Welcome to the first installment of PGA TOUR Power Rankings, and what a week to kick it off at the WM Phoenix Open. This article will look at the top 25 golfers this week, no matter their odds. Sure, the DraftKings Sportsbook odds and Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) will be factors, but so will course fit, short/long-form and the good ole’ eye test.
Some of the top golfers in the world, like Jon Rahm and Patrick Cantlay, haven’t played their best golf on the weekends, with Rahm finishing 72-71 at the Farmers and Cantlay shooting 68-71 last week at the AT&T Pebble Beach. Still, both finished inside the top-4 for the tournament with sub-par golf, which is why they ranked at the top. Both gain an average of two strokes per round over their previous 24, ranking first and second in the field.
Even though he has yet to win on the PGA TOUR, Scottie Scheffler will be in my top-5 this week. Last season, his finishes in high strength of field tournaments were 18th at The Masters, eighth at the PGA Championship, seventh at the Memorial, seventh at the U.S. Open, and eighth at The Open Championship. This guy is a stud.
We shouldn’t fade golfers because they “let us down” the previous week or had one bad round. Seamus Power still ranks high with finishes like 9-14-3-15-4 in his last five events. Even though he didn’t have a great weekend in California last week, he still ranked inside the top-10 in SG: Approach on Pebble Beach. Golfers don’t just go away after a couple of bad rounds; he should still be on your radar this week, especially in DFS.
Bubba Watson ranks eighth in SG: Total here since 2017, with two runner-up finishes and three additional top-5s. The only time he’s missed the cut was in 2017. Harold Varner III made an eagle on the 72nd hole at the PIF Saudi International to beat Watson by one shot.
2021-22 PGA TOUR Power Rankings
Put your knowledge to the test. Sign up for DraftKings and experience the game inside the game.
All views expressed are my own. I am an employee of DraftKings and am ineligible to play in public DFS or DKSB contests.
The contents contained in this article do not constitute a representation that any particular strategy will guarantee success. All customers should use their own skill and judgment in building lineups.
If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA).
21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. Eligibility restrictions apply. See draftkings.com/sportsbook for full terms and conditions.