The Official World Golf Rankings are based on a player’s performance over a two year period, although the system does give more weight to recent play. Still, we wanted to see how the top-10 ranked players would get positioned if reset against one another based on performance over the past three months, March – May, using the official points awarded by the OWGR for each event finish.
The No. 1 would still be Brooks Koepka, as the reigning two-time PGA and U.S. Open winner rings up the best numbers over the past three (3) months, which includes a pair of second-place finishes (Masters and Honda) to go along with his win at Bethpage Black.
Surprisingly, though, Masters winner Tiger Woods is No. 2, and only one-half point behind Koepka. The 43-year old Woods, who’s played just five times, has a top-5 and top-10 to go along with his major victory (worth 100 OWGR points).
After Patrick Cantlay won the Memorial, Jack Nicklaus called him the “No. 1 player in the world, at least today.” Well, Jack wasn’t too far off, as the red-hot Californian would be No. 3 using results from the last three months, edging Dustin Johnson by two-tenths of a point (22.480 to 22.261).
DJ, who finished second place in both majors, is the only player in our top-6 without a win in the most recent three months, proving his elite consistency beyond the winner’s circle.
Rory McIlroy has similar numbers to Cantlay, and actually compiled the same number of points (125.92) over this span, but because he made one extra start, his average (17.99) is lower.
No. 6 would be Francesco Molinari, who has been ice cold lately, but still has a win at the Arnold Palmer as well as a T3 at the Masters. He’d be followed by Xander Schauffele, who finished runner-up at the Masters, along with a pair of recent top-16s.
The biggest drop-off was Justin Rose, who’d fall from No. 3 to No. 8 (-5). Rose has been up and down this season after bizarrely changing equipment in the midst of a career best 18-month stretch.
At No. 9 was former world No. 1Justin Thomas, who has battled an injury for most of this time. JT doesn’t own a top 10 over this time period, but neither does Bryson DeChambeau, who does own three recent missed-cuts, and has played simply horrible for much of 2019.
Re-Ranking the World Top 10
1. Brooks Koepka (1)
2. Tiger Woods (5)
3. Patrick Cantlay (8)
4. Dustin Johnson (2)
5. Rory McIlroy (4)
6. Francesco Molinari (7)
7. Xander Schauffele (10)
8. Justin Rose (3)
9. Justin Thomas (6)
10. Bryson DeChambeau (9)
Based on tournaments ending March 3 (Honda) thru June 2, 2019 (Memorial).