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PGA Power Rankings Heading Into The British Open

The Open Championship takes center stage this weekend in the golf world. Trent Pruitt breaks down the top 20 PGA golfers in the game right now.
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PGA Power Rankings Heading Into The British Open

All eyes turn to Scotland this weekend as the Open Championship renews for the 150th edition. The British Open makes its return to the Old Course at St. Andrews, which will be the 30th time it’s been played there. 

Collin Morikawa won the tournament last year with a two-stroke cushion over Jordan Spieth, and Zach Johnson won the Open when it was last at St. Andrews in 2015. Below I’ve listed the top 20 PGA golfers heading into this weekend’s event based on current form. Let’s get right into the PGA power rankings and the British Open odds.

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20. Sam Burns

The 25-year-old is putting together an impressive year on the tour and is ramping up his play just in time for the final major championship. Burns placed second overall at the two-day JP MacManus Pro-Am, T-27 at the U.S. Open, and won the Charles Schwab Challenge back in May. 

19. Adam Scott

Scott has been playing well this year, making the cut in two out of the previous three majors. He finished T-14 in the U.S. Open in Massachusetts a few weeks ago and T-48 at the Masters in April. The Australian played in the JP McManus and finished T-13 in early July. 

18. Joohyung Kim

The up-and-coming South Korean has played on the tour sparingly this year, but he’s made the cut in four out of five events played. Kim is coming off of a great outing at the Genesis Scottish Open, placing third and posting a -5 through the four days of competition. 

17. Seamus Power

The Irishman has finished inside the top-30 in all three majors this season, tying for 27th at the Masters and finishing T-9 and T-12 at the PGA Championship and U.S. Open, respectively. Power also played in the JP McManus and finished at -2, good enough for T-15. 

16. Joaquin Neimann

Neimann has also made the cut in all three major championships this year. His best performance in the 2021-2022 season was winning the Genesis Invitational back in February and he’s coming off of a T-16 at the Genesis Scottish Open. Any chance we can have Genesis added as a late sponsor for the Open this weekend? 

15. Tyrrell Hatton

The Englishman finished par over four days of golf last weekend at The Renaissance Club, which was good enough for T-24 overall. Earlier in the week, Hatton finished a solo fourth at the JP McManus. Hatton is putting together a solid year, including making the cut at all three previous majors this season. 

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14. Max Homa

The American-born golfer has two outright wins this year. Homa placed first overall at the Fortinet Championship back in September and won the Wells Fargo Championship in May. As for major events, he’s performed well and made all three cuts. Most recently, the 30-year-old finished T-16 at the Genesis Scottish Open (-1).

13. Patrick Cantlay

Cantlay has seven top-five finishes this season, with his best performance coming back in April at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Cantlay, paired with Xander Schauffele, won the event at -29 and fended off the duo of Sam Burns and Billy Horschel by two strokes. The American is looking to build off of a T-4 outing at the Scottish Open last weekend.

12. Shane Lowry

The 35-year-old Irishman has had a great run this year, earning three top-fives over 13 PGA events. The most noteworthy performance was a T-3 at Augusta back in April, which earned him $870,000. Lowry missed the cut at the U.S. Open in mid-June but bounced back with a solo third-place finish at the JP McManus last week. 

11. Cameron Smith

Smith matched Lowry at the Masters in April, shooting a -5 and earning an equal share of $870,000 in the process. Smith has two wins to his resume in the ‘21-’22 campaign, including the Sentry Tournament of Champions in January and the Players Championship in March. 

10. Will Zalatoris

The 25-year-old American isn’t one to shy away from the spotlight. Zalatoris finished T-6 at the Masters, lost in a playoff at the PGA Championship, and finished T-2 at the U.S. Open in June. He’s still looking for that elusive first major victory. Perhaps this is the weekend. 

9. Tommy Fleetwood

Fleetwood is having a great year on the PGA Tour, posting a top-10 finish to go along with an additional pair of top-fives. The Englishman finished T-5 at the PGA Championship and T-4 at the Genesis Scottish Open last weekend. 

8. Justin Thomas

JT’s on fire this year and he’s brought his best play for the major championships. That includes a T-8 at the Masters, T-37 at the U.S. Open, and he won the PGA Championship in playoff fashion. Thomas missed the cut at last weekend’s Scottish Open but finished T-6 at the JP McManus earlier that week.

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7. Jordan Spieth

Spieth’s always a dangerous performer when it comes to the Open Championship. He won the event at Royal Birkdale Golf Club back in 2017, finished second last year, and has two other top-ten outings. As for recent form, the 28-year-old is coming off of a T-10 performance at the Scottish Open a week ago.

6. Collin Morikawa

Morikawa has made the cut at all three majors this year, including a solo fifth place finish at the Masters and a T-5 at the U.S. Open about a month ago. Similar to Zalatoris, the 25-year-old loves the big stage. 

5. Jon Rahm

Rahm’s always a mainstay at the top of the power rankings. He’s made all three cuts at major championships this year, with his best finish being T-12 at the U.S. Open in June. 

4. Scottie Scheffler

It’s been a historic campaign for the 26-year-old American. Scheffler won the WM Phoenix Open in February, the Arnold Palmer several weeks later, and cruised to a Masters victory in April. He won the Masters with such ease that casual fans didn’t even tune in on Sunday. Scheffler also has a modest four second-place finishes this year, including one at the U.S. Open last month. 

3. Matt Fitzpatrick

Fitzpatrick has placed inside the top 15 in all three major events this year, including a victory at the U.S. Open in mid-June. The 27-year-old Englishman is on a tear, posting nine top-ten performances over his last 13 competitions. 

2. Xander Schauffele

Schauffele’s ramping up his play at the right time, winning his last two PGA events. The American won the Scottish Open last week at -7, the Travelers Championship a couple of weeks prior at -19, and sandwiched in between is a victory at the JP McManus Pro-Am (-10). He’s on fire right now, coming in ranked as the 5th-best player in the world rankings. 

1. Rory McIlroy

McIlroy’s major hunting this year. The Northern Ireland-native has finished a solo second at the Masters, solo eighth at the PGA Championship, and T-5 at the U.S. Open. He’s the betting favorite this weekend (+1000) at St. Andrews and going for his second Open Championship title. McIlroy has a pair of victories this year, including the CJ Cup back in October and the RBC Canadian Open in June.

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Trent is a Chicago native who has been an avid sports fan since he could walk. He played sports throughout his youth and played collegiate rugby at Arizona State University. Trent still resides in Arizona, where he spends his days covering sports from a sports betting perspective. He fell in love with the analytical side of sports in his late teens and has been following the sports betting industry for 10+ years now! You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram for all of his sports betting picks at @Trentbets.


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