There are 125 men that have played themselves into the FedEx Cup Playoffs as competitors are now set for a three-week stretch to conclude their seasons. While some breathe a sigh of relief for simply qualifying for the first postseason event (the St. Jude Championship) and securing their playing privileges for the 2022-23 season, others have their eyes on East Lake for the Tour Championship.
Some big names will be missing from the fields over the coming tournaments, and that is of their own volition, yet for the purposes of The Power 18 golf rankings, let us focus on those who reside on the PGA Tour. Given the fast pace in which the season will culminate, it feels best to keep our attention on those who will all but likely be teeing it up in Atlanta.
There have been numerous runs throughout the regular season with Viktor Hovland scorching earth during the winter months, Scottie Scheffler dominating the spring and the likes of Xander Schauffele, Tony Finau and Champion Golfer of the Year Cameron Smith all having moments of their own along the way.
Despite their successes, none of them will find their names at the top of the rankings as that honor goes to Rory McIlroy. While his heartbreak at The Open is still fresh, the consistency in which he has performed in the latter stages of the season is simply too impressive to warrant anything else.
The Power 18 provides insight as to how golfers are currently performing with benefit given to their play over recent events. It is a wider lens than simply what happened at the last tournament to be played but more narrow than the Official World Golf Rankings, which take into account how more than 2,000 golfers perform across an entire season.