Who’s Hot Heading Into the Travelers Championship?

June 23, 2015

Who’s hot? Our take on the Tour’s hottest players coming off a tough test at Chambers Bay.

1. Jordan Spieth – 445.5 points

With a world-class performance at the U.S. Open, Spieth is now one of only six players to win the first two legs of the Grand Slam in a single year, and one of only 16 to claim both the Masters and the U.S. Open—in an entire career. Following American Pharoah’s horse racing Triple Crown, Spieth will now look to match Ben Hogan in 1953 by winning the British Open for his third straight major. The Texan has a commanding lead in our rankings, and taking the next two weeks off isn’t likely to change that. He will return to play at the John Deere before heading to St. Andrews for the Open Championship.

2. Dustin Johnson – 284.16 points

Johnson’s three jack on the 72nd hole leaves him with a pair of runner-up finishes in majors, and with no tourneys on his schedule for the next three weeks, he’ll have plenty of time to rehash what happened at Chambers Bay. He does have one win this year, at the WGC-Cadillac back in March, but he’ll surely need another one to get over this Open loss. Winning at the home of the golf could be just the ticket.

3. Rory McIlory – 269 points

Despite a balky putter, McIlory was in the running until a pair of bogeys on Nos. 15 and 17 left him with a T-9 finish. He’s taking another two-week break—his second in five weeks—before heading to the auld sod for the Scottish Open, one week ahead of the British.

4. Kevin Kisner – 238 points

Kisner has been on a serious roll since losing in a playoff at the Heritage back in April, and he continued his great play with a T-12th at the Open. In our nine week window, Kisner boasts a runner-up, a T-5 and a T-8. He’s taking the week off and will return to action at the Greenbrier on July 2.

5. Louis Oosthuizen – 225 points

After a regrettable 77 during an opening round alongside Tiger Woods (80) and Ricky Fowler (81), the South African charged back with three straight sub-par rounds—highlighted by an eye-popping 29 on the backside on Sunday—to earn a hard fought T-2. He’ll head to the Travelers at TPC River Highlands this week, where his length off the tee could give him an edge.

6. Brandt Snedeker – 201.67 points

Snedeker’s game has perked up since his second place finish at Colonial, T-6 at the Byron Nelson and 8 spot at Chambers Bay. He’ll head to Connecticut for the Travelers with some momentum. He’s also riding a hot putter, and is currently ranked 6th in strokes gained on the greens this year.

7. Justin Rose – 201.5 points

Despite spending almost a week at Chambers Bay, Rose couldn’t get rolling and wound up finishing a disappointing T-27. His overall game looked fairly sharp but a balky putter was a serious problem. Rose is taking some time off before returning to defend his Scottish Open title.

8. Hideki Matsuyama – 193 points

The Japanese star boasts six top five finishes so far this year. He was solid at Chambers Bay finishing T-18th. He is taking the week off and will return at Greenbrier to prep for a British Open run.

9. Tony Finau – 188.68 points

If you’re looking for a long shot pick at the Travelers, Finau might be your man. Just 25, the Tour rookie has finished in the top-20 in his last five starts, including a T-8 at Memorial and a T-14 at Chambers Bay. A big hitter off the tee, Finau ranks 56th in greens hit and continues to struggle with the flat stick once he gets there. If he can keep his putting in check, he could be a contender.

10. Brooks Koepka– 188.17 points

Another wise choice for the Travelers, Koepka hits it a long way but still has control off the tee. He makes a ton of birdies and eagles and despite being an average overall putter he leads the Tour in putts from 4 to 8 feet.

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

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