With many of the world’s best players resting and preparing for this week’s second major of the year, at least one player took advantage to make a major jump in the Razzball.com Fantasy Golf Rankings, June 14, 2016 edition.
23-year old American, Daniel Berger, picked up his first PGA Tour win on Sunday at the FedEx St. Jude Classic to move up 24 places in the weekly rankings from 27th to 3rd. The native of Plantation, Florida has been hot lately, with six top 20 finishes in his last seven starts, including a T5 at the Shell Houston Open and a tie for ninth at the Player’s Championship.
At the top of the rankings, there is no change in the top two places, as #1 Matt Kuchar and #2 Rory McIlroy hold their spots for a second consecutive week. Kuchar’s lead over the Northern Irishman is just 188 points, heading into this weekend’s U.S. Open at Oakmont.
Former number one Jason Day of Australia drops a spot to #4, while Sweden’s Rikard Karlberg holds at fifth for a second consecutive week, to round out the Top Five.
In addition to Berger, who re-enters the Top 20 this week after a one-week absence, five other players either re-enter the Top 20 or make their debut.
After dropping out of the top tier for a couple of weeks, American Brooks Koepka jumps 39 to six after a T2 in Memphis. It was Koepka’s second consecutive runner-up finish after also being second-best at the AT&T Byron Nelson.
Another re-entry with U.S. Open aspirations is Hall of Famer Phil Mickelson. Phil the Thrill shared second with Koepka at the St. Jude and jumps 83 to 14, re-entering the Top 20 for the first time since April 5th. Mickelson’s highest ranking to date is the sixth place position he held on March 8th.
Fellow American Ken Duke also jumps back into the top tier, advancing 29th to 18th, after a 9th place finish on Sunday. The journeyman, who finished T3 at the Player’s Championship, was last in the Top 20 on May 24th.
Two players make their top 20 debuts after strong showings at the Lyoness Open on the European Tour. Tournament runner-up Adrian Otaequi of Spain bows at #20, up from 145th last week, while champion Wu Ashun of China makes one of the biggest jumps of the year, exploding 400 to 17 after his second career European Tour victory. The win moved the 30-year old up to #127 in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Only one event on the golf calendar this week as most of the World’s best players are in Oakmont, Pennsylvania for the 116th playing of the United States Open.
All 50 of the Top 50 players in the world are in the field, including World number one Jason Day, defending champion Jordan Spieth and hometown favorite and 2003 U.S. Open champion Jim Furyk.
Masters’ champion Danny Willett of England, who incidentally drops out of the Top 20 this week, for the first time since our rankings started last November, will look to match Spieth’s 2015 accomplishment of winning the first two majors of the year.
None for it’s ferocious rough, Oakmont promises to be a true test for the best golfers in the world, and with bonus ranking points available, a big shake-up in our rankings can be expected.
Here are the groupings and starting times for rounds one and two of the tournament that starts on Thursday.
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 14, 2016