Power 15: Ranking the PGA Tour (Following Arnold Palmer Invitational)

Several years after graduating from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, now-professional golfer Billy Hurley III got a job as an economics professor. He no doubt passed down abstruse financial concepts and theories to his young students. Today, Professor Hurley III learned an easy one: winning a professional golf tournament gets you a LOT of money.

As part of a new regular feature, Pro Golf Weekly will rank the top-15 players on the PGA Tour each Monday at noon.

The rankings are compiled by the team at Pro Golf Today and Pro Golf Weekly, using a process which grades the state of a player’s current form – using stats, world ranking, and recent finishes. Additionally, we also use the eye ball test.

Essentially, the list is who we feel are the 15 players on the PGA Tour in the best form.

With that, here’s the Power 15 for the week of March 11, 2019, following the Arnold Palmer Invitational:


This week’s Power 15: Ranking the PGA Tour is presented by Caddies Golf Wipes.



1. Dustin Johnson (1)
After opening with a 73 two weeks ago at Riviera, DJ carded rounds of 66-69-69 to claim a T10 at the Genesis Open. He then added four rounds of 64-67-66-66 to secure his maiden PGA Tour win of 2019, and 20th of his career. In his last four worldwide starts, DJ’s results are: 1st-10th-45th-1st.

World Rank: 1
FedExCup Rank: 10
Starts: 5 | Cuts Made: 5
Wins: 1 | Top-10: 2 | Top-25: 0
Money: $2,323,352 (10th)


2. Justin Thomas (4)
Justin Thomas was reportedly fighting a “dead arm” and it showed as the 25-year old star posted a T30, his first finish of the 2019 season outside the top 25, which includes five top-10s. He will tee it up this week at The PLAYERS.

World Rank: 4
FedExCup Rank: 6
Starts: 8 | Cuts Made: 8
Wins: 0 | Top-10: 5 | Top-25: 1
Money: $2,378,275 (8th)


3. Brooks Koepka (2)
Koepka shot a final round 66 at PGA National to join Rickie Fowler at T2. On the season, Koepka has five starts with a win and second-place.

World Rank: 3
FedExCup Rank: 8
Starts: 6 | Cuts Made: 5
Wins: 1 | Top-10: 1 | Top-25: 2
Money: $2,587,400 (4th)


4. Justin Rose (3)
Rose has made just three starts this season, but one of those was a victory at the Farmers Insurance Open, and the other was a top-3 (WGC-HSBC). After several weeks off, Rose will play this week at Bay Hill in the Arnold Palmer.

World Rank: 2
FedExCup Rank: 13
Starts: 4 | Cuts Made: 4
Wins: 1 | Top-10: 1 | Top-25: 0
Money: $1,914,269 (12th)


5. Rory McIlroy (5)
Rory enters his defense at Bay Hill off four-straight top 5s, including a runner-up in Mexico. He’s certainly trending in the right direction as he seeks to close out the career grand slam at Augusta in five weeks.

World Rank: 6
FedExCup Rank: 11
Starts: 6 | Cuts Made: 6
Wins: 0 | Top-10: 5 | Top-25: 0
Money: $2,330,008 (9th)


6. Rickie Fowler (6)
Rickie has made six starts and owns three top-4 finishes including a 1st, 2nd, and 4th. The runner-up occurred this past weekend at PGA National where Fowler shot rounds of 67, 72, 66, and 67.

World Rank: 9
FedExCup Rank: 6
Starts: 7 | Cuts Made: 6
Wins: 1 | Top-10: 3 | Top-25: 1
Money: $2,398,778 (6th)


7. Franceso Molinari (N/R)
The 36-year old Italian, and reigning Open Champion, has posted mediocre results this season, but still ranks 10th in the world. Posted his first top-20 in Mexico two weeks ago.

World Rank: 7
FedExCup Rank: 20
Starts: 4 | Cuts Made: 4
Wins: 1 | Top-10: 0 | Top-25: 1
Money: $1,884,250 (20th)


8. Xander Schauffele (8)
In eight PGA Tour starts this season, Schauffele owns two victories, and five additional top-25s, including a T14 last week in Mexico. Just a very solid young American player.

World Rank: 7
FedExCup Rank: 1
Starts: 8 | Cuts Made: 8
Wins: 2 | Top-10: 1 | Top-25: 4
Money: $3,530,861 (1st)


9. Bryson DeChambeau (7)
DeChambeau had his first bad finish (T56 in Mexico) in a long time. Prior to that, he’d made seven worldwide starts, and owned two wins (one PGA Tour, one European Tour) and five additional top-15s.

World Rank: 5
FedExCup Rank: 14
Starts: 6 | Cuts Made: 6
Wins: 1 | Top-10: 2 | Top-25: 1
Money: $1,821,679 (14th)


10. Jon Rahm (8)
Rahm finished 1-over par and T45 in Mexico – his first bad week in quite a while. For the season, the 24-year old Spaniard owns five top-10s in just seven starts.

World Rank: 10
FedExCup Rank: 31
Starts: 7 | Cuts Made: 7
Wins: 0 | Top-10: 5 | Top-25: 1
Money: $1,154,950 (29th)


11. Jason Day (10)
Day did not make the trip to Mexico or PGA National, and then backed out of Bay Hill. On the season, Day has made five starts, and owns three top 5s, and two additional top-15s (T11 and T13). Feels like he’s ready for another trip to the winner’s circle. He will tee it up this week at Bay Hill.

World Rank: 12
FedExCup Rank: 33
Starts: 5 | Cuts Made: 5
Wins: 0 | Top-10: 3 | Top-25: 2
Money: $1,253,883 (24th)


12. Tiger Woods (11)
Tiger finished T10 in Mexico – his first top-10 of the season. In just three starts this season, Tiger owns a T10, T15 (Genesis Open) and T20 (Torrey Pines).

World Rank: 12
FedExCup Rank: 107
Starts: 3 | Cuts Made: 3
Wins: 0 | Top-10: 1 | Top-25: 2
Money: $342,092 (107th)


13. Sergio Garcia (Last Week: N/R)
The 2017 Masters champion has made just three PGA Tour starts in 2019 but owns two top-10 finishes. He’s coming off a T9 at The Honda Classic, which followed a T6 in Mexico.

World Rank: 26
FedExCup Rank: 86
Starts: 3 | Cuts Made: 3
Wins: 0 | Top-10: 2 | Top-25: 0
Money: $477,087 (77th)


14. Patrick Cantlay (13)
Cantlay finished T6 in Mexico. In seven starts the former all-world amateur owns four top-10s, and two additional top-20s.

World Rank: 19
Starts: 7 | Cuts Made: 6
Wins: 0 | Top-10: 4 | Top-25: 2
Money: $1,569,277 (17th)


15. Matt Kuchar (15)
Kuchar was near the top of the leaderboard in Mexico after two rounds of 66 and 67 (T3), but then blew up over the weekend (79-74) to finish solo 50th. The disappointing finish follows a T28 at the Genesis Open. Kuchar owns two wins on the season, along with additional top-20 (Kapalua), and top-5 (Phoenix).

World Rank: 22
Starts: 8 | Cuts: 8
Wins: 2 | Top-10: 1 | Top-25: 2
Money: $3,031,933 (2nd)


Next 10: Tony Finau, Webb Simpson, Patrick Reed, Charles Howell III, Gary Woodland, Phil Mickelson, Marc Leishman, Hideki Matsuyama, Cameron Smith, Tommy Fleetwood


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