The 20 Best Big-Stage Golfers of the 2021 Super Season

Hideki Matsuyama and Justin Thomas
Hideki Matsuyama is congratulated after his chip-in eagle by Justin Thomas on the 14th hole during the final round of the SBS T of C at the Plantation Course at Kapalua GC on Jan 8, 2017 in Lahaina, HI. (Photo by Masterpress via Getty Images)

The PGA Championship tees off this week at the famed Ocean Course at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort. It’s the fourth major, and sixth flagship event, of the 2020-21 “Super Season” – the tagline coined by the PGA Tour.

As we look to risk our money this week, it’s important to know a players’ recent form but it’s also beneficial to understand who’s performed best on the biggest stages this season.

As we say, “The checks from tour events build bank accounts. The trophies from major championships build legacies.”

Thus far we’ve played the 2020 U.S. Open, 2020 Masters, 2021 WGC, 2021 Players, and the 2021 Masters. (*Note: We are only including the stroke-play WGC event. But Billy Horschel does get credit for his win at the Match Play tournament.)

Justin Thomas is far and away the best player of the “Super Season.” JT, who is one of seven players to make every cut, owns a big win at the Players, and two additional top 10s. Even his worst showing is a top 25 which could have been so much better if not for a rain suspension on Saturday at the Masters.

Bryson DeChambeau has also made every cut to go along with a win and top-3 finish.

Jon Rahm is easily the best player without a win in this super series, which sort of matches his career. Patrick Reed, too, has had an impressive super season with two top 10s, a top 20, and top 25.

1. Justin Thomas

Justin Thomas Wins The PLAYERS Championship
Justin Thomas plays his shot from the 17th tee during the final round of THE PLAYERS Championship on The Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass on Mar 14, 2021 in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

U.S. Open: 8th
Masters: 4th
WGC: 15th
Players: 1st
Masters: 21st


2. Bryson DeChambeau

Bryson DeChambeau Wins 2020 U.S. Open at Winged Foot
Bryson DeChambeau walks past a leaderboard on his way to the 17th green during the final round of the 120th U.S. Open Championship on September 19, 2020 at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

U.S. Open: 1st
Masters: 34th
WGC: 22nd
Players: 3rd
Masters: 46th


3. Hideki Matsuyama

Hideki Matsuyama Wins the 2021 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club
Hideki Matsuyama lines up a putt on the 4th green during the final round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 11, 2021 in Augusta, GA. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

U.S. Open: 17th
Masters: 13th
WGC: 15th
Players: MC
Masters: 1st


4. Dustin Johnson

Dustin Johnson Wins 2020 Masters Augusta National
Dustin Johnson plays his shot from the eighth tee during the final round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on November 15, 2020 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

U.S. Open: 6th
Masters: 1st
WGC: 54th
Players: 48th
Masters: MC


5. Collin Morikawa

Collin Morikawa Wins WGC-Workday Championship
Collin Morikawa smiles on the 18th green during the final round of WGC-Workday Championship at The Concession on Feb 28, 2021 in Bradenton, FL. (Photo by Ben Jared/PGA TOUR via Getty Images)

U.S. Open: MC
Masters: 44th
WGC: 1st
Players: 41st
Masters: 18th


6. Billy Horschel

Billy Horschel Wins WGC-Dell Match Play
Billy Horschel and his caddie celebrate after winning the 2021 WGC-Dell Match Play at Austin CC on Mar 28, 2021 in Austin, TX. (Photo by Ben Jared/PGA TOUR via Getty Images)

U.S. Open: 38th
Masters: 38th
WGC: 2
Players: 58th
Masters: 50th
*WGC-MP: 1st


7. Patrick Reed

Patrick Reed Winged Foot Golf Club 2020 U.S. Open
Patrick Reed of the United States plays his shot from the sixth tee during the first round of the 120th U.S. Open Championship on September 17, 2020 at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

U.S. Open: 13th
Masters: 10th
WGC: 9th
Players: 22nd
Masters: 8th


8. Jon Rahm

Jon Rahm 2021 Masters Tournament Augusta National Golf Club
Jon Rahm talks with his caddie Adam Hayes on the first hole during the final round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 11, 2021 in Augusta, GA. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

U.S. Open: 23rd
Masters: 7th
WGC: 32nd
Players: 9th
Masters: 5th


9. Cameron Smith

Cameron Smith
Cameron Smith plays a shot from a bunker on the 2nd hole during the final round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans at TPC Louisiana on April 25, 2021 in New Orleans, LA. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

U.S. Open: 38th
Masters: 2nd
WGC: 11th
Players: 17th
Masters: 10th


T10. Webb Simpson

Webb Simpson at the 2020 RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links
Webb Simpson lines up a putt on the 15th green during the first round of the RBC Heritage on June 18, 2020 at Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head Island, SC. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

U.S. Open: 8th
Masters: 10th
WGC: 6th
Players: MC
Masters: 12th


T10. Louis Oosthuizen

Louis Oosthuizen
Louis Oosthuizen plays his shot from the 14th tee during the final round of the Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana on April 25, 2021 in New Orleans, LA. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

U.S. Open: 3rd
Masters: 23rd
WGC: 6th
Players: 41st
Masters: 26th


T10. Abraham Ancer

Abraham Ancer 2020 Masters
Abraham Ancer stands on the second green during the final round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on November 15, 2020 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

U.S. Open: 56th
Masters: 21st
WGC: 18th
Players: 22nd
Masters: 26th


Best of the Rest

13. Rory McIlroy

U.S. Open: 8th
Masters: 5th
WGC: 6th
Players: MC
Masters: MC

14. Xander Schauffele

U.S. Open: 5th
Masters: 17th
WGC: 39th
Players: MC
Masters: 3rd

15. Corey Conners

U.S. Open: MC
Masters: 8th
WGC: DNQ
Players: 7th
Masters: 10th

16. Kevin Na

U.S. Open: MC
Masters: 13th
WGC: 11th
Players: WD
Masters: 12th

17. Lee Westwood

U.S. Open: 13th
Masters: 38th
WGC: 61st
Players: 2nd
Masters: MC

18. Paul Casey

U.S. Open: 17th
Masters: 38th
WGC: DNP
Players: 5th
Masters: 26th

19. Tony Finau

U.S. Open: 8th
Masters: 38th
WGC: 14th
Players: MC
Masters: 10th

20. Matt Fitzpatrick

U.S. Open: MC
Masters: 46th
WGC: 11th
Players: 9th
Masters: 34th


Other Notables

Jordan Spieth

U.S. Open: MC
Masters: 46th
WGC: DNQ
Players: 48th
Masters: 3rd

Viktor Hovland

U.S. Open: 13th
Masters: DNP
WGC: 2
Players: MC
Masters: 21st

Daniel Berger

U.S. Open: 34th
Masters: DNP
WGC: 35th
Players: 9th
Masters: MC

Brooks Koepka

U.S. Open: DNP
Masters: 7th
WGC: 2nd
Players: DNP
Masters: MC

Patrick Cantlay

U.S. Open: 43rd
Masters: 17th
WGC: DNP
Players: MC
Masters: MC

Tyrrell Hatton

U.S. Open: MC
Masters: MC
WGC: 22nd
Players: MC
Masters: 18th

Tommy Fleetwood

U.S. Open: MC
Masters: 19th
WGC: 44th
Players: MC
Masters: 46th


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