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 229 for No. 1 to 114 for No. 10, and went all the way down to single digits for the approximately 365 players ranked each week.
2. Phil Mickelson. Phil bailed out of the Travelers to start resting his injured wrist, although there was a report that he played in one last corporate outing before taking the keys out of the ignition, and he’s going to be at Tiger’s event in D.C. next week. (Last Week: 2)
3. Vijay Singh. Singh finished fourth at the Travelers, a sign that he’s ready to make his usual run for the money at the Buick Open, which he’s won three times. One problem: he’s not playing this week. (Last Week: 3)
5. Rory Sabbatini. Sabbatini, who predicted a top 10 for himself at Oakmont (he finished 51st), usually plays less in the summer. With his FedEx Cup status pretty well solidified, it’s no surprise that he’s nowhere to be found. (Last Week: 5)
7. Charles Howell. Howell is one of only two guys in our top 10 who’s playing this week. He could use the opportunity to build points as he’s only 14 points above the 10th spot, and could conceivably drop very quickly. (Last Week: 7)
8. Jim Furyk. Furyk is the other guy playing this week, and he has to be the favorite going in. After a slow start he’s been playing much better of late. Plus, he’s the only guy in the top 10 who has not won. (Last Week: 8)
10. Aaron Baddeley. The good news for Baddeley is that when you putt as well as he does, you’ll never be down for long. Not sure when he’s planning to tee it up again, but when he does he’s sure to do fine. (Last Week: 10)