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PGA Championship 2022 Power Rankings: Top-50 Players This Week at Southern Hills

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Golfer Odds
Jon Rahm +1200
Scottie Scheffler +1200
Justin Thomas +1600
Rory McIlroy +1600
Collin Morikawa +2000
Jordan Spieth +2000
Cameron Smith +2200
Patrick Cantlay +2200
Dustin Johnson +2500
Viktor Hovland +2500
Xander Schauffele +2500
Hideki Matsuyama +2800
Shane Lowry +3500
Will Zalatoris +3500
Brooks Koepka +4000
Joaquin Niemann +4000
Matt Fitzpatrick +4000
Sam Burns +4000
Daniel Berger +5000
Tony Finau +5000
Bryson DeChambeau +6600
Corey Conners +6600
Max Homa +6600
Tyrrell Hatton +6600
Tiger Woods +6600
Abraham Ancer +8000
Cameron Young +8000
Jason Day +8000
Louis Oosthuizen +8000
Tommy Fleetwood +8000
Adam Scott +8000
Keegan Bradley +8000
Billy Horschel +10000
Gary Woodland +10000
Harold Varner III +10000
Jason Kokrak +10000
Russell Henley +10000
Sergio Garcia +10000
Talor Gooch +10000
Marc Leishman +12500
Maverick McNealy +12500
Patrick Reed +12500
Seamus Power +12500
Si Woo Kim +12500
Aaron Wise +15000
Alex Noren +15000
Brian Harman +15000
Christiaan Bezuidenhout +15000
Davis Riley +15000
Justin Rose +15000
K.H. Lee +15000
Kevin Na +15000
Matt Kuchar +15000
Matthew Wolff +15000
Mito Pereira +15000
Rickie Fowler +15000
Sebastian Munoz +15000
Thomas Pieters +15000
Webb Simpson +15000
Charl Schwartzel +15000
Cameron Champ +15000
Jhonattan Vegas +15000
Adam Hadwin +20000
Bubba Watson +20000
Chris Kirk +20000
Erik van Rooyen +20000
Ian Poulter +20000
J.J. Spaun +20000
Lanto Griffin +20000
Luke List +20000
Robert Macintyre +20000
Ryan Palmer +20000
Tom Hoge +20000
Bernd Wiesberger +25000
Cam Davis +25000
Cameron Tringale +25000
Francesco Molinari +25000
Joohyung Kim +25000
Keith Mitchell +25000
Kevin Kisner +25000
Kevin Streelman +25000
Mackenzie Hughes +25000
Sam Horsfield +25000
Sepp Straka +25000
Troy Merritt +25000
Joel Dahmen +25000
Adria Arnaus +30000
Anirban Lahiri +30000
Branden Grace +30000
Carlos Ortiz +30000
Lee Westwood +30000
Lucas Glover +30000
Lucas Herbert +30000
Matt Jones +30000
Min Woo Lee +30000
Oliver Bekker +30000
Pablo Larrazabal +30000
Stewart Cink +30000
Zach Johnson +30000
Brendan Steele +30000
Russell Knox +30000
Scott Stallings +30000
Harry Higgs +35000
Patton Kizzire +35000
Ryan Fox +35000
Chad Ramey +40000
Dean Burmester +40000
Garrick Higgo +40000
Henrik Stenson +40000
Hudson Swafford +40000
Jinichiro Kozuma +40000
Justin Harding +40000
Martin Kaymer +40000
Nicolai Hojgaard +40000
Rikuya Hoshino +40000
Ryosuke Kinoshita +40000
Beau Hossler +40000
Adam Schenk +40000
Bio Kim +50000
Chan Kim +50000
Daniel van Tonder +50000
Jason Dufner +50000
Laurie Canter +50000
Padraig Harrington +50000
Richard Bland +50000
Sadom Kaewkanjana +50000
Shaun Norris +50000
Takumi Kanaya +50000
Yuki Inamori +50000
Kramer Hickok +50000
Ryan Brehm +75000
Dylan Newman +100000
Jared Jones +100000
Jesse Mueller +100000
John Daly +100000
Kyle Mendoza +100000
Matt Borchert +100000
Michael Block +100000
Nic Ishee +100000
Paul Dickinson +100000
Rich Beem +100000
Ryan Vermeer +100000
Sean McCarty +100000
Shaun Micheel +100000
Shawn Warren +100000
Tim Feenstra +100000
Tyler Collet +100000
Wyatt Worthington ll +100000
Y.E. Yang +100000
Zac Oakley +100000
Alex Beach +150000
Austin Hurt +150000
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TULSA, Okla. — I’ve been doing pre-tournament rankings at major championships for a long time now, and this one feels as difficult as any of ‘em.

As I’ve said a few times already this week, it’s not just the number of high-level players who are capable of winning the PGA Championship, it’s the inability to invoke much of a process of elimination. Essentially, there are very few elite talents we can cross right off the list. Actually, there aren’t any.

With that in mind, be forewarned: The following list of 50 players is chalkier than I usually like. If the festivities at Southern Hills turn out anything like the way I’ve got outlined below, it’s going to be a hell of a week.

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1. Jordan Spieth

Perhaps the sixth time is the charm, as this might represent Spieth’s best chance yet at the career slam.

2. Rory McIlroy

His final-round 64 at the Masters proved once again that Rory’s best is as good as anyone’s.

3. Patrick Cantlay

Maybe the best player currently without a major, though that’s unlikely to continue much longer.

4. Scottie Scheffler

The world’s No. 1 player is riding a heater and has called Southern Hills his favorite course. ‘Nuff said.

5. Billy Horschel

It can’t all be chalk in the top-five. Horschel has played some of the best golf of his life this year.

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6. Justin Thomas

The winner of this tourney five years ago, he might own the highest floor of any elite player this week.

7. Jon Rahm

The fact that it took this long to get to Rahm speaks volumes about how much talent is around him.

8. Collin Morikawa

The 2020 champion is flying very stealthily under the radar this week — just the way he likes it.

9. Xander Schauffele

Fresh off a blistering final round at the AT&T Byron Nelson, he’ll look to carry that momentum into this week.

10. Tony Finau

It hasn’t been the greatest year for Finau, but he’s shown a propensity for playing well on PGA Championship setups.

11. Shane Lowry

For as much as I like him this week, I might like him even more at next month’s U.S. Open.

12. Corey Conners

He isn’t flashy, but his iron game is built for majors, with five finishes of 17th or better in his last eight.

13. Hideki Matsuyama

If there were lingering questions about his health, he answered ‘em with a title contention at the Byron Nelson.

14. Will Zalatoris

If you’re scoring at home, Zalatoris owns four top-10s in seven majors starts. That’s a Xander-like run.

15. Matt Fitzpatrick

The wins have yet to come, but he’s been way better this year than most casual fans would ever realize.

16. Max Homa

For a guy with four victories who seems to convert every time he’s in contention, the win equity is there.

17. Dustin Johnson

Results over the past year show a bunch of solid finishes without too many serious title contentions.

18. Joaquin Niemann

Gotta wonder how he’ll bounce back from a final-group tee time last Sunday that went south in a hurry.

19. Cameron Smith

Hasn’t figured out PGA setups in the past, but he’s dangerous anytime short game plays a major role.

20. Robert MacIntyre

Early in his career, the 25-year-old doesn’t seem intimidated by majors, going 8-for-8 in cuts so far.

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21. Sam Burns

Brimming with talent, but hasn’t made a cut at an individual event since winning the Valspar in March.

22. Viktor Hovland

Massive ball-striking talent, of course, but it’s so difficult to overlook his short game shortcomings.

23. Keith Mitchell

If he’s not the most improved player this year, then he’s not far off, with five top-15 finishes in 10 starts.

24. Daniel Berger

Like Lowry, another player I like this week but like a lot more for the U.S. Open next month.

25. Keegan Bradley

Might not be under the radar anymore, but four results of 11th or better in his last six starts is special.

26. Tommy Fleetwood

Slowly working his way back into the elite level, one solid, consistent performance at a time.

27. Cameron Young

Fresh off the Korn Ferry, Young has been super impressive so far, with four top-three results as a rookie.

28. Tiger Woods

He’s stronger and his swing is better than last month at the Masters. As we all know, never doubt him.

29. Tyrrell Hatton

As always, if the host venue becomes increasingly frustrating, he’ll be entertaining to watch.

30. Talor Gooch

Oklahoma native should have plenty of good vibes returning to his home state for a major.

31. Harold Varner III

Don’t be surprised to see yet another early-week leaderboard climb for HV3.

32. Brooks Koepka

Hasn’t played since a MC at the Masters and withdrew from last week’s AT&T Byron Nelson.

33. Russell Henley

The ball-striking metrics are always there, which means Henley should at least have a high floor.

34. Sepp Straka

Has sniffed around a few more leaderboard since his first career victory at the Honda this year.

35. Abraham Ancer

Only one top-30 finish in 11 PGA TOUR starts this year is a bit troubling, despite his obvious talents.

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36. Louis Oosthuizen

Always need to tread carefully with a guy who owns a notoriously balky back and a history of WDs.

37. Mito Pereira

Another player with a recent injury concern whose T17 last week should prove he’s ready to roll.

38. Alex Noren

Quietly grinding out solid results every time he plays, including five top-20s in his last eight starts.

39. Bubba Watson

Hasn’t won in almost four full years, but there could still be some win equity at a massive price.

40. Charl Schwartzel

With a T10 at the Masters and a solo eighth last week, Schwartzel is showing some nice form.

41. Christiaan Bezuidenhout

Armed with one of the better short games around, if this becomes a chipping contest, watch out.

42. Maverick McNealy

It’s impressive how he’s become such a consistent player so early in his professional career.

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43. Stewart Cink

It’s been 21 years since Cink coulda-woulda-shoulda reached a U.S. Open playoff at Southern Hills.

44. Seamus Power

His early-year prowess might be showing up again, with three top-30s in his last four starts.

45. Marc Leishman

It’s been a disappointing year so far, but nobody can handle a stiff breeze like the Warrnambool bloke.

46. Sergio Garcia

Based on recent comments, we’ve gotta wonder what the imminent future holds for Sergio.

47. Erik van Rooyen

He was a WD last week, but there’s no speculation that it was due to anything but needing some rest.

48. Thomas Pieters

We know the offensive firepower exists, it’s just a matter of avoiding the big mistakes.

49. Aaron Wise

It’s only a matter of time before he puts it all together and starts contending for major championships.

50. Oliver Bekker

Who? Remember the name. Bekker owns eight top-10 finishes in his last 12 global starts.

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