American Dustin Johnson overcame a field of the best golfers in the world, and some unnecessary grandstanding by U.S.G.A rules officials, to win the U.S. Open, for his first major championship, and claim the number one spot in the Razzball.com Fantasy Golf Rankings, June 21, 2016 edition.
Johnson, who infamously three-putted on the 72nd green in last year’s national championship to lose to Jordan Spieth by a shot, moves up to 3rd in the Official World Golf Ranking, after a 69 on Sunday gave him a three shot victory over a trio of challengers.
DJ’s run at number one could be a lengthy one. The 32-year old holds an impressive 1,660 point lead over Ireland’s Shane Lowry, who shared second place at Oakmont with Americans Jim Furyk and Scott Piercy. Lowry moved up from 153rd in last week’s rankings, and makes his first top 20 appearance in our survey that started in November 2015.
Piercy and Furyk also claim top five spots as, predictably, the rankings are completely transformed due to the major championship bonus points on offer this week. Piercy lands at #3, an improvement of 186 places over his ranking on June 10th, while Furyk, making just his fifth start since his return from wrist surgery, makes the biggest jump of the week from 286th to 5th.
The only holdover in the Top 5 is World #1 Jason Day of Australia, who holds in the fourth position after an 8th place finish in the second major of the year.
Movers and Shakers
In addition to Lowry, Piercy and Furyk, seven other players used strong Oakmont finishes to either re-enter or debut in our weekly Top 20.
Re-entries included sixth-ranked Sergio Garcia of Spain who returns to the Top 20 after a one-week absence as a result of a 5th place finish on Sunday. The 2008 Players champion was 22nd last week.
Also returning to the Elite 20 is former #1 Branden Grace, who matched Garcia’s 5th place finish at Oakmont. Grace re-enters at 9th this week, up from 114th on June 10th. The South African was the top ranked player in our rankings for three weeks in early February, 2016. He last appeared in the Top 10 at #10 on May 10th.
Career Builder Classic champion Jason Dufner also re-enters the Top 20 at #10 (up from #90 a week ago) after a T8 at the U.S. Open. Dufner, who got as high as #7 in our rankings on February 2nd, last appeared in the Top 20 on March 15th.
Other players we’ve seen in the Top 20 who are back this week include Kevin Na, who moves 214 to 15 (last Top 20 appearance #16 on November 30, 2015) and Zach Johnson, up 222 to 16 (#18 on April 5, 2016).
Two players also make their Top 20 debuts after impressive runs at the U.S. Open. American Daniel Summerhays jumps 117th to 14th after a T8 at Oakmont, while Frenchman Gregory Bourdy continued a strong recent stretch of golf with a T18 at the National Open to move 23 to 18. It was Bourdy’s 4th consecutive Top 20 result.
After a week of major excitement, both the PGA Tour and the European Tour return to a state of normalcy with a pair of events with slightly lower profiles.
In America, the PGA Tour returns to Congressional for the Quicken Loans National hosted by Tiger Woods. U.S. Open runner-up Jim Furyk headlines a field that also includes Ricky Fowler, the #6 player in world and 13th ranked Patrick Reed.
On the Continent, several of the European Tours best players are in Germany for the BMW International Open. Included in the field are Sweden’s Henrik Stenson, the 7th ranked player in the Official World Golf Ranking, Masters’ champion Danny Willett of England and Sergio Garcia of Spain.
The Rankings Methodology
Razzball’s Fantasy Golf Rankings are compiled using a rolling 10-tournament window from both the PGA and European Tours, and other key world-wide events, with the most recent events weighted more heavily. Bonus points are awarded for top tier events like the FedEx Cup Playoffs, European Tour Championship and World Golf Championships, with the most points up for grabs during the four majors and the Players Championship.
The rankings are published every week during the, now, never-ending, golf season.
Razzball Fantasy Golf Rankings, June 21, 2016