By News Team
9th June 2020
Golf on the PGA Tour is set to return this week with the Charles Schwab Challenge in Texas. With world ranking points up for grabs again and all of the top five in the world scheduled to tee it up at Colonial, we’ve profiled each of them ahead of golf’s eagerly anticipated resumption.
1) Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy has found himself taking the top spot for the first time since 2015. Born in Northern Ireland, McIlroy turned professional in 2007 and has since become a leading figure in the sport.
The 31-year-old has already won an astonishing 28 times in his professional career, including 18 times on the PGA Tour. Among his already glittering trophy cabinet are four Major victories, but with the last of those coming at the PGA Championship in 2014, he might feel he’s due another one.
McIlroy is coming off the back of a successful 2019 where he won four times, including the season-ending Tour Championship. His fantastic year also saw him pick up the PGA Tour Player of the Year award for a third time.
He has continued the fine form in 2020, winning the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions as well as finishing third in both the Farmers Insurance Open and the Zozo Championship.
2) Jon Rahm
Jon Rahm currently occupies second place in the world rankings. The Spaniard made the turn to professional in 2016 and has not looked back since. He has 10 professional wins to date with six of those being on the European Tour and three coming in the States. He is yet to win a Major but it’s more of a case of ‘when’ and not ‘if’ for the big-hitting 25-year-old, who already has top-fives in three of them.
Rahm has made a positive start to the 2020 campaign, coming second in the Farmers Insurance Open and tying third in the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship. With four top-10 finishes already under his belt, he’ll be one to watch closely throughout the year.
3) Brooks Koepka
Brooks Koepka turned professional in 2012 and has had a great professional career to date with 14 professional victories. Amazingly, the 30-year-old has already won four Majors, with back-to-back wins at both the PGA Championship and U.S. Open. He’s twice a PGA Tour Player of the Year and has been atop the world rankings for a total of 47 weeks.
He’s struggled with injuries for large parts of 2019 and has looked rusty since returning with just one top-10 since his most recent victory in July last year.
4) Justin Thomas
Since 2013, Justin Thomas has been competing competitively after earning his tour card on the Web.com Tour through Qualifying School. Thomas has an incredible 12 PGA Tour wins already as well as two European Tour successes.
Although already a Major winner having won the 2017 PGA Championship, Thomas has only two other top-10 finishes in golf’s biggest prizes so far and that’s a stat he’ll be keen to amend in 2020. He’s started off the most recent campaign in fine form with five top-10 finishes and has already tasted success twice with victories at the Sentry Tournament of Champions and the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges. He is also currently ranked second in the FedEx Cup standings.
5) Dustin Johnson
Dustin Johnson has been a big player in golf for over 10 years now. Turning professional in 2007, Johnson has enjoyed a wealth of success which has led him to 20 PGA Tour wins and seven European Tour wins. He has been world number one for 91 weeks in total and will be looking to regain the top spot again in 2020.
Johnson broke his Major duck in 2016 when he claimed the U.S. Open at Oakmont by four shots and for a player of his talent, he’ll be keen to add plenty more to that tally too.