All of the top-10 golfers in the world are in attendance on one of the best courses in the country. Riviera CC welcomes golfers like Rory McIlroy and Paul Casey, making their first starts on the PGA TOUR this season. The World No. 2, Collin Morikawa, returns after weeks overseas on the DP World Tour, but big names like Bryson DeChambeau and Daniel Berger will not be playing this week.
Jon Rahm secures the top spot again this week, with consistency. He finished top-10 in Phoenix, losing three strokes total with his short game, but gained 11.9 with his ball-striking. His season’s worst finish is a 14th at The American Express, and he’s gained over nine strokes Tee-to-Green in two of his previous four tournaments. Patrick Cantlay lost in a playoff last week but doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon.
Tenth in the odds on DraftKings Sportsbook, but third in the power rankings is Xander Schauffele. Last week, he led the field in SG: Tee-to-Green and ranks top-20 in SG: Putting on poa annua greens over the previous 50 rounds. Marc Leishman also deserves a bump in rank, with how well he plays in California, winning the 2020 Farmers Insurance Open and finishing top-5 twice here in the previous five years.
Justin Thomas should be in the top-5 every week he plays, but the putting isn’t there right now, losing strokes on the greens in three of his previous four starts. Thomas is a GPP target with how well he’s hitting the ball and a big reason he isn’t moving outside the top-10 this week. Thomas gained 7.13 strokes with approach at the WM, second to only Bubba Watson.
Brooks Koepka also slides this week. He played well in Phoenix and should be an auto-selection whenever we’re at TPC Scottsdale. This week, not so much. His best finish is 38th over a three-event span and could have some WM hangover. He’ll slide outside the top-10.
PGA TOUR Power Rankings
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