This week brings a change in the Golf Power Rankings. Our old formula worked well, but perhaps too well as it mirrored the FedEx Cup points list and the money list very closely. In order to bring something new to the table and add a little volatility the ranking will now reflect the 10 players who’ve earned the most FedEx Cup points over the previous six weeks, therefore providing an accurate snapshot of who’s playing the best at the current time.
1. Jim Furyk. Points 7154. Well earned. In the last six weeks, Furyk has finished second at the U.S. Open, fifth at the Buick Open, third at the AT&T, and then won last week’s Canadian Open. Too bad a back injury is threatening to cool him off for the biggest part of the season.
2. Hunter Mahan. Points 7106. At 25, Mahan’s really made a move to establish himself as the best of the young players on Tour. After a 13th at the Open, he won the Travelers, then posted three straight top 10s. At the Canadian Open, he was about the only player to step up and challenge Furyk and Vijay Singh on Sunday.
3. K.J. Choi. Points 5270. In the midst of a dream season, Choi followed up his win at Jack’s tournament (the Memorial) with a victory at Tiger’s inaugural AT&T. All he did after that was come in eighth at Carnoustie.
4. Padraig Harrington. Points 5006. It may have been a gift from Sergio Garcia, but Harrington final broke through at the majors and he has the points to show for it. Interesting to see how he fares this week in his return to action.
5. Jonathan Byrd. Points 4753. In his last four starts Byrd has missed the cut twice. Fortunately for him he also won the John Deere and finished 23rd at the British. That’s a pretty good week.
6. Vijay Singh. Points 4547. Singh’s riding on the strength of two top fives and a top 20 at the Open. Still, he hasn’t won, even at some of the weaker field events he’s entered, and that’s where he usually cleans up.
7. Tim Clark. Points 3633. Clark had the John Deere won — it would have been his first on the PGA Tour — until a late collapse. Was Clark shattered? Nah, he came back the next week and finished second again at the U.S. Bank Championship.
8. Brian Gay. Points 3553. Gay is hanging on by one top-five finish, but that will fall off the books this week, which means Gay needs a big finish this week to stay on the list.
9. Steve Stricker. Points 3470. Stricker’s remarkable mid-career resurgence continues. In his last three events, U.S. Open, AT&T National, British Open, he’s gone 13th, second and eighth, and he’s currently eighth in the standings for the U.S. Presidents Cup team.
10. Sergio Garcia. Points 2970. Sergio looked great for about 67 holes at Carnoustie, but as been the case with him, he faltered at the end. And as has also been the case, he then blamed everyone in the world but himself. Sergio, you’re number 10 this week, but take a little advice from Michael Jackson: Start with the man in the mirror.