PGA Tour Power Rankings: AT&T National
PGA Tour: AT&T National Power Rankings
The third major championship of the year is just over the horizon and the PGA Tour is heading to the site of the 2011 U.S. Open for the AT&T National. Congressional Country Club is a track that demands both length and accuracy, which is going to make it difficult for a few players in the field. I can guarantee that the entire field is grateful that the conditions won’t be nearly as difficult as those they encountered here the last time the course hosted a major.
The two most prominent golfers to bow out this week were Tiger Woods – who plays host to the tournament – and Justin Rose, who finally succumbed to fatigue after his U.S Open win at Merion Golf Club a few short weeks ago. The field does lack a bit f the firepower that it’s seen in years past, but there is still plenty of talent to go around.
There are 69 players in the field this week that have won an event on the PGA Tour in their career – 12 of whom have picked up wins in 2013. Half of the top 30 golfers in the world are teeing it up just outside of our nation’s capital.
This is the kind of event where I can see a sleeper coming from out of nowhere and capturing the title. At the same time, there are some big time golfers in the field that have played superbly so far this year.
Following is the list of the top five golfers in the week’s power rankings.
#5 Graham DeLaet
Somewhat surprisingly, DeLaet has four consecutive top 25 finishes and 11 this year. He has been at the top of his form this year, and it seems to be just a matter of time until he breaks through for his first career win. He leads the Tour in greens in regulation, is ninth in driving distance and second in total driving. This track seems to be well-suited for his game.
#4 Adam Scott
The highest ranked player in this week’s field has two top 20 finishes in three events since winning The Masters. He finished third here last year and is currently ranked fourth in scoring on the PGA Tour.
#3 Hunter Mahan
Mahan has four top 10 finishes here in his career. If he can find a bit more consistency he will be right where he wants to be – near the top of the leaderboard.
#2 Billy Horschel
He leads the PGA Tour with seven top 10 finishes this year. He has definitely hit his stride and ranks 25th in greens in regulation, 17th in strokes gained – putting, second in par breakers and 35th in driving accuracy. There’s not much to dislike about his game right now.
#1 Jason Day
This is Day’s first tournament since his runner-up finish at the U.S. Open. He can hit the ball a mile and convert once he gets on the green. If he hits fairways and greens he’s gonna be tough to beat (he finished second in greens in regulation here last year, by the way).