Most of the top players sat out the St. Jude Classic last week, but we still saw a future hall-of-famer slide back into the top 18 and one of our top three solidify his position heading to the U.S. Open at Oakmont. Let's take a look at a fresh batch of power rankings. But first, a look at the parameters for our top 18.

  1. Scope is last two months of tournaments
  2. We value different things but will take into account wins, top 10s and
  3. If you haven't played, you don't get ranked (i.e. Tiger Woods)
  4. Recency matters
  5. PGA Tour will be main focus but bigger European events will be factored in

1. Jason Day (Last week: 1): Day skipped the St. Jude and retains his No. 1 slot heading to Oakmont. Three wins and four top fives in his last seven tournaments. Outrageous. Official World Golf Ranking: 1

2. Rory McIlroy (2): No St. Jude for Rory either (obviously). He has quietly finished outside the top 12 once on the PGA Tour since February. Four top fours in that timespan as well. OWGR: 3

3. Dustin Johnson (3): Johnson racked up his sixth top five in his last nine events in Memphis. I'm terrified to pick him for any major, much less a U.S. Open, but not because he hasn't been awesome of late. OWGR: 6

4. Jordan Spieth (4): Spieth was prepping for Oakmont while his colleagues were duking it out in Memphis. Did you know he has finished in the top 10 in each of the last five major championships. Heady stuff for the No. 2 player on the planet. OWGR: 2


5. Matt Kuchar (5): Kuchar is one of just five players to make the cut at each of the last five U.S. Opens. He skipped the St. Jude as well but is a sneaky fun pick for Oakmont. OWGR: 18

6. Hideki Matsuyama (7): Matsuyama skipped St. Jude and is riding a missed cut at Muirfield Village into the U.S. Open. That doesn't bode all that well, but he does have top 20s in two of his last three Opens. OWGR: 15

7. Danny Willett (8): Hasn't played yet in June but did finish third at the BMW PGA Championship at the end of May. Also, his baby is cute. OWGR: 9


8. Patrick Reed (9): Top 15s in three of his last five. He's a darkhorse for Oakmont. OWGR: 11

9. Kevin Chappell (10): You know you've hit the big time when you can afford to skip Memphis for U.S. Open prep. Would not surprise me to see Chappell, who is top 10 on the PGA Tour in strokes gained on approach shots, contend at the U.S. Open. OWGR: 37

10. Daniel Berger (NR): Overreaction much? Not so with Berger. Not only did he win St. Jude last week, but he has top 10s at the Masters, Players Championship and Houston Open. Earned the right to be in my top 10 as well. OWGR: 29

11. Adam Scott (11): If Scott misses the cut at Oakmont (which he did in 2007), I'm fully prepared to drop him all the way out of the top 18. Barely hanging on at this point after a disappointing stretch following a couple of early wins. OWGR: 8

12. Justin Rose (12): Rose is sort of just sitting here until I see him play again post injury. Has not teed it up since a T19 at The Players Championship. OWGR: 10

13. Branden Grace (13): Playing that Tiger schedule! Can he find redemption for that sprayed tee ball on the 70th hole at Chambers Bay last season? OWGR: 12

14. Charley Hoffman (14): Sort of had a so-so few weeks since winning the Texas Open. Unfortunately for him, he may have crested in these power rankings. OWGR: 36

15. Sergio Garcia (15): Garcia joins Kucahr as one of five to make the last five U.S. Open cuts. That's pretty stunning, right? Garcia has a real chance to rise into my top 10 over the next month. OWGR: 13

16. Matthew Fitzpatrick (16): Sleepy sleeper for Oakmont. This will be just his ninth start on the PGA Tour this season, but he had a top 10 at the Masters and is coming off a win on the European Tour. OWGR: 34

17. Phil Mickelson (NR): Top five in two of his last four and top 20 in three of his last four. Lefty is peaking at the exact time Lefty loves to peak. OWGR: 17

18. Brooks Koepka (NR): Two straight top twos from Koepka. He was immense at Pinehurs. I would not be surprised to see him slay Oakmont. OWGR: 16

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Jason Day is top dog at Oakmont. USATSI