I worked with SI’s statistical guru, David Sabino, to develop a mathematical formula to determine the top 10 PGA Tour players. The rankings incorporate 15 different statistical categories, including wins, top 10s, cuts made, earnings, total driving, greens in regulation, putting average, save percentage, eagles and birdies. Some are weighted to grant them additional influence, so it’s more reflective of overall play than simply dollars earned.
Players lose ground if they take a week off, so the list won’t go stagnant with the same old names sitting at the top. This week’s scores ranged from 203 for No. 1 to 100 for No. 10, and went all the way down to single digits for the approximately 365 players ranked each week.
1. Tiger Woods. With three wins, Woods remains atop the ranking. He will play next week’s Memorial, and you can bet that he will be motivated to do something special after Phil Mickelson’s win at the Players and all the Butch Harmon genius talk. (Last Week: 1)
2. Phil Mickelson. He’s where he should be at #2 on our list and in the world ranking. If he wants to close the gap, he could start by taking the next two showdowns with Tiger: the Memorial and the U.S. Open. Is that even possible? (Last Week: 2)
3. Vijay Singh. Singh is in the midst of a rare two-week break, sitting out the AT&T and the Colonial. He, too, will return for the Memorial, and he could really use a win, as he’s begun to fade from a conversation dominated by Tiger and Phil. He won Arnold Palmer’s event already this year; maybe he can add Jack’s. (Last Week: 3)
4. Zach Johnson. With his win at the AT&T, Johnson joins the group of multiple winners on Tour this year. One of his is a major, so he’s definitely part of the player of the year conversation. I thought he might fade from post Masters fatigue, but he’s hitting it well and seems to gaining confidence daily. (Last Week: 6)
5. Charles Howell III. Howell missed the cut at the AT&T but managed to hold off Adam Scott all the same. I know I’m beating a dead horse here, but if Howell doesn’t snap out of it, his early season success will only carry him so far. (Last Week: 4)
6. Adam Scott. Like almost everyone else, Scott is taking a pass on the Colonial — of the top 10 in the world rankings only Jim Furyk is playing — in order to tune up for June. So far the Phil-Butch pairing hasn’t produced any complaints from Harmon’s supposed No. 1 student, but it bears watching. (Last Week: 5)
7. Luke Donald. Donald holds onto the seventh spot, and this is where our power ranking starts to diverge from the FedEx Cup points race, since John Rollins is seventh on that list but 10th by our accounting. (Last Week: 7)
8. Sergio Garcia. Sergio has to be feeling good after his strong Sunday showing moved him into second at the Players. Maybe he can take that positive vibe and use it to propel himself to the top of the leaderboard at some of the big events coming up. Second is nice, but sooner or later he’s got to close the deal. (Last Week: 8)
9. Aaron Baddeley. Baddeley is now playing a stud schedule — majors, world golf championships, invitationals and not much else — but he’s not yet proven he can run with the big dogs. It would be nice to see him win something with the likes of Woods, Furyk and Mickelson in the field. (Last Week: 9)
10. John Rollins. Rollins is holding steady at 10, and he’ll have a big chance to make up some ground this week as he’s the only player on the list who will tee it up at the Colonial. A win could push him far up the board. (Last Week: 10)