Golf Rankings for PGA Championship
Graeme McDowell [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #19
After a T2 in the U.S. Open and a T5 in The Open Championship, McDowell was a slight disappointment last week with a T24. Fear not, McDowell has been a very consistent player as of late and is likely to contend for another major.
Steve Stricker [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #46
With a pair of top-fives over his last three starts, Stricker is back in business. Since missing his first cut in years in THE PLAYERS Championship, he has finished inside the top 25 in five of his last six starts. Stricker ranks 11th in birdie average, 12th in scoring average and 13th in All-Around Ranking.
Bubba Watson [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #4
Since missing two straight cuts, Watson has finished 23rd or better in three straight starts. Currently first in driving distance, the record yardage of the Ocean Course shouldn’t be an issue for the winner of this year's Masters.
Bo Van Pelt [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #106
Van Pelt will be suiting up for his first PGA Championship after collecting three top-10s in his last three starts, highlighted by a solo second at Congressional. BVP ranks fifth in total driving and third in All-Around Ranking, but doesn’t always play that great against these fully-loaded fields.
Webb Simpson [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #42
After an outstanding 2011 season, Simpson didn’t make many headlines this year until capturing the U.S. Open. He would go on to finish T7 in The Greenbrier Classic, blowing the lead he held after the second and third rounds. Simpson is returning to action after taking some time off for the birth of his second child. He ranks first in birdie average and 14th in All-Around Ranking.
Jim Furyk [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #7
If not for late-round flubs in the U.S. Open and last week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Furyk would own a pair of wins this season. After blowing it at the Olympic Club, Furyk finished T34 at Congressional so a quick recovery is not a guarantee.
Hunter Mahan [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #23
Even though Mahan currently ranks first in ball striking, he’s finished outside of the top 45 in each of his last two starts. In his five previous starts Mahan had four top-20s, so this slide may not last long. Mahan is third in greens in regulation percentage and second in total driving.
Phil Mickelson [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #16
Over his last four starts, Mickelson has missed two cuts and has finished no better than 43rd. Earlier in the season Lefty collected four top-fives in a span of six starts, but is clearly ice cold right now.
Padraig Harrington [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #178
Over his last seven worldwide starts, Harrington has made each cut with six finishes inside the top 20. While quietly collecting solid finishes, he now ranks eighth on Tour in scoring average.
Ernie Els [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #60
Following a solo ninth in the U.S. Open, Els was the surprise winner at The Open Championship. Things haven’t gone as smoothly over his last two starts, but Els has shown a knack for catching lighting in a bottle from time to time this season.
Jason Day [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #8
Day has been all over the place this season, sprinkling in some top-10s with some otherwise unimpressive results. However, he played a strong final round in last week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and is looking to improve on that T29 finish.
Bill Haas [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #41
Missing two straight cuts has awoken last year’s FedExCup winner, although there’s still some work to do. Haas was challenging for a top-10 at Greenbrier, but struggled in the final around. Since then, he’s managed two consecutive T19 finishes.