Who's Hot Heading Into the PGA Tour's Home Stretch?
1. Jordan Spieth – 498 points
Turns out, Spieth did get to hoist the Claret Jug—if only on the plane ride home from Scotland with champ Zach Johnson, thanks to travel plans the pair had made prior to heading to St. Andrews. The just-turned 22-year old—he celebrated his birthday on Monday with his younger sister, Ellie—is taking a few weeks off before returning for the WGC Bridgestone Invitational, but with so many of his fellow top-players doing the same, he will remain at No. 1 for at least another week.
2. Zach Johnson – 394 points
The Champion Golfer of the Year spent some time at home in St. Simon Island, Ga. with his wife and three kids after winning the British. Like Spieth, he’ll be back in action at Bridgestone the first week of August.
3. Jason Day – 348.67 points
Thanks to clutch birdies on the final three holes, Day won the RBC Canadian Open by a shot over Bubba Watson, earning him the first multi-win season of his young career. Of course, Day has been hot all year, finishing in the top-10 in 7 of 14 starts.
4. Louis Oosthuizen – 326.66 points
Arguably the hottest golfer on Tour without a win this season—three runner ups, including in the last two majors, and eight top-10s—Oosthuizen is now gearing up for a big stretch of play which will include the Bridgestone, the PGA Championship, the FedEx Cup playoffs and the Presidents Cup.
5. Marc Leishman – 210.66 points
Despite the disappointment of falling short at the British, Leishman nonetheless takes a lot of positives from his T-2 at St. Andrews. That finish pushed him to 47thin FedEx points, ensuring him a spot in the first three playoff events with a chance to drastically improve his position over the next few weeks. He’s also earned an invite to each of the 2016 majors and likely secured his place on the International squad at this year’s Presidents Cup, a goal he set for himself at the start of the year.
6. Robert Streb – 188.01points
Streb’s wife, Maggie, travelled with him to St. Andrews, marking the first time they were apart from their five-month old daughter, Catherine. But the time away was well deserved as Streb continues to have his best season to date, notching his first career win at the McGladrey Classic, finishing T-2 at Greenbrier and earning seven top-10s in 24 starts. Despite ranking 6th in the Fed Ex standings, likely good enough for a berth in all four playoff events, he is still just 15th in President Cup points and will need a strong finish if he hopes to make the trip to South Korea.
7. Adam Scott – 186.67 points
The season is heading into the home stretch, but Scott has still only played in ten events. As a result, he is currently ranked 82nd in the FedEx race and will need a big surge to improve on that. But one thing he is assured of is a place on his seventh consecutive Presidents Cup team, as he is currently ranked second among international players behind fellow Aussie Jason Day.
8. Brooks Koepka – 184.67 points
Like most of the rest of our top-ten, Koepka is taking two weeks off after finishing T-18 in Canada and T-10 at the British Open. And despite playing a handful of PGA Tour events last year, he didn’t earn his card until late in the season, preserving his rookie status. He will be very much in the running for 2015 Rookie of the Year honors.
9. Justin Rose – 184 points
As the tourney’s defending champ, Rose is the only player from our list who will be in the field at this week’s Quicken Loans National. But he won’t be defending his title at Congressional and will instead take on the tough greens and tight fairways of the Robert Trent Jones G.C. in Gainesville, Va. But the “old-fashioned” track is right up Rose’s alley, so look for him to be in contention once again come the weekend.
10. Sergio Garcia – 179.34 points
The Spaniard followed up his T-6 at St. Andrews with another top-10 finish in Switzerland. Despite going winless since the 2014 Qatar Masters, Garcia does have 15 top-10s and five runner-up finishes since then and currently ranks 31st in FedEx points. He will be back in action in two weeks at the WGC-Bridgestone.
Inside the rankings:
*Off the GOLFstats player rankings, we determine the hottest players based on the last nine weeks on the PGA Tour. Keys to the system:
*132 points for regular tour win. All finishers in top-50 get points via a declining scale.
*198 points for a win in WGC events and the Players Championship, 264 points for a major win.
*points are lost for missed cuts, DQs or WDs: 10 for regular events, 15 for WGC and Players, 20 for majors
*All points get degraded 1/3 after weeks 4, 5 & 6, and by 2/3 for weeks 7, 8 & 9