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Top 10 American Golfers prove men's golf healthy in the USA!

Top 10 American Golfers prove men’s golf healthy in the USA!

Top 10 American Golfers prove men’s golf healthy in the USA!

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There are 14 American golfers in the top 25 of the World Golf Rankings after the 2015 PGA Championship.  

5 of those are in the Top 10.  Quite an impressive record on the PGA Tour, considering that on the LPGA Tour, Americans make up only 6 in the Top 25 and only 2 in the Top 10.  Men’s golf in the USA is in a very healthy spot. 

Jordan Spieth now moved into the #1 spot.  How long do you think he can hold it with so much great talent out there?  Many people (myself included) thought we would never see another Tiger Woods in our lifetime.  Jordan Spieth was 54 under par for the 4 Major Championships in 2015.  1 better than Tiger in 2000, his very best year ever!  Hold on to your hats folks, the next few years are going to be fun!

Top 10 American Golfers prove men’s golf healthy in the USA!

1. Jordan Spieth. (Currently ranked #1)

Jim Furyk’s trademark looping golf swing and his deliberate approach to the game have earned him nicknames like “The Grinder” and “The Businessman.” His father Mike Furyk encouraged his son’s unusual swing; he didn’t want to change what felt natural and comfortable. History has gone to show that Furyk’s swing has been a great asset to his success on the PGA TOUR.

4. Dustin Johnson (Currently ranked #7)

Top 10 American Golfers prove men's golf healthy in the USA!

Known for being among the longest drivers on the PGA Tour, with a 315.5 yard driving distance and landing the second finish in the 2015 U.S. Open, Dustin Johnson is the first golfer since tiger Woods who was won at least once in each of his playing seasons.

It was on July 31, 2014, when Johnson decided to take the rest of the season off for personal reasons. This February 2015, Dustin made his comeback by joining the Farmers Insurance Open but did not win due to missing one stroke.

Despite the loss, Johnson earned two top-five finishes at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and the Northern Trust Open.

Top 10 American Golfers prove men’s golf healthy in the USA!

5. Rickie Fowler (Currently ranked #8)

He has won seven times on the PGA Tour, with these wins spanning over 12 years. Matt briefly enjoyed success in the early 2000s before suffering a slump where he struggled to maintain his playing status on the PGA Tour. Kuchar rejuvenated himself and built a new, one-plane swing from 2008 onward leading to improved results. He is renowned as one of the most consistent players on the tour, having earned close to $15 million in prize money and recorded 30 top-10 finishes between 2009-2012. This included finishing as the PGA Tour’s leading money winner in 2010.

Kuchar won the The Players Championship in 2012, the flagship event of the PGA Tour, his biggest tournament victory to date. As a result, he moved to a career high number five in the world rankings and has spent over 40 weeks ranked inside its top-10. In February 2013, Kuchar won his first World Golf Championship event, defeating Hunter Mahan in the final of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.

Top 10 American Golfers prove men’s golf healthy in the USA!

9. Brooks Koepka. (Currently ranked #17)

On February 1, 2015, Koepka won his first PGA Tour event, the Waste Management Phoenix Open[6] and moved to 19th in the Official World Golf Ranking.[7]

In the summer of 2015, Koepka was pretty consistent and found himself in contention on multiple occasions. At the 2015 Open Championship, Koepka improved every day.  A a final round 68 vaulted him into a tied for 10th at the Old Course at St Andrews. The very next week, Koepka was tied for fourth after 54 holes at the RBC Canadian Open but a final round 74 plummeted him down to a tied for 18th at the Glen Abbey Golf Course.

10. Patrick Reed (Currently ranked #18)

At the 2014 Humana Challenge, Reed set the PGA Tour record for most strokes under par after 54 holes. His rounds of 63-63-63, were 27-under-par. The tournament’s first three rounds are played on three different courses. The previous record was 25-under-par, set by Gay Brewer at the 1967 Pensacola Open.  It tied by Ernie Els at the 2003 Mercedes Championships, Pat Perez at the 2009 Bob Hope Classic (the previous name of the Humana event) and Steve Stricker at the 2010 John Deere Classic. All four other players won those tournaments. It was also the first time in PGA Tour history that a player opened a tournament with three rounds of 63 or better. Reed won the tournament by two strokes over Ryan Palmer.

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