American Dustin Johnson extended his lead in the Razzball.com Fantasy Golf Rankings, July 5, 2016 edition.
The question now, is, can anyone catch him.
The reigning U.S. Open champion holds the number one spot for a third consecutive week after his win at the World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone G.C. He has a 1,950 point lead over number two ranked Scott Piercy, who’s finished second to DJ in both the U.S. Open and the Bridgestone. Piercy moves up three spots this week, his third consecutive week in the top five.
Johnson’s point total of 5,090 points is the highest total since our rankings started last November. He’s also moved up to a career high #2 in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Former Number one Jason Day of Australia moves back into the Top three, up from #6 a week ago, after a T3 at Firestone. The number one ranked player in the world won’t be happy after a back nine collapse on Sunday cost him another WGC title.
Another former rankings leader, Matt Kuchar, finished in a tie for third at the Bridgestone with Day and two others to move back in to the Top 5 at number four.
U.S. Open co-runner-up Shane Lowry of Northen Ireland rounds out the Top five, slipping three spots to number five.
On the Move
With three ranking tournaments and bonus points available, some major changes in the rankings were to be expected. So it’s not surprising that no fewer than seven players jump into the Top 20 this week after strong showings on the weekend.
Leading the new entrants is a former number one. Defending FedEx Cup champion Jordan Spieth, finished in the tie for third at the Bridgestone and moves from 41 to 8.
Fellow American Kevin Chappell was the final member of the group picking up third place money in Akron, and that third place finish vaulted him to #10 in the rankings, up from #44 last week. Chappell reached a high of third in the rankings in May after his runner-up finish in the Players Championship.
William McGirt, who won his first PGA Tour event at the Memorial, moved back in to the Top 20, after a two-week absence, at #13. The native of Lumberton, North Carolina finished T7 at the Bridgestone.
Other players to move back into the Top 20 include Sweden’s David Lingmerth (up 43 to 14), Italy’s Franceso Molinari (40 to 16), Gary Wooodland of the U.S.A (47 to 19) and South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel (63 to 20).
It’s a rare week off on the PGA Tour this week as a major flood in West Virginia caused the cancellation of the Greenbrier tournament.
The lack of a tournament stateside may have contributed to a better than normal field at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open. The start list is lead by World #6 Henrik Stenson, a recent winner at the BMW International and 10th ranked Branden Grace of South Africa and features 15 of the Top 50 players in the world.
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, July 5, 2016