Jordan Spieth is the new No. 1 golfer in the world, but it won’t last forever. If he doesn’t finish in the top 14 this week at The Barclays, Spieth will relinquish the top spot back to Rory McIlroy, who held it for 54 weeks.
The two golfers are so close in terms of points; McIlroy can earn the top spot by not even playing. Nonetheless, the majority of GOLF Magazine’s Top 100 Teachers believe Spieth will hold the top spot longer than McIlroy did. When polled in the most recent SI Golf Plus Digital, 63 percent of the teachers said Spieth will be the No. 1 golfer for longer than a year.
McIlroy is able to sit out the first event of the FedEx Cup Playoffs as he is well in position to make the Tour Championship. It’s an intriguing wrinkle in the format of the year-end race for a $10 million prize. The playoffs have been altered over the years to produce a compelling competition and a true champion.
But according to the Top 100, the format still needs some work. Fifty-four percent said the event still needs minor tweaks in its ninth year of crowning a champion. Although 31 percent said they love the format, 10 percent said they hate it.
Lastly, when Jason Day won the PGA Championship, he took his name off the often-speculated list of Best Player to Never Win a Major. His departure left one clear name atop that list for the Top 100: Dustin Johnson.
Fifty-three percent of the teachers said Johnson is now the best golfer without a major, followed by Sergio Garcia at 21 percent. Rickie Fowler, Matt Kuchar and Henrik Stenson also received part of the vote.