The 2016 U.S. Open Power Rankings: Jason Day No. 1

The term ‘2016 U.S. Open Power Rankings‘ seems to be a hot search item on Google, so we thought I’d get in on the mix. But instead of adding to the content mix, we figured a more useful format would be to round up a handful of the major sources, and try to gain a view in the aggregate.

So here’s the first official (sort of) Pro Golf Weekly Power Rankings.

PGW U.S. OPEN POWER RANKINGS

PlayerYahoo!Golf ChannelCBS SportsFOX SportsPGA TOURPGW Avg
Jason Day121111
Rory McIlroy312322
Dustin Johnson233243
Jordan Spieth4445NR4
Matt Kuchar5NR5NRNR5

The Sources: Yahoo! Golf, The Golf Channel, CBS Sports, FOX Sports, and the PGA TOUR.

Note: We only clipped several words of the player analysis below, so go to each source for the full hot take.


YAHOO! GOLF

1. Jason Day

Best player on the planet right now. Doesn’t need driver.

2. Dustin Johnson

Johnson isn’t exactly the poster child for closing out tournaments. But.

3. Rory McIlroy

The Irish Open winner enjoyed a back-door top-five at Memorial.

4. Jordan Spieth

The defending champion won at Colonial in dramatic fashion, then put up his normal nonchalant Memorial performance.

5. Matt Kuchar

Kuchar is playing weekly top-five golf right now and has a solid history.

SOURCE: Yahoo! Golf


GOLF CHANNEL

1. Rory McIlroy

Five years have passed since McIlroy took Congressional by storm, but he appears poised.

2. Jason Day

The world No. 1 remains on a tear despite a middling weekend in Columbus earlier this month.

3. Dustin Johnson

Johnson chased a third-place showing in Ohio with a fifth-place result in Memphis, highlighted by a closing 63.

4. Jordan Spieth

The defending champ could struggle if his iron proximity is a little off.

5. Brooks Koepka

Koepka has finished second in each of his last two starts, including a playoff loss in Dallas.

SOURCE: Golf Channel


CBS SPORTS

1. Jason Day

Day skipped the St. Jude and retains his No. 1 slot heading to Oakmont.

2. Rory McIlroy

No St. Jude for Rory either (obviously). He has quietly finished outside the top 12 once

3. Dustin Johnson

Johnson racked up his sixth top five in his last nine events in Memphis.

4. Jordan Spieth

Spieth was prepping for Oakmont while his colleagues were duking it out in Memphis.

5. Matt Kuchar

Kuchar is one of just five players to make the cut at each of the last five U.S. Opens.

SOURCE: CBS Sports


FOX SPORTS

1. Jason Day

With his commanding, wire-to-wire win at The Players, Day is putting himself in the rarest of golf positions.\

2. Dustin Johnson

His last two U.S. Opens: T4 and T2. There’s only one way he completes the pattern.

3. Rory McIlroy

Has it really been five years since Rory tore up Congressional to set a U.S. Open scoring record?

Hideki Matsuyama

My favorite to come from outside the main pool to make history at Oakmont. No Japanese player has ever won a major.

5. Jordan Spieth

Spieth, who had one of the worst golf meltdowns since Greg Norman in ’96

SOURCE: FOX Sports


PGA TOUR

1. Jason Day

Battling an illness, but it didn’t hold him back at Match Play.

2. Rory McIlroy

Chased win in Ireland with T4 at Memorial.

3. Patrick Reed

Playing well and poised for his major breakthrough.

4. Dustin Johnson

Clearing the last hurdle is the hardest part.

5. Henrik Stenson

If his game off the tee is on point, he’ll factor.

SOURCE: PGA TOUR

Jeff Smith

Jeff is a writer and content producer for Pro Golf Weekly. He is working on a book, documenting the 2017 and 2018 seasons on the major golf tours.

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