The last few months have been a whirlwind of exciting golf events to bring 2019 to a thrilling close.
Who can forget Tyler Duncan’s unexpected rise to glory in the RSM Classic, or Tiger’s Woods earning his fifth green jacket in the Masters?
It’s been a year of great anything-can-happen golf.
So, in case you were wondering what the world golf rankings were looking like right now, these are the top ten.
World Golf Rankings Top Ten
It’s normal for international golf rankings to change with every tournament but some players have really shaken things up this year.
This is how things stand at the moment.
1. Brooks Koepka
Brooks Koepka doesn’t look like he’ll be relinquishing his number one spot any time soon.
His star has been on the ascendant since his first major win in 2017. In total, he’s notched up 7 PGA Tour wins, 6 European Tour wins, 2 Japan Golf Tour wins, and 4 Challenge Tour wins.
It’s an impressive resume by anyone’s standards, firmly cementing his position as the number one golfer in the world.
2. Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy is no stranger to the limelight in golf. He first hit number one on the World Amateur Golf Ranking when he was just 17 years old.
Since then, he’s rarely been out of the money and has held the number one spot in the world 7 times. This year, he earned the right to call himself PGA Player of the Year for the third time.
3. John Rahm
John Rahm ended 2018 on a high as part of the victorious European team in the Ryder Cup and an individual victory in the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.
This year, he’s maintained solid form with victories in the Dubai Duty-Free Irish Open, Open de España in Madrid, and the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.
4. Justin Thomas
Thomas has never repeated the form he showed in 2017 when he won five PGA Tour events and assured himself of a place at the top of the World Rankings.
During 2019, he’s pulled off wins in the BMW Championship at Medinah Country Club and the CJ Cup in South Korea to maintain his position in the top ten.
5. Dustin Johnson
Dustin Johnson is no stranger to golfing fame and glory and has been a regular on the PGA circuit since 2007.
He’s been consistent throughout his career and has earned the top spot on the World Rankings 6 times in total.
This year, he played second fiddle to Tiger Woods in the Masters, and to Koepka in the PGA Championship. He’s one of only 8 players to achieve the second spot in all four majors.
6. Tiger Woods
Tiger has been burning bright on the pro golf scene for as long as anyone can remember. He’s held the number one spot on the World Rankings 11 times and has emerged victorious on all the world’s toughest golf courses.
That’s just one of the many records that this internationally acclaimed sportsman has to his name. He’s also one of only five players to have won the Career Grand Slam in his lifetime, except he’s won them all consecutively.
Since 2015, Woods has suffered ongoing back problems, which accounts for his recent lower rankings.
However, Tiger keeps bouncing back as proved by his 2019 Master’s win.
7. Patrick Cantlay
Patrick Cantlay was the number one ranked amateur player for 55 weeks before turning pro.
In 2013, he suffered a devastating back injury that almost ended his career but he persevered and in 2016 became the first player since Tiger Woods to reach the Tour Championship in under 12 events.
This year, he tied for third place in the PGA Championship behind world number one Brooks Koepka.
Two weeks after that, he went on to win the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio, putting him in the top ten for the first time.
8. Justin Rose
Justin Rose had a difficult start to his life and career. He missed the cut in his first 21 events in a row and had to go back to qualifying for his European Tour card all over again.
In 2001 his career finally changed direction with two consecutive wins in South Africa, his country of birth.
After that, he experienced mixed fortunes, yo-yo-ing in and out of the world top hundred until 2007, when he achieved a top 20 spot for the first time.
He started 2019 in the number one position but he was unable to maintain his position against the onslaught of excellence we’ve seen from the other top players this year.
9. Xander Schauffelle
Former Rookie of the Year for 2017, Xander Schauffelle, achieved his first PGA victory in the same year.
This year, he tied for second in the Masters, only one shot behind Tiger Woods. A few months later, he tied for the third spot in the US Open at Pebble Beach.
These are remarkable achievements for a young golfer and it seems the only way is up for this talented young golfer.
10. Tommy Fleetwood
During 2017, Fleetwood had the best year of his career, finishing in the money in several major tournaments and winning the European Tour’s Race to Dubai. He also won the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.
These achievements saw him achieve a position in the world top 20 for the first time. In 2018, he became the sixth player to ever shoot a 63 in the US Open.
This year, he cracked the tough $2,500,00 Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa with three eagles in the final round.
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