: not ranked
The winner of The Open in Northern Eire in 2019, Lowry has heated up significantly over the previous few months. He was solo second on the Honda Basic in late February after which tied for third on the Masters, his first top-10 in seven begins at Augusta Nationwide, and the RBC Heritage. Lowry ranks fifth in photographs gained: whole (1.660) on tour this season.
20. Kevin Kisner
Earlier rank: not ranked
After a red-hot begin in Hawaii through which he tied for eighth on the Sentry Event of Champions and tied for third on the Sony Open, Kisner had a worthwhile three-week stretch in March. After lacking the reduce on the Arnold Palmer Invitational, he completed fourth on the Gamers, tied for thirty third on the Valspar Championship and was runner-up on the WGC-Dell Applied sciences Match Play. He took residence greater than $2.3 million throughout that stretch. As Kisner likes to say, this ain’t no pastime.
21. Sepp Straka
Earlier rank: 24
The previous College of Georgia star grew to become the primary participant from Austria to win on the PGA Tour when he got here from 5 photographs again within the closing spherical to win the Honda Basic. He tied for ninth on the Gamers and tied for third on the RBC Heritage. He made a 35-foot birdie putt on the seventeenth gap of the ultimate spherical at Hilton Head, however could not stand up and down on the 18th to hitch Cantlay and Spieth in a playoff.
22. Cameron Younger
Earlier rank: 20
The PGA Tour rookie already has six top-25 finishes in 15 begins, together with a tie for second at each the Sanderson Farms Championship and Genesis Invitational and a tie for third on the RBC Heritage. He led or tied for the lead in birdies in every of these occasions, and his birdie common of 4.61 ranks sixth on tour.
23. Tyrrell Hatton
Earlier rank: 25
The Englishman would not like enjoying at Augusta Nationwide, the place he was a mixed 15 over in his closing 36 holes of the Masters. However he is been fairly good in any other case this season, with six top-25s in 10 tour begins, together with a tie for second on the Arnold Palmer Invitational. He leads the tour in photographs gained: placing (1.123).
24. Tom Hoge
Earlier rank: 14
After choosing up his first PGA Tour victory on the AT&T Pebble Seashore Professional-Am in early February, Hoge hasn’t executed a lot outdoors of ending tied for 14th on the WM Phoenix Open. He missed the reduce in three of his previous seven begins, and his greatest end throughout that stretch was a tie for thirty second on the Arnold Palmer Invitational. He nonetheless ranks eighth within the FedEx Cup standings.
25. J.J. Spaun
Earlier rank: not ranked
The 31-year-old picked up his first PGA Tour victory, in his 147th profession begin, on the Valero Texas Open to earn an invite to the Masters. He tied for twenty third at Augusta Nationwide, his greatest end in a serious championship. Spaun has six top-25s in 19 begins and ranks sixteenth within the FedEx Cup standings.